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 built the limited-run Moto guitar and amp sets, worked on the ’49 Woody amp project and developed all production processes for the Rory Gallagher and Muddy Waters tribute guitars. Further, his meticulous work was essential to all aspects of the initial Custom Shop Relic guitars and basses, and he initiated the Custom Shop’s quality assurance program.
Cruz has built fantastic guitars for players such as Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake), Dave Amato and Bruce Hall (REO Speedwagon), Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Bono (U2), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Ike Turner and Brad Whitford (Aerosmith).
Description - Fender 69 Strat HSS Heavy Relic Purple Sparkle
Masterbuilt or Teambuilt? - Masterbuilt
Builder - John Cruz
Aging Package - Heavy Relic
Plating - Chrome
Orientation - Right Handed
Body Wood - Guitar and Bass Alder
Color Finish - Purple Sparkle
Sort for Light Weight - No
Finish - Lacquer
Bridge Assembly - Strat Vintage Relic
Neck Plate - Custom Shop Logo & Serial Number Relic
Back Plate and Tremelo Cover - Parchment
Standard or Custom Neck - Custom Neck
Like Standard Neck Assembly - 69 Strat Maple Neck Cc/Relic
Neck Finish - Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Finish - Light Tint
Neck Blank Guitar - 5/4 Quarter Sawn
Fingerboard - Maple
Truss Rods - 17.563 X .875
Head Style - Large
Neck Head Thickness - 0.590"
Neck Scoop - 60
Dot Spacing - Narrow
Face Dot - Micarta Black 6.3mm
Side Dot - Micarta Black 3/32"
Fret Wire - Dunlop 6100
Number of Frets - 21
Fingerboard Radius - Custom/Compound Radius (Mb)
Back Shape - See Text
Neck Nut Width - 1.650"
Neck Thickness At 1st Fret - .770"
Neck Thickness At 12th Fret - .830"
Neck Butt Width - 2.200"
Nut - Standard Blank
Number of Bolts - 4 Bolt
Bind Head Cap - No
Bind Fingerboard - No
Decals Headcap - For Guitar 98 Malmsteen
Neck Text - 69 Strat Cs
Neck Text - Floyd Rose #9 Nut
Neck Text - 12' To 16" Compound Radius
Neck Text - Remove Finish From Back Of Neck
Style - 69 Strat
Neck Pickup - 69 Strat Relic
Middle Pickup - 69 Strat Relic
Bridge Pickup - 69 Strat Relic
Pickguard - 63 - 69 Strat
Pickup Selector Switch - 5-Way Lever Control
Volume & Tone Knobs - White Pimco NOS
Pots - 250K 10% Taper
Item #: JC1831
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