1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic


Model #: 9236081227

1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Neck, 3-Color Sunburst

9236081227

1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Neck, Aged Vintage White

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1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Fingerboard, Aged Blue Ice Metallic

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1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Neck, Aged Teal Green Metallic

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1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Neck, 3-Color Sunburst

More about 1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic

New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop introduces the ’68 Stratocaster Deluxe Closet Classic Maple. 55 years after its namesake predecessor, the instrument is loaded with lightly aged looks, sound and vibe that expertly evoke the Stratocaster in the late 1960s.

Its two-piece select alder body wears Deluxe Closet Classic lacquer finishes in Three-Color Sunburst, Aged Vintage White, Aged Blue Ice Metallic and Aged Teal Green Metallic. This finely aged finish treatment imparts the look of a guitar owned with pride, well cared for and religiously polished over many years. Moderate finish checking and hardware oxidization, along with mild parts discoloration, combine into the distinct look and feel of an instrument that has evolved into something complex and refined, like a fine wine.

The flat-sawn maple neck has a ’68-’69-style “U” profile with a slightly thicker in-hand feel, topped by a round-lam maple fingerboard with a 9.5” radius, 21 narrow tall (6105) frets, bone nut and a period-correct polyurethane finish. Three Custom Shop hand-wound ’69 Underwound Stratocaster pickups deliver clear, airy tone with expressively sensitive dynamics, along with ’68-’69 vintage Strat® wiring and five-way switching.

Other premium features include a three-ply parchment pickguard, Custom Shop vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, Schaller® “F” tuners, wing string tree with nylon spacer, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

Specs

General

General
Model Name: 1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Neck, 3-Color Sunburst
Model Number: 9236081227
Series: Time Machine™
Color: 3-Color Sunburst

Body

Body
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Material: 2-Piece Select Alder
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Plain-Grain Maple
Neck Shape: 1969 "U"
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.77 cm)
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Narrow Tall (6105)
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Headstock: Stratocaster® Large
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt with Custom Shop "V" Logo
Neck Finish: Polyurethane
Fingerboard: Round-Lam Maple
Position Inlays: Black Micarta, 0.28" (7 mm)

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Under-Wound '69 Single-Coil Strat®
Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Under-Wound '69 Single-Coil Strat®
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Under-Wound '69 Single-Coil Strat®
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
Pickup Configuration: SSS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: Custom Shop Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tuning Machines: Schaller® "F"
Orientation: Right-Hand
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: Vintage White Plastic
Switch Tips: Vintage White

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

Features and Specifications Subject to Change Without Notice

  • 1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Neck, 3-Color Sunburst

    #9236081227

  • 1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Neck, Aged Vintage White

    #9236081228

  • 1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Fingerboard, Aged Blue Ice Metallic

    #9236081229

  • 1968 Stratocaster® DLX Closet Classic, Maple Neck, Aged Teal Green Metallic

    #9236081230