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With an ultra cool, burgundy mist metallic finish, this used Fender Custom Shop  67 Relic Tele, from 2019, is more than easy on the eye – Originally this highly spec’d Tele was custom ordered by myself, based on a Masterbuilt 67 Tele I’d sold a few years earlier – I liked the feel, spec and hand wound pick-ups of the Masterbuilt model so much, that I effectively copied those details when I placed such an order, for this Custom Shop model – Granted delivery time was around 6 months after the order date, but it was well worth the wait – I sold it brand new a couple of years ago and can once again offer it for sale, as a used yet clean + original example

Lights Relic  Character :-   I fully appreciate that not all guitar players buy into the seriously aged vibe that you’ll find on many  Custom Shop Tales – With this in mind,  this Tele takes on more of a  lightly aged approach, that some might say is more authentic – This supa cool burgundy mist metallic finish possesses a worn and faded character, with far less scars, nicks and grazes than you’ll see on many other Relic models  – You’ll find no shortage of lacquer checking , yet overall it receives far less dings and dints, with very little in the way of a worn finish that reveals the alder body – Aged, but not abused, might be a fair remark, therefore the Journeyman finish is a far more subtle approach to finding a Tele with some played in character – Hence you can  buy it and play it, without having to give it the kids gloves treatment, then getting upset regarding any nicks and grazes that it will inevitably acquire – It is generally accepted that a thin base coat and finish, allows the guitar to ‘breathe’ so as to maximise the guitars natural vibrant character and this is a big plus factor of the aged approach – Just play it un-plugged for only a few seconds and you’ll hear what I mean

Feel/playing performance :-  Whatever magic is in this Tele, 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 vintage 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  – Spec’d with a thin honey tint nitro finish, that has been cut back, just enough, for more of a satin character, to enhance that ‘played in’ vibe – Just a hint of additional wear on the fingerboard edges, around the first few frets of the ‘workman’s corner’ – 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, but equally a slick playing actions awaits without any choking out – All in all, such modern tweaks, allow for a slick and user friendly playing experience

Full spec and details for Fender Custom Shop 67 Relic Tele :- 

Tonal character :- The unplugged test is a always a good place to start and as I often say, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that ring – A hand picked alder body, ensures this Tele possesses a lively character, with plenty of body to it, so not a thin weedy voice – The hand wound 67 vintage flavoured pick-ups are about tonal character and not high output levels – As a result, and as per late 60’s Strats, these pick-ups are not the most powerful but they sound so rich and musical, with no shortage of character – The neck pick up is chilled out, lush and smooth with excellent articulation, plus crisp highs, whilst the lows capture that full piano style ring – The bridge pick-up delivers a musical twang and bite, without trying to kick down the barn door – No shortage of snap, attack and bite but the emphasis is on a sweet nature – Overall it is great for the Robben Ford jazz/blues players,  hot country to rock n roll, or from Indie, Brit Pop, 60’s pop or indeed the melodic pop/rock styles of say Tom Petty and Squeeze – On clean amp settings it always stays  angelic and musical – Add some gain and depending on your amp settings, as well as how you play it will depend if it stays soft or morphs to a Tele with more attitude and edge

On overdriven amp settings, try it with the volume pot rolled off a touch, to around 6 or 7, then use this as your base camp  and you’ll notice it still retains the guitars full expressive character – This approach now leaves you with the option of going back towards 10 as and when you require some additional oooomph – Hence so much soul, expression and character is at your finger tips – This same approach still works with a hi-gain amp setting, so with the Tele back on 10, you’ll be approaching the red line, where you’ll find a hint of that ice pick edge and attack, that suits the punky Wilko Johnson type of voice – So again roll off the volume pot, and indeed the tone pot, just a touch, as required, for more of a controlled voice with softer highs – The volume pot is spec’d with a treble bleed capacitor, so it will retain its articulation as you roll off the volume a touch – Overall no shortage of vintage character, soul, expression and emotion

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