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Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition CuNiFe Telecaster Custom Relic Faded Aged Chocolate 3-Tone Sunburst

SKU 00FCS216
by Fender
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Original price $ 4,374.99 - Original price $ 4,374.99
Original price
$ 4,374.99
$ 4,374.99 - $ 4,374.99
Current price $ 4,374.99

Limited Edition CuNiFe Telecaster Custom 

Each Custom Shop Limited Edition instrument is only available for a short time, which makes it eminently collectible and adds to its investment value. Crafted with many features reserved only for certain artists and master built instruments, they are just what the name says they are: highly anticipated limited-edition models that go very quickly.

For this very special Limited Edition Cunife Tele Custom Relic, we took elements of the classic double-bound Telecaster Custom and added custom features including the classic cunife wide-range humbucker paired with a hand-wound Texas Special.  The vibe of this guitar is about as cool as it comes, and once plugged in, it absolutely rips.

Developed by Seth Lover, who joined Fender in 1971, the “cunife” pickup features a two-coil humbucking design that uses 12 cunife screws connected on the bottom by a steel plate. Cunife is an alloy named for its three constituent metals—copper (Cu), nickel (Ni) and iron (Fe)—and in instrument pickups it produces a distinctive “hi fidelity” sound with rich bass and clear treble, and they never lose their attack or definition when pushed. Fender used samples of the original magnets to develop these pickups over a two-year period, and brought the material back exactly as it was 40 years ago. 

The two-piece select alder body wears a Relic lacquer finish, very tastefully done. The tinted quartersawn maple neck features a ’60-style oval-“C” back-shape and a flat-lam rosewood fingerboard with a 9.5” radius and 21 narrow tall frets. This is the most popular neck shape for custom builds, and is super comfortable to play.  To add to that comfort, we had the back of the neck given the Heavy Relic treatment, so it feels super broken in.

Hand-wound Texas Special (bridge) and wide-range cunife (neck) pickups feature three-way switching and Dual-Stack HS Tele wiring. Additional features include a three-ply mint green pickguard, ’58-’63 Tele bridge with RSD saddles for perfect intonation, vintage-style tuners, bone nut and wing string tree. Also includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.

Come to Club Fender to check out this amazing Tele, or order here right now for it to be sent straight to your home.


  • Serial # CZ555430
  • Part # 9231012533
  • Finish Package: Relic
  • Finish: Nitro Lacquer 
  • Color:  Faded Aged Chocolate 3-Tone Sunburst
  • Pickguard: 3-ply Mint Green
  • Body: Alder - Sort for Lightweight
  • Binding: Parchment
  • Neck: Quartersawn Maple
  • Tint: Medium
  • Note: Heavy Relic Back of Neck
  • Fretboard: Flat  Lam Rosewood - Sort for Dark
  • Dots: Micarta White
  • Neck Shape: 60's Oval "C"
  • Frets: 21
  • Fretwire: 6105 Narrow Tall
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
  • Neck Thickness at 1st Fret:  .790"
  • Neck Thickness at 12th Fret:  930"
  • Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
  • Bone Nut
  • Neck Pickup:  Custom Shop Hand-Wound CuNiFe Wide Range Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup:  Custom Shop Hand-Wound Texas Special
  • Wiring: Dual Stack HS Tele
  • Hardware: Chrome/Nickel
  • Tuners: Vintage
  • Bridge: 58-63 Tele with Brass RSD Saddles
  • Neck plate: Limited Edition Logo
  • Case: Black Custom Shop
  • Fret height @ 12th fret:  .055”
    Depth @ 1st fret .799”
    Depth @ 12th fret: .949”
    Pots are dual 250/500K (dual stack pots)