Dating fender custom shop guitars
But these designations weren’t in frequent use when Fender opened the doors of their now legendary Custom Shop in the early months of 1987.Opening a custom shop was a surprising move for a major company that had established its reputation over the previous 37 years as a manufacturer of factory-built, mass-produced guitars.Almost overnight, one of the world’s biggest guitar companies was steering the industry toward highly specific, often individualized desires.The mere fact that it was Fender doing this is perhaps even more remarkable, especially given the company’s state of affairs at the time.Every dent and ding was reproduced as meticulously as possible, even down to the headplug that was airbrushed at the factory to cover a manufacturing flaw. There are only 17 pieces available for all of North America, 40 total in the world. Honoring influential guitarist Robbie Robertson of The Band, the Fender Custom Shop is proud to present The Last Waltz Stratocaster, an exact replica of the bronzed Stratocaster he used during the historic ‘The Last Waltz’ concert.Features of the Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Limited Edition Stratocaster from the Fender Custom Shop Fender Custom Shop Robbie Robertson Stratocaster Last Waltz Limited Edition 1 of only 17 pieces for North America Available for Pre-Order Now! Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Stratocaster Available for pre-order now. On the evening of November 25, 1976 at San Francisco’s famed Winterland concert venue, the lights dimmed, and a hush fell over the crowd as The Band took the stage for one last time before they dissolved into the annals of history.By the early Eighties, Fender was a good 15 years into its CBS era.
This historic farewell concert was documented for posterity by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, but guitarist Robbie Robertson—the man who used his trusty Fender to back up Dylan when he went electric—thought the moment deserved more commemoration.
Every dent and ding was reproduced as meticulously as possible, even down to the headplug that was airbrushed at the factory to cover a manufacturing flaw.
By Richard Bienstock | Photos Courtesy of Fender In today’s guitar universe, terms like “signature model,” “relic,” “custom shop” and “limited edition” are regular parts of the common lexicon.
But we felt that we could be a Jaguar, Mercedes or Ferrari.
We could be at that level if we approached this correctly.” The Custom Shop’s earliest products were a hodgepodge of custom finish jobs and one-off designs, including unusual instruments like a Strat/Esquire doubleneck (generally regarded as the first Custom Shop order), a banjo equipped with a pedal-steel-like mechanism, and builds for artist friends like Eric Johnson, Elliot Easton and César Rosas (interestingly, the latter two are both left-handed).