Fender Custom Shop Jeff Beck Esquire Tribute Replica.  Serial number GF458.  This is one cool guitar!  This is the limited edition Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Jeff Beck Esquire replica.  The masterbuilders at the Custom Shop recreated every single ding and dent on Jeff Beck’s famous Esquire.  Gui[......]

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Over the course of his 40-year career, Jeff Beck has attained heights of guitar greatness seldom if ever equaled, and he has long been regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive voices of the electric guitar, period. The Fender Custom Shop is very proud indeed then to introduce a very sp[......]

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I bought this new with my financial aid money I got in law school and messed with it and changed the pups a thousand times and put a standard pot in…and after all these years I ended up with lollar special s pups!!!! Now Was wondering if anyone has any idea where I can get the diagram for this g[......]

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After slipping into my best Ninja outfit and stealthily sneaking my way through the dark recesses of Fender’s website, I came across this breathtaking beauty––Fender’s Builder Select 1961 Stratocaster Relic, Masterbuilt by John Cruz.

As far as I can gather, this thoroughly worn-in Strat, which[......]

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John Cruz Masterbuilt 1960 Custom Relic Strat in Burgundy Mist.
Serial Number JC021 with Certificate of Authenticity dated 24.11.03.
Neck profile is a large V. .880 – .980 with 9.5” radius and Dunlop 6100 fretwire.
Fretboard is dark rosewood and the neck is straight grain maple.
Pickups are Cu[......]

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John Cruz came to Fender in 1987, joined the Custom Shop in 1993 and became a Master Builder in 2003. Custom guitars are his passion, and he is the man behind several famous Custom Shop instruments, including the replica of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s famous “Number One” Stratocaster guitar.

Cruz also[......]

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The sound of a ’50s Strat® but with a little more attitude! Fat ’50s pickups deliver enhanced bass response without the harsh mid-range. Pickups feature hand beveled, staggered Alnico 5 Magnets and Formvar magnet wire. The middle pickups is reverse wound/reverse polarity for hum canceling in posit[......]

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For the neck and middle positions I love the pickups in my 2004 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Strat, which are supposed to be “specially would” Custom Shop ’54s. I think they’re probably just Custom Shop ’54s.

For the bridge, I installed a Seymour Duncal SSL-5 because I’m a Gilmour fan and t[......]

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Does anybody know anything about these pickups? I was looking at some custom shop strats at wildwood and I noticed that many of their strats come with “John Cruz Masterbuilt” Pickups or either Custom Shop 65 pickups.

Does anyone know the scoop here? I guess what prompts this is that I’m looking[......]

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abzolut: When most people refer to “hum”, they mean electrical interference that’s picked up by single coil pickups (such as those found in most Stratocasters and Telecasters, as well as P90-style pickups, etc).

Hum-cancelling pickups (humbuckers) can negate that hum, as can single-coils if the[......]

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