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Used Fender Custom Shop Cabronita Relic, from 2019 with an ultra cool sea foam green sparkle finish – I know the full history of this Cabronita – I originally custom ordered it, back in 2018 – I later sold it and now have it back in stock again, knowing that it has barely spent any time in the hands of the previous owner – So effectively it is still in that ‘as new’ condition – Pun intended as well know it is an aged relic finish, but you know what I mean – Re-strung with 10-46 gauge strings and set-up with a slick and easy action that will respond to a light touch – Complete with case, traveller spec sheet + certificate – Read below my original web site report and evaluation :-

As a former main dealer for  Fender Custom Shop Guitars, I would often create a run of custom spec’d/ordered models – As such something more exclusive – Yet such custom orders would often be based on a model from a NAMM run, a Limited Edition run or indeed something rather special that I’d sold in the past  –  This Fender Custom Shop Cabronita relic, with an ultra cool sea foam green sparkle finish is such an example, as it is obviously based on the original Custom Shop Cabronita model, that is already desirable and rare to find – The cool sparkle finish costs a touch more than many conventional colours but I’m sure you’ll agree that it is worth it – I’ve seen this finish before on other models and thought it would look great on a ‘hot rod’ Tele like the Cabronita

Full spec and details – Fender Custom Shop twin pick-up Cabronita :- 

Feel/playing performance :-  Whatever magic is in this Cabronita regarding the playing experience can’t be seen – You feel it – The ’65’ Large C profile instantly feels comfortable, somehow familiar and very much old school from the golden era, with an extra ounce of meat on it – Take the classic 60’s C profile and add a gnats whisker of meat and this is the result – It can’t be considered fat, but it possesses a touch more meat than the regular 60’s C profile  – Yet with less depth than a chunky black guard early 50’s Nocaster – Spec’d with a thin nitro finish, that has been cut back for a silky smooth feel and more of a satin feel about it – To further enhance a slick playing performance, you’ll find a set of narrow/jumbo 6105 frets, along with a 9.5″ fingerboard radius – You can still dig in and attack those big pentatonic blues bends without any choking out – Yet equally an easy playing actions awaits any potential buyer – All in all, such modern tweaks, allow for a slick and user friendly playing experience

Tonal Character :- You can imagine such a guitar in the hands of the hot country guys like Brent Mason, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley – Yet equally it could be a Tele for Green Day fans, or a hot rock ‘a’billy guitar for fans of Brian Setzer, or indeed for those players who want those big ‘Who’ style power chords (remember Pete used such pick-ups on a large part of the Who’s Next and Quadrophenia album) – It delivers a big tone, with plenty of character – If you want to get down and dirty with it, on the amps overdrive channel, then the Cabronita is on home turf – Yet equally Rolling Stones crunch rhythm style chords and riffs sound great, or even drop into a cleaner chilled out zone, on the neck pick-up, if required – I can imagine many players utilising such a guitar on the amps overdriven channel – But it has more than enough character to stay on the clean channel as and when you require such an option – Clean amp settings and it will enjoy playing lush jazz flavoured chords and licks – Yet with both pick-ups on it is great for funky chops, with a full crisp character – On overdriven amp settings that are more on the lower gain side, for crunch rhythm, then the bridge pick-up wins in my opinion – Tight and full bodied – Also ideal for Muddy Water style Chicago blues etc when you want it a touch more raw

Now add more gain and this in my opinion is where the Cabronita is a star – Bombastic energy – Dynamic – Bite + cut and a big voice – The neck pick-up purrrrs and is so smooth – Plenty of sustain so sings as required for those moody pentatonic licks – The bridge pick-up bites and kicks dirt, but it is always tight, with a big voice, so no weedy Tele voice on the Cabronita – Yes it can be dirty and delivers plenty of energy, but it isn’t just a full on ‘punk’ machine – The volume tone allows for subtle yet effective changes as you tweak it – Set it around the 6/7 mark and choose this as your base camp – As such the voice is less full on, but retains the true Cabronita’s character, albeit with less gain – Then when you require that ‘turbo’ boost, just wind it back towards 10, when you require that little bit extra that is on the edge of going out of control – Such tweaks on the volume pot work effectively on all levels of gain you choose on your amp – It sounds more like a Tele than a Gretsch 6120 style guitar – But equally it doesn’t sound like a traditional Tele

The volume pot hides an S1 push/push switch – More subtle than wow – A simple tone switch that delivers a tweak to the voice – Imagine a 6 band graphic EQ pedal with a slight cut  – There as required, but I find more variation/expression is possible with just a tweak on the volume pot – Subtle variations are very effective

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