Look at last 6 pics.. This Cunetto Black Lights Out (Glows) like a Real PRE CBS Strat finished in CORRECT Nitro would! I have a headstock picture next to a 2012 Fender Relic... You'll see my point..:)This is a Cunetto Strat, But this is when they first started using Fender Custom Shop Decal on back of headstock instead of burning the logo in
Look at it. It's is Dark Deep Patina Vintage Hue in neck color, Weather checked more than pictures show. FAT V Neck. Plays and Sounds like a Dream!
These Strat's I'm buying now, are the cream of the crop, Players, Lookers, Make you want to play Stratocaster's,what I own and would want.
COA and all case candy, All Orig here!
John Cruz Made!
Fender seen dollars signs and Fender did away with that process in 1999. This is going to sound weird coming from a dealer. The Custom shop got back on track in 2011. The guitars are better sound better also price went up.
Simple.Why this is a Cunetto Strat:
John Cruz Made Guitar.
Sent to Vince for Finish & Relic.
It was a messed up cluster shipping parts back and forth from Fender to Vince..Vince worked out of a Regular big garage.
It took over 1 year after ordered and paid for a Relic, till one got.
96-99 it was this way.
Fender said, this is taking off...(end of 1999) We are going to beat up & relic our guitar's.
This is a Strat that was one of last to be done by Cunetto.. Look at ALL the 2000,2001 Relics. DO NOT LOOK Like Cunetto's
It took months to get all work (Strat's)done by Vince and sent back to Fender. It was a good working relationship between Cunetto and Fender.
Look at the relic nut, and Neck AND Body? Fender didn't relic the nuts like this or even just Start Relicing and get this finish product. Remember..Vince is and was a Expert
Before Vince doing Beat Up Relic Guitar's? Fender NEVER Did Any Guitar NOT Looking Shinny New Perfect!
Fender was Not or Ever have been as good as Cunetto in the Relic or Finish work.
Every 96-99 Relic has Bell Tone over All other Relics made now!