Fender Custom Shop Relic Telecaster Thinline
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iamqman 08/03/2011

Fender Custom Shop Relic Telecaster Thinline : iamqman's user review

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These relic guitars have become one of the most popular guitars choices in recent years. It seems people are starting to like a pre factory reliced guitar that looks like it has been played for a while and abused before it hits the stores hanging wall. There are some cool things about this and some not so cool things about these relics. First off these guitars generally feel like they have been played for years which is ultimately where you want all you guitars to end up at. So the necks are going to be very smooth and silky. The downside is that is wasn't done by your hands so the feeling isn't going to match your hand width and feel as much. Other than that these are very cool guitars

UTILIZATION

Series Limited Edition
Model Name Limited 1969 Relic Telecaster Thinline
Model Number 923-5000-035
Color Vintage White (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
Body Ash
Neck Maple (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
Neck Shape 1967 Tele C Shape
Thickness at 1st .850"
Thickness at 12th .920"
Fingerboard Round Laminated Maple - 9.5" Radius,
Frets Dunlop 6105
Nut Micarta
Pickups Bridge: Abby Handwound Hot Nocaster
Neck: Twisted Tele
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching Standard Tele
Bridge Vintage 69 Tele w/ Grooved Steel Saddles
Tuners Fender/Gotoh F Style Machine Heads
Hardware Vintage Nickel
Pickguard White Pearloid
Scale Length 25.5"
Width at Nut 1.650"

SOUNDS

These are very expensive guitars so they should feel and sound suburb. Well they absolutely do that in spades. these guitars sound just phenomenal. to my ears. I mean the tone is basically the same as any other Fender telecaster but the feel is much different and that will constitute a change in tone. Ho I get to that conclusion is this...when you get the "right" feeling guitar then music seems to flows from your playing a lot more than a cheaper guitar would. So you tend to give it a little bit more soul and dynamic. So in turn you will get a better tone. Not than there is anything different about the tone of the guitar but just in how you approach the plate....to use a baseball term. I absolutely love the way this guitar sounds and even more how it looks. The vintage aged white is just a sharp looking color for this instrument.

OVERALL OPINION

These guitars are not for the cheap. you can pick them up for right at around $4300. Ouch that is a lot of money for a guitar. I wouldn't pay that much but many people would. I would prefer a custom Charvel over this guitar and I would save about half that much money. So this is the kind of guitar a guy would buy to show off it his man cave and that is about it. Not a players guitar because I would never gig with a $4300 guitar.