LIMITED EDITION ROBBIE ROBERTSON LAST WALTZ STRATOCASTER®


Model #: 9216112576
Limited Edition Last Waltz Stratocaster®, 1-Piece Maple Fingerboard, Bronze

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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.

The Last Waltz Stratocaster is a rare, unique glimpse into the history of guitar modifications, specifically ones commonly performed in the ‘70s. During this time period there was no such thing as a valuable vintage guitar—there were only “old” guitars that were the perfect platform for experimentation. Pickup swapping, wiring modifications, hardware replacement—nothing was sacred, and everything was tried.

Master Builder Todd Krause replicated this classic instrument as closely as possible to the state it was in when Martin Scorsese filmed the concert. From the NOS tone capacitors and knobs with the same tension as the original, to the airbrushed headplug and “wear beneath the wear” on the neck, every element was reproduced as meticulously and accurately as possible.

Over the course of its life, Robertson modified his guitar to reflect his playing style and personal tastes. The most obvious modification is the instrument’s bronze coating, which was applied “Old World-style”; the guitar was actually dipped into bronze instead of the contemporary process of forming the bronze around it. Not only does this provide a thinner “skin” that doesn’t impede the guitar’s vibrations, it also allows the attractive wood grain to show through the bronze.

The pickup configuration reflects Robertson’s own idiosyncratic style. Originally a die-hard fan of the Telecaster, Robertson discovered the Stratocaster’s middle pickup got in the way of his picking stroke, so he simply replaced it with a left-handed pickup, selected to maintain the correct stagger height, and moved it to the bridge position to create his own HS Strat (possibly the first).

Specs

General

General
Model Name: Limited Edition Last Waltz Stratocaster®, 1-Piece Maple Fingerboard, Bronze
Model Number: 9216112576
Series: Custom Artist
Color: Bronze

Body

Body
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Material: Premium Ash
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple Rift Sawn
Neck Shape: 1954 “V”
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage-Style
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Fingerboard: Maple
Position Inlays: Black Dots

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound '69 Strat
Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound LH '50s Strat
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound '54 Strat
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Middle and Bridge, Position 2. All Three, Position 3. Neck
Pickup Configuration: SSS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: Vintage White Relic®

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Included Accessories: Special last Waltz Added Value Kit, Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity