Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Ltd Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Stratocaster

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£13,689.00

One of only 3 that will make it to Europe. A real collectors piece!

Honoring influential guitarist Robbie Robertson of The Band, the Fender Custom Shop is proud to present The Last Waltz Stratocaster, an exact replica of the bronzed Stratocaster he used during the historic ‘The Last Waltz’ concert. Master Builder Todd Krause replicated this classic instrument as closely as possible to the state it was in when Martin Scorsese filmed the concert. From the NOS tone capacitors and knobs with the same tension as the original, to the airbrushed headplug and “wear beneath the wear” on the neck, every element was reproduced as meticulously and accurately as possible.

Honoring influential guitarist Robbie Robertson of The Band, the Fender Custom Shop is proud to present The Last Waltz Stratocaster, an exact replica of the bronzed Stratocaster he used during the historic ‘The Last Waltz’ concert.

Master Builder Todd Krause replicated this classic instrument as closely as possible to the state it was in when Martin Scorsese filmed the concert. From the NOS tone capacitors and knobs with the same tension as the original, to the airbrushed headplug and “wear beneath the wear” on the neck, every element was reproduced as meticulously and accurately as possible.

Over the course of its life, Robertson modified his guitar to reflect his playing style and personal tastes. The most obvious modification is the instrument’s bronze coating, which was applied “Old World-style”; the guitar was actually dipped into bronze instead of the contemporary process of forming the bronze around it. Not only does this provide a thinner “skin” that doesn’t impede the guitar’s vibrations, it also allows the attractive wood grain to show through the bronze.

On the evening of November 25, 1976 at San Francisco’s famed Winterland concert venue, the lights dimmed, and a hush fell over the crowd as The Band took the stage for one last time before they dissolved into the annals of history. This historic farewell concert was documented for posterity by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, but guitarist Robbie Robertson—the man who used his trusty Fender to back up Dylan when he went electric—thought the moment deserved more commemoration. He had his favorite guitar, a red 1954 Stratocaster, dipped in bronze to commemorate the life-changing moment. He proceeded to play this now one-of-a-kind instrument during the course of the concert, cementing its place in legend.

The pickup configuration reflects Robertson’s own idiosyncratic style. Originally a die-hard fan of the Telecaster, Robertson discovered the Stratocaster’s middle pickup got in the way of his picking stroke, so he simply replaced it with a left-handed pickup and relocated it adjacent to the bridge pickup.

The Last Waltz Stratocaster’s gleaming bronze finish was applied “Old World-style”; the guitar was actually dipped into the bronze instead of the contemporary process of forming the bronze around it. The result—a thin coating that penetrates the body wood, revealing the wood grain through the bronze

Not only did Krause precisely replicate the Last Waltz Stratocaster’s unique neck profile and headstock shape, he even matched the “wear beneath the wear” on the fingerboard of the neck. “Wear beneath the wear” means that the neck had been refinished at some point in its life and then absorbed even more playing miles, requiring a multi-step process of finishing/aging, refinishing/aging. Every dent and ding was reproduced as meticulously as possible, even down to the headplug that was airbrushed at the factory to cover a manufacturing flaw.

    Body

  • Colour: Bronze
  • Body: Ash

    Neck

  • Number of Frets: 21 Vintage
  • Scale Length: 25.5
  • Fretboard Wood: 1 Piece Maple Neck
  • Fretboard Inlays: Dot
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Neck Shape: 1954 "V"

    Hardware

  • Bridge Hardware: Vintage Tremolo
  • Pickguard: Mint Green

    Electronics

  • Bass Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound '54 Strat
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound LH '50s Strat
  • Treble Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound '69 Strat
  • Pickup Switching: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
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Body

Colour

Bronze

Body

Ash

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Neck

Number of Frets

21 Vintage

Scale Length

25.5

Fretboard Wood

1 Piece Maple Neck

Fretboard Inlays

Dot

Radius

7.25"

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Neck

Neck Wood

Maple

Neck Shape

1954 "V"

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Hardware

Bridge Hardware

Vintage Tremolo

Pickguard

Mint Green

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Electronics

Bass Pickup

Custom Shop Handwound '54 Strat

Middle Pickup

Custom Shop Handwound LH '50s Strat

Treble Pickup

Custom Shop Handwound '69 Strat

Pickup Switching

Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)

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Additional Info

WORLD GUITARS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE GUITAR STORE!

We have been hand-selecting, photographing, setting up and selling high end guitars for over 30 years. In this time we have always understood just how important it is to get the setup right. The best guitar in the world can feel very average if it's not setup properly. We have always made this a priority on every single guitar that leaves World Guitars.

Hi Jeff, The guitar landed just over an hour ago and is superb in every respect, including an immaculate setup job  Many thanks for your service. I shall be heartily recommending you to all my guitar playing friends, of whom there are many! Best Regards as always

Dave Millington, UK