Fender Custom Shop 1952 Telecaster, Journeyman Relic, Aged Nocaster Blonde
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Even though there were earlier designs, 1952 is considered the first year of production for the venerable Tele, and the 1952 Telecaster NOS is a premium example of this design, slightly tweaked for modern players. All the classic "Blackguard" touches are here: 1-ply Black phenolic pickguard, ash body with classic Blonde finish and medium-tint riftsawn maple neck with a '52 U-shaped profile. The first Telecaster had some subtle changes from the ’51 nocaster, including a slow transition from slot-head screws to Phillips-head, reflected here by both types appearing (as happened on some models). Not only does a lacquer finish let the body wood “breathe” with sustain, it wears in a personal way and is an authentic original-era element.
The Custom Shop wanted to give this guitar the fattest, gruntiest tone you’ve ever heard from a Tele, so they loaded it with a pair of Hand-Wound '51 Loaded Nocaster single-coil pickups, tied together with Fat ‘50s Tele wiring and a 3-way pickup switch. Other features include 9.5" radius fingerboard, 21 6105 frets, 51/54 bridge with brass saddles, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and round string tree. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
What does Journeyman Relic Mean? Handed down or changed hands through the years, but mostly played around the house, with the occasional jam session or weekend gig. Has been well taken care of over the years but has finish checking, some "friendly" down-to-the-wood nicks and dings, dullish hardware, and moderate playing wear—a very lucky find.
A Fender Custom Shop instrument is extraordinary. You know it when you play one; it’s definitely more than the sum of its parts. It’s filled with intangible, electrifying elements that add a new dimension to your playing experience. It’s as if the instrument itself is imbued with history, alive with the spirit of the place where it was built and the devotion of those who crafted it.
Serial #: R99049
Weight: 7 lbs 7 oz
Body Material: 2-pc Ash, Sorted for Light Weight
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material: Rift Sawn Maple
Fingerboard: Rift Sawn Maple
Neck Shape: 52 Style "U" Neckshape (1st Fret: .850" - 12th Fret: .960" )
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fret Size: 6105
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650"
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Inlays: Micarta, Black
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound Loaded '51 Nocaster
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound Loaded '51 Nocaster
Electronics: Fat 50's Tele
Bridge: 3-Saddle American Vintage - Solid Barrel Brass Saddles
Tuners: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case; Strap; Certificate of Authenticity