2010 Fender Jason Smith Masterbuilt ’63 Heavy Relic Stratocaster
Stunning 2010 Jason Smith Masterbuilt ‘63 Heavy Relic Stratocaster in a beautifully aged 3-Tone Sunburst with Tortoiseshell pickguard.
The Masterbuilt guitar range that the Fender Custom Shop offers are at the pinnacle of Fender’s range today, with each guitar built by just one of their highly talented Masterbuilders. They’ll walk you through everything – body design, neck shape, tonewoods, pickups, hardware and more – to give you the look, feel and sound that you’re searching for. From start to finish the Master Builder will personally ensure that each guitar is built with the highest possible quality and to your exact specifications.
This particular guitar was built by Jason Smith, a Custom Shop veteran and son of longtime Fender R&D legend and pivotal figure in modern Fender’s history Dan Smith: Jason Smith grew up on Fender Guitars. Smith joined the Fender Custom Shop in 1995, and in 2006 completed a five-year apprenticeship under acclaimed Senior Master Builder John English.
The guitar weighs in at 7.3lbs and feels perfectly balanced; the paintwork is a work of art and looks every part the well-loved 55-year-old guitar it’s based upon. The extra level of detail really shows through visually and when in the hand, this really could be a ‘63 Stratocaster. The rosewood fingerboard is nice and dark with uniform figuring, 9.5 in. radius and bigger frets mean it plays effortlessly across the whole neck and the stripped slim oval C neck feels silky smooth. A trio of Custom Shop handwound pickups deliver all the classic Strat spank you need, with a real vintage bite and great note definition, these pickups sound like early 60’s Blackbacks, all wired up with a standard 5 way switch with independent neck pickup tone control and middle and bridge pickups wired to the second tone control.
With guitars of this quality it’s easy to see why the Custom Shop Masterbuilders are so highly regarded and have such a long wait time on pre-orders with some builders’ order sheets full. This guitar comes in the same condition it left the factory with it’s original brown tolex case, certificate, lead, tremolo arm and cover and care package all in like new condition.