Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Stratocaster
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Fender Custom Shop Robbie Robertson Stratocaster Last Waltz Limited Edition 1 of only 17 pieces for North America Available for Pre-Order Now! Reserve Your's Today!

Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Stratocaster

Available for pre-order now. Shipping very soon. If you want once of these guitars DO NOT WAIT! There are only 17 pieces available for all of North America, 40 total in the world. The run is already sold out.

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.

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 Last Waltz Stratocaster is a rare, unique glimpse into the history of guitar modifications, specifically ones commonly performed in the ‘70s. During this time period there was no such thing as a valuable vintage guitar—there were only “old” guitars that were the perfect platform for experimentation. Pickup swapping, wiring modifications, hardware replacements—nothing was sacred, and everything was tried.

Master Builder Todd Krause replicated this classic instrument as closely as possible to the state it was in when the concert was filmed. 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 back of the neck, every element was reproduced as meticulously as possible.

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, selected to maintain the correct stagger height, and moved it to the bridge position to create his own HS Strat (possibly the first).

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.

Features of the Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Limited Edition Stratocaster from the Fender Custom Shop
  • 2-Piece Select Ash Body
  • 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck
  • 1954 “V” Profile
  • 1.650” Nut Width
  • 7.25” Radius
  • 21x Vintage Frets
  • Bone Nut
  • 3-way Switch: 1. Bridge/Middle, 2. All Three On, 3. Neck
  • Master Volume, Tone (Neck), Tone (Bridge/Middle)
  • Bridge Pickup:   Custom Shop Handwound '69 Strat
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound LH '50s Strat
  • Neck Pickup:      Custom Shop Handwound '54 Strat
  • Special Process Bronze Finish – Body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish – Neck
  • Original Hardshell Case, Certificate, Case Accessories
  • Model Number:               9216112576

Not what you're looking for?  Custom orders are our SPECIALITY!

Use this form as a guide.  Contact us for a formal quote and pricing.

Fender Custom-Built Guitar Quote Guide

Fender Custom Shop

SKU: 9191198775
Serial Number: Robbie Robertson TBD
MPN: 9216112576
 
 
Fender Custom Shop Robbie Robertson Stratocaster Last Waltz Limited Edition 1 of only 17 pieces for North America Available for Pre-Order Now! Reserve Your's Today!

Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Stratocaster

Available for pre-order now. Shipping very soon. If you want once of these guitars DO NOT WAIT! There are only 17 pieces available for all of North America, 40 total in the world. The run is already sold out.

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.

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 Last Waltz Stratocaster is a rare, unique glimpse into the history of guitar modifications, specifically ones commonly performed in the ‘70s. During this time period there was no such thing as a valuable vintage guitar—there were only “old” guitars that were the perfect platform for experimentation. Pickup swapping, wiring modifications, hardware replacements—nothing was sacred, and everything was tried.

Master Builder Todd Krause replicated this classic instrument as closely as possible to the state it was in when the concert was filmed. 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 back of the neck, every element was reproduced as meticulously as possible.

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, selected to maintain the correct stagger height, and moved it to the bridge position to create his own HS Strat (possibly the first).

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.

Features of the Robbie Robertson Last Waltz Limited Edition Stratocaster from the Fender Custom Shop
  • 2-Piece Select Ash Body
  • 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck
  • 1954 “V” Profile
  • 1.650” Nut Width
  • 7.25” Radius
  • 21x Vintage Frets
  • Bone Nut
  • 3-way Switch: 1. Bridge/Middle, 2. All Three On, 3. Neck
  • Master Volume, Tone (Neck), Tone (Bridge/Middle)
  • Bridge Pickup:   Custom Shop Handwound '69 Strat
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound LH '50s Strat
  • Neck Pickup:      Custom Shop Handwound '54 Strat
  • Special Process Bronze Finish – Body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish – Neck
  • Original Hardshell Case, Certificate, Case Accessories
  • Model Number:               9216112576

Not what you're looking for?  Custom orders are our SPECIALITY!
Use this form as a guide.  Contact us for a formal quote and pricing.
Fender Custom-Built Guitar Quote Guide

Fender Custom Shop

SKU: 9191198775
Serial Number: Robbie Robertson TBD
MPN: 9216112576