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Fender Custom Shop 1960 Telecaster Relic - Faded Aged 3-Color Sunburst

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Solidbody Electric Guitar with 2-Piece Select Ash Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Faded Aged 3-Color Sunburst
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As the calendar clicked over into the 1960s, the music industry had little idea of the tumultuous changes in store for it — and popular culture — in the decade ahead. But Fender’s Telecaster, the first solidbody electric guitar ever to be mass produced, was right there in the thick of it, ready to play its part in the coming music revolution. The Fender Custom Shop 1960 Telecaster Relic celebrates this iconic instrument in all its transitional glory, as the Tele was undergoing significant changes of its own at the turn of that decade. The rock insurgency was barely a twinkle in the eyes of the young musicians who would drive it, but they already had one of their most powerful weapons. The Fender Telecaster, born in the early 1950s, had matured and, by 1960, was eager to assert itself. Most notably, gone was the fat, 1-piece maple neck/fingerboard of the ’50s; replaced by a thinner, faster neck with a separate rosewood ’board. Meticulously handcrafted in the USA by Fender’s elite Custom Shop luthiers, the 1960 Telecaster Relic brings you a masterful re-creation of this gem from Fender’s golden era, replete with jaw-dropping visuals, off-the-charts playability, and eat-it-with-a-spoon tone.

    Vintage vibe with optimized tone and playability

    The Fender Custom Shop 1960 Telecaster Relic captures all the vintage vibe of the 1960 model, in a gorgeous instrument with modern playability and optimized tone. It features a rift-sawn maple neck with a fast, satisfying ’60s Oval “C” neck carve and a triple-A rosewood fingerboard with a modern 9.5-inch radius, so you can bend up high without fretting out. In the electronics department, a dynamic duo of hand-wound Custom Shop ’58 Tele single-coil pickups and modern wiring crank out legendary Tele twang and bite by the boatload. Premium tonewoods, top-drawer components, and painstaking attention to detail give you a guitar that may look six decades old, but plays like a dream — and sounds amazing.

    Rift-sawn maple neck for stability

    So, what’s the big deal with rift-sawn necks? In a word: stability. Cut radially from quarter-sawn logs cut at a diagonal to the initial quartering cuts, rift-sawn necks are ultra-stable, with thinner grain that is less susceptible to warping and twisting than flat-sawn — or even quarter-sawn — necks. The result is a neck that is more impervious to changes in temperature and humidity. If you gig far and wide, you’ll appreciate this the next time you play Pretoria after a week in Cape Town. The stability and rigidity of rift-sawn necks also translates to better tone and increased sustain.

    The Relic treatment: half-century-old looks, modern playability

    Though a relic’d guitar finish is almost as common these days as a flawless factory finish, it was the Fender Custom Shop that pioneered the process — and they know how to do it better than anyone. These days, Fender offers different levels of finish distressing, but one of the original techniques is the Relic, found on this 1960 Telecaster Relic. This is an authentic nitrocellulose lacquer finish, which is thinner than today’s polyurethane finishes, allowing the wood to breathe and the tone to bloom. You get a look and feel that’s definitely used, but not abused. Imagine a beloved, decades-old guitar that’s seen its fair share of front-line action, with a played-in feel but perfect fretwork.

    The Dream Factory

    Since its founding in 1987, the Fender Custom Shop has been home to some of the the finest luthiers in the world. Whether you’re investing in a unique limited edition like this 1960 Telecaster Relic or having them build-to-order the Fender of your dreams, the Custom Shop earns its nickname — The Dream Factory — with every masterpiece they create. Custom Shop instruments are made from only the highest-grade, hand-selected materials, including impeccable tonewoods, high-end electronics, and premium hardware. And to protect your investment for many decades of playing enjoyment, your Fender Custom Shop instrument comes in a deluxe hardshell case, complete with a certificate of authenticity.

    What Fender Custom Shop Says...

    The 1960 Telecaster Relic is a faithful recreation of the revered turn-of-the-decade original in all its worn-in glory, built for players who prize a rare glimpse into Telecaster evolution with a few seamless streamlined improvements for a paramount playing experience. The two-piece ash body is hand selected for weight and grain and wears a Relic lacquer finish. A rift-sawn maple neck features a ’60-style “oval C” profile, topped by a 9.5”-radius flat-lam rosewood fingerboard with 21 narrow tall frets for comfort and optimum play. Hand-wound ’58 Tele pickups are wound to spec and connected to a three-way switch and modern Tele wiring. Other features include a single-ply 8-hole parchment pickguard, 1960 Tele bridge with threaded steel saddles, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and wing string tree. Also includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

    Fender Custom Shop 1960 Telecaster Relic Electric Guitar Features:

    • 2-piece select ash body, aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    • Rift-sawn maple neck, ’60s Oval “C” profile, nitro finish
    • AAA rosewood fingerboard, 9.5-inch radius, 21 narrow-tall frets
    • Custom Shop hand-wound ’58 Tele single-coil neck and bridge pickups
    • Modern wiring with 3-way pickup selector switch
    • 3-saddle vintage-style Tele bridge with threaded steel saddles
    • Bone nut, vintage-style tuning machines; nickel hardware
    • Handcrafted in Fender’s USA Custom Shop
    • Includes Custom Shop hardshell case and Certificate of Authenticity

              Body Type Solidbody
              Body Shape Telecaster
              Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
              Number of Strings 6
              Body Material 2-Piece Select Ash
              Body Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
              Faded Aged 3-Color Sunburst
              Neck Material Quartersawn Maple
              Neck Shape '60s Oval C
              Radius 9.5"
              Fingerboard Material
              AAA Rosewood
              Fingerboard Inlay Micarta White Dot
              Number of Frets 21, Narrow Tall
              Scale Length 25.5"
              Nut Width 1.650"
              Nut Material Bone
              Bridge/Tailpiece 3-Saddle Vintage Style Tele with Threaded Steel Saddles
              Tuners Vintage Style
              Neck Pickup
              Custom Shop Hand-Wound '58 Single-Coil Tele
              Bridge Pickup
              Custom Shop Hand-Wound '58 Single-Coil Tele
              1 x master volume, 1 x master tone, 3-way blade pickup switch
              Strings Fender NPS, .010-.046
              Case Included Hardshell Case, Leather Strap, Picks, Certificate of authenticity
              Manufacturer Part Number