This Fender Custom Shop 1952 H/S Telecaster Relic in Faded Two-Color Sunburst is a seriously cool Tele 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 handwound 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 mid 60’s C shape; a perfectly medium-sized neck. It is thicker than an early '60s 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. Topped with 6100 frets and a 9.5" radius, this guitar plays incredibly well no matter the chord, scale, or position.
This guitar is finished in Two-Color Sunburst and it looks killer with the dapper-looking 1 ply Black Pickguard to boot. The grain of the Swamp Ash Body peeks through the 2-Tone Burst adding depth to its look.
The Music Gallery has been a Fender Custom Shop dealer since its formation in 1987. We keep a bevy of about 50 Fender Custom Shop instruments in inventory at all times. Whether you're looking for Stratocaster's, Telecasters, Precision Basses, or Jazz Basses we are able to help you design or find whatever the special instrument you're looking for maybe!