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.
What does "Relic" Mean? The authentic worn-in wear of a guitar that has experienced many years of regular use in clubs and bars. Marks that tell a story, finish checking all over the body, and scars, dings and dents from bridge to headstock.
Serial #: R128680
Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz
Body Material: 2-pc Select Ash
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material: Rift Sawn Maple
Fingerboard: Rift Sawn Maple
Neck Shape: 57 Style Soft V (1st Fret: .880" - 12th Fret: .990" )
Scale Length: 25.5"
Radius: 7.25" to 9.5" Vintage Compound Radius
Fret Size: 6105 Narrow Tall
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650"
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Inlays: Micarta, Black
Pickups: Custom Shop Handwound '50-'51 Blackguard
Electronics: '51 Modified Nocaster Wiring with Bridge/Neck Blend
Bridge: '51-'54 Tele Bridge with Brass Barrel Saddles
Tuners: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black Phenolic
Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case; Strap; Certificate of Authenticity