The Fender Custom (or Maverick) was a short-lived model released by the CBS-owned Fender in 1969. Essentially a six-string Fender Electric XII, the Custom was an attempt to sell off unused factory stock instead of simply writing it off. The guitar was made with unused parts from Electric XII guitars, including the body, pickups and neck, and also unused Fender Mustang bridges. The six extra holes in the headstock for the tuning machines were filled and veneered over. The Custom was featured more prominently in sales material than its companion, the Swinger, but sold poorly, and was never expected to compete with Fender's more popular models.
In 2020, Fender introduced the Maverick Dorado as a part of their Parallel Universe II series. This recreation sports a 9.5"-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, dual Tim Shaw-designed FilterTron humbuckers, and an Adjust-O-Matic bridge with Bigsby vibrato.
- Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
- Rik Mayall, who is briefly seen holding a Fender Custom - upside down in the 'left-handed' position - in the music video for Cliff Richard and The Young Ones 1986 re-recording of Richard's song Living Doll.
- Izzy Miller, a country and rock musician, also owns a Maverick.
- Sharma, Amit (2020-01-16). "NAMM 2020: Fender debuts its most far-out designs yet with the Parallel Universe II collection". guitarworld. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
- Fender Custom at Strat Central - a page with information and a photograph of the guitar in question.
- Fender Custom article on www.hypercustom.com
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