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Fender Custom Shop - 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde

Product ID: P-8963

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Model Overview:

Presented in a stunning, relic'd butterscotch blonde finish, this 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster is constructed from a 2 Piece select ash body paired with a quartersawn Maple neck. Heavy Relic is the name given to one of Fender's more intensive processes of ageing giving the guitar the look and feel of an instrument which has rarely seen the inside of its case. 

The Quartersawn neck is a U profile on the back and a 9.5 radius on the front capped with #6100 Jumbo Frets, giving you a vintage feel with modern playability. This Telecaster benefits from having a Fender Hand-Wound Original Black Guard pickup in the bridge position and Hand-Wound Twisted Tele Pickup in the neck position, modern wired to the three way switch and topped off with Fender's Greasebucket Tone Circuit which retains volume when you roll back the tone control. 

Includes a Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

Model Specs:


  • Model Name: 1953 Heavy Relic® Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Butterscotch Blonde
  • Model Number: 1550122850
  • Series: Time Machine
  • Color: Butterscotch Blonde


  • Body Shape: Telecaster®
  • Body Material: 2-Piece Select Ash
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer


  • Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: Early '50s "U"
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: 6100 Jumbo
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Fingerboard: 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck
  • Position Inlays: Micarta Black


  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound Original Blackguard Tele® Bridge
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound "Twisted" Tele® Single-Coil
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SS
  • Special Electronics: Modern Tele® Wiring with Greasebucket Tone Circuit


  • Bridge: 3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Compensated Brass Saddles
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
  • Orientation: Right-Hand
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment Relic®
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Dome


  • Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity

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