This Fender Custom Shop 52 HS Telecaster Relic in Aged Black is a seriously cool guitar 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 even sounds great 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 puts 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. It's 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.
Aged Black is a classic color. The grain of the Ash body peaks thru the trans finish, giving its look plenty of depth. We have them select the Ash for it's light weight which helps this guitar weigh 7 lbs 9 oz, a decent weight especially considering we've being seeing the average weights up 1/4 to 1/2 a pound.
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!