Landau Stratocaster

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I’ve got to say I really don’t understand someone wanting a guitar that looks and feels like an old guitar, I used to think they were kind of cool but at the end of the day if I buy a new guitar I want it to be totally pristine and not a single blemish. I was not shopping for a guitar and couldn’t really afford it. But this Landau Stratocaster was put in my hands at a local shop when I was demo’ing amps. A friend grabbed it off the wall and instantly it felt and sounded amazing! What is interesting about the new Custom Shop Michael Landau signature 1963 relic Stratocaster is that he is now using Fender pickups. Suhr have been producing a single coil pickup originally called the FL (Fletcher-Landau, Kirk Fletcher and Michael Landau) which were later renamed to ML pickups when Fletcher stopped using them so it seems they no may have to undergo yet another name change unless Landau is going to continue to use the pickup in his other guitars.

The Fender Custom Shop is pleased to announce the release of the Landau Stratocaster. As part of the Fender Custom Shop Artist Collection, this Signature Model joins the likes of other great artist models from Jeff Beck, Dick Dale, Eric Clapton and more. Based on Landau’s 1963 Stratocaster, this Landau Stratocaster’s features include a hand-selected lightweight alder body, special “custom oval C” neck profile, custom hand-wound pickups and wiring, and a worn Fiesta Red over 3-Color Sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Other highlights include a round-laminated dark rosewood fingerboard with a 7.25” radius and 6105 frets, period-correct small headstock, five-way pickup switching and custom vintage-style tremolo bridge.

This Landau Stratocaster is really BLOWING! The PU’s are so resonant. It is very deep tonally and responses to differences in attack with tons of nuances. I would say a chunky Medium C with rolled edges and the comfort of the worn finish on the back. This guitar for me seems like a game changer. It is the BEST Landau Stratocaster I’ve ever played.

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