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Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited 1968 Pink Paisley Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited 1968 Pink Paisley Stratocaster  ·  Source: Fender

Fender Custom Shop has premiered new models at this year’s Summer NAMM, including a new Jimmie Vaughan Signature model.

Jimmie Vaughan

The blues legend Jimmy Vaughan gets the Custom Shop treatment with two new Strat models for 2018, one in Aged Olympic White and the other in a nice traditional Sunburst finish. These have two-piece alder bodies finished in nitrocellulose and rift-sawn maple necks as well as Custom Shop hand-wound JLV Strat pickups.

Official specifications here

Fender Custom Shop Jimmie Vaughan Stratocaster in Aged Olympic White

Fender Custom Shop Jimmie Vaughan Stratocaster in Aged Olympic White

 

Fender Custom Shop Jimmie Vaughan Stratocaster in Sunburst

Fender Custom Shop Jimmie Vaughan Stratocaster in Sunburst

’68 Strat Paisley Strat

The new Summer NAMM models also include two playful limited edition ’68 Paisley Stratocasters. Both feature some light relic work to make them look nicely worn in. I was always a fan of the original pink paisley guitars when I was a kid, but then I grew up and realised they were a bit naff!

These modern versions have two-piece alder bodies and rift-sawn maple necks. They come with a Custom Shop Hand-Wound Texas Special in the bridge position,  a Fat ’50s in the middle position and a ’69 Single Coil in the neck.

You can read the official marketing malarky here

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited 1968 Black Paisley Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited 1968 Black Paisley Stratocaster

 

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited 1968 Pink Paisely Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited 1968 Pink Paisley Stratocaster

 

Artisan Male Burl Thinline Tele

A subtle burled maple top has been used to provide a new spin on the Thinline Telecaster. It looks quite understated, all told, even though it’s actually a pretty fancy instrument indeed!

This model uses an AAAA Flame Maple Burl with an AAA Roasted Birdseye Maple neck, and is loaded with Custom Shop Hand-Wound Loaded ’51 Nocaster pickups.

You can read all the official Fender Custom Shop details here

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited Edition Artisan Maple Burl Thinline Telecaster

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited Edition Artisan Maple Burl Thinline Telecaster

’60 Roasted Strat

Fender also has not one, not two, but three new ’60 Roasted Stratocaster models lined up for 2018. They’re in Faded Aged Fiesta Red, Aged Vintage White and Aged Black. They all have some fairly heavy relic work to look the part when you are out gigging.

These Strats get their name from the roasted alder bodies and a quartersawn roasted maple neck. All have Custom Shop Hand-Wound Ancho Poblano Single-Coil pickups.

Check out the official details here

 

Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited 1960 Roasted Alder Stratocaster, Faded Aged Fiesta Red

 

Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited 1960 Roasted Alder Stratocaster, Aged Vintage White

 

Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited 1960 Roasted Alder Stratocaster, Aged Black

’51 HS Tele

These two are probably my favourite out of the lot announced today! I like the Keith Richards ‘Micawber’ look of the Butterscotch one the most, although the two-tone sunburst version looks just like one of the Telecasters I already own!

They both come with two-piece ‘Offset Seam’ ash bodies and maple rift-sawn necks with V profiles. Pickup-wise, we’re getting a nice Seymour Duncan Seth Lover neck humbucker and Custom Shop Hand-Wound Crushed ’50-’51 Blackguard bridge pickup.

Check the specs here in full.

 

Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited ’51 Telecaster HS Relic, Wide-Fade 2-Color Sunburst

 

Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop 2018 Limited ’51 Telecaster

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by Jef

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