New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop introduces the '65 Telecaster Custom Heavy Relic Maple. With a two-piece select alder body featuring elegant double parchment binding and heavy Relic lacquer finishes in Faded Three-Color Sunburst, Aged Sherwood Metallic and Aged Lake Placid Blue, it imparts the extremely satisfying look, feel and vibe of a mid-'60s Telecaster Custom that's been put through decades of heavy wear and tear.
The quartersawn maple neck has a Large "C" profile that's thinner towards the nut and gradually thickens toward the 12th fret for comfortable, full feel; topped with a 9.5"-radius round-lam maple fingerboard with 21 narrow tall (6105) frets and a bone nut. The Custom Shop hand-wound Twisted Tele®neck pickup delivers extra bite with a hint of Stratocaster®punch, while the Custom Shop hand-wound Original Blackguard Tele®bridge pickup provides all the twang and clarity for which early-'50s models are celebrated. Modern Telecaster wiring with three-way pickup switching and the Greasebucket™tone circuit (minimizes gain/mid loss when turned down) deliver remarkable tonal versatility.
Other premium features include a three-ply parchment pickguard, '64-'66 Telecaster bridge with threaded steel saddles, vintage-style "F" tuners, wing string tree, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.
2-Piece Select Alder
25.5" (64.77 cm)
9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets:
Narrow Tall (6105)
1.625" (41.3 mm)
4-Bolt with Custom Shop "V" Logo
Round-Laminated Quartersawn Maple
Black Micarta Dot, 0.25" (6.35 mm)
Custom Shop Hand-Wound Original Blackguard Single-Coil Tele®
Custom Shop Hand-Wound Twisted Single-Coil Tele®
Master Volume, Master Tone with Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)
3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Threaded Steel Barrel Saddles
Vintage-Style with Fender® Logo
Top Hat Style, Black
Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
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