'REGULAR' CUSTOM SHOP INSTRUMENTS

 

Type: 1989 Eric Clapton signature Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The colour is 7Up green.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1989 Custom Shop 35th Anniversary Stratocaster
Serial #: 062 of 500
Remarks: This is #62 out of 500 made. Top is quilted maple with a cherry finish, lace sensor pickups with active electronics, Sperzel locking tuners. Birdseye maple neck with ebony fingerboard and pearl dot markers.
Above photo credits: The owner, David Becker.

Type: 1989 HLE/Homer Haynes Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: One of 500 made. Gold anodized parts, gold-plated hardware, V-shaped neck. This is the second limited edition Custom Shop guitar model. It's based on a 1950s Strat. HLE = Haynes Limited Edition.
Above photo credits: Found on Guitar Base

Type: 1989 HLE/Homer Haynes Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: 374 of 500 made. Like the above HLE guitar, only this one's been modified to have black EMG pickups. Knobs have been changed, too.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1989 (?) Phoenix Stratocaster
Serial #: Not applicable
Remarks: Design of the Phoenix Stratocaster was conceptualized by John Page (Master Luthier), and illustrated by Pamelina Hovnatanian. Body hand-carved by George Amicay; neck inlay by Bill Swank; and pickguard, head cap and neck engraving by Ron Chacey.
Above photo credits: It's from a 2000 Fender Brochure, submitted by Adrian.

Type: 1991 or 1992 Masterbuilt 6/12 Stratocaster
Serial #: 0394
Remarks: Built by Larry Brooks and Fred Stuart, commissioned by Mick Mars of Motley Crue. Both necks have a "c" shape, though the 6-string is thinner. Pickups look like vintage reissue, and the other hardware is vintage, too. It weighs quite a bit.
Above photo credits: Photo provided by its owner, John Yap.

Type: 1992 Custom Shop Stratocaster
Serial #: 101
Remarks: This guitar was built to order. Based on a Clapton Strat. Solid flame/curly maple body, neck and pickguard. Finish is nitro-cellulose (pickguard chromium trioxide stain with oil finish), pickups are gold lace-sensors, everything is to Clapton specs with the exception of the bridge, which is of the later cast saddle type (less punishing on the strings). Gold-plated fittings throughout. Custom built by John English. The heavy, dense wood makes the guitar really bright in tone. I think it's a real beauty!
Picture kindly submitted by Alan Lesheim

Type: 1992 Hippocaster
Serial #: F009
Remarks: This is item 9 of 20, designed by famous Fender Sales representative Bob Hipp. Highly figured swamp ash, gold-plated hardware, F brand on fore arm fold (no, the F was not painted on later by some nutcase :-).
Above photo credits: Found on Guitar Base

Type: 1992 Supreme Stratocaster
Serial #: 06 of 10
Remarks: A total of 10 of these remarkable guitars were made in 1992. Two-piece alder body with centre seam, tigerstripe bookmatched maple top, and an especially beautiful birdseye maple neck with rosewood fretboard. All gold hardware.
Above photo credits: The former owner, Erik "The King of String" van Bers.

Type: 1993 Harley Davidson Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The famous Harley Davidson Stratocaster, of which 109 were made. This is #29. Designed by John Page, J.W. Black and Pamelina Hovnatanian, built by Scott Buehl and Jason Davis. Hand-engraved Harley Davidson celebratory art on a custom-made aluminium body and pickguard. Selectively plated in chrome and gold. Figured maple neck, ebony fretboard, stainless steel fret markers. These guitars were produced to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Harley Davidson. Did you know these babies do around US$ 30,000?
Click here for a bigger picture of the body.
Click here for a picture of one of these Harley Davidson guitars located at the official Fender web site.
Click here to get an idea of what the 'bare' aluminium bodies used to create these guitars look like.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1993 Chrome Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This guitar has the same specs as the Harley Davidson model: Hollow aluminium body, hard chrome-plated. Black anodized pickguard with custom shop logo, black plastic parts, silver spaghetti Fender logo on headstock.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1993 Holoflake Strat
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Texas special pickups, pearloid pickguard, maple fretboard.
Above photo credits: Found at Guitar Base

Type: 1993 Purple Haze Stratocaster
Serial #: 6 of 32
Remarks: Quite a beautiful guitar, with the typical Hendrix-style 'reversed headstock'.
Above photo credits: Sent to me by its owner, Ronald P. Haney.

Type: 1993 Custom Shop Matching Stratocaster and Telecaster set
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The finish is called Cherry Sunburst. Flame maple tops on ash bodies, birdseye maple necks, moto pickguard, Texas Special pickups, gold-plated hardware and Sperzel tuners.
Above photo credits: Found at Guitar Base

Type: 1993 Limited Edition Bill Carson signature model
Serial #: MT 099
Remarks: This is 99 of 100 made. The colour is Cimarron Red (a custom colour). The 'MT' in the serial number is for 'Music Trader', the company that ordered this limited run to be produced. It's got a big, round (50's), birds-eye maple neck.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1994 Stratocaster
Serial #: 201344
Remarks: Set neck, mahogany body with maple cap. Certificate signed by John Page. Might be a one-off.
Above photo credits: The owner, Edward Oates.

Type: 1994 Playboy / Marilyn Monroe Stratocaster
Serial #: 1 of 175
Remarks: A special Stratocaster made to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Playboy Magazine. Designed by John Page, Pamelina Hovnatanian and Playboy's Jim Petersen.
Click here for a bigger shot of the body.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1994 Freddie Tavares Aloha Strat
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This is the 'regular' version of the anodized/coloured Custom Shop Aloha Stratocaster. It's made of an aluminium body covered with chrome. Only 153 of these were made.
Click here for more body detail.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1994 DD 40th Anniversary Limited Edition model Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: A total of 150 copies were made of this guitar, and this is the 134th. It is said that only 50 of those were DD type guitars. There's a diamond in the Fender gold logo at the headstock, gold-plated hardware (even the pickup poles!). Slab ash body with tiger-flamed maple top, beautiful birdseye maple neck. The plastic cover is still on the gold anodized pickguard so the engraving there doesn't look good in the picture.
Check out the 12th fret logo (and the intense birdseye maple).
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1994 40th Anniversary Stratocaster
Serial #: N4163833
Remarks: A real beauty!

Type: 1994 Chrome Stratocaster
Serial #: CN30298
Remarks: In the mid 90's, Fender made various versions of aluminium-bodied guitars with a chrome finish. This was another one of those.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1994 40th Anniversary Aluminium Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This model was limited to 400 copies. The colour is purple/silver. Rosewood fretboard, '40th Anniversary' flag on headstock.
Above photo credits: Found on Guitar Base

Type: 1994 Aluminium Standard Stratocaster (blue)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: In 1994, Fender made 400 aluminium Stratocasters in three colours: Blue Tie-Die, Purple Tie-Die and a Flag Pattern for their 40th anniversary. These were anodized, not painted. This is a blue tie-die one.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1994 Aluminium Standard Stratocaster (blue) - matched set with Telecaster
Serial #: N515133 (Strat) N557038 (Tele)
Remarks: For the Stratocaster, see the remarks above. It is believed that Fender only made 100 of such Telecasters in four different colours.
Above photo credits: Made available by the owner, Mitchell Gardner

Type: 1994 Aluminium Standard Stratocaster (purple)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: See the blue tie-die Stratocaster, above. This is the purple tie-die version.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1994 Aluminium Standard Stratocaster (flag)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: See the blue tie-die Stratocaster, above. This is the flag pattern version.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1994 Aluminium Custom Shop Stratocaster (green splatter)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The tie-died aluminium guitars (see above) were pretty unique. However, the Custom Shop took some of the models, upgraded them with Texas Special pickups, birdeye maple or flame necks, and supplied them with special anodizing. This is a Green Splatter one. It is one of a total of 36 that were made.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1994 Aluminium Custom Shop Stratocaster (red splatter)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: See the green splatter model, above. This is a Red Splatter one. It is one of a total of 6 that were made.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1994 Aluminium Custom Shop Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This aluminium guitar has a boat-shaped figured maple custom Warmoth neck (licensed by Fender). The tuners are Fender "F" tuners with moto pegs. Custom Shop '54 pickups. It has a built-in Sabine STL-12 Stealth tuner.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1994 Commemorative 1954 reissue
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Built in the Japanese custom shop. It's got a blond-stained 'Mary Kaye' finish, all gold hardware, anodized aluminium single-ply pickguard, specially commissioned DiMarzio "Blue Velvet" pickups, V-contour neck of birdseye maple. Interesting story with regard to Mary Kaye, possibly the most famous "Strat woman": She was approached by Fender to be in some advertising. She said she'd be happy to pose with the Strat, but didn't want to stop playing her jazz guitar. At the end of the shoot, she didn't even keep the Strat...
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1994 Champagne Sparkle Stratocaster
Serial #: CN402454
Remarks: None.
Above photo credits: The owner, Erik "The King of String" van Bers.

Type: 1994 (?) semi-hollow Stratocaster
Serial #: John English #5
Remarks: A Masterbuilt (by John English) Stratocaster. It's said to be one of the first five ever built by him. It's semi-hollow.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1994 or 1995 Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The thing about this Stratocaster that makes it special is, obviously, the unusual colour (which, judging by the picture, has a coarse grainy kind of feel). This is #10 of a total of 12 made. It has a matching headstock, and three chrome-covered Texas Special pickups.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1995 Western Stratocaster
Serial #: 4 of 5
Remarks: Designed and built by Alan Hamel. High flamed maple top with western cowboy relief carved in solid maple top. Hand-twisted sterling silver barbed wire inlay on body side, hair-on calfskin pickguard and back tremolo plate, hand engraved hardware, bird's eye maple neck with pau ferro fretboard.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1995 40th Anniversary Hank Marvin Signature Stratocaster
Remarks: Look at that bird's eye maple neck! These guitars were made from 1995 to 1996, in a total of 164 instruments.
Above photo credits: This picture was sent to me by its proud owner, John Campbell

Type: 1995 Custom Shop American Standard Classic Purple Sparkle Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Only 35 of these guitars were made. Some had maple, some had rosewood fretboard.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1995 60's Stratocaster
Serial #: CN505902
Remarks: This guitar went around the world with Brian May's rhythm guitarist.
Above photo credits: The owner, John Simmons

Type: 1995 Fender GmbH Statocaster
Serial #: 8 of 10
Remarks: Only 10 of these exist, with an engraved neckplate like shown. Quilted maple top, rosewood fretboard, cherry sunburst finish, bird's eye maple neck and gold hardware. Very nice!
Above photo credits: The owner, Gerald Seidel.

Type: 1996 Fender 50th Anniversary Relic Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Relic guitars are made by the US Custom Shop and then made to appear aged. This is #58 of 200 made, and it's got a small diamond in the headstock on occasion of it being delivered only to Relic Diamond Dealers.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1996 Masterbuilt Stratocaster
Serial #: GB040
Remarks: Custom-built for its owner by Gene Baker. One-piece exhibition-grade quilt mape body, one-piece highly flame maple neck. The body was treated by special translucent amber, as was the neck (but lighter). The amber finish really brings out the beauty of the maple. Gold-plated vintage hardware, 3 CS Fat 50's pickups.
Above photo credits: Photo provided by its owner, John Yap.

Type: 1996 Masterbuilt Stratocaster
Serial #: GB049
Remarks: Custom-built for its owner by Gene Baker. Designed to emulate the look and sound of Jimi Hendrix, what with the reverse headstock and reverse angle bridge pickup (predating the Voodoo Strat, mind you). One piece very light swamp ash (under 6 pounds), one piece highly flame maple large headstock, very thin poly natural finish, gold-plated vintage hardware, CS Texas Special pickups.
Above photo credits: Photo provided by its owner, John Yap.

Type: 1996 Masterbuilt '54 Stratocaster
Serial #: JB028
Remarks: Custom-built for its owner by J.W. Black. He was making Strats for Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, and was asked to make this '54 Strat. It's built like a standard '54 Strat, except for the colour (more orangey two-tone sunburst), the neck shape (Eric Clapton's) and the matched wood grain (straight-grain) of the body. Two piece swamp ash body, one piece highly flame maple neck, Custom Shop 54's Pickups, vintage nickle hardware. Very thin poly finish.
Above photo credits: Photo provided by its owner, John Yap.

Type: 1996 Masterbuilt '57 Stratocaster 'Goldy'
Serial #: CN403330
Remarks: This was built by John English, finished in Gold Sparkle. Light ash body, flame maple neck, handwound pickups.
Above photo credits: Photo provided by its owner, Erik "The King of String" van Bers.

Type: 1996 (approx.) carved-top Stratocaster
Serial #: 154
Remarks: Has a bridge humbucker. Colour is sunburst. Figured maple top, birdseye maple neck. LSR roller nut, locking machineheads, locking Wilkinson bridge.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1996 (?) carved-top Stratocaster
Serial #: 0009
Remarks: Has an Alan Holdsworth humbucker at the bridge, with Texas Special single coils. Colour is sunburst. Highly figured maple top, birdseye maple neck, abalone inlays. Designed by John Suhr, John Page, Gene Baker, team built with Gene Baker.
Click here for a detail of the body.
Click here for a sideways look at the body.
Above photo credits: The owner, Mike Corrieri.

Type: 1996 1960 FMT Stratocaster
Serial #: CN506149
Remarks: FMT means Flamed Maple Top, which gives this guitar its beauty. Production of these guitars is said to have been discontinued in 1998.
Above photo credits: Submitted by its owner, Michael Anderson.

Type: 1996 Swiss Special Stratocaster
Remarks: This is #14 of 20. Alder body, 22 fret flame maple neck. Black 'Moto' scratch guard and black plastic parts. 25db active boost circuit, Custom shop Texas special pickups. Vintage tremolo. In original tweed case with all Custom Shop accessories (strap, picks, ash-tray, books and certificate).
Above photo credits: The owner, John Simmons

Type: 1996 Stratocaster
Remarks: This guitar was by Russ Ng made for Gary Hoey when he signed on with Fender in 1996. It is based on the Big Apple Stratocaster, with the following modications: Sunburst finish, 59er pickup in the bridge position instead of a Pearly Gates, Custom Shop birdseye maple neck with rosewood board and LSR roller nut to keep in tune, Sperzel tuners. Gary calls this his #1.
Above photo credits: Gary Hoey, used with permission

Type: 1996 One-Off Blue Flame Stratocaster
Remarks: This guitar was by Russ Ng made for Gary Hoey's birthday.
Russ says: "I wanted to make a special guitar for him just from me. His birthday was comin' up I went to work. I started with a maple flamed top on an alder body and painted it electric blue sunburst into a trance blue which turned out to be a rich turquoise color. Moto pickguard loaded with his favorite Duncan pickups [Duncan JB in the bridge and a 59 in the neck]. Gary told me that he always wanted a reverse headstock so thats what he got. The reverse headstock neck also had an ebony board. Figuring I made him one with rosewood and maple, ebony was a good choice [for fingerboard] because it's a hard wood to give it a lot of attitude!! [bright and fat, according to Gary]"
Above photo credits: Gary Hoey, used with permission

Type: 1997 Ritchie Blackmore Signature Model Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This Stratocaster closely resembles Ritchie Blackmore's favourite Strat, including such features as a scalloped fretboard, dummy middle pickup, Duncan Quarter Pound pickups, a large headstock and a C-shaped neck. It is produced by the Japanese Custom Shop.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1997 John Jorgenson Hellecaster
Serial #: 0022
Remarks: This model was made by the Japanese Custom Shop. Sources claim that either 400 or 500 pieces were made. It's a black sparkle Strat with a gold sparkle pickguard, reverse headstock and specially designed Seymour Duncan split-single coil pickups, in hum-canceling wiring with an extra push/pull tone knob for 7 pickup configurations. The 2 pickup parts are reversed mounted, so the one under the thickest strings boost some treble and the one under the thinnest strings boost some bass. Together the 2 parts are hum-canceling like a humbucker, but since there are no two coils under a string you keep the clear sound of a single coil.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1997 Jerry Donahue Hellecaster
Serial #: 0072
Remarks: This model was made by the Japanese Custom Shop. Sources claim that either 400 or 500 pieces were made. It's a Jerry Donahue blue Strat with a twisting knob on a tone position to create 7 different pickup configurations. The Jerry Donahue Limited Edition Hellecaster has Seymour Duncan APS-2 single-coil neck and middle pickups, and a Seymour Duncan custom Tele-voiced, single-coil bridge pickup, a special steel tone plate positioned underneath the pickguard for enhanced tone. What's more, a custom-wired, five-way pickup selector with an added two-position rotary switch replaces the customary center tone potentiometer.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1997 Jimi Hendrix "Monterey" Stratocaster
Serial #: 118/210
Remarks: This is a one of 210 limited edition run of the Corona, California Custom Shop in honour of the 30th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' electrifying performance at the Monterey pop festival in June 1967. Hendrix burned his hand-painted guitar there, and this is as faithful a replica as possible, created by John Page and artist Pamelina Hovnatanian of the Fender Custom Shop.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1997 Gold Plated Aluminium Stratocaster
Serial #: CN700995
Remarks: Only three of these guitars exist, and the two others are in Lifetime Fender Employees' hands. The highly figured birdseye maple neck is stained black, which is rare for Fender.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1997 Set Neck Stratocaster
Serial #: SN5935120
Remarks: This guitar has a mahogany body with flame maple top. Floyd Rose Pro tremolo, Dimarzio Tonezone humbucker and Fender Alnico pickups, set neck with ebony fretboard and reverse headstock.
Above photo credits: Made available by the owner, Cyril Depont.

Type: 1997 Copper Stratocaster
Serial #: 29 of 40
Remarks: Apparently this is a reissue of an older Stratocaster type with copper-on-red-underpaint finish. I am not sure if it's actual copper coating or copper-coloured coating. I think the latter.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1997 or 1998 Two-necked Yngwie Malmsteen signature Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This double-neck Stratocaster, boasting a 12-string and 6-string neck on a basswood body, was built in the late nineties by the Japanese or US (?) Custom Shop. In the mean time, Fender Japan has taken up production of this model as well.
Above photo credits: This picture was taken from the Official Yngwie Malmsteen Web Site, used with permission.

Type: 1998 Sunburst Moto Stratocaster
Serial #: MG001
Remarks: This moto (MOther of TOiletseat) sunburst Stratocaster came as part of a set (with amp and amp/guitar stand). Birdseye maple neck and fingerboard.
Click here for a larger picture of the body.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1998 Custom Shop 1969 Reissue Stratocaster
Serial #: CN703318
Remarks: Its finish is Lake Placid Blue with Metal Flake. Alder body, maple neck, Hendrix version pickups. It was owned once by Oliver Leiber and can be heard on Rod Stewart's "When We Were the New Boys" (1998).
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1998 Love Ride Stratocaster
Serial #: 1 of 2
Remarks: Guitar built by John English with art by Pamelina Hovnatanian. Fingerboard inlays and logo by George Amicay in sterling silver and turqoise. The guitar included matching bandana and guitar pick, among other things. Note that the jack plug is at the body side, and there are only two control knobs.
Click here for a detail of the neck plate.
Above photo credits: Ripped straight from Guitar Hangar

Type: 1998 Set Neck Ritchie Blackmore Signature Model Stratocaster
Serial #: A000004
Remarks: The Japanese Custom Shop only made 30 of these beauties. It's got a set neck (i.e. not bolted on) and the usual Blackmore signature features (scalloped neck, dummy or no center pickup, large headstock). This Japanese model has a figured maple neck (click here for detail), rosewood fretboard and is vintage white (which is yellowish) with 70's style tremolo.
In fact, two other set-neck Blackmore signature models exist: one is made by the US Custom Shop (Olympic White, 2-point synchronised tremolo) and another one that is made by the Japanese Custom Shop (Olympic White, too, but 70's style vintage tremolo).
Above photo credits: Bay Csaba

Type: 1998 Custom Shop double neck Stratocaster
Serial #: AE004
Remarks: This guitar was made like a '69 model. It's got a large headstock on the 6-string, and has '69 Custom pickups.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1998 Pink Dream Strat
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: A truly unique guitar, built by custom shop master builder Gene Baker in close cooperation with Turkish guitarist 'Awesome John'. The pickups are hand-made by Don Lace Jr. himself, 5 single coil "Custom Holy Grail" pickups set in HSH configuration. It's got a through-neck with 24 frets and good access to the upper frets at that because of the ergonomical heel. The body is special light 'selected top grade' Louisianna butter swirl Swamp Ash topped with a lovely 'Flamed Maple' hand carved top. The through neck and fingerboard are 'Flamed Maple' too. The star-shaped inlays have LEDS that can either stay lit or follow the fingering hand. It has a super slippery white Delrin (a sort of perma-lubed plastic used in gears, bearings, etc.) nut so no locking nut mechanism is neccessary.
Above photo credits: The current owner, Tony McKenzie, who's also made a site dedicated solely to this Dream Strat

Type: 1998 Custom Shop Disney Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The rather more orthodox version of the Disney Anniversary guitar. This is #39 of 75 made.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 1998 Custom Shop Disney Stratocaster
Serial #: N9376284
Remarks: This is 13 of 75.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1999 Eric Clapton signature Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: According to one source, this is 1 of 5 specially finished Eric Clapton signature Stratocasters released in 1999. However another source noted it did not have Lace Sensor pickups so couldn't be an EC signature guitar. In seemed to be, in fact, one of a limited run of 14 guitars finished by graffiti artist Crash (also see the 2008 Ronnie Sellers Calendar picture) of which EC owns most.

Type: 2000 Classic Player Strat
Serial #: Not applicable
Remarks: This Custom Shop stock model is the good ol' Strat with all the improvements you'd want These include an alder or ash body (depending on finish), V or C shaped neck, 22 frets, abalone dot inlays, Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners, Custom Shop 'vintage noiseless pickups', custom vintage 2-point synchronized tremolo and 3-ply parchment pickguard (gold anodized on black).
Above photo credits: The Official Fender Website

Type: 2000 American Strat
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This may seem a pretty standard guitar, but it isn't. It's #49 of 68 Fender Discussion Page Limited Edition model. The Fender Discussion Page ordered these direct from Fender. The colour is non-production, surf green. The neck plate reads 49 of 68 Fender Discussion Page Limited Edition. It's got a painted headstock, though the series also includes non-matching headstocks. This model was supplied in both rosewood and maple fingerboard types.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: 2000 American Strat
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This, too, is one of the 68 Fender Discussion Page Limited Edition models. In this case it's number 48, which has a rosewood fingerboard.
Above photo credits: Made available by its owner, Stephen Morgan.

Type: 2000 Gold Sparkle Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: None.
Above photo credits: Found at Guitar Base

Type: 2001 Custom Classic Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Three-tone sunburst, C-shaped neck, chrome plating.
Above photo credits: Found at Guitar Base

Type: 2001 One-Off Regina Del Mare Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: A unique guitar, built to commemorate the 5th Fender Catalina Blues Festival. Hand-carved by George Amicay and hand-painted by Pamelina Hovnatanian. Guild maple body top, alder body bottom.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 2001 Ritchie Blackmore Roland-Ready Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Ash body, set-in maple neck, scalloped rosewood fingerboard, 22 medium-jumbo frets, '70s large headstock, deluxe locking machine heads, two Gold Fender-Lace Sensor pickups, one volume and two tone controls, two-point synchronized tremolo, and Dunlop flush-mount straplock system. Note the thin 'pickup' very close to the bridge, that's the Roland GK-2 pickup system.
Above photo credits: This picture was absconded from the Official Fender Site.


Type: 2001 '69 Reissue Masterbuilt Stratocaster
Serial #: CN94689
Remarks: Masterbuilt by Mark Kendrick, this is a guitar with the look of a '69 and the sound of a '54. Light ash body, Custom Shop '54 pickups, beautiful bird's eye maple neck with the highest two frets scalloped. The Fender Stratocaster logo is mirrored.
Above photo credits: Picture provided by its current owner, Shay Moyal.

Type: 2001 1960 Reissue Stratocaster
Serial #: 1 of 20 made
Remarks: Custom made with Dakota Red body and headstock colour, and with decals instead of the usual painted or engraved logos.

Type: 2002 "Proud (as a Peacock)" Stratocaster
Serial #: CN507165
Remarks: In 2002, the United Way organized a charity event in conjunction with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame called "GuitarMania". Various artists painted ten-foot, Strat-looking fiberglass guitars (ninety different instruments were made). These art instruments were then auctioned and the proceeds went to the United Way, nearly 130 partner agencies, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's education fund.
The Fender Custom Shop has replicated some of those works of art by building a normal-sized, fully functional, Stratocaster version. The ten-foot GuitarMania version of this guitar was painted by internationally known artist, Martin Boyle. Fender artist Pamelina Hovnatanian has done an incredible job of faithfully reproducing the artwork of the original. This is #1 of a total of 3 made.
Click here for a detail of the rear.
The above picture was provided by the people of the Stratovarious.com site

Type: 2002 One-Off Relic 1956 Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The finish is Gold Sparkle over Black over Fiesta Red. Lightweight alder body, "V" shaped neck, "Custom Shop Fat 50's" pickups, "Aged" vintage gold hardware and gold anodized pickguard.
The above picture was lifted off the Virtual Vintage Guitars site

Type: 2002 Custom Doublecaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Custom Shop Masterbuilt by Art Esparza, One-Off. Outrageous Gold Sparkle on Red finish with a two piece Ash body. Top half is based on a 1957 Stratocaster with a large �V� neck, black micarta inlays, custom double tremolo bridge with vintage saddles (comes with three trem arms � two long and one short), custom 5-way switch, concentric volume/tone control, �Custom Shop Fat 50�s� pickups with gold pole pieces, vintage tuning keys and round string retainer. Bottom half is based on a Broadcaster, black micarta inlays, 4-way switch, master volume and tone controls, vintage spec Broadcaster bridge pickup with gold pole pieces and a �Texas Special� rhythm pickup, Danny Gatton type vintage 3-saddle bridge and vintage tuning keys. Gold anodized pickguard, gold hardware and 3-way toggle (guitar selector) switch. Wowzers!
The above picture was lifted off the Virtual Vintage Guitars site (with permission)

Type: 2002 One-Off "Frankenstrat"
Serial #: Not applicable
Remarks: Assembled for the owner by Tom Mates at Fender Europe. Alder body, 22 fret American De-luxe maple neck with Rosewood finger board and Abalone dot inlays. LSR Roller nut, Floyd Rose Pro tremolo, Schaller locking tuning machines. It has Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates plus humbuckers in the bridge and neck positions and a Fender noiseless single coil in the middle. Also has a 5-position switch and White 'MoTo' scratch guard. The paint was done by one of the owner's customers who custom-paints Harley Davidsons. It's Red Candy with multi-coloured flames, also on the headstock face.
Picture credits: The owner, John Simmons

No picture (yet)

Type: 2002 Woodstock Stratocaster
Serial #: Not applicable
Remarks: In 2002, 4 replicas of Jimi Hendrix' "Woodstock Stratocaster" were made. I'd sure like to have a picture of one of those, including relevant details such as a rear view of the headstock (or wherever the "1 of 4" is printed).

Type: 2003 '59 Stratocaster & '59 Fender Mandolin Double Neck
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Probably one of the most unique guitars on this entire site! This is a one-off instrument, built by Master Builder Chris Flemming exclusively for Germany, commissioned by Fender Germany's European product Specialist, Gernold Linke. 3-Tone Sunburst, Relic Finish, Quarter-sawn Maple necks with Madagascar Rosewood fretboards, 7.25" Radius, Vintage Frets, Fat 50's Pickups on the Strat, Custom Duncan on the Mando, Custom Wiring and Pickguard, S1 switching for neck selection, Fender Jaguar Control for Mandolin Volume and tone control, Kluson style tuners. This beauty was on offer for 9330 Euros.
Above photo credits: Provided by Mike Charalambous.

Type: 2003 Clapton Signature Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This is a special, very rare, gold leaf finish version of the 'regular' Eric Clapton signature model. It was made for Europe only.
Above photo credits: Lifted off the Fender Europe site.

Type: 2003 '68 Hollow Body Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This guitar, one of five, was built by John English. It's a zebrawood hollow-body guitar. The finish is called Cherry Stain.
Above photo credits: Lifted off the Fender Europe site.

Type: 2003 NAMM Show Stratocaster
Remarks: Masterbuilt by Uri Shiskov.
Above photo credits: Dave Maddux.

Type: 2003 NAMM Show Stratocaster
Remarks: Masterbuilt by Todd Krause.
Above photo credits: Dave Maddux.

Type: Rhythm of the Light Stratocaster
Serial #: CN506797
Remarks: Only one of these guitars exists. Sparkle finish, matching headstock. Even the pickup covers are part of the artwork.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction.

Type: 2004 Limited Edition Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute "Model One" Stratocaster
Remarks: This is an exact replica, including all kinds of stains and burns. It was commissioned by the Stevie Ray Vaughan Estate, and only 100 were produced. They were made by John Cruz.
Above photo credits: This picture is located on the Official Fender Site.

Type: 2004 Robin Trower signature Stratocaster
Serial #: Not applicable
Remarks: The Robin Trower signature Stratocaster, introduced in July 2004, features two Custom '50s Single-Coil Strat Pickups (neck and middle), and one Tex-Mex Single-Coil Strat pickup (bridge). The guitar sports a large '70s-style headstock and a custom "C" shape maple neck. This guitar celebrates the legacy of the most sought after guitar in history.
Above photo credits: The Official Fender Web Site

Type: 2004 Gold Sparkle one-off Stratocaster
Serial #: R16070
Remarks: This guitar was built in February 2004 for John Lyson of Seattle band Black Leaf. It's a '61 model with reverse neck, gold sparkle finish, gold pickguard, '61 rosewood slab board, flame maple C shape neck and gold hardware.
Above photo credits: The owner, John Lyson.

Type: 2005 Master Salute Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The Master Salute Stratocaster is a Master-Built limited run with only 250 of the guitars being made for the worldwide market. This guitar features a two-piece select alder body with a striking White Gold Leaf finish. Its modern "C" shaped 1-piece maple neck has a 9.5� radius fingerboard and medium jumbo frets. It is fitted with three Custom �50s single-coil pickups and a 5-way pickup selector switch. This Master-Built guitar features an engraved Limited Edition neck plate and is accompanied by a Limited Edition certificate and a Limited edition hard-shell case. As an added bonus, each one of these instruments shipped with a Custom Shop Mirror.
Picture callously purloined from the Official Fender site.

Type: 2005 Flame Graphics Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Quite a stunning guitar with beautiful flame graphics, masterbuilt by John English.
Photo credits: Dave Maddux.

Type: 2005 Dave Newman Cutout Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Interesting guitar with unusual print all over, masterbuilt by Chris Fleming.
Above photo credits: Dave Maddux.

Type: 2005 Stars tratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Built by Dennis Galuska for the Summer NAMM.
Photo credits: Dave Maddux.

Type: 2005 Sea Theme tratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Built by Chris Fleming for the Summer NAMM.
Photo credits: Dave Maddux.

Type: 2005 Fish Stratocaster
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Built by Todd Krause for the Summer NAMM.
Photo credits: Dave Maddux.

Type: 2006 LTD 60th Anniversary Presidential Select Stratocaster
Serial #: Not applicable
Remarks: The 60th Anniversary Presidential Select Stratocaster guitar is the only instrument offered by the Fender Custom Shop that includes the 60th Anniversary logo. This unique opportunity to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Fender includes a case of hand-selected wine custom-blended for the Fender Custom Shop by Hill Family Estate. The guitar features a hand-selected flame-maple top, gold hardware, custom-designed pickups and the 60th anniversary logo inlaid in pearl at the 12th fret. The guitar�s top has been hand-stained using grape must from Hill Family Estate.
Above photo credits: The Official Fender site.

Type: 2006 LTD Dealer Select Russian Stratocaster
Serial #: Not applicable
Remarks: Masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkov. This exceptional instrument is simply �burning� with flame maple. Built from original tooling and featuring all-original detailing, the Russian Stratocaster has a lightweight ash body with a stunning AAA flame maple top. The modern c-shaped neck is also carved from AAA flame maple, and boasts a 9.5"-radius, 22 medium-jumbo frets and an LSR roller nut. To complement its unique look, this gorgeous guitar is topped with a dramatic AAA flame maple pickguard with a matching aged cherry sunburst finish. Other features include three gold-covered hand wound Yuriy Shishkov Master-Designed pickups, an abalone Fender Custom Shop logo inlaid at the 12th fret, a special Limited Russian Stratocaster neckplate and Custom Shop limited edition certificate. It comes in a black Custom Shop hard-shell case.
Above photo credits: The Official Fender site.

Type: 2007 50th Anniversary 1957 George Fullerton Stratocaster
Serial #: Not applicable
Remarks: A masterbuilt Closet Classic coupled with a lacquered Tweed Pro Junio amplifier. Introduced in November 2007, it has 3 '50s Strat� Single-Coil Pickups Handwound by Abigail Ybarra, and nitro-cellulose finish.
Above photo credits: The Official Fender site.

Type: 2007 Shelby GT Stratocaster
Serial #: Not applicable
Remarks: A one-off guitar, built in cooperation with Ford. Only one was made, for a give-away of car + guitar. Where do you begin to describe it? Dunno, so I won't.
Above photo credits: The Official Fender site.
CUSTOM SHOP STRATOCASTERS OF UNKNOWN DATE

 

Type: Mary Kaye Stratocaster (year unknown)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This is the reissue, produced by the US Custom Shop, of the Mary Kaye Stratocaster (typical properties are the see-through blond finish and gold hardware). The finish is much more clear than the picture of the original version (see pre-CBS section).
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1960 Reissue Stratocaster (year unknown)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This is the reissue, produced by the US Custom Shop, of the 1960 model. The finish is Firemist Gold.

Type: '69 One-Off NOS Stratocaster (year unknown)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: '69 Strat specs in custom color (black), with ebony fretboard, pearl inlays, bone nut and mirrored silver pickguard. Gorgeous birdseye neck, too.
Above photo credits: The kind people at The Music Zoo, with permission

Type: '60s One-Off NOS Stratocaster (year unknown)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This finish is called Violin Burst. Mahogany body, quilt maple top, single-ply parchment pickguard, Texas Special pickups, medium jumbo frets, bone nut and No Load tone pot. It also has a beautiful maple neck.
Above photo credits: The kind people at The Music Zoo, with permission

Type: '65 Stratocaster, One-Off, with Bound Neck (year unknown)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This guitar has a highly figured maple neck, and a thing that is pretty unique for Stratocasters: A bound neck (white binding around the edges). It also has jumbo frets.
Above photo credits: The kind people at The Music Zoo, with permission

Type: Unknown spec/year Aluminium Stratocaster
Serial #: 04
Remarks: Quite a special guitar, bearing on the back of the headstock the signature of master Custom Shop builder John English and the number '04'. I don't know how many were made of this.
Click here for a bigger picture of the body.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: Unknown year 'Whale Blue' John English Masterbuilt Stratocaster
Serial #: John English #105
Remarks: This is one of those guitars that were custom-made to order. It has a Paul Reed Smith-type "Whale Blue" quilted top, locking tuners, EMG active pickups, ebony fretboard with abalone dot inlays and a crazy birdseye maple neck, and strap locks. The back has a separate covered access to the EMG electronics. This was at the time purchased for US$ 6000...
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: Double Stratocaster
Serial #: None
Remarks: The body is alder with no internal markings and the necks appear to be Fender though they have an extra fret. It is a double six string with through body hard tail bridges. The pickups are recent 57-62 reissues. The neck plates are blank. No serial # or custom shop markings. A bit of a mystery here.
Above photo credits: Gracefully made available by Anubis Spire, with permission.

Type: Custom Shop Matching Jazzmaster, Stratocaster and Telecaster set
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The colour is 'Green Moto', where moto stands for 'MOther of TOilet seat'. They have matching headstocks and chrome logos, rosewood fingerboards, and you can see the wood grain through the finish. White moto pickguards and 60's style construction.
Above photo credits: Found at Guitar Base

Type: Custom Shop Bonnie Raitt Stratocaster (year unknown)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: It's #108 of a total of 200 made.
Above photo credits: Made available by Kevin Schultz

Type: Custom MOTO Stratocaster (year unknown)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: This is a one-off built by Fred Stuart. Red/Black/Silver cellulose acetate applied to two piece alder body and peg head, red MOTO completely covers the maple-capped neck, eight screw three-ply MOTO pickguard and matching trem cover. Switch tip, trem arm tip, volume and tone knobs are made from trans red plastic. Vintage 60�s pickups, vintage bridge and hardware.
The above picture was lifted off the Virtual Vintage Guitars site

Type: Masterbuilt Stratocaster (year unknown)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: Built by Fender master builder John Davis. Looks like Fiesta Red or something, but look at the flames showing through!
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 50s Relic LTD Shepard Fairey "Obey" Stratocaster (year unknown)
Serial #: Unknown
Remarks: The custom shop made 13 of these Stratocasters and 12 Telecasters. These are not to be confused for the cheap Squier Obey Strats. Every one of the CS axes is different, with art by Shepard Wayne.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

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