Imagine veteran session guitarist Michael Landau has just handed you his well-worn and thoroughly broken-in Strat to take for a spin. That’s what you’ll experience once you take hold and start playing the Fender Custom Shop Michael Landau Signature 1968 Relic Stratocaster.
Part of the Artist Collection, this instrument replicates Landau’s in every respect. The substantially relic’d body reflects the wear accumulated through countless hours of studio and stage work. The finish is largely missing from the back of the neck giving its custom oval profile a super-fleet feel. Hand-wound pickups and custom wiring produce a broad range of tones that reflect the amazing scope of Landau’s recording credits spanning electric jazz, pop, blues, and of course, all shades of rock.
Brian Baggett of Private Reserve Guitars coaxes a huge range of sounds out of this exceptional Strat.
Michael Landau’s credits are as impressive as they are diverse. He’s been heard on records by a veritable who’s who of artists including Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Miles Davis, Steve Perry, Roger Daltrey and Glenn Frey. This Custom Shop replication of Michael’s guitar delivers the broken-in mojo of a guitar that’s been around for every one of those sessions and many more.
Here are the reactions of a couple of our Guitar Advisors:
Michael Landau is a guitarist's guitarist. Kudos to Fender Custom Shop for honoring Michael with a signature model! I love the Fat ‘50s pickups. Add the great Relic job and you have a guitar that looks as great as it sounds!
Michael Landau is about as expressive and versatile as a guitar player gets. This Strat nails anything from his volume knob swells, his smoother 4th-position tone, and his blues and rock dirt sounds. The back of the neck has a perfect relic treatment that makes it super comfortable. This is a full-on tone machine of a Strat built for an amazing player.
You can explore all the specs and details for the Custom Shop Michael Landau Signature 1968 Relic Stratocaster and view it close up here. We also invite you to call one of our Guitar Advisors at 866-926-1923 for an in-hand tone report, additional photos, or to schedule a Skype session to personally audition this one-of-kind Stratocaster.