This Used Fender Custom Shop 50s Telecaster Relic in Chocolate 3 Tone Sunburst Masterbuilt by John Cruz is in on consignment. The guitar is in great shape with nothing negative worth mentioning. The neck is straight, the frets are still crowned, and the truss rod is functioning properly. Included with the guitar is the certificate of authenticity and original hardshell case.
At this point, we all know about the John Cruz and Fender Custom Shop saga so let's just get to the good stuff. This Tele is a prime example of John's great work! His relics are still regarded as some of the finest ever created. This guitar features a lightweight, 1 piece Swamp Ash Body. We LOVE 1 piece Swampers! We have been building them for the last 5 or 6 years with our Exclusive Team-Built run that we have sold dozens of! The uniform resonance of the body is inspiration fuel. The vibrations transfer into your body, literally helping you FEEL the music you're playing. Does it get any better? Me thinks not!
This Tele is finished in Chocolate 3 Tone Sunburst. The dark edge is not black but more of a Dark Chocolate Brown. It allows the grain of the Swamp Ash to peek through the trans finish, adding layers and depth to the look. We dig this burst and have had it on many guitars over the years.
The neck and fingerboard are made from a single piece of 5/4 Quarter Sawn Maple. It's shaped to a 57 Soft V profile and measures in at .850" depth at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th fret. The fingerboard radius is 9.5" and the frets are 6105. Classic Fender Scale Length of 25.5" and 1.650" nut width keep the strings feeling snappy and put them right where you want them to be.
The pickups are a sweet, well-thought-out set. The neck pickup is a Twisted Tele. Based on a Strat Neck Pickup, this is a more open-sounding neck pickup that you'll typically hear. Is it traditional sounding? Well, no! Typically the Tele Neck Pickup is muted on the top-end, dark and subtle. Not the Twisted Tele though! The bridge pickup is an Original Blackguard single-coil. Bite, bark, and snap nail the sound of the earliest T-shaped guitars. A master volume, master tone, and 3-way pickup selector round out the electronic details.
If you've ever wanted to own a Cruz-made Fender, this is a great chance! We are only seeing a couple of his guitars a year and they tend to go quickly. And, this isn't just a Cruz piece, it's a solid example of why his guitars have become coveted by players from around the world.
Nobody treats used guitars as we do at The Music Gallery! Every trade-in goes through an inspection, gets cleaned, then some fresh strings, and a full set-up before being put up for sale. We often even put guitars with worn frets through our Plek machine if need be! Rest assured, any Used Guitar from The Music Gallery has certainly passed its physical!