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Fender Custom Shop Master Built 1958 Stratocaster Heavy Relic – Poison Apple Red

Serial Number: AH0229
Weight: 7 lbs 8 oz

A pivotal time for the evolution of the Strat®, the 1958 model year ushered in the now-classic 3-color Sunburst, while retaining a one-piece maple neck. Heavily aged to fashion a truly vintage aesthetic and feel, Andy Hicks expert Heavy Relic® treatment, providing a decades-worn twist to accompany fresh player-centric features like a 9.5”-radius fingerboard, 21 6105 frets, and Vintage Modified #2 wiring. Exhibiting a Birdseye Maple AAA neck and loaded with hand-wound Strat® Fat 50’s pickups, the 1958 Heavy Relic® Strat® looks and plays like a true classic.

Andy Hicks grew up in a household filled with music lovers. He received his first guitar on his 11th birthday – a gorgeous 3-tone burst Fender Stratocaster. Andy spent his teenage years playing along with his favorite Nirvana, Black Sabbath and Metallica records. He played in local rock bands and by his early 20s he became increasingly interested in experimenting with guitars by modifying pickups and wiring.

In 2009, Andy decided to take this passion for guitar building seriously by enrolling in the Guitar Craft Academy in Hollywood, a 6-month program focused on electric guitars. Within a week of graduating, he started working at Fender in the Jackson Custom Shop dressing frets. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as an assistant to Gretsch Custom Shop Senior Master Builder, Steve Stern. Andy worked with various artists during this period and is very proud of his involvement with the Malcolm Young “Salute” Jet. In 2018, Andy seized the opportunity to become the lead builder and production manager for a high-end boutique guitar company and was subsequently recruited by James Tyler to oversee production for his shop in the San Fernando Valley.

On his return to Fender, Hicks said, “coming back to Fender, becoming part of the most prestigious custom shop in the industry, and being around so many talented builders is incredibly exciting and humbling. It also feels like I have returned home.”

When it comes to guitars, Andy incorporates his two passions: playing and building guitars. He firmly believes that these two passions are deeply connected, uniting Andy’s core approach to creating guitars. “I love interacting with guitarists,” Hicks said. “Bridging the gap between builder and player, listening to their desires and implementing them into my builds is incredibly rewarding,” and to create such guitars in the Fender Custom Shop, “nothing could be better,” he added.

When not building guitars, Andy plays in an epic doom metal band, Stygian Crown, enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons and goes on incredible Disneyland trips with his wife and 3 boys.

Other specifications include:

  • Model Number: 9216070333
  • Series: Master Built
  • Color: Poison Apple Red
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
  • Body Material: 2-Piece Alder
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Material: 1-Piece AAA Birdseye Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: “C” Shape
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: 6105 Narrow Jumbo
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
  • Neck Plate: Custom Shop Andy Hicks Chrome
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Position Inlays: Black Dots
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Fat ’50s Single-Coil Strat®
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Fat ’50s Single-Coil Strat®
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Fat ’50s Single-Coil Strat®
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge 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
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
  • Orientation: Right-Hand
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment
  • Control Knobs: Vintage White
  • Switch Tips: Vintage White
  • Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
  • Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case; Strap; Certificate of Authenticity.available as is, left handed, or customized to taste. See your Custom Shop Showcase dealer for details.
  • 7 lbs 8 oz
  • #AH0229

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$10,300.00

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