Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Telecaster Faded 3 tone Sunburst Finish ID-11141
Fender Custom Shop
For over 30 years the extraordinarily talented luthiers of the Fender Custom Shop have been providing the most illustrious guitar players of their day with their dream instruments
"Warm”—a term not usually used in conjunction with a Telecaster—is the only way to describe the feel and sound of the 1961 Heavy Relic Telecaster. Celebrating the peak of Fender’s Golden Age, this instrument combines modern features with classic style while adding a few idiosyncratic touches all its own.
With its 9.5”-radius flat-lam AAA rosewood fingerboard and a pair of high-output Texas Special single-coil Telecaster pickups, this guitar has plenty of warmth and authentic Telecaster honk, twang and bite. The two-piece alder body was selected by hand for light weight while the carefully aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish allows it to ring out with pure tone.
Other notable features include a tinted Heavy Relic quartersawn maple neck with “Oval C”-shaped profile, three-way pickup switch, modern wiring with Greasebucket tone circuit to preserve volume when adjusting the tone control, three-ply nitro shell pickguard, ‘58/’63 bridge with threaded saddles, vintage-style tuning machines with Fender logo, bone nut, and wing string tree. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
Jesse's Two Cents:
"I first fell in love with the look of a tortoise pickguard on a sunburst Tele wathcing a Lenny Kravitz video where Craig Ross had this exact set up! This particular Tele has a really balanced feel, extremely playable slab-rosewood fingerboard, and a very played-in neck finish. I like the staggered pole-pieces on the bridge pickup, which allow me to adjust the overall pickup height a tad lower, to keep it out of the way of my picking hand. The amount of relic'ing on this guitar is just about perfect, not too over the top, but really shows off faded sunburst nicely. I love this thing!"
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Shipping Weight: 68
Top Wood: 2 Piece Select Alder
Back Wood: 2 Piece Select Alder
Nut Width: 1.6875
Inlays: Vintage Clay Dot
Neck Wood: Maple
Fretboard: AAA Rosewood
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Brass
Bridge: 3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Solid Barrel Steel Saddles
Tuners: Vintage Style with Fender Logo
Pickguard: 3-Ply Tortoiseshell
Headstock Shape: Classic Telecaster
Headstock Inlay: Fender Logo
Neck Profile: C Shape
Pickup(s): Custom Shop Handwound Texas Special™ Single-Coil Tele x 2
Pickup Controls: Volume, Tone
Case: Fender Hardshell Case
Misc. 1: 3 Tone Sunburst
Misc. 2: Relic
Misc. 3: Modern Tele® Wiring with Greasebucket Tone Circuit
Misc. 4: Weight: 7.2 lbs