We have had some great Fender Telecasters consigned here at PREMIER GUITARS in Sydney, and this one rates right up there.
This is a 2015 Fender Custom Shop 1952 Blackguard Tele Reissue Heavy Relic created in 2015. It is an excellent recreation of a timeless Fender classic, updated to modern playing specs while remaining true to the original design and true vintage feel.
Other than a few player-friendly deviations, every aspect of the 1952 Blackguard Reissue is crafted to early ’50s specs. The body is carved from a 2-piece slab of lightweight ash. Ash imbues the guitar with a big bottom end and plenty of top-end character. The body is finished in a beautifully applied nitrocellulose lacquer, just like they used to. It has been very carefully given the Custom Shop relic treatment, which gives this guitar the feel of an instrument that has been on the planet way longer than a few years. It even has the slight faded patch in the middle of the pickguard, which was a defining feature of the original bakelite guards.
The first Telecaster necks remain some of the most coveted neck profiles in the history of the solidbody electric guitar. Their substantial mass fills your hand perfectly, while offering just enough space for more technical playing. The full neck also imparts the guitar with a fantastic amount of sustain and heft in its tone.
We believe the pickups in this 52 Tele Relic are a ’51 Nocaster neck pickup in the neck position, and ’52 Tele bridge pickup. Both of these were created in the Fender Custom Shop to original vintage specs, and wound using much of the same materials and machinery as the originals.
The 51 Nocaster delivers the clear and woody tones of the best vintage Teles, while the ’52 Tele bridge pickup is muscular without being too aggressive.
- 2-piece ash body built to 1952 specs
- All-maple neck with 1952 neck profile
- Modern 9.5″ fretboard radius
- Custom Shop ’52 Tele bridge and ’51 Nocaster neck single-coil pickups
- Nitrocellulose lacquer finish with heavy relicing
- 6105 frets
- Aged vintage tuners
- Black Micarta dot inlays
- Bone nut
- 3 saddle vintage style bridge
- 3 way switching with modern wiring circuit
This particular instrument was hand selected by its owner direct at Fender Australia, after inspecting a number of options. The discerning purchaser determined this guitar to be particularly special, and has used it sporadically since. It is in as new, original condition.
Sale includes all the Fender Custom Shop case candy including Certificate of Authenticity, guitar strap, cleaning cloth, owner’s manual, vintage style cable, Custom Shop stickers and tags.
Comes in its Fender tweed case in new condition.