We never thought this day would come, but it has. This is finally it - the ultimate Custom Shop Tele! Spec'd up by our very own Captain Anderton and Danish Pete, these gorgeous instruments feature all of the design features and physical traits that would make a Tele purist fall in love! It's a 52 Tele at heart but with a very special 59-style Large C neck.
Inspired by Pete's Purple Custom
If you’ve ever watched our Andertons TV YouTube channel you’ll probably be familiar with our resident guitarist, Peter Honore's Purple Custom Shop Tele. Before we spec’d up these custom shops, we sent the serial number of his guitar to the Fender Custom Shop so that we could find out the exact spec and base our these Teles on it. We then went one step further and requested the 59 John English Strat neck and had it adapted for this Tele.
The John English Neck
The neck is a 59 transition shape with an interesting story. John English (The legendary Fender Custom Shop Master builder) carved a neck based on a late 1959 neck. This neck feels slightly chunkier than a modern neck but not as fat as a 54 Strat neck - essentially a Large C shape.
This neck carve is so rarely used that it doesn't even have a part number from the Fender Custom Shop! It was also originally used on Strats but we decided that it was so good that we'd have it on our Andertons Spec Teles too.
It's got the modern 9.5” radius that makes it still feel like a breeze to play and the frets are narrow and tall. This means you’ll never struggle with those big bends, even if you prefer to use heavier strings.
Classic Tonewood Combination
A wise man once said: "A guitar is only as good as the wood it’s built from." We requested specifically chosen lightweight Ash for these guitars, the same as the very first solid-body electrics back in the '50s. They’ve also got single-piece, quartersawn Maple necks to ensure you get that classic Tele twang and spank.
To top it all off, you've got a Nitro Cellulose lacquer finish all over. Lee & Pete also toned down the relic process slightly, particularly with forearm wear - the perfect balance between iconic Fender design and used-and-abused!
Ultimate Tele Pickups
In the bridge position, you’ve got the 51 Nocaster pickup, known for its hot, bright attack. The essence of everything that a Tele bridge pickup should be.
In the neck position, the Twisted Tele pickup provides you with a smooth, rounded tone, with a slightly accentuated attack thanks to the Ash & Maple tonewood combo. The Twisted Tele pickup is essentially a Strat neck pickup in Tele form, so expect a brilliant balance of punchiness, clarity and a bit of thump for good measure!
- Body wood: Ash
- Finish: Heavy Relic Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer
- Neck Shape: 59 John English - Large C
- Radius: 9.5
- Neck Wood: Single-piece Quartersawn Maple
- Truss Rod: 50s
- Dots: Micarta Black
- Fret Wire: Sanko 6105
- Number of frets: 21
- Nut: Bone
- Nut width: 1.650”
- 4-Bolt neck join
- Hardware Finish: Chrome/Nickel
- Standard Tele Bridge
- Vintage Fender Tuners with Logo
- Bridge Pickup: 51 Nocaster
- Neck Pickup: Twisted Tele
- Wiring: Standard Modern Tele
- Case: Tweed Custom Shop Case