FENDER USA Custom Shop Cunetto 1957 Relic Strat "Mary Kaye + Maple" (1996)

FENDER USA Custom Shop Cunetto 1957 Relic Strat "Mary Kaye + Maple" (1996)

Here's a killer Custom Shop Strat with awesome looks and tone! Many players dig these earlier Custom Shop models citing better attention to detail and lower production numbers. And yes this ones a relic, coming straight from the Vince Cunetto era and would be of interest to Cunetto fans.

This one has quite unique story behind it which i will share. This was ordered directly through J.W. BLACK in person at the Fender custom shop upon a visit in 1995. Black agreed to personally finish the guitar for the original buyer. Given that this was one of the first relic jobs during the Cunetto era it came with one of the relic fender tweed cases which Fender were having done at the time, also by Vince. This was later scrapped and apparently only 20 cases were hand reliced for the first 20 Cunnetto Guitars. 

Made in the USA Custom Shop quality throughout. The 25.5-inch scale maple neck features a 9.5-inch radius Maple fingerboard with 21 frets. Check out the cool Flame figure on this example. A trio of 50's Style single-coils delivers big tone. A vintage style trem and Kluson style tuners keep it rock solid. The finish is a gorgeous Mary Kaye white (Vintage Blonde) lacquer set off by Gold hardware and white plastic. A really cool looking Strat.

These Cunetto Strats have a very authentic strat sound. The neck is straight and the action is Low. The frets are virtually free of any wear. The pickups deliver variety of tones. All of the electronics work as they should. This is a solid example. Original Case included and paperwork. Great Investment opportunity and a chance to own one of the finest guitars ever built.


Serial Number: R2248

Time of Manufacture: 1996

Place of Manufacture: USA

Neck Profile: 50's Soft V Shape Neck Profile

Fret Condition: Virtually No Fret Wear

Weight: 7lbs 5oz

Action: Professionally set-up Low action 9's

Overall Condition: "Excellent Condition"

Colour: Vintage Blonde

Originality: 100% Original

Dings, Scratches, other: 57 Relic @Fender. - Please refer to pictures below.

  • Specifications

    Serial Number: R2248

    Time of Manufacture: 1996

    Place of Manufacture: USA

    Neck Profile: 50's Soft V Shape Neck Profile

    Fret Condition: Virtually No Fret Wear

    Weight: 7lbs 5oz

    Action: Professionally set-up Low action 9's

    Overall Condition: "Excellent Condition"

    Colour: Vintage Blonde

    Originality: 100% Original

    Dings, Scratches, other: 57 Relic @Fender. - Please refer to pictures below.

£4,199.99Price