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.
Masterbuilt or Teambuilt? - Masterbuilt
Builder - JOHN CRUZ
Finish Package - Relic
Plating - Chrome
Orientation - Right Handed
Weight - 7.4 lbs
Body Wood - GTR & Bass Alder
Body Construction - 2 Piece
Color Finish - Fiesta Red
Sort for Light Weight - No Sort
Finish - Lacquer
Bridge Assembly - Standard Assembly
Tuner Keys: Vintage Relic
Neck Plate - Vintage Relic
Back Plate and Tremelo Cover - Relic STR Parchment
Neck Assembly - Custom Neck
Fingerboard - Dark Rosewood Indian
Neck Blank - Plain Grain
Face Dot - Micarta White .250
Side Dot - Micatar White 3/32
Fret Wire - Cut "6105"
Fingerboard Radius - 9.5" Radius
Neck Shape - Mid 60's style Oval "C"
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret - .860"
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret - .960"
Nut - Bone
Style - 60 Stratocaster
Neck Pickup - 60's Strat
Middle Pickup - 60's Strat
Bridge Pickup - 60's Strat
Pickguard - 60 Strat Nitro, 3-Ply White
Pickup Selector Switch - 5-way Lever
Volume & Tone Knobs - White Relic Pimpco
Pots - 250K 10% Taper