1956 Stratocaster® Journeyman Relic®

1956 Stratocaster® Journeyman Relic®, Maple Neck, Aged Black

Model Number: 9236081217

$7,999.00 RRP
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New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop introduces the ’56 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic. More than 65 years after its namesake predecessor, the instrument is loaded with looks, sound and vibe that expertly evokes the Stratocaster in its original golden era.

The two-piece select ash body exudes balanced highs and sweet midrange with lively resonance, with an off-center seam and wrapped in stately Journeyman Relic flash coat lacquer finishes in Aged White Blonde, Wide Fade Two-Color Sunburst, Aged Black and Aged Sherwood Metallic. This special treatment imparts the look of a guitar that has changed hands or been handed down over the years, mostly played around the house and the occasional jam session or weekend gig. This generally well-cared-for look includes light finish checking, several “friendly” down-to-the-wood nicks and dings, some dulling of the hardware, and general moderate playing wear. The look of a very lucky find, in short.

The one-piece flat-sawn maple neck has a chunky ’54-style Soft “V” profile, topped by a comfortable vintage compound-radius (7.25”-9.5”) maple fingerboard that flattens slightly toward the nut for easy bending, with 21 medium vintage (47095) frets and a bone nut. All three Custom Shop hand-wound ’55 Strat® pickups (reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup for hum cancellation in switch positions 2 and 4) deliver crystal-clear highs and well-balanced midrange, with ’54-’58 vintage Strat wiring and five-way switching. Other premium features include a single-ply parchment pickguard, Custom Shop vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuners, wing string tree with nylon spacer, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

  • General
    Model Number 9236081217
    Series Time Machine
    Color Aged Black
    Orientation Right-Hand
  • Body
    Body Finish Flash Coat Lacquer
    Body Shape Stratocaster®
    Body Material 2-Piece Offset Seam Ash
  • Neck
    Neck Material Maple
    Neck Finish Flash Coat Lacquer
    Neck Shape 1954 "Soft V"
    Fingerboard Radius 7.25" to 9.5" Vintage Compound Radius (184 mm to 241 mm)
    Fingerboard Material 1-Piece Maple Neck
    Number of Frets 21
    Fret Size Medium Vintage (47095)
    Nut Width 1.625" (41.3 mm)
    Position Inlays Black Micarta, 0.25" (6.35 mm)
    Headstock Stratocaster® Small
    Neck Plate 4-Bolt with Custom Shop "V" Logo
  • Hardware
    Bridge Custom Shop Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
    Tuning Machines Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
    Pickguard 1-Ply Parchment
    Control Knobs Vintage White Plastic
  • Electronics
    Bridge Pickup Custom Shop Hand-Wound '55 Single-Coil Strat®
    Neck Pickup Custom Shop Hand-Wound '55 Single-Coil Strat®
    Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
    Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
    Configuration SSS