DISC Fender Custom Shop 1951 Heavy Relic Telecaster, Faded Sunburst

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  • Custom Shop Telecaster Handmade in the USA
  • Highly Resonant and Lightweight Ash Body
  • Custom Shop ­­­Hand-Wound Nocaster Pickups
  • Faded 2-Colour Sunburst Finish with Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • One-Piece Maple Neck with an ''U'' Profile

DISC Fender Custom Shop 1951 Heavy Relic Telecaster, Faded Sunburst


The Fender Custom Shop 1951 Heavy Relic is the perfect example of a handmade Custom Shop Telecaster. The one-piece Maple neck with Maple fingerboard features a ''U'' profile which provides a smooth and comfortable playing experience. The 1951 Telecaster has two Custom Shop hand-wound Nocaster pickups that are combined with the resonant Ash body to create a classic tele sound that’s ideal for country and blues.

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Time Machine Series by Fender

The Time Machine series is Fender's own shrine to the heritage and legacy of the pioneers who made the company what it is today. The Fender Custom Shop has reached new heights of craftsmanship with its acclaimed Time Machine series, artfully crafting meticulous replicas using the same techniques and tooling used to create the originals all those years ago.

The Custom Shop proudly introduced an expanded selection of premium ''relic'' finishes that have been designed to replicate the worn-in vibe of a genuine vintage instrument. The Heavy Relic finish is the heaviest of the Custom Shop treatments, evoking decades of the most punishing playing and touring. Each one is specially devised to capture the authenticity of the original-era, with unparalleled breathability and resonance.

Premium Features of the Fender Custom Shop 1951 Telecaster

This Custom Shop 1951 Heavy Relic Telecaster is equipped with two Custom Shop hand-wound single-coil Nocaster pickups along with a 3-position blade and Greasebucket™ circuitary, allowing highs to roll off without reducing gain and helping to produce the time-honored Telecaster snap. Other premium features include a single-ply black Bakelite pickguard, vintage bridge with threaded barrel saddles, medium jumbo frets and vintage Fender-logo tuners.

The Custom Shop 1951 Telecaster comes complete with a stunning faded two-colour sunburst finish and nitrocellulose lacquer, imparting the appearance of years of aging and use without the need for heavy wear and tear.

Unrivaled Quality and Craftsmanship

Since 1987, the skilled craftsmen in Fender's Corona, California ''dream factory'' have been producing guitars that are known worldwide for their artistry and unrivaled quality. Ranging from the fine to the fantastic, whether it's building a new custom instrument from the ground up or modifying an existing one, their best is the best. These wonderful instruments have been crafted for and with the input of the world's finest guitarists such as Clapton, Springsteen, Cray, Gilmour, Townshend, Wilko Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name just a few.

The History of the Telecaster

The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the Telecaster. An indispensable instrument, the Telecaster was the world's first successful solid-body electric guitar. Perfected after two years of development - and a name change or two - the Telecaster debuted in February 1951 and began its steady ascent towards the stage and studio. Ingeniously engineered with the ability to be heard both loud and clear, it was a marvel of simple design elegance and workhorse functionality. It is perhaps fitting testimony to its essential original rightness that the Telecaster design has hardly changed ever since.


  • Model Name: 1951 Heavy Relic® Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Faded 2-Colour Sunburst
  • Model Number: 1550512803
  • Series: Time Machine
  • Colour: Faded Two-Colour Sunburst

Body & Bridge

  • Body Material: Lightweight Ash
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Body Shape: Telecaster®
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body With Threaded Steel Barrel Saddles

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Shape: ''U''
  • Scale Length: 25.5'' (648mm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5''
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650'' (42mm)
  • Position Inlays: Black Dots
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style

Hardware & Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Single-Coil Nocaster
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Single-Coil Nocaster
  • Controls:
    • Master Tone with Greasebucket™
    • Master Volume
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade
    • Position 1: Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2: Bridge & Neck Pickup
    • Position 3: Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SS
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Dome