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50's Relic Copper Telecaster

Nina Patina

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For sale is one custom relic telecaster. Built in 2007, the inspiration for this guitar was the 1952 Telecaster relic in copper that the Fender Custom Shop built for the 2005 NAMM show. Only 100 were made, and they trade for over $4000 these days if you can even find one for sale.


The body is a 1.50" thick pine body, just like the early 50's Esquires (bodies later became 1.75"). It's light and been finished in a beautiful, ultra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer. The copper finish is as attractive as it is rare. As you can see in the pictures, the body has some subtle relic work. A few small nicks on the back and near the input jack, a crack by the input jack, and some forearm wear - but nothing over the top.


The neck is an older Fender piece of unknown age, and the wear marks are from real use. The fingerboard corners are slightly rolled and worn through the nitro finish, and there is fingerboard wear in the upper "cowboy chords" area. The neck sports all vintage touches: a button string guide, a 50's telecaster decal, and aged Kluson style tuners. The frets have little to no wear, and the neck is very confortable to play. It's a 21 fret, 25.5 scale neck, and I think a 9.5" radius.


The body sports a truly vintage bridge with 3 brass saddles. The wear and patina on it are genuine. The 5 hole pickguard is a lacquered single ply, with the spray ring on the backside. The string ferrules are flush mounted to the body.


The control plate is custom from Acme Guitar works, and is wired in the 52 reissue format.


Pickups are a set of Fender Custom Shop "Nocaster" pickups. They sound terrific. For online reviews: http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Electric+Guitar+Pickup/product/Fender/Custom+Shop+Nocaster/10/1


Even the input jack sports a period correct reproduction of the 50's machined jack cup.


I put a lot of time building this guitar, and tried to pay attention to the important details - like the use of period correct flathead screws. Many of the parts are older Fender pieces, and the relic work is meant to be tastefully done. The guitar just got some attention by Scott Baxendale, my local guru luthier. He went through the guitar, polishing the fret ends and giving it a full setup. Scott spent many years at internationally known Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, where he specialized in the restoration of classic vintage instruments. During this time he repaired or restored guitars for such professionals as Billy Gibbons, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jr., Steve Howe, Elvis Costello, John Hartford, Marty Stuart, Norman Blake, Roy Acuff and many others.


Scott does not dish out compliments easily, but when I picked up the guitar he commented "That's one sweet telecaster."


A black plastic molded Fender hard case is included.


$1000 OBO. Contact me at patina-nina@comcast.net


Payment / Shipping: Payment by bank wire only. Shipping to CONUS will be $50. International bidding is accepted, but shipping costs will depend on the destination.


To estimate international shipping, please use the shipping calculator at www.usps.com. Shipping from Denver CO USA, ZIP code 80202, estimated box size 60"x 36" x 12", estimated weight 20 lbs. I only charge actual shipping costs. THANKS











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