The Fender Custom Shop got its start in 1987 with luthiers John Page and Michael Stevens at the helm.
Known for producing outstanding luthiers, both of these craftsmen would later go on to start their own successful guitar businesses after their tenure with the Custom Shop.
Neck-dating can be useful in determining the was produced, rather than the complete instrument.
Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.
While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.
The US manufacturer Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, known as Fender for short, is one of the leading manufacturers of instruments such as electric guitars, bass guitars and amplifiers.
Back in 1985, Fender nearly went bankrupt under the ownership of the Columbia Broadcasting System before an investment group led by Bill Schultz purchased the fledgling company from CBS.
Schultz and his crew then began revamping Fender to return the company to its roots.
The premium ash body wood with a worn nitro finish has great tone and is lightweight for playing comfort.
The 1-piece, maple neck has the distinctive '57 style soft V-shape and has worn finish on the back for a great, smooth "played-in" feel.