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Fender Custom Shop Ltd '68 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic, 3-Tone Sunburst

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Fender Custom Shop Ltd '68 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic, 3-Tone Sunburst


Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to offer up this beautiful Fender Custom Shop Strat sporting a beautiful and classic 3-tone sunburst finish and a tasteful light journeyman relic job that gives this the look of an old, but well-maintained vintage guitar.

Made by the very best luthiers that Fender has to offer, any piece coming out of their Custom Shop has high expectations. The guitar plays like a dream! The fretwork is precise and the action is low. The neck feels smooth and absolutely incredible to slide up and down on. From top to bottom, it's clear that a lot of attention and care went into the making of this guitar, even with the parts where they had to beat it up.

As for the tone, well, it's not your grandfather's strat. It's got handwired master design "bone-tone" strat pickups. The pickups still sound decidedly vintage, but they have a clarity to them and headroom that you wouldn't have found in a strat from back then. You can dig in hard and the pickups will react dynamically without making the notes feel like they're being squished. It's a great improvement on a classic sound that allows the guitar to sound vintage and be applicable to modern styles of music at the same time.

When fabulous construction meets hand-wound pickups and amazing electronics, you're going to end up with a pretty fantastic guitar. This is a collector and a player's strat.

Manufacturer's Description

Master Design Bone Tone Pickups:

Master designed hand-wound Bone Tone pickups provide plenty of headroom with fewer turns of heavy formvar wire, beveled alnico 2 magnets and ’54 pickup covers. The five-way switch is connected to “½ blender” wiring, which lets the neck pickup be blended in positions 1 and 2. 



  • Model Name: Custom Shop Limited '68 Journeyman Relic Stratocaster
  • Country Of Origin: US
  • Color: Shoreline Target 3-Tone Sunburst
  • Body: 2-Piece Select Alder
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment


  • Construction: Bolt-On
  • Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
  • Fretboard: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Finish: Polyurethane, Light Tint
  • Neck Shape: 69 U
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" - 9.5" Compound
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Frets Size: 6105 Narrow Tall
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Neck Depth @ 1st Fret: .850"
  • Neck Depth @ 12th Fret: .910"
  • Position Inlays: Micarta Black Dots
  • Headstock Decal: '98 Malmsteen - 68-69 Strat


  • Pickups: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Master Design Bone Tone Strat Single Coils
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
  • 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
  • Pickup Configuration: SSS


  • Bridge: Vintage Strat Relic Tremolo
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
  • Control Knobs: Vintage White
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome


  • Included Accessories: Deluxe Custom Shop Black Hardshell Case; Strap; Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Instrument Weight: 7.6 lbs
  • Serial #: CZ555374

Overall Condition

Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized dealer for Fender. This Custom Shop Ltd 68 Strat is 100% brand new and is being sold with a full manufacturer's warranty. Photos are of the exact guitar you'll receive.

Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.