This is a seriously cool Fender Custom Shop 1952 HS Telecaster Relic in Black with a beefy sounding Seymour Duncan Antiquity Humbucker in the neck position. This adds an extra dimension to the tones this guitar can produce. Still a classic Tele in the bridge thanks to a hand-wound Broadcaster pickup so this guy can go from bright, biting and snarling to fat soaring leads with some serious low-end beef that sounds perfect for comping Jazz chords.
I immediately appreciated the Reversed Control Plate. A feature many don't fully appreciate until they experience it. Having the Volume control within reach of your pinky is a huge plus, especially if you fidget with the controls a lot. Even a manual tremolo is easily pulled off with the modded location. This also put the pickup switch out of harm's way so there is no chance of you changing pickups while going crazy with the right hand.
The neck is a slimmed-down Nocaster U shape. Thicker than an early 60's C shape but with less heft than a Nocaster. It's a very friendly feeling neck profile for those of us with average hands who want something not thin but can't handle a baseball bat. Topped with 6100 frets and a 9.5" radius, this guitar plays incredibly well no matter the chord, scale, or position.
Black is a great color. The grain of the Ash body peaks through the trans finish gives its look plenty of depth. We have them select the Ash for its lightweight. Swamp Ash is getting increasingly rare and carries a massive premium these days! The prices on these will rise considerably when we start to see them again later this year.
The Music Gallery has been a Fender Custom Shop dealer since it's formation in 1987. We keep a bevy of Fender Custom Shop instruments in stock at all times. Whether you're looking for a Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass, Jazz Basses, Jaguar, or Jazzmaster, we can help you design or find the special instrument you're looking for!