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).
Master Builder - John Cruz
Weight - 7.0 Lbs
Finish Package - Relic
Plating - Chrome
Right Hand/Left Hand - Right Hand
Case- Strat Brown Tolex Gold Long G&G
Gen Text Cert - 55 Strat Relic
Body Spread - Guitar & Bass Ash
Choose Single Or Multi Color - Single Color
1, 2 Or 3pc Spread? - 2 Pc
Sort For Light Weight - No Sort
Body Finish - Lacquer
Body Text - 55 2tone Color (Builder Pick)
Body Text - 'Medium' Relic
Bridge Assembly Standard or Custom - Standard Bridge Assembly
Bridge Assembly - Strat Vintage Relic
Output Assemblies - Vintage Strat Relic
Control Assembly None
Neck Plate - Guitar Serial Vintage Relic
Back Plate & Trem Cover - Guitar Plate Back Relic Parchment
Tremolo Arm - Vintage Strat Relic
Tremolo Arm Tip - White Relic
Tuner Key - Fender Logo Nickel Relic
String Sets For Guitar - 010-013-017-026-036-046
Standard or Custom Neck - Custom Neck
Like Standard Neck Assembly - 56 Strat
Neck Finish - Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Blank - Guitar Plain Grain
Truss Rods - 50's
Face Dot - Micarta Black 6.3mm
Side Dot - Micarta Blk 3/32"
Fret Wire - Cut Dunlop 6105
Fingerboard Radius - 9.50" Radius
Back Shape - 10/56 "V"
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret - .860"
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret - .960"
Nut - Standard Blank
Decals Headcap For Guitar - 56 & 60 Strat C/S
Neck Text - 55 Era Strat Decal
Neck Text - Rolled Fret Edges
Standard or Custom - Standard
Standard Pickguard Assembly - Strat 56 Strat Rh Nickel Relic
Pickups – Base Model Vintage 50’s Pickups