Limited run of 100 instruments, team-built at Fender’s Custom Shop.

The 1959 STRATOCASTER RELIC LTD guitar (Builder Select – Masterbuilt by Todd Krause) comes in limited run of 100 instruments. This Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition beauty has been given the full-on Relic treatment to show years of natural wear and tear—nicks, scratches, worn finish, rusty nickel/chrome hardware, distressed aluminum pickguard and aged plastic parts. The premium ash body has a nitrocellulose lacquer finish. The one-piece maple neck has a C-shaped profile, and a 9-1/2″ radius African rosewood fingerboard. Nickel/chrome hardware includes Fender/Gotoh tuners and an American Vintage synchronized tremolo with ashtray cover. Of its 3 custom wound Fat ’50s single-coil pickups, the middle pickup is reverse wound, reverse polarity to cancel hum. Includes a custom black hardshell case with a black crushed velvet interior, and COA.

Fender Tod Krause Masterbuilt 59 Stratocaster | Relic & Limited Edition
Fender Tod Krause Masterbuilt 59 Stratocaster | Relic & Limited Edition

This is as Good as it Gets for Me. It Just Floats out of the Case & Resonates Like No Strat I have played before.

Features + Technical Specs

Model Number 927-5000-488
Series Custom Shop Limited Edition Series
Colors (488) Desert Sand,
(Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
Body Select Lightweight Alder
Neck Maple, Mid ‘60s Oval “C” Shape,
(Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
Fingerboard Slab Maple, Compound Radius 7.25” (184 mm) to 12” (305 mm)
No. of Frets 21 Dunlop 6105 Narrow Jumbo Frets
Pickups 3 Custom Fat ‘50s Single-Coil Strat Pickups
Controls Master Volume,
Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
Tone 2. (Middle 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
Bridge American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Machine Heads Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Tuning Machines
Hardware Nickel/Chrome
Pickguard 1-Ply Parchment
Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Unique Features Limited Run of 100 Pieces Globally,
Oval “C” Shape Maple Neck,
7.25” to 12” Compound Radius Fingerboard,
Black Dot Position Inlays with Wide Spacing,
Dunlop 6105 Narrow Jumbo Frets
Strings Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel,
Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046),
p/n 073-0250-006
Accessories Deluxe Limited Edition Black Hardshell Case (Black Interior), Strap, Cable, Limited Edition Certificate
This musical instruments offer includes Case Deluxe Limited Edition Black Hardshell Case with Black Crushed Velvet Interior and Embroidered Limited Edition Logo
Introduced 1/2006

Info on Todd Krause | Master Builder

Calling Todd Krause the “Builder to the Stars” would be a vast understatement. He maintains and builds guitars for Fender signature artists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Stu Hamm and Roscoe Beck. Further, he has built custom instruments for Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and Gene Simmons, to name only a few.

Krause’s guitar-building apprenticeship began in March 1981 at Jackson/Charvel guitars. He started at Fender in 1991 and quickly donned many hats, including that of a one-off builder, R&D model maker, woodworking machinist, and, eventually, master builder.