We have had some great Fender Telecasters consigned here at PREMIER GUITARS in Sydney, and this one rates right up there.
The ’51 Nocaster is one of the coolest, and perhaps most important models in the history of Fender guitars. Once known as the Broadcaster, this “no-name” transitional guitar was a result of threatened legal action from the Gretsch company. Gretsch had a drum kit named “Broadkaster” and to avoid the confrontation, Fender simply cut off their headstock decals so that they read only “Fender”. These prized collectables are some of the rarest Fenders in existence numbered at around 475 total.
Fender first released the ’51 Nocaster reissue in 1995 to great acclaim, and they have since become a favourite among collectors and players alike.
This is a Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Reissue Relic created in 2016. 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 this 1951 Blackguard Reissue is crafted to early ’50s specs. The body is carved from a single 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 look and 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 original Nocaster 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.
It’s a commonly held view that some of the best Tele pickups you can buy are the Fender Custom Shop ’51 Nocaster set, and that’s what’s installed here. These are created to original vintage specs, and wound using much of the same materials, methods and machinery as the originals.
The 51 Nocaster neck pickup delivers the clear and woody tones of the best vintage Teles, and bridge pickup is muscular without being too aggressive.
- One piece ash body cut to 1951 Nocaster specs
- One piece maple neck with large Nocaster neck profile
- Modern 5″ fretboard radius
- Custom Shop ’51 Nocaster single-coil pickups
- Nitrocellulose lacquer finish with medium 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 selected by its owner after inspecting a number of Fender Custom Shop options. The discerning purchaser determined this guitar to be particularly special, and has used it sporadically since. It is in as new, original condition. Killer neck on this one too.
Sale includes all the Fender Custom Shop case candy including Certificate of Authenticity, Custom Shop leather guitar strap, “ashtray” bridge cover and vintage style cable.
omes in its Fender tweed case in new condition.