Every masterbuilt Fender Custom Shop guitar is a labor of love—premium craftsmanship is united with a deep, abiding passion for the instruments and respect for those who play them. Inspired by the Strat® guitars wielded by the giants of classic rock, the Greg Fessler Builder Select ’69 Stratocaster is a perfect example of the skill and commitment possessed by the Custom Shop luthiers.

Cosmetically this guitar is identical to the models that came off the line in 1969, played by renowned guitarists such as Gilmour, Blackmore and Hendrix. “I really like the look of the ‘69s, with the big headstock and everything,” Fessler said. When asked why he chose Firemist Gold Metallic for the finish he replied with a grin in his voice, “Well, it’s a vintage-era finish that could be found at the time, and people really like gold.” This thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish not only looks great, it allows the guitar’s body to breathe with extra resonance, sustain and a more natural sound.


Brand Fender Custom Shop
Model 2015 Collection Masterbuilt 1969 Stratocaster Relic
Finish Color Firemist Gold Metallic
Finish Type Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight 7.50 lbs
Master Builder Greg Fessler
Body Wood Alder
Neck Wood Quarter Sawn Maple
Neck Shape 1969 “U”
Neck Dimensions .840 1st – .910 12th
Fingerboard Round-Laminated Maple
Fingerboard Radius 9.5″
Scale Length 25.5″
Width at Nut 1.650″
Frets 21 Narrow Jumbo
Pickups Custom Shop ’69 Handwound Single-Coil Strat (neck), Custom Shop Handwound Fat ‘50s Single-Coil Strat (middle), Custom Shop Handwound Texas Special™ Single-Coil Strat (bridge)
Hardware Nickel/Chrome
Tuners Vintage Style
Bridge 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Pickguard 3-Ply Parchment
Case Hardshell Case