For 2018, the Fender Custom Shop is proud to present the inaugural release of our Vintage Custom series. These instruments represent early, almost prototypical, transitional and “first rev” versions of classic Fender models before they were refined into their present-day form. Featuring a few subtle modifications for enhanced playability and tone, some models incorporate prototypical features that barely saw the light of day while others have rarely seen transitional parts combinations that may have been used during the instrument's development.
All of the 2018 Vintage Custom models feature our “Time Capsule” aging package. Combining our original “No Buff” NOS Flash Coat Lacquer finish with Closet Classic hardware, the Time Capsule package grants these instruments the charming appearance, authentic sound and genuine mojo of an extremely lucky vintage find.
Pushing the envelope in the name of art, the Fender Custom Shop Artisan series remains true to its roots. Built on tried-and-true vintage platforms, these custom-built masterpieces are crafted from select exotic tone woods and then outfitted with special appointments and features that subtly enhance playability. Every Artisan series instrument is a beauty to behold-the culmination of sonic perfection, passion and purity of design-with authentic Fender spirit at the core.
Each Custom Shop Limited Edition instrument is only available for a short time, making it eminently collectible and adding to its investment value. Crafted with many features reserved only for certain artists and masterbuilt instruments, they're exactly what the name says they are: highly anticipated, limited-edition models. Based on vintage platforms, modified with new and time-honored upgrades by our artisans, Limited Edition instruments let players achieve specific and previously unimagined results.
The reverently irreverent Custom Shop Postmodern guitars represent six decades of “Fender firsts.” Based simply on our own subjective view of what works best in a single instrument, they combine the best features of the past with modern materials and innovations. The player-friendly Postmoderns open the door to a wider range of individual musical expression and creativity with enhanced sonic and ergonomic features. These imaginative “could-have-been” models range from elegantly crafted Stratocaster® and Telecaster® guitars to a special combination Precision/Jazz Bass® model.
Our shrine to the heritage and legacy of the pioneering players who made us what we are today, the Custom Shop Time Machine series are vintage platforms gone good. These classic instruments are artfully aged to replicate the wear and modifications a well-loved instrument might have received over the course of its service life. While modified slightly for contemporary tastes—larger frets and flatter fingerboard radii—we use the original techniques and tools to create these magnum opii, ensuring the neck and body contours are always period-correct and packed with authentic Fender mojo.
A Fender Custom Shop instrument is extraordinary—you know it when you play one. As a true Custom Shop, almost any instrument we craft can be used as the basis of your own custom build*. Have it made left-handed or with a different color at no extra charge—you can modify any of the stunning Custom Shop models to taste. Contact your Custom Shop Showcase Dealer or download our design guide and start designing the Fender instrument of your dreams.
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* Excludes Limited Edition, Tribute and Artist Series instruments