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Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Ron Thorn '51 Nocaster Heavy Relic, Nocaster Blonde

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Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Ron Thorn '51 Nocaster Heavy Relic, Nocaster Blonde

With this stunning Masterbuilt Ron Thorn '51 Nocaster, the Fender Custom Shop have demonstrated why their guitar’s stand amongst the finest in the world.

Classic Feel & Sound

This Fender Custom Shop Nocaster uses the iconic '51 model as the basis for its design, providing it with an unmistakable “Golden Era” vibe. Boasting a spec that truly says “vintage”.

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 Blonde nitrocellulose finish demonstrate the body’s stunning wood grain. The beautiful 1-piece Maple neck plays every bit as well as it looks. With its "Nocaster U” neck profile and vintage 45085 frets, this Custom Shop Tele offers a truly vintage feel, with modern playability. 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 Heavy Relic treatment, this Nocaster 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 Ron Thorn himself.

Vintage Tele Tone

Continuing on the true vintage theme this guitar is loaded with Custom Shop '51 Nocaster pickups & Ron Thorn’s Broad-Mod Wiring. Fender Nocaster pickups are true to their heritage; created with the original design in mind to accurately mimic the twang and shimmer of the original Nocaster guitar. These period-correct single-coil pickups impart tight low end and clear, balanced midrange.

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 unique guitar is as close as you can get to the real thing, the combination of master lutherie and modern technology arguably improves on the original! The result is an astounding instrument with a captivating character that’s truly it's own.

  • Body Wood: Select Ash
  • Body Spread: 2-piece
  • Base Model: '51 Nocaster
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose, Heavy Relic
  • Body Notes: Heavy buckle rash, Heavy relic to top and bottom, Edges - limited forearm wear
  • Finish Colour: Butterscotch Blonde
  • Neck Wood: 1-piece Maple
  • Neck Blank: Maple Plain Grain
  • Neck Shape: Nocaster "U"
  • Head Style: Tele
  • Truss Rod: '50s
  • Mounting Style: 4 Bolt
  • Fingerboard: 1-piece Maple
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Fret Size: Vintage Upgrade / 45085
  • Frets: 21
  • Face Dots: Micarta Black - Narrow Spacing
  • Nut: Blank Bone
  • Decal: Vintage Silver Fender Tele
  • Tuners: Vintage w/ Fender Logo
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: '51 Nocaster
  • Controls: '51 Nocaster
  • Pickups: '51 Nocaster, Thorn Broad Mod
  • Included: Fender Custom Shop Strat/Tele Tweed Case & Limited Edition Certificate of Authenticity



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