Fender Custom Shop Postmodern Stratocaster Journeyman Relic 2016 Seafoam Green

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Absolutely stunning strat, Loretta Diaz handwound pickups are definitely our favourite. We have extensively tested thes back to back on Fender Deluxe 65 and a Friedman Runt, whether it's super clean or high gain or anything it between, they sound the best.

The Fender Postmodern Journeyman Stratocaster is the perfect blending of classic looks and tone but with a more modern feel and stability that means you can rely on this guitar night after night. If you are looking to get that vintage strat sound we all love but don't want to have to deal with pains of using an older guitar, this is what you need!

Modern Features

In recent years guitarists needs have changed. While some still love the traditional 9.5" or 7.5" fretboard radius, many have moved on to more compound radius designs like the 9.5"-12" radius board on this. That among a few other features is what makes this guitar so great among a sea of vintage styled models.

Other additions include a lightweight Ash body with extra deep contours and a cutaway neck heel on a tinted quatersawn Maple neck. These may not change the tone but the feel of the guitar is greatly improved meaning you have less back pain and greater control of your instrument.

Classic Build

While the body carve and neck heel are certainly more modern the materials are still chosen for their ability to recreate those classic Strat tones. Lightweight Ash for the body and Quatersawn Maple for the neck are similar to what you would have seen on plenty of vintage Strats over the years.

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Journeyman Relic

Before Fender introduced their Journeyman relic you had the choice of New Old Stock (Fresh out of the factory), Closet Classic (aged but not worn) or their standard Relics, which even when done lightly still looked quite battered. Now the Journeyman finds a nice spot inbetween Relic and Closet Classic. A good amount of aging with some small marks and dings to show it has been played give this guitar a great bit of character.

Here's what Fender say about the Postmodern Journeyman Strat

The 2016 Postmodern Stratocaster is elegantly designed with a reappraisal of modern assumptions. A time-honored classic crafted with six decades of "Fender firsts," it has a lightweight ash body with a comfortably deep contours and cutaway heel, a tinted quartersawn maple neck with a finely sculpted '60s "oval C" profile and Heavy Relic back finish, a fast compound-radius (9.5"-12") fingerboard (round-laminated rosewood or one-piece maple) with 21 narrow jumbo frets, and three scintillating Ancho Poblano single-coil pickups (reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup) with modern five-way switching, Vintage Modified #2 wiring and a special "Tone-Saver" treble-bleed network that keeps tone consistent at any volume (no loss of highs when decreasing volume).

Other premium features include a three-ply parchment pickguard, American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, staggered tuners (no string tree), Schaller strap locks and Fender "F" logo engraved neck plate. Available in NOS and "Journeyman" Relic lacquer body finishes, the latter of which imparts the appearance of years of aging and light use without heavy wear and tear. Finishes include Black and Three-Color-Sunburst (rosewood or one-piece maple fingerboard); Daphne Blue, Olympic White and Candy Apple Red (rosewood fingerboard); and Sonic Blue and HLE Gold (one-piece maple fingerboard). Includes black hard-shell case and Custom Shop certificate of authenticity.

Specifications

 

Body

Body Shape: Stratocaster


Body Material: Lightweight Ash


Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer


Neck

Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple


Neck Shape: 60s Oval "C"


Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)


Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" to 12" Compound Radius (241mm-305mm)


Number of Frets: 21


Fret Size: Narrow Jumbo


String Nut: Bone


Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)


Neck Plate: 4-Bolt


Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer


Fingerboard: Rosewood


Position Inlays: White Dot


Electronics

Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound Loretta Diaz Single-Coil Strat


Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound Loretta Diaz Single-Coil Strat


Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound Loretta Diaz Single-Coil Strat


Controls: Master Volume with Treble-Bleed, 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


Hardware

Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo


Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style Staggered


Orientation: Right-Hand


Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment


Control Knobs: White Plastic


Miscellaneous

Strings: NPS, .010-.046 Gauges

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