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Fender Custom Shop 1952 Telecaster HS Relic, Roasted Flame Maple Neck, Black

Overview by GAK

With this stunning 1952 Telecaster, the Fender Custom Shop have demonstrated why their guitar’s stand amongst the finest in the world. This unique guitar elaborates on the traditional '50s Tele format, combining a vintage spec with a modern sensibility. The result is an astounding instrument with a captivating character that’s truly its own.

Classic Feel & Sound

This Fender Custom Shop Telecaster uses the iconic '52 model as the basis for its design, providing it with an unmistakable “Golden Era” vibe. Boasting a spec that effortlessly fuses vintage with modern, it’s as if someone bought this guitar back in the '50s and diligently modified it over the decades.

The premium tonewoods are a particular highlight. The body is carved from a period-correct piece of Select Ash, which delivers the strong, sweet resonance and singing sustain that Ash is renowned for. The exposed parts of the Black nitrocellulose finish demonstrate the body’s stunning wood grain. The beautiful 1-piece AA Flame Roasted Maple neck plays every bit as well as it looks. With its Large “C” neck profile and Jumbo 6100 frets, this Custom Shop Tele offers a comfortably contemporary playing experience. The back of the neck has been sanded to give it the smooth, worn-in feel of one that’s been played for years.

Gorgeous Worn-In Look

With its Custom Shop Relic treatment, this Telecaster has been imparted with the endearing wear and tear of a battle-hardened workhorse. Every part of this guitar, from the numerous finish checks to the oxidised hardware, has been meticulously aged by the Custom Shop’s world-class luthiers.

Vintage Tele Tone

Enhancing this guitar’s “modified” character is its potent pickup combination. It’s akin to a Telecaster Deluxe, with a US-made TV Jones Classic humbucker in the neck and a handwound Twisted Tele in the bridge. The TV Jones Classic authentically captures the distinctive sound of a late '50s Filtertron, with a tone that straddles the line between a bright, articulate Fender single-coil and a thick, creamy Gibson humbucker. The Twisted Tele bridge pickup packs that quintessential twang with a bit of extra heat.

Modern Reliability

This Telecaster has been crafted by the incredible Fender Custom Shop luthiers, using only the finest materials and components. While you could easily mistake a lot of Fender Custom Shop guitars for a vintage model, they’re as reliable and road-worthy as a modern guitar should be. Whilst a vintage guitar may run into issues with maintenance (and cost significantly more), this Telecaster is primed to bring that sought-after “Golden Era” flavour to any gig or session.

This Custom Shop Telecaster fuses the best of classic and contemporary. With a striking look to match its punchy tone, it’s bound to be a standout in your collection. If you want a '50s Tele with a modern twist, this one deserves your attention.

  • Model Name: 1952 Relic Telecaster
  • Colour: Black
  • Body Shape: Telecaster
  • Body Material: Select Ash Body
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Material: 1 Piece AA Flame Roasted Maple (Sand back of neck)
  • Neck Shape: Large "C"
  • Scale Length: 25.5"" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"" Radius
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: 6100
  • String Nut: Micarta
  • Nut Width: 1.650"" (42 mm)
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot Electronics
  • Bridge Pickup: HW Twisted Tele
  • Neck Pickup: TV Jones Classic
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone, Modern Telecaster
  • Wiring Bridge: Vintage RSD Tele
  • Tuning Machines: Fender Vintage-Style
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
  • Miscellaneous Strings: .010-.046 Gauges



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