Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Dale Wilson 1965 Stratocaster Heavy Relic Firemist Silver Over Sunburst
Masterbuilt Dale Wilson '65 Strat
Truetone Music is proud to have a long and close relationship with Fender, especially with the Custom Shop. Every so often, we make a pilgrimage there to sit down with Masterbuilders to cook up a batch of amazing guitars. Sometimes we go for vintage-styled recreations, sometimes we go for modernized tweaks. Sometimes it's a classic color, sometimes it's a totally new color or even reclaimed wood. No matter what, they always knock it out of the park!
This killer 1965 Stratocaster is a result of this partnership. In 2018, we met with Masterbuilder Dale Wilson and came up with the idea for this guitar. We specifically ask the builders what they would like to build, colors they want to use, etc., in an effort to partner on guitar they are excited to build. That was the genesis of this amazing '65 Strat Heavy Relic in Firemist Silver over Chocolate 3-Tone Sunburst. After a 3 year wait, it exceeded our expectations in every way.
Dale Wilson arrived at Fender in 2003, joined the Custom Shop in 2005 and became a Master Builder in 2011. Building guitars has been a driving passion for the California native since childhood. “Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved guitars,” he said. “I didn’t dream of being a rock star; I dreamed of building the ultimate guitar. I was equally enthralled with the guitars just as much as I was with the players”. Woodworking runs in the Wilson family, and the requisite Custom Shop zeal for outstanding craftsmanship has long been part of Dale’s DNA. He enjoys calling upon his extensive and varied experience as a craftsman to create highly distinctive guitars. His style of relic'ing is instantly recognizable, and his craftmanship is second to none - this is largely why his waitlist has grown immensely (as of now, it's a 4 year wait). We feel lucky to have this guitar....though we don't expect to have it for long.
A Masterbuilt instrument is like no other, and this is truly a one of a kind. Come to Club Fender at Truetone Music to experience it today, or make it yours right here.
- Serial # CZ551905
- Model# 9213000569
- Weight: 6.8 lbs
- Finish Package: Heavy Relic
- Finish: Nitro Lacquer
- Color: Firemist Silver over Chocolate 3-Tone Sunburst
- Body: Alder
- Neck: Roasted AAA Flame Maple
- Neck Shape: '65 Strat "C"
- Fretboard: AAA Rosewood
- Frets: 21
- Fretwire: 6105 Narrow Tall
- Radius: 9.5"
- Dots: Mother of Pearl
- Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
- Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: .820"
- Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: .974"
- Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
- Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
- Neck Pickup: Josefina Handwound '65 Strat
- Middle Pickup: Josefina Handwound '65 Strat
- Bridge Pickup: Josefina Handwound '65 Strat
- Bone Nut
- Tuners: Vintage
- String Guide: Vintage
- Bridge: Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
- Neck Plate: Vintage
- Back Plate: White
- Switch: 5 Way
- Pots: 250K 10% Taper Split
- Wiring: Standard
- Case: Custom Shop Black