Hearkening back to the exciting period when the Telecaster was a “new-fangled” instrument with surging popularity, the 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster combines the sound and style of the past with modern features and playability.
Hearkening back to the exciting period when the Telecaster was a “new-fangled” instrument with surging popularity, the 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster combines the sound and style of the past with modern features and playability. The lightweight two-piece ash body wears a carefully aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish, giving it the look and feel of a road dog that’s only seen the inside of a case once or twice during its service.
A pair of hand-wound Custom Shop single-coil pickups provides the classic Tele tone—the Twisted Tele neck pickup is joined by a fat-sounding “Broadcaster” bridge pickup for an unbeatable combination. Modern wiring, including a Greasebucket tone circuit that preserves volume when rolling back the tone control, shapes the pickups’ voice.
Other sterling features include a tinted quartersawn maple neck with “U”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard, 21 6100 jumbo frets, single-ply black phenolic pickguard, ‘51/’54 bridge with bend brass saddles, vintage-style tuning machines with Fender logo, bone nut and round string tree. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
Body Type: Solidbody
Body Shape: Telecaster
Number of Strings: 6
Body Material: 2-piece Select Ash
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Color: Butterscotch Blonde
Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
Neck Shape: Early 50's "U"
Fingerboard Material: Maple
Fingerboard Inlay: Micarta Black
Number of Frets: 21, 6100 jumbo
Scale Length: 25.5"
Nut Width: 1.650"
Nut Material: Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece: 3-Saddle American Vintage string-thru with compensated brass saddles