Get your hands on the Fender Custom Shop 1964 Telecaster Custom Heavy Relic, and you’ll swear you’re playing a well-worn early-’60s Telecaster. The Tele is one of the most-played and most-recorded solidbody electric guitars ever made, and the Custom Shop 1964 delivers everything that makes it so legendary: a massive sonic range, eminent playability, and the mojo that you’re playing an instrument that’s been wielded by players spanning Muddy Waters to Jonny Greenwood. The heavy-reliced finish gives off an authentic vintage feel, while the Custom Shop Twisted Tele single-coil pickups and modern wiring deliver a more aggressive tone. If you’re looking for the Tele to complete your collection, you’ve met your match with the Fender Custom Shop 1964 Telecaster Custom Heavy Relic.
Classic tonewood recipe for full-bodied sound
Alder and maple have gone hand in hand since the Tele’s early days in the 1950s. With the Custom Shop 1964 Telecaster, you get that tried-and-true tonewood combination, yielding the unmistakable snap and spank Tele players have coveted for over half a century. The 2-piece select alder body’s full sound and clarity are only matched by its incredible sustain and durability; it’s perfectly paired with an AA-grade flame quartersawn maple neck, adding a shimmering brightness with plenty of bite. Rounding out this set of incomparable woods is a supremely comfortable rosewood fingerboard, perfect for everything from sweet and percussive chicken pickin’ passages to elegant arpeggiated chords and finger-twisting solos.
Incredible twang and sparkle courtesy of Twisted Tele pickups
For many acclaimed touring and session guitarists, nothing beats the twang of a Telecaster. To give it its trademark sound, the Custom Shop 1964 Telecaster sports a pair of Custom Shop Hand-Wound Twisted Tele single-coil pickups, the definitive Tele pickup. These high-output single-coils cover the full gamut of sounds, from the warm, vintage-tinged tone of the bridge pickup to the bright sparkle of the neck pickup. And with the Greasebucket tone circuit, you can roll off highs without affecting low frequencies, leading to mellow, subdued tones without the mud.
Heavy relicing adds a beautiful broken-in look
The true visual indicator of a workhorse, a heavy-reliced vintage guitar wears its scars with honor and dignity. While it may not have the literal decades of use underneath it, the Custom Shop 1964 Telecaster radiates vintage character with gorgeous broken-in looks to match. The nitrocellulose lacquer on the body features all the wear and tear that comes with a much-loved heirloom Tele, an instrument that has faithfully served for generations and will continue to do so.
- Custom Shop Fender Telecaster with heavy-reliced body
- 2-piece select alder body imbues a warm and thick sound
- AA-grade flame quartersawn maple neck produces that trademark Tele snap and twang
- Effortlessly playable rosewood fingerboard
- Pair of Custom Shop Twisted Tele single-coils for full-range tone with ample output
- Greasebucket tone circuit retains clarity and definition when rolling the tone back
- Nitrocellulose lacquer of the body gives this Tele a genuine worn-in look and feel