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It shows time is flying by when I find out that it is pushing 10 years ago, when I first sold this Fender Custom Shop ’63’ Heavy Relic Tele, with a seriously aged 3 tone sunburst nitro finish – It has only had one careful owner during the last 10 years – Only played occasionally at home during this period – The supplied certificate of authenticity confirms that it is a 2009 model – Complete with a black Custom Shop 60’s vintage style case, with the silver amp logo + certificate + tags + leather 50’s vintage style strap – Re-strung with a set of 10’s, then set-up with a sensible slick playing action – I’ve found my original web site notes going back to 2009, so as they are still valid, I’ve re-listed the info below

Fender Custom Shop 1963 Heavy Relic Tele :-

Once again my beloved Fender Custom Shop product specialists pays me a showroom visit, with his car laden up with stock – This will always entice me into spending a few  pounds, as I hand pick some stock, with a view to finding the best playing and best sounding examples – I actually had the pick of two ‘1963’  Teles – One in black, which looked cool, but this example, with a seriously aged 3 tone sunburst finish blew me away – Played unplugged it sounded like a 335, with a big vibrant acoustic voice, that is lively and rings like a bell

Playing performance:-  The feel of the maple neck is pure vintage – It has the classic 60’s Oval C neck profile, with a thin nitro aged finish, that has been cut back to leave you with that silky smooth played in vibe  – For a slick playing performance it is spec’d with a 9.5″ fingerboard radius, along with a set of Sanko 6105 medium jumbo frets – As such a fluid playing action awaits any prospective buyer – Effortless string bending and no choking out – A set of 10’s now feel so much more slinky – If you require a Tele that allows you to play in the fast lane, or drop into moody minor blues lick mode, with loads of emotion, soul and passion, then this is an ideal combination as it blends the vintage feel from the neck and a modern slick playing performance from the fingerboard, courtesy of those chunkier frets – The neck starts of with that ‘melt in your hand’ C profile that measures .850″ deep at the top nut end, then fattens out to a  .936″ depth at the 12th fret – Some will say pure vintage magic, with just a touch of extra meat around the first few frets

All the hardware is vintage period correct and aged accordingly, hence steel saddles, with a dedicated groove for each string – Kluson style tuners with slotted string posts, single butterfly string retainer for E+B string, large top hat toggle switch cap plus flat top knurled volume + tone knob

Tonal character :- Vintage flavoured at its absolute best is an easy summary, partly thanks to a pair of  ’63’ pick-ups and partly due to a vibrant alder body – Whilst the rosewood fingerboard will offer softer highs, that are smooth and rounded, compared to the brighter attack from a pure maple neck/fingerboard combination  – Plug it in and you’ll experience a musical bite, edge and attitude from the bridge pick-up – Or that jingle jangle pop character with both pick-ups selected – Then a warm laid back character from the neck pick-up, coupled with sparkling clear highs – It is the Jekyll and Hyde character of a Tele that allows them to work in so many different musical environments – You can obtain a warm laid back vibe, that is required for chilled out jazz, through to a feisty punk based character, with plenty of attack and attitude, so tune in and adjust as required – Hence soft to raw with all the bases in between equally available

With a subtle overdrive option selected on the amp, hence you are still in the land of ‘less is more’  the neck pick-up delivers those softer tones that Robben Ford loves for chilled out chords, whilst retaining excellent articulation and clarity – Lows are clear and full, with just enough mids to thicken up the overall character, whilst a bell like chime can be heard from the top end – Still with a more subtle overdriven amp setting, the bridge pick-up delivers those classic crunch rhythm tones with some balls, body, twang and bite – Tight and focused – Or dig in for some country lickin tricks  – Now add plenty of gain on the amp and the neck pick-up purrrs, with a velvet smooth character, that is almost thick enough to compete with a Les Paul – With more gain on the amp, the bridge pick-up  just rips it up, with enough bite to take you to the edge of that ice pick attack, that is ideal for those feisty phrases and riffs – Yet just roll off the volume pot a touch, for a softer voice that sounds like it is more refined and under control – Hence the Tele’s volume pot will allow you to maximise the guitars expression, so as to ensure that you and the guitar control the amp – So no shortage of soul, expression and emotion at your finger tips – Rolled off and it is more lush, controlled and subtle, yet with the volume pot on 10 it possesses more of that fierce ‘punky’ attack – So fine tune and adjust as required – On classic rock/blues overdriven amp settings, this approach will allow you to obtain a cleaner laid back voice with the volume pot on/around 6 or 7 – Equally the tone pot will ensure you’ll always hear those sparkling crisp highs when it is wide open at 10, so for a sultry jazz vibe take it down as required

Sometimes it is quite easy to state where a particular guitar fits into a certain musical style but with a Tele, or should I say a good Tele, it can work into so many different musical environments, so for what is the granddad of guitars, that is no mean achievement – Warning !!!! – Play it and be smitten

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