These are like special to me. You can take 3, brand new custom shops and put then in a room with a Good Vintage Fender Amp, and these 3, early 1996, 1997.. 1957 (2) Strat's, and the Tele. Which 3, going to grab to play or own.
Back then a Cunetto Relic was made on a low number scale, only by Fender Best. All 3 are John Cruz. Wood was different then. Fender was out to prove they still got it. When No one had a Custom Shop Relic you read about them. No internet back then. If you seen one, which 99.9% of you did not. You be blown away. I feel this way now.
Fender Custom Shop is a long line of machines popping out guitar's. No personal connection whats so ever.
PRE CBS Fender in your hand. You feel it. These You feel it. It's what floats my boat.