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    I've tried to navigate the Fender site about having them build me a custom guitar- but couldn't figure it out.
    I don't even know if they do it.

    What I want is essentially, the Jeff Beck Strat (current model with thin C shape neck) but with an H/S/H pickguard configuration (I was thinking Pearly Gates bridge and neck with Cool Rail in the middle).
    Also, I have some other minor wiring requirements that aren't that exotic.
    I could care less about the neck stock having the JB signature on it- I just want the same C shape neck with the LSR nut, medium jumbo frets and the locking tuners.(but the locking tuners wouldn't be a deal breaker)- and I want the 2 point trem system.
    Should I attempt to have Fender build me this guitar, or is there already an H/S/H/ model with a 2 point trem, LSR nut and C shape neck already in production? (I couldn't find one)

    Perhaps there is a production model that I could just spend a little extra and replace the pickups to me desire?

    I am at a little loss for what direction to take.
    I also considered a Warmoth build, but it seemed way to complicated. I'd like to receive the guitar ready to plug and play.
    I'd even consider a Squier, but I don't believe they make any Strats with the LSR nut.

    Does anyone have a good idea on how I should proceed to end up with a guitar with the specs I want?

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    Just change the pickups on a Jeff Beck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty Pockets View Post
    Just change the pickups on a Jeff Beck.
    Yeah- was thinking of that- maybe going with moderate output single size humbuckers, like Little 59 bridge and 2 Cool Rails. . .
    I just like three pickup configuration (with the 2 notch positions) but with med output 'bucker tones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pep2019 View Post
    Yeah- was thinking of that- maybe going with moderate output single size humbuckers, like Little 59 bridge and 2 Cool Rails. . .
    I just like three pickup configuration (with the 2 notch positions) but with med output 'bucker tones.
    It's routed for H/S/H so you only need to change pickguard and drop in the pickups you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacew View Post
    It's routed for H/S/H so you only need to change pickguard and drop in the pickups you want.
    That's a happy surprise!
    Still it seems Like after the new pickups and pick guard (and wiring) it would end up be $2,000 dollars. That's a little beyond my budget.

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    Default Re: Fender Custom build guitars?

    I'm thinking I'd have to try to find a mid-range$ Strat and add the LSR nut and change the pickups. Maybe like an H/S/H Blacktop (MIM) if they still are available. Then I could still be under $1,500 perhaps?

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    Default Re: Fender Custom build guitars?

    The Jeff Beck is a slightly modified Strat Plus from the 80s/90s. Unfortunately people love them now (no idea why) so prices have skyrocketed. If you can find one you like at a decent price, they are all routed HSH, so drop in the Pickguard of your choice.

    The other option is just build it yourself. Get a Jeff Beck neck, MIA 2-post body and the pickguard of your choice.

    By the way, the answer to your question is yes, they will build that for you. Itll spec out at about $4,200 I bet.
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    I don't think Fender's shop will use non-Fender pickups. There are times when you can get the Jeff Beck neck online, and build your own. or attach it to another body...it will be a lot cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    I don't think Fender's shop will use non-Fender pickups. There are times when you can get the Jeff Beck neck online, and build your own. or attach it to another body...it will be a lot cheaper.
    They will, look at page 62.

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    Default Re: Fender Custom build guitars?

    I would make what you want out of Musikraft parts. They have a bajillion neck profiles. One of them has to fit the bill for you.

    You do have to send them a special note that you will be installing an LSR nut.

    And they have a deal with MJT that gives you a discount on finishing if you have the MK parts shipped straight to MJT for finishing. Get Closet Clean if you don't like relics (as I do not).

    It won't be cheap, but if you were going to spend what it takes to custom order from Fender, you can definitely afford to go this route.
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    Default Re: Fender Custom build guitars?

    fender will make you a custom guitar but itll be expensive. better to find a used one that has the features you want and buy a new pickguard and pups

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pep2019 View Post
    That's a happy surprise!
    Still it seems Like after the new pickups and pick guard (and wiring) it would end up be $2,000 dollars. That's a little beyond my budget.
    as others have noted, if your budget is under $2000, you can forget about the fender custom shop

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    Default Re: Fender Custom build guitars?

    Partscaster? Lots of options if you're willing to assemble it yourself.

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    Default Re: Fender Custom build guitars?

    Always buy used for custom shop. You won't take a hit on the initial value if you resell. I personally wouldn't drop that kind of coin ($3750+) on a bolt-on guitar. There's a 2020 NAMM 60/63 Strat I wish I could buy, but its overpriced by ~$2475 ($4675 w/ 15% off, $5500 retail). I'm sorry, but no.

    There are multiple custom shop strats on Reverb going for under $2000. You just have to be patient. Your options will be limited however. I see them go for $1750 most of the time on Craigslist or Reverb. They are mostly Closet Classics or *NOS Thin Skins.

    Reverb currently has an used Jeff Beck strat for $1109 plus tax/shipping. Stratosphere also has an Olympic white loaded body/neck if you wish to buy separately.

    Good luck.

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