Hand-built by Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilder Dennis Galuszka, this Fender C “Private Collection” H.A.R. Stratocaster is an exact reproduction of one of the earliest known black Stratocasters ever produced–a custom order for Howard Reed Jr., guitarist for legendary rockabilly group Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps. Reed didn’t know he was making history when he ordered the guitar from the McCord Music Company of Dallas, Texas, nor did he know he would be starting a custom color tradition that continues at Fender to this day. He just knew what he wanted, and how he wanted it… a Stratocaster. Black. The H.A.R. is just that–black–and true to Reed’s original, down to the dings, scratches, and even the H.A.R. lettering, Howard’s initials.
This Custom Eric Clapton Stratocaster Journeyman Relic was hand-selected by the CME team from the Fender Custom Shop in Corona, California.
The Fender Custom Shop has been building dream guitars for the cream of the guitar crop for nearly 20 years. From faithful reproductions of classic axes of the past to fully tweaked customs made to an individual’s personal specs, few instruments command the level of respect afforded Fender Custom Shop models. There are degrees of Fender Custom Shop models: Stock Team-built and Team-built Custom. A select few instruments are handbuilt by the Master Luthiers, the same luthiers that build custom instruments for the likes of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Merle Haggard. This is the Fender Custom Shop Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocaster.