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Fender Custom Shop '53 Butterscotch Blonde Heavy Relic Telecaster


Hearkening back to the exciting period when the Telecaster was a "new-fangled" instrument with surging popularity, the 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster combines the sound and style of the past with modern features and playability. The lightweight two-piece ash body wears a carefully aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish, giving it the look and feel of a road dog that's only seen the inside of a case once or twice during its service.

A pair of hand-wound Custom Shop single-coil pickups provides the classic Tele tone -  the Twisted Tele neck pickup is joined by a fat-sounding "Broadcaster" bridge pickup for an unbeatable combination. Modern wiring, including a Greasebucket tone circuit that preserves volume when rolling back the tone control, shapes the pickups' voice.

Other sterling features include a tinted quartersawn maple neck with "U"-shaped profile, 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard, 21 6100 jumbo frets, single-ply black phenolic pickguard, '51/'54 bridge with bend brass saddles, vintage-style tuning machines with Fender logo, bone nut and round string tree. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.


Model Name  :  1953 Heavy Relic® Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Butterscotch Blonde

Model #  :  1550122850

Series  :  Time Machine

Color  :  Butterscotch Blonde

Body  :  2-Piece Select Ash

Body Finish  :  Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Body Shape  :  Telecaster®

Neck Material  :  Quartersawn Maple

Neck Finish  :  Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck Shape  :  Early '50s "U"

Scale Length  :  25.5" (648 mm)

Fingerboard  :  1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck

Fingerboard Radius  :  9.5" (241 mm)

Number of Frets  :  21

Frets Size  :  6100 Jumbo

String Nut  :  Bone

Nut Width  :  1.650" (42 mm)

Position Inlays  :  Micarta Black

Truss Rods  :  Vintage-Style

Bridge Pickup  :  Custom Shop Handwound Original Blackguard Tele® Bridge

Neck Pickup  :  Custom Shop Hand-Wound "Twisted" Tele® Single-Coil

Controls  :  Volume, Tone

Pickup Switching  :  3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup

Pickup Configuration  :  SS

Bridge  :3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Compensated Brass Saddles

Hardware Finish  :  Custom Relic® Nickel/Chrome

Tuning Machines  :  Vintage-Style with Fender Logo

Pickguard  :  Relic 1-Ply Black Phenolic

Control Knobs  :  Knurled Dome

Strings  :  Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)

Included Accessories  :  Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity