Skip to content

Fender Custom Shop 1958 Telecaster Journeyman Relic Surf Green Sparkle Burst With Case

SKU 00FCS318
by Fender
Original price $ 5,500.00 - Original price $ 5,500.00
Original price
$ 5,500.00
$ 5,500.00 - $ 5,500.00
Current price $ 5,500.00

A Most Unique of Teles

Ever since the Telecaster came out in the early 1950's, players everywhere have been drawn to the sound, feel and look of this legendary model.  Over the years, it evolved, but for many, it's all about the 50's era Tele.  And for some, the 1958 edition is "the one".  Why?  This Custom Shop '58 Tele right here might answer that.  And for those that want something truly unique, the finish on this one may seal the deal.

That finish is called Surf Green Sparkle Burst.  It's bright, it's vibrant, and it's like nothing like anything you've seen, most likely.  We found the inspiration for this color in an article about an old Jazzmaster, and decide to apply it to a Telecaster.  Not really knowing how it would turn out (after all, this isn't an official color in the Custom Shop's offerings), we were anxiously awaiting this one for quite a while.  When it landed, we took it out of the case and immediately fell speechless.  There's no use in describing it when there are photos to do that job - take a look and you will see.

The alder body is lightweight and resonant.  This guitar is a great weight - just 7.4 lbs.  The lacquer finish with heavy checking gives it a classic, old-school Fender vibe.  We chose the Journeyman Relic treatment package, to give it the look & feel of a vintage Tele that has been thoroughly used, but not abused.  To further that idea, and to give it the most "broken in feel" we could get, we asked for the finish on the back of the neck to be removed.  We started doing this on a lot of guitars and fell in love with the combination.  Speaking of the neck, the 59 Esquire C shape is becoming more popular, as it's a similar carve to the 60's Oval C seen on so many Custom Shop guitars, but with a little more "beef" to it.  If you're a fan of vintage neck shapes but don't want it too fat, this is a great way to go. Throughout the years, most players have gravitated towards a 9.5" radius and 6105 (narrow tall) frets - so those are the two tweaks that we made on this guitar.  The result is a vintage vibe with modern playability.

Custom Shop 56/57 Tele pickups give you full clarity, with enough bite to cut through the mix.  We chose them for this guitar because they are amongst our favorites, and feel that these are some of the Custom Shop's best and "truest" vintage sounding pickups.  The 56/57 Tele pickups have Alnico 5 magnets, with the bridge position providing the twang and neck position supplying a warm and creamy tone.  This is a great combination and perfect for a Tele replicating the sound of that era.

Other features include an Anodized Gold pickguard, mid-50's Tele style bridge with steel saddles, vintage tuners, and a wing string tree.  It comes with a Custom Shop blonde case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

We spec'ed this one out ourselves, and were super excited when it arrived - the Custom Shop absolutely knocked it out of the park.  We think it's one of the coolest looking Teles we've ever received from them, and we've had a lot.  You can see and hear why for yourself by coming to Club Fender @ Truetone Music, or by ordering right here to be shipped to your home.

  • Part # 9231015040
  • Serial # R131417
  • Weight: 7.4 lbs
  • Finish Package: Journeyman Relic
  • Finish: Nitro Lacquer
  • Color: Surf Green Sparkle Burst
  • Pickguard: Anodized Gold
  • Neck Pickup:  Custom Shop 56/57 Tele
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop 56/57 Tele
  • Body:  Alder
  • Neck: 1 piece Quartersawn Maple
  • Tint: Medium
  • Note: Remove Finish from Back of Neck
  • Dots: Micarta Black
  • Neck Shape: 59 Esquire "C"
  • Frets: 21
  • Fretwire: Narrow Tall (6105)
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
  • Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: .790"
  • Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: .970"
  • Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
  • Bone Nut
  • Hardware: Chrome/Nickel
  • Tuners: Vintage 
  • String Guide: Vintage Wing Tree
  • Bridge: 54-57 Tele with Steel Saddles
  • Switch: 3 Way
  • Wiring: Present Day Tele
  • Neck Plate: Vintage
  • Case: Custom Shop Deluxe Blonde