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Fender Gloria


Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt 1954 Telecaster "Gloria" Transition Blonde (236)

 

 

$6,500.00


During our 50 years in business, occasionally something really stands out as uniquely special. This late 1954 Telecaster serial number 6900 has everything. The narrow nut width and the rounded V neck shape fits your hand like you never want to let go. The wear marks on the back of the neck are smoothed out from playing and the old wood resonates even when it is not plugged in. There is a full frequency articulation even on the neck pickup with what is usually referred to as a muddy unusable tone, and the bridge pickup has a rounded high end as well as a remarkable amount of bass.  


Late 1954 was a period of change for the Telecaster. They changed the color from a Butterscotch Blonde Blackguard, to a White Blonde with White pickguard (they probably experimented with variations) and they changed the bridge saddles from brass to smooth steel. During this switch they did a few with approximately 45 degree forward slant of the height adjusting screws. Some people call it a skating bridge, and this gives more downward torque pressure on the strings. 

Inside the control cavity is a piece of masking tape with the name "Gloria" in pencil. Gloria Fuentes was a final assembly worker and was responsible for the final tweaks that put the magic into this Tele. Abigail Ybarra, who started with Fender in 1956, remembers Gloria as a fun loving dedicated employee and said her spirit showed in her work.

Joe Reynoso, Director of Sales at the Fender Custom Shop recommended Master Builder Dennis Galuszka to recreate 12 replicas of the original Tele we affectionately call Gloria. Bob Willcutt flew out to the factory with the original to meet with Dennis, Mike Lewis, and Mike Born to start the project. Everyone loved Gloria and was excited about the project. A few months later, Bob flew out again to ensure the specs were as close as possible. Our thanks to Dennis, Josephina Campos who replicated the pickups, and the whole crew at Fender for making this happen.


  • Masterbuilt by Dennis Galuszka
  • Custom Transition Blonde Finish
  • Nitro Lacquer
  • 1 Piece Ash Body with Slightly Rounded Edges (sort for lightweight)
  • Riffsawn Maple Neck
  • Custom 1954 Tele Soft "V" Neck Carve 
  • .900" Depth at 1st Fret
  • .960" Depth at 12th Fret
  • '54 Neck Scoop
  • .575" Neck Head Thickness
  • 21 Vintage Size Frets
  • 7.25 Radius
  • 1.610" Nut Width
  • Vintage Style Bridge
  • Steel saddles with Angled Saddle Screws
  • Signed Hand-wound Josefina Pickups (Bridge 6.36k-Neck 6.05k)
  • Includes Tweed Case


s/n R93236
6 lbs. 7 oz.


All items listed with serial numbers, show the actual instrument in the photographs.






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