1960 Fender Stratocaster Super Duper Heavy Relic Masterbuilt by Jason Smith Custom Shop Black over Fiesta Red April 2007
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A Custom Shop veteran and son of longtime Fender R&D legend Dan Smith, Jason Smith grew up on Fender—“It has always been in my family,” he said, “And I was always extremely interested in everything my father did.”
Born in Rochester, N.Y., and raised in California, Smith remembers meeting guitar greats from about age five on through his father’s work with Fender—Eric Clapton, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Beck and Robben Ford, to name only a few. He went to his first big rock concert at age six—Rush—and Smith remembers going backstage with his dad and meeting Geddy Lee after the show. Before he was even in his teens, Smith was going to see Pink Floyd, ZZ Top and many other major artists.
Rock music and Fender are part of his DNA. Smith joined the Fender Custom Shop in 1995, and in 2006 completed a five-year apprenticeship under acclaimed Senior Master Builder John English. Among many diverse projects with English, Smith worked on a pair of double-neck Stratocaster guitars for Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo. He has since crafted fine instruments for players and acts including John 5, Michael Landau, Flea, Josh Klinghoffer, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Reggie Hamilton, Linkin Park, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Neon Trees and many others.
This could be the first Super Heavy Relic Fender guitar that the Music Zoo in NY had built by Jason Smith in 2007 …
Here is a current built Jason Smith Guitar for sale at Music Zoo that talks about that order ….
Fender Custom Shop Exclusive Masterbuilt Jason Smith ’60 Stratocaster Ultimate Relic Electric Guitar Black
About This Listing
In 2007 we approached the Fender Custom Shop with an idea. We wanted the most beat-up, played-in Stratocaster we’d ever seen, and we wanted it to feel like it had been played every night for 40 years. Soon we realized that we would have to take the aging processes developed in the Custom Shop to their limits to produce what would end up being not a tribute to any famous guitarist, but a tribute to the instrument itself. The Ultimate Relic Stratocaster® was born.
We really wanted something that had that special vibe, that particular feeling that so many vintage, well-played instruments have. We had our doubts that guitars aged to this degree wouldn’t be done right unless it was a tribute model or some such limited edition. But we shouldn’t have doubted Fender’s Masterbuilders. Custom Shop veteran John Cruz and guitar building phenom Jason Smith immediately “got it” and met our challenge with an extraordinary attention to detail and skill.
We can order your Ultimate Relic based on Stratocaster® models from 1954 through 1969, in original colors and custom hues. All Ulimate Relics have a extremely worn (and thin) lacquer finish and a very soft neck feel, with the neck profile determined by the model year. We add a special players touch by outfitting most of the guitars with a slightly flatter 9.5″ fingerboard radius, and slight larger 6105 medium jumbo frets. Is it a player’s guitar? Or is it a collector’s guitar? It’s both.
Music Zoo manager Tim Reynolds:
“I worked with John [Cruz] to establish the concept of what the guitars should look like, being careful to create our own style that wouldn’t be replicating any signature guitar or famous Strat that already exists, but rather create a stand-alone, been to hell and back player guitar. I have to admit though, it’s really John’s vision and skill that makes these guitars what they are. …The guitars feel so broken in and ”at home“ in your hands. They look and feel like a vintage piece right out of the case. Tonally, with a minimal amount of finish left, you’ll find the instrument resonates extremely well, and you tend to get more openness and sustain by allowing the wood to ring freely, much in the same way a vintage player guitar comes alive from the first note you play. Bottom line, we just wanted to make the most badass Relic around.”
Back to our April 2007 fabulous Jason Smith …
To quote the Traveler “Beat the crap out of it” “Heavy Relic thin skin Black / Fiesta Red exposed undercoat”. “Lot’s of Dings, Checks, Gauges, Color on Color”
The guitar is super light weight and super resonant. The pickups are 1960’s Black Backs. Traveler – “Mid Pickup Rev Wound – Revers Pol”
“Super Relic MG Pickguard”
Neck Notes “Remove finish from back of neck” “Cig Burn on Peg”
|Custom Shop Masterbuilt
|1960 Heavy Relic Stratocaster Jason Smith Masterbuilt
|Aged Black Over Fiesta Red
|Select Lightweight Ash
|1960 Style Oval “C” Shape
|Maple 5/4 Quarter Sawn
|25.5″ (648 mm)
|AAA Indian Rosewood 9,5″ Radius Slab Board
|1.650″ (42 mm)
|No. of Frets