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Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition 1959 Telecaster Journeyman Relic Aged Olympic White With Case

SKU 00FCS237
by Fender
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Original price $ 4,000.00 - Original price $ 4,000.00
Original price
$ 4,000.00
$ 4,000.00 - $ 4,000.00
Current price $ 4,000.00

Fender Custom Shop

1959 was a notable year for Fender, as the company was growing and expanding while evolving on the fly.  For the Telecaster in particular, it was a big transitional year, the first where a rosewood fretboard was used.  While some players still prefer maple, many have grown to love the warmth that rosewood provides.  1959 also saw the neck profiles change and slimming down occurred.  That's where this amazing Fender Custom Shop 1959 Telecaster Journeyman Relic falls in.  

A two-piece select alder body wears a Journeyman Relic Flashcoat lacquer finish, which is a very thin finish that allows the guitar to breath naturally.  We noticed right away how resonant it is, even unplugged.  The Flashcoat finish has become more an more popular over the last few years for Journeyman Relic's - it's thin, and expected to wear even more over the years.  We also went with the "sort for lightweight" upgrade, which is worth it - this guitar weight in at just 6.7 lbs.  If you're looking for a lightweight Tele, here it is!
The tinted rift-sawn maple neck features a super comfortable 60's Oval "C” profile, but with a slightly thicker feel than normally found with that neck shape.  This one measures .810" at the 1st fret fret (normally .790") and .950" at the 12th fret (normally .930").  This is perfect for anyone that likes the 60's Oval "C" feel, but finds it slightly to thin (without wanting to go to a much thicker profile).  It's a great vintage styled profile, with the modern preference of 9.5” radius and Narrow Tall (6105) frets.    To add to the comfort and create the feel of a well worn-in guitar, we chose to have the back of the neck given a heavier treatment, with much of the finish removed.  This is something we're doing with a lot of our builds now - Journeyman Relic finishes on the whole guitar, but Heavy  Relic on the back of the neck.  We've received great feedback on it.
Hand-wound '58 pickups evoke the sounds the of the late 50's, with a great mix of twang and smoothness.  The enamel coated wire and Alnico 5 magnets with vintage stagger are period correct.  They're great for blues and rock but also clean up nicely - these very versatile for a variety of styles.  
Other features include a period correct bridge, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and knurled chrome knobs. The guitar includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.
We get a lot of Custom Shop Telecaster in here - they're all great, but this one really stands out as a great player.  Come to Club Fender @ Truetone Music to experience it today, or order right here right now.

Product Specs

  • Series: Time Machine™
  • Part # 9231013207
  • Serial # CZ557181
  • Color: Aged Olympic White
  • Finish:  Flashcoat Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Finish Package: Journeyman Relic
  • Sort for Lightweight
  • Body: 2-Piece Alder
  • Neck: Rift Sawn Maple
  • Tint: Medium
  • Neck Finish Note: Heavy Relic Back of Neck
  • Neck Shape: 60's Oval "C"
  • Neck Thickness 1st Fret: .810"
  • Neck Thickness 12th Fret: .950"
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" 
  • Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
  • Fingerboard Material: Flat Lam AAA Rosewood 
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" 
  • Fret Size: Narrow Tall (6105)
  • Headstock Thickness: 0.575"
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Micarta White
  • Side Dots: Micarta White
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • String Guide: American Vintage 56-58
  • Bridge: Vintage 58-63 Tele
  • Switch Tip: Top Hat
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt with Custom Shop Limited Edition Logo
  • Pickguard: 8 Hole 1-ply Parchment
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '58Tele
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '58Tele
  • Wiring:  Modern
  • Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity