Fender Custom Shop prices for 2018

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WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1849
Yikes. Ouch. 

That is all. 
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1849
    (Oh, in addition to 85% of Strats now being north of £3k they are removing the CruzTools, the lead and the polishing cloth from the case candy too...) 
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 18710
    That’s a LOT of money....

    My personal view on ‘case candy’ (awful phrase that it is...) is that it’s only there to help justify the price.

    Apart from a hex key for the saddle screws, there is no need to supply anything else. 
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  • I always use the Cruz tools every string change and the cloth gets used every time my jazzmaster goes back in it's case

    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • I think mine retailed at 2600 2 or 3 years ago so it doesn't seem like too big an increase. Nowhere near Gibsons hikes.
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • ricorico Frets: 854
    The case candy must cost about £20. Certainly wouldn’t be something I’d insist upon. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4517
    Where are you getting the 2018 prices from?
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1849
    Philly_Q said:
    Where are you getting the 2018 prices from?
    Models landing at dealers over the past week or two...
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  • jrc2806jrc2806 Frets: 22
    Pleased to see the value of the £ hitting a 19 month high against the $ today. Looking forward to the price reductions over the coming months from Gibson, Martin, Fender....sorry just dreaming again!
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  • SchnozzSchnozz Frets: 577
    Just ask Bravewood to make you one for £1500 - Job done. Same as with a Precision Bass, I'm amazed anyone would pay £2K for one.
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 892
    Do they still come with picks in a pack? Anyone buying a secondhand Fender Custom Shop guitar and wondering where the little pack of pics went to.....sorry but I have them all, lol. After 27 years of owning Custom Shop guitars I finally sifted through the drawers and put them in one handy storage container.....and had a count up too....damn I have 279 including some white snakeskin looking ones from the 90's. Lots of nice signature master builder picks too, do the masterbuilts still come with those or have they cut them out too? 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4517
    Whitecat said:
    Philly_Q said:
    Where are you getting the 2018 prices from?
    Models landing at dealers over the past week or two...

    Ah, thanks - I was wondering if there was an official price list somewhere which I was totally unaware of.

    I look at several of the dealer websites a lot but don't really keep track of the prices - I probably wouldn't notice unless there was a really big jump.

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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 892
    Did you guys see that the Fender Vintage Series has been replaced with the Fender Original Series, they have taller frets and 9.5" boards at last. Loads of special editions too like a tele-bodied Strat with the Strat pickup config. They all got leaked by Fender dealers yesterday who jumped the gun and then had to withdraw the ads...lol. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4517
    Strat54 said:
    Do they still come with picks in a pack? Anyone buying a secondhand Fender Custom Shop guitar and wondering where the little pack of pics went to.....sorry but I have them all, lol. After 27 years of owning Custom Shop guitars I finally sifted through the drawers and put them in one handy storage container.....and had a count up too....damn I have 279 including some white snakeskin looking ones from the 90's. Lots of nice signature master builder picks too, do the masterbuilts still come with those or have they cut them out too? 
    I've never had any picks with mine but they're all secondhand, apart from one.... maybe you've got all the picks!  I've never owned a Masterbuilt.
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  • BazPBazP Frets: 283
    Don't worry gents, when Fender pick over the bones of a bankrupt Gibson and have total market domination, they are bound to drop their prices.

    ..that's how it works, ..right?
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4453
    Whitecat said:
    (Oh, in addition to 85% of Strats now being north of £3k they are removing the CruzTools, the lead and the polishing cloth from the case candy too...) 
    the case candy went in 2017 - only certificate + strap now
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4453
    Whitecat said:
    Philly_Q said:
    Where are you getting the 2018 prices from?
    Models landing at dealers over the past week or two...
    many models have been just below or just over 3K now for most of 2017 - any stock around £2500 has been either old stock or stock ordered in 2016 that arrived mid 2017

    I do have info on 2018 models and prices but can't release such info until NAMM - Still waiting as to what the 2018 NAMM Limited Editions models will be for 218
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  • WhitecatWhitecat Frets: 1849
    Thanks Mark. Look forward to the news...
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  • BabonesBabones Frets: 888
    Thank fuck we won't have to hear the phrase 'case candy' any more.
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  • GarthyGarthy Frets: 1774
    Whitecat said:
    Philly_Q said:
    Where are you getting the 2018 prices from?
    Models landing at dealers over the past week or two...
    many models have been just below or just over 3K now for most of 2017 - any stock around £2500 has been either old stock or stock ordered in 2016 that arrived mid 2017

    I do have info on 2018 models and prices but can't release such info until NAMM - Still waiting as to what the 2018 NAMM Limited Editions models will be for 218
    Just out of interest, how much is a custom order vs 'off the peg' stock that yourself, Peach and World Guitars currently have? I realise this is a 'how long is a piece of string' question so if I were to ask for a Strat in Cherry Sunburst, maple board and whatever electric bits a CS comes with, how much would I be looking at considering I don't want the 'aged' hardware, 'aged' plastics or relicing, roadworn etc- the bit people tell me costs a fortune, without being facetious I'd like a custom shop  Strat to actually look like a new guitar. I guess a std US Strat built in the custom shop would be more succinct :)
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4453
    Garthy said:
    Whitecat said:
    Philly_Q said:
    Where are you getting the 2018 prices from?
    Models landing at dealers over the past week or two...
    many models have been just below or just over 3K now for most of 2017 - any stock around £2500 has been either old stock or stock ordered in 2016 that arrived mid 2017

    I do have info on 2018 models and prices but can't release such info until NAMM - Still waiting as to what the 2018 NAMM Limited Editions models will be for 218
    Just out of interest, how much is a custom order vs 'off the peg' stock that yourself, Peach and World Guitars currently have? I realise this is a 'how long is a piece of string' question so if I were to ask for a Strat in Cherry Sunburst, maple board and whatever electric bits a CS comes with, how much would I be looking at considering I don't want the 'aged' hardware, 'aged' plastics or relicing, roadworn etc- the bit people tell me costs a fortune, without being facetious I'd like a custom shop  Strat to actually look like a new guitar. I guess a std US Strat built in the custom shop would be more succinct :)
    There is not a definitive for a Custom Shop Strat as the price list is effectively the price list is like an a la carte menu and you can choose various options - ie 1/4 sawn neck, hand wound pick-ups etc will add to the price - Whereas a NOS new shiny finish, or even a lightly aged closet finish will be less than an aged finish - Best bet on an exact quote is to e-mail me or send a PM with the spec that you require and I can get you a more exact quote - If you are not sure of the exact spec you want again I can help with preparation, but often a good idea to look at other C/Shop models out there, look at the spec and base your order around it - again for example, if you see a guitar you like the spec and features of, but want a different non aged finish and colour, send me a link of that guitar and we can use that guitar as a base for the quote with changes as required - Hope that makes sense - Very few if any quotes are now below 3k - and around 6-7 months waiting time on new orders - any questions just ask - Doug at Coda, John at Peach and myself are handling such quotes and potential orders all the time, either for customers or indeed for some of our own guitars we order for stock
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8331
    jrc2806 said:
    Pleased to see the value of the £ hitting a 19 month high against the $ today. Looking forward to the price reductions over the coming months from Gibson, Martin, Fender....sorry just dreaming again!
    The pound fell off a cliff 19 months ago and is now standing on a pebble at the bottom. 

    That pebble is your 19 month "high". 
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  • jrc2806jrc2806 Frets: 22
    @p90fool - very true. Let's hope that it does not slip off said pebble and manages to get back (at least some way) up the cliff face. 
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    "Case Candy" - good grief, we're British for goodness sake! Some suggestions:

    Case lozenges
    Case accoutrements
    Lucky bag
    Case accessories
    Case paraphernalia
    ...
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  • Chris_JChris_J Frets: 72
    Bits and bobs?
    Goodies?
    Bonus bits?

    Case crap?
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  • kt66kt66 Frets: 157
    Accessories, Case Sweeties, 100s and 1000s 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9381
    I wonder if this is done partly in the knowledge that most people buying Fender CS aren't buying their first one, so they already have all this crap. 


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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 730
    Guitarice Allsorts?
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  • pmgpmg Frets: 215
    I wonder if this is done partly in the knowledge that most people buying Fender CS aren't buying their first one, so they already have all this crap. 


    Cost cutting more like.  People pay more for a new Gibson without the extras 
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  • dazzajldazzajl Frets: 306
    edited January 13
    I think I’d personally prefer a little bag of actual sweeties to a polishing cloth but I feel I’m going to be in the minority here.
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  • GarthyGarthy Frets: 1774
    Garthy said:
    Whitecat said:
    Philly_Q said:
    Where are you getting the 2018 prices from?
    Models landing at dealers over the past week or two...
    many models have been just below or just over 3K now for most of 2017 - any stock around £2500 has been either old stock or stock ordered in 2016 that arrived mid 2017

    I do have info on 2018 models and prices but can't release such info until NAMM - Still waiting as to what the 2018 NAMM Limited Editions models will be for 218
    Just out of interest, how much is a custom order vs 'off the peg' stock that yourself, Peach and World Guitars currently have? I realise this is a 'how long is a piece of string' question so if I were to ask for a Strat in Cherry Sunburst, maple board and whatever electric bits a CS comes with, how much would I be looking at considering I don't want the 'aged' hardware, 'aged' plastics or relicing, roadworn etc- the bit people tell me costs a fortune, without being facetious I'd like a custom shop  Strat to actually look like a new guitar. I guess a std US Strat built in the custom shop would be more succinct :)
    There is not a definitive for a Custom Shop Strat as the price list is effectively the price list is like an a la carte menu and you can choose various options - ie 1/4 sawn neck, hand wound pick-ups etc will add to the price - Whereas a NOS new shiny finish, or even a lightly aged closet finish will be less than an aged finish - Best bet on an exact quote is to e-mail me or send a PM with the spec that you require and I can get you a more exact quote - If you are not sure of the exact spec you want again I can help with preparation, but often a good idea to look at other C/Shop models out there, look at the spec and base your order around it - again for example, if you see a guitar you like the spec and features of, but want a different non aged finish and colour, send me a link of that guitar and we can use that guitar as a base for the quote with changes as required - Hope that makes sense - Very few if any quotes are now below 3k - and around 6-7 months waiting time on new orders - any questions just ask - Doug at Coda, John at Peach and myself are handling such quotes and potential orders all the time, either for customers or indeed for some of our own guitars we order for stock
    Hi- sorry it was a general interest question, I wouldn't want to waste your time, thanks :)
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