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KylefKylef Frets: 725
Want to invest in a decent Strat, and prepared to go Custom Shop. Problem is I’d prefer vintage correct specs, ie 7.25” radius etc, and rarely find one ready to buy. 

Has snyone ordered a Custom Shop Fender through a dealer? What sort of price am I looking at for a NOS 62 type Strat? 
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 11513
    Calling @guitars4you ;
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  • kswilson89kswilson89 Frets: 113
    I ordered a custom shop tele through Anderson's about 2 years ago, based on an early 60s model. It cost me about £2199 at the time but I think prices have inflated since then and you're probably looking at around £3000. Download the custom shop spec sheet from the fender site, fill it in and email it to a dealer. They'll likely have a response for you in a few days.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 5519
    edited January 10
    Hi 'Kylef - Any of the Custom Shop dealers in the UK can help you with this process - Coda Music - Peach Guitars - Guitar Village - Guitar Guitar and ourselves for starters

    Easy bit first and that is around 6 months delivery time from order

    Secondly - price will depend on the spec - But very little change now from £3200-3500 based on 2019 price list

    http://www.fendercustomshop.com/how-to-order/ - will help you a bit

    As far as spec goes - Not sure if you have a full detailed option list in mind or are a bit vague at this stage - If a bit vague then I'm not sure the above link will help as maybe to many options to go through - No problem with a 7.25" radius, or indeed a 62 NOS spec/finish - Maybe have a look at stock listed on various web sites for ideas - If you find a guitar you like, but want to change the colour, age to NOS and radius from 9.5" to 7.25" then obtain the model number or better still the serial number of that guitar - Fender will have the serial number on record, hence the full spec sheet, so with the changes you require they can adjust and quote accordingly

    Hope this makes sense without turning it into a War n Peace novel

    If you know the exact spec, down to the nth degree then no problem

    All such dealers have ordered such guitars for their own stock, as well as for customers so no problem to help further

    I think you will be lucky to find a 7.25" radius 62 NOS Strat in stock on a dealers wall - closest I have is https://www.guitars4you.co.uk/guitars/5600-fender-custom-shop-vintage-custom-1959-strat-3-tone-chocolate-sunburst/ - But not exactly the same

    Any questions just ask - Mark
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 5519
    p90fool said:
    Thanks - just trying to get there as quick as I could - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • BrizeBrize Frets: 3035
    Kylef said:
    Want to invest in a decent Strat, and prepared to go Custom Shop. Problem is I’d prefer vintage correct specs, ie 7.25” radius etc, and rarely find one ready to buy. 

    Has snyone ordered a Custom Shop Fender through a dealer? What sort of price am I looking at for a NOS 62 type Strat? 
    It's (thankfully) very rare to find a Custom Shop Strat these days with a 7.25" radius. However, a lot of the older Custom Shop Strats that you'll find on eBay have this radius, and they should cost less than newer models as a result.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 5519
    Brize said:
    Kylef said:
    Want to invest in a decent Strat, and prepared to go Custom Shop. Problem is I’d prefer vintage correct specs, ie 7.25” radius etc, and rarely find one ready to buy. 

    Has snyone ordered a Custom Shop Fender through a dealer? What sort of price am I looking at for a NOS 62 type Strat? 
    It's (thankfully) very rare to find a Custom Shop Strat these days with a 7.25" radius. However, a lot of the older Custom Shop Strats that you'll find on eBay have this radius, and they should cost less than newer models as a result.
    valid point - many have 'bland' pick-ups but easy to upgrade and spec'd with mini/vintage frets - Shop carefully though as some early Custom Shop models are bland and lack any 'tonal' character - In-fact a few early examples I've seen are no better than a USA Vintage Reissue from the production shop - As an overview, the custom Shop team have upped the anti over the last 10 years or so
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 22257
    I did this but long time ago. It was a seriously impressive process and their comms (for the time) were amazing and they made you feel pretty special. Ronnie del Pena was the Sales Co-ordintator and he's as passionate as I was. Nice experience.

    I had visited the factory too, when it was in the old place in Corona. 1996.

    Donald Trump has spoken movingly about 7-Eleven. It reminded him, he said, of the way Americans came together in 1941 after Pearl Necklace.

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    I think you will be lucky to find a 7.25" radius 62 NOS Strat in stock on a dealers wall - closest I have is https://www.guitars4you.co.uk/guitars/5600-fender-custom-shop-vintage-custom-1959-strat-3-tone-chocolate-sunburst/ - But not exactly the same

    Any questions just ask - Mark

    I've got a Strat I'm very happy with, but if I was after a Strat, a 7.25" radius NOS would be what I would be looking at.

    If I was looking now, I must say I'd seriously consider the PRS Silver Sky - especially as it seems to be impossible to get a Fender in that spec without custom ordering from the Custom Shop.

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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 5519
    By the way - ALL Fender Custom Shop Guitars are now custom ordered - Fender no longer carry any stock in the USA, EU or UK warehouse , or any other warehouse

    So from now on-wards, all stock on a dealers wall will either be :- 

    Created from the 'Custom Shop Spec Sheet' - http://www.fendercustomshop.com/how-to-order/

    Ordered via the models available and listed as part of the 2019  Collection

    Ordered via Limited Edition runs as per the NAMM Show etc
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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 382
    Can anyone tell me what happens if you orde a Fender Custom Shop guitar and it arrives made to your spec but sounds rubbish, do you get to return it for a refund?
    My trading feedback can be seen here - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/58242/
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 5955

    I ordered a CS Strat through Coda a few years ago.  It was easy, just sat down with Doug and talked through the options.  I think it's good to actually visit a CS dealer and try a few guitars - different neck shapes, pickups etc - if you don't already know exactly what you want.

    It cost about £2,700 at the time but it's increased a fair bit now as Mark has indicated.  Not cheap of course, but I was surprised I could order to my own specs for essentially the same price as a new off-the-shelf guitar.  There are probably options which would bump up the price, but you're largely selecting from a list of options which are quite different but cost pretty much the same.

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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 2432
    Can anyone tell me what happens if you orde a Fender Custom Shop guitar and it arrives made to your spec but sounds rubbish, do you get to return it for a refund?
    The law says no. 
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 5519
    Can anyone tell me what happens if you order a Fender Custom Shop guitar and it arrives made to your spec but sounds rubbish, do you get to return it for a refund?
    Easy answer is No - That is the down side of a 'built from scratch' custom order

    A deposit would be required at the point of order, which is normal procedure - I dare say if you went to collect it from the dealer and found out at this stage it is the right spec, but you don't like it regarding feel, tone etc, then it would be hard for a dealer to enforce the balance to be paid - However they would be allowed to keep the guitar and the deposit 

    Appreciate that at the point of order, you are 'creating a dream' or a 'potential dream' - I would agree that it is possible that on arrival you might not actually like the way it feels, sounds or plays, even if the spec is spot on as per your request - But you would not actually be getting a 'rubbish' guitar
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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 382
    edited January 10
    I was just wondering really. I've built partscasters that have parts just the way I like them etc but have ended up not playing and feeling great. Just because it costs loads more for Fender to build you a custom guitar doesn't mean you're going to bond with it, it's a lot of money to lose if it doesn't work out. Each to their own though.
    My trading feedback can be seen here - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/58242/
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  • OctafishOctafish Frets: 1669
    I was just wondering really. I've built partscasters that have parts just the way I like them etc but have ended up not playing and feeling great. Just because it costs loads more for Fender to build you a custom guitar doesn't mean you're going to bond with it, it's a lot of money to lose if it doesn't work out. Each to their own though.
    Agree. If I had or ever have the money to get a Fender custom shop guitar (would be a Strat), I'd never want to risk buying something that I couldn't try/play first. Think I would have to spend time trying out off the shelf /2nd hand models, although that would probably be a task as I'd want a NOS with proper (7.25") radius.
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 1169
    Brize said:
    Kylef said:
    Want to invest in a decent Strat, and prepared to go Custom Shop. Problem is I’d prefer vintage correct specs, ie 7.25” radius etc, and rarely find one ready to buy. 

    Has snyone ordered a Custom Shop Fender through a dealer? What sort of price am I looking at for a NOS 62 type Strat? 
    It's (thankfully) very rare to find a Custom Shop Strat these days with a 7.25" radius. However, a lot of the older Custom Shop Strats that you'll find on eBay have this radius, and they should cost less than newer models as a result.
    valid point - many have 'bland' pick-ups but easy to upgrade and spec'd with mini/vintage frets - Shop carefully though as some early Custom Shop models are bland and lack any 'tonal' character - In-fact a few early examples I've seen are no better than a USA Vintage Reissue from the production shop - As an overview, the custom Shop team have upped the anti over the last 10 years or so
    Never cared for the guitars from 1999 till about 2005.....now those were bland sounding guitars. Tried and unfortunately owned quite a few that were less than great. Thought the pickups in the 90's were a lot better. 
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  • teradaterada Frets: 4194
    If you want nos and a 7.25 radius, don’t rule out a 62 AVRI etc. 

    Stunning instruments. 
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  • koss59koss59 Frets: 577
    I agree with @terada all the last series of American Vintage Strats I played were just as good as custom shop ones if you could put up with vintage radius/frets and non relic finish. If you actually want those vintage features it’s a no brainier to save the money in my opinion.
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  • gringopiggringopig Frets: 1306
    I ordered a Blue flower thinline telecaster from Fender through GuitarGuitar. It cost me £3300 and took 3 months to come through. Luckily, it sounded fantastic and the box was opened in front of me, so I was the first one to touch it outside of the Fender factory. Really nice setup and I haven't tweaked a thing on it since.
    I am fully sated now with amps and guitars. God help me.
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  • LodiousLodious Frets: 961
    edited January 10
    Might be worth putting up a Wanted add on here and see what comes out of the woodwork? 7.25" is not as desirable. If you custom order one with 7.25 and you don't like it, it's gonna be a pretty bad outcome. 
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  • GuyRGuyR Frets: 670
    Bravewood is an alternative worth considering. I have a 62 spec, Brazillian slab board one. Fabulous, hand made and inexplicably inexpensive, if you don't mind a clone. 
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  • NeilNeil Frets: 2578
    terada said:
    If you want nos and a 7.25 radius, don’t rule out a 62 AVRI etc. 

    Stunning instruments. 
    ^^^
    This.

    At least with a ready made guitar you can pick and choose. 
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 4811
    Neil said:
    terada said:
    If you want nos and a 7.25 radius, don’t rule out a 62 AVRI etc. 

    Stunning instruments. 
    ^^^
    This.

    At least with a ready made guitar you can pick and choose. 


    Apart from the fact they don't make it any more.  The American Original has replaced it but is 9.5" radius.

    The Mexican made Classic Series is the only vintage spec Strat in the range these days.  The Classic Series are very good guitars, and there is a lacquer version with a nitro finish, although I think that is only in one colour.  If you can find a really good one, it won't be that far short of a Custom Shop guitar with some better pickups.

    There is still a market for a nice shiny NOS 7.25" radius guitar.  PRS proved that with the Silver Sky.  By all accounts, they  couldn't make them fast enough when they first released it.  Also, I think there are at least 3 of us in this thread who have said that is our preferred spec.  I've got a really good AVRI 62 and a Classic Series 50s so I probably won't be buying another, although if I came into a very large amount of money I might get a high end maple board Strat.  I wouldn't order a CS guitar I couldn't try first though, so I'd be stuck with what most dealers currently stock.  Maybe PRS will release a maple board version of the Silver Sky.

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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 2432
    There is a Strat from Fender Japan currently available with a 7.25” radius... 

    https://www.guitar.co.uk/fender-made-in-japan-traditional-60s-stratocaster-candy-tangerine-rosewood

    (Other colours may be available!)
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  • OctafishOctafish Frets: 1669
    edited January 11
    Whitecat said:
    There is a Strat from Fender Japan currently available with a 7.25” radius... 

    https://www.guitar.co.uk/fender-made-in-japan-traditional-60s-stratocaster-candy-tangerine-rosewood

    (Other colours may be available!)
    Wow, that's a bit overpiced for what appears to be a basswood ceramic pickup MIJ. The Mexican Classic series would be a better bet at that price range.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 5519
    crunchman said:

    There is still a market for a nice shiny NOS 7.25" radius guitar.  PRS proved that with the Silver Sky.  By all accounts, they  couldn't make them fast enough when they first released it.  Also, I think there are at least 3 of us in this thread who have said that is our preferred spec.  I've got a really good AVRI 62 and a Classic Series 50s so I probably won't be buying another, although if I came into a very large amount of money I might get a high end maple board Strat.  I wouldn't order a CS guitar I couldn't try first though, so I'd be stuck with what most dealers currently stock.  Maybe PRS will release a maple board version of the Silver Sky.

    valid comments about the 7.25" - in an ideal world, what fret size would you go for - surely not vintage/small - Clapton is one of the few pros that I know of that still prefers vintage frets - Models like the Landau Strat have a 7.25" radius, but use 6105 frets

    Maybe I should order a few - but 6 months order time for me - But then NOS or Journeyman finish - Which colour - which pick-ups and which neck - Classic order now would be 60's C or 65 neck - 6105 frets - some hand wound pick-ups (maybe 63's) - Journeyman Relic and a choice of colours
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 2432
    Octafish said:
    Whitecat said:
    There is a Strat from Fender Japan currently available with a 7.25” radius... 

    https://www.guitar.co.uk/fender-made-in-japan-traditional-60s-stratocaster-candy-tangerine-rosewood

    (Other colours may be available!)
    Wow, that's a bit overpiced for what appears to be a basswood ceramic pickup MIJ. The Mexican Classic series would be a better bet at that price range.
    Funnily enough the MIJ “Hybrid” version of same guitar has an alder body and US-wound pickups, and it’s the same price, but has a modern radius...
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  • KylefKylef Frets: 725
    edited January 11
    I appreciate all the responses.

    So weirdly enough, the Strat of my dreams was basically on my doorstep and I didn't even know it.

    Thanks to a friendly nudge from @barnstorm , he pointed out a Custom Shop Strat that had the specs I wanted, in the colour combination that I wanted. Picked it up today and I'm delighted. I'd have never have known if it wasn't for @barnstorm , so for that I'll forever be indebted to him. I really am due you one!

    NGD post tomorrow.
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  • fretfinderfretfinder Frets: 2490
    Kylef said:
    I appreciate all the responses.

    So weirdly enough, the Strat of my dreams was basically on my doorstep and I didn't even know it.

    Thanks to a friendly nudge from @barnstorm , he pointed out a Custom Shop Strat that had the specs I wanted, in the colour combination that I wanted. Picked it up today and I'm delighted. I'd have never have known if it wasn't for @barnstorm , so for that I'll forever be indebted to him. I really am due you one!

    NGD post tomorrow.
    Great news! So where did you get the guitar, dealer or private?
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