Fender Custom Shop '52 Tele in Sherwood Green Heavy Relic

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Elliot Stent

Here at Andertons Music Co. we're fortunate enough to get our hands on a number Fender Custom Shop instruments, to give you a chance to own something truly special and unique. The '52 Tele Heavy Relic is a pure, old-school Telecaster that traditionalists will simply adore.

With its worn aesthetics, time-honoured hardware and vintage-style electronics; this premium guitar is an early '50s Telecaster through-and-through with an Ash body, "U"-shaped neck, Twisted Tele neck pickup and a hotter-wound '51 Nocaster bridge pickup.

Time-Honoured Ash Body

The '52 Custom Shop Tele's body is formed from Ash, much like the very first solid-body electric guitars that Fender constructed in the '50s. Not only does this particular material give the guitar a forgiving weight, but its resonant and vibrant tonal qualities also offer a strong voice - serving as the perfect sonic foundation for the sweet-sounding pickups.

Old-School Neck Profile

Paired with a bolt-on quartersawn Maple neck, the famous Fender snap that you'd expect is very present, ensuring that you get the classic Tele twang. Finished in a nitrocellulose lacquer, this neck has a luxuriously smooth feel that has been artificially worn to give it a familiar and played-in impression. 

With a Nocaster "U" profile that fills the hand, fans of early Telecasters will be provided with a highly-authentic and substantial feel. Adorned with a Maple fretboard, this provides some essential sturdiness to balance the overall sound of the instrument. Fitted with Narrow Tall 6105 frets, this wire has a vintage vibe that allows optimal control over vibrato and string bends.

'51 Nocaster & Twisted Tele Pickups

The hand-wound Fender Custom Shop pickups installed in this instrument are very special, projecting that signature Tele tone with more clarity and charm than anything you would have ever heard before.

In the bridge position you’ve got the '51 Nocaster single-coil, renowned for its potent output and bright attack. This pickup is as close as it can get to its original counterparts from the '50s, providing the most genuine Tele sound achievable. In the neck you have the Twisted Tele pickup, which delivers a warm and rounded tone with lots of mid-range punch.

Specifications

Body

  • Body Wood: Ash
  • Body Style: '52 Tele
  • Finish: Heavy Relic
  • Colour: Sherwood Green

Neck

  • Neck Shape: Nocaster "U"
  • Neck Wood: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Finish: Nitro Lacquer
  • Neck Joint: 4-Bolt
  • Fingerboard Wood: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
  • Truss Rod: '50s
  • Dots: Micarta Black
  • Fret Wire: Narrow Tall (6105)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650”

Hardware

  • Finish: Chrome/Nickel
  • Bridge: Telecaster
  • Tuners: Vintage Fender with Logo

Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup: '51 Nocaster
  • Neck Pickup: Twisted Tele
  • Controls: Present Day Tele

Miscellaneous

  • Case: Fender Tweed Custom Shop Case
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