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A used, desirable and highly spec’d Fender Custom Shop 1966 Custom Heavy Relic Tele currently resides in my showroom awaiting a potential new owner – A 60’s bound edge Tele, in sunburst, with a neck humbucker, always suggest The Police and Andy Summers – As such I have a soft spot for them – This is a 2016 model according to the supplied certificate – I’ve acquired a copy of the shop floor travel sheet and can report it has a highly desirable set of stats – I believe it will have been custom spec’d and ordered by a dealer or customer, as it just about includes all the available options from the ala carte menu – Barely played – I know that is a touch tongue in cheek for a relic finish, but taking into accounts its age and the previous owner, I know it has not seen a lot of action – Complete with a black vintage style 60’s case, certificate, tags and black strap – Re-strung and set-up with a set of 10’s, so you can experience a sensible slick playing action

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Feel :- The neck is based on Clapton’s original 50’s ‘blackie’ with a soft V profile, that tapers gently from .858″ at the top nut end, to .925″ around the 12th fret – Compared to the best selling  classic vintage 60’s C profile, it is  .050″ thicker at the top nut end, with a similar depth around the 12th fret – So a comfortable amount of girth, that is easy to handle and so much of a feature found on the original late 50’s Fender necks – The character of this profile is that what ever V you can feel around the top nut end, it is subtle, yet from the 5th fret on wards it certainly feels more rounded and similar to that of a C profile – Additionally and thanks to the overall vibe of the aged finish, the neck is spec’d with that worn ‘played in from day one’ character, that instantly feels comfortable and familiar – Add a 9.5″ fingerboard radius, plus with thanks to a set of medium jumbo frets, it allows for a fluid playing action – Slicks licks and party tricks or big controlled blues bends are comfortable and easy to execute

Tonal Character :- There is always the fear that the output of a neck humbucker maybe to strong for the single coil pick up, that sits in the bridge position – And yet they compliment each other, with no shortage of warmth from the neck position and plenty of balls + twang from the bridge – The neck pick-up is fat, warm and smooth, yet with good articulation, in part due to the bolt on maple neck format of a Tele, so not mushy – So overall it is a full rich voice – Whilst the custom wound Nocaster pick up in the bridge is pure Tele – balls, bite, body and twang with plenty of muscle – Leave the volume pot on 10 for attitude and attack, or roll it off, as required, for a voice that is more in control – A good Tele has the ability to work well, in so many different musical environments, from chilled out jazz and blues, to rock, punk and indie – And it is the character that has attracted so many different players over the last 60 years or so – On clean amp settings the guitar possesses enough soul to entice – Laid back jazz and blues to country or pop rhythm and it is on home turf – Each pick up has its place and with both pick-ups on together they compliment each other in a unique way – Add hi-gain as required on the amp and the Tele can rip into power chords and driving riffs, especially on the bridge pick-up – Raw and cutting with a tight voice – Whilst the neck pick up purrrrrrs in almost a Les Paul manner, for lush licks – Use the volume pot to control the level of gain, so 10 is the full on approach, so 6 or 7 is a good base to set it up as base camp, with less gain – This approach will allow you to obtain more gain as and when required, when the volume pot is back on 10 – The bridge pick-up contains enough body so it never sounds thin, nor fizzy/scratchy when on 10, yet a slight roll off on the tone pot might favour some

Maybe the Tele is at its best with less gain – It certainly shows so much flexibility – Again the volume pot will control the level of gain, without losing character – As such, with the volume pot 6 or 7, it is  a great place to set up base camp, for a more controlled voice, then 10 becomes the full on approach as and when required – Therefore you and the guitar control the amp, hence so much soul, emotion and expression is at your finger tips – With less gain on the amp,  each pick-up can express its full distinctive character, giving you so much scope from lush to balls and attack – Smooth laid back chords and licks to attitude and balls – the limitation is more down to me/you as the player and not the guitar itself – No one guitar is the be all and end all, but a good Tele can do a lot

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