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.
This Heavy Relic Telecaster shows off the heaviest of the Custom Shop relic treatments, designed to evoke decades of the most punishing play and touring. From serious dinging and wear to intensely discolored hardware and finish, this version is the true battle-hardened workhorse of the Custom Shop collection.
A pair of hand-wound Custom Shop single-coil pickups provides the classic Tele tone—the Twisted Tele neck pickup is joined by a matching Twisted Tele 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 features include a tinted quartersawn maple neck with “U”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard, 21 6105 narrow jumbo frets, three-ply white-black-white pickguard, ‘51/’54 bridge with bend brass saddles, vintage-style tuning machines with Fender logo, bone nut and round string tree. This guitar includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
The Fender Custom Shop expands on the whole concept of reissue instruments. Meticulously crafted replicas are begun and built by hand, each craftsman using the very same techniques and tooling used for the original instrument being modeled, this prior to enacting desired enhancements, and before any further refinements are made.
Relics pay homage to a few iconic guitar models whose form and function has created so much of the substance in the music of today. The Fender Custom Shop has artfully “relic-ed” iconic guitars and basses, at the same time reaching for new heights of craftsmanship, and so doing, revolutionized the entire concept of what a “reissue” instrument means for lucky players everywhere.