1956 Stratocaster® Journeyman Relic®
1956 Stratocaster® Journeyman Relic®, Maple Neck, Aged Black
Model Number: 9236081217
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.
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