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Fender 1996+7 Custom Shop 1958 Special Run Owners Club

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by ARRITDOR, Jul 12, 2018.


    ARRITDOR Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    Okay guys, I know there are 30 of us! I have found 13 of these guitars on the internet, mostly those that were posted for sale. These are beautiful guitars and I know mine is a great player. How many strats, much less CS guitars, come from Fender with gold hardware, AAA flame maple necks and shielded cavities? Not many!

    Post your pics, specs and comments here. Spread the word, let's get as many of these beauties documented as possible.

    ARRITDOR Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    04 of 30

    This Custom Shop ’58 Stratocaster is a Limited Edition Masterpiece that has seen very limited use and its condition reflects it. Original, just as it came from the Custom Shop! Here are the specs:
    Purchased New: Feb., 1997
    Model Name:'58 Stratocaster' (Gold Hardware)
    Model Number: 010-0802-854 (Gold Hardware)
    Limited Edition: Serial # 4 0f 30
    Build Date: Nov., 1996
    Series: Custom Shop "Custom Classics" Series
    Body: Alder (Ash with 854 Color)
    Neck: Birdseye Maple ("C" Shape)
    Headstock: Painted Dakota Red MPH
    Fingerboard: Birdseye Maple, 9.5" Radius
    No. of Frets: 21
    Scale Length: 25.5' (648 mm)
    Width @ Nut: 1.650' (42 mm)
    Hardware: Gold
    Machine Heads: Vintage Style
    Bridge: Vintage Style Tremolo
    Pickguard: 1-Ply White with Aged Knobs
    Pickups: Custom Shop Late 50’s Single Coil Reissue Aged Covers
    Pickup Switching: 5 Position
    Controls: Volume, Tone, Tone
    Color: (854) Dakota Red
    No Fender Certificate of Authenticity
    Tweed Case
    Guitar is in Near Mint condition with only very light signs of use
    Birdseye Maple Neck is exceptional and striking.

    ARRITDOR Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    See this beauty in action...

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    And it looks like he has another one:

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    ARRITDOR Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    5 of 30

    Fender (used, 1996) Custom Shop Small Run Stratocaster
    Ice Blue with matching headstock
    Gold-plated metal parts
    Form fitting hard shell case (not original)
    Rosewood neck
    Serial number “#5 of 30.”
    “Fender Custom Shop” decal on the back of the headstock
    “Fender Custom Shop” symbol on the four-bolt back plate.

    The best explanation the owner has been able to come up with, by calling Fender Customer Service, is that it may have been made for a NAMM show and displayed on Fender’s “Color Wall” – in which special Custom Shop examples are offered at the show to dealers to purchase in a special sequence.

    This guitar has a small chip out of the vertical portion of the letter “d” in “Fender” on the headstock decal; it shows normal signs of playing wear overall including belt buckle marks on the back, oxidation and wear on the four-bolt back plate, as well as small nicks, chips and dings. It shows crazing in the finish. East Indian rosewood fingerboard with 10 “clay” style dots; the gold plating is still fresh; including the gold double string tree on the headstock.

    It displays three standard Stratocaster pickups with staggered poles, a double Fender stamp (in opposite directions on each part) on each of the individual and adjustable saddle pieces (these are also gold plated), and is provisioned with a five-way switch for pickup selection.

    ARRITDOR Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    How the guitars in this special run differ:
    • Some have matching painted headstocks
    • Some are signed by John Cruz
    • Some necks are maple, some are rosewood (original 1958s would have been maple as Fender didn’t use rosewood until 1959)
    • Some came with tremolo “ashtray” covers
    • Colors: Shoreline Gold, Dakota Red, Mystic Ice Blue, Daphne Blue, Surf Green, Candy Apple Red Metallic, Classic Copper

    What these guitars have in common:
    • Neck shape: “C” (a thick C, not quite D in size, probably close to actual ’58 specs)
    • Truss rod adjustment at heel
    • Fretboard radius: 9.5“ (original 1958s were 7.25” as Fender didn’t change the radius to 9.5” until 1987)
    • Vintage-sized frets
    • AAA flamed-maple one-piece neck
    • Gold hardware: Vintage tuners, vintage 6-point tremolo, tremolo bar, strap buttons
    • 50’s spec body contours
    • Pickup cavity shielding (not 50’s spec and rarely done by Fender production or Custom Shop)
    • White, single-ply plastics
    • Custom Shop 1950’s pickups with slightly aged pickup covers
    • 5-way switch (original 1958s had a 3-way switch)
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2018

    ARRITDOR Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    7 of 30

    1958 Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop NOS manufactured in 1996 by renowned Fender Master Builder John Cruz, Serial Number simply states "7 of 30".

    Dakota Red body and headstock (not a typical "brighter" red - this is substantially more elegant in color), white pick guard, red headstock. Gold hardware throughout (saddles, tuners, neck backplate, etc). Factory plastic remains on pick guard and body backplate.

    Absolutely gorgeous/insane bird's eye maple neck. Looks like rain drops. Literally.
    You will never find another one like it. The NOS pickups for this specific guitar have that trademark clean "quack" and resonance like a genuine production-era '58.

    This is from the golden "John Page" era of Fender Custom Shop productions, when utilizing the absolute authentic "NOS" vintage inventory meant something. In fact, current renowned Custom Shop Master Builder John Cruz personally built this guitar in 1996. Cruz was/is responsible for the SRV, Malmsteen, Mayer, and Moore Signature Series Stratocasters. *NO* guitar went out of a John Page Custom Shop without being the real deal. These mid-90s John Page guitars are categorized as "Masterbuilt" quality production by Fender CS, as evidenced by this guitar's John Cruz assembly.

    Autographed by Eric Johnson (back of headstock) at his House of Blues show in Chicago on 1/12/12.

    Original custom case specifically designed for this guitar is included.

    ARRITDOR Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 11, 2012

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    ARRITDOR Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    12 of 30

    Brand: Fender Custom Shop
    Model: 1996 58 Stratocaster
    Finish Color: Candy Apple Red Metallic
    Finish Type: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Weight: 7.77 lbs
    Body Wood: Ash
    Neck Wood: Maple matching headstock
    Neck Shape: Small 60’s C
    Neck Dimensions: .860 1st - .96012th
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
    Pickups: 50’s Custom shop pickups
    Controls: 1 Volume, 2 Tone, 5-Way
    Hardware: Gold
    Tuners: Vintage Style
    Bridge: Vintage Style with original gold whammy bar included
    Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment
    Case: Non original hardshell gator Case
    COA: No paper work
    Condition: Play ware throughout. Light rash on the back and a little on the top. Overall pretty clean.