The artisans at the Fender Custom Shop created a Tele lover’s dream: The Limited-Edition ‘50s Vibra Tele® Heavy Relic®, the crème de la crème of Tele guitars. The Fender luthiers start with a ‘50/’51 Blackguard single-coil bridge pickup, then added two of the most popular, time-tested Tele mods: a Bigsby® B5 vibrato tailpiece and a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbucking neck pickup. Placed directly at the seventh harmonic for perfect, balanced tone, this pickup adds a unique note to the traditional Tele twang. Dual Stack HS Tele wiring ensures the pickups play nicely with each other, from an electrical standpoint; dual-stack 250k and 500k potentiometers guarantee each pickup operates at optimum resistance.

The two-piece select ash body wears a thin Heavy Relic lacquer finish, giving it the look of an instrument that’s spent its life being played onstage. The one-piece tinted quartersawn maple neck has a “’57 Soft V” profile and a 9.5”-radius fingerboard with 21 #6105 frets for a contemporary playing feel. Other features include three-way switching, period-correct black phenolic pickguard, 21 narrow-tall frets, vintage-style tuning machines with Fender logo, bone nut and disc string tree. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

Condition: New (heavy relic); Body: Ash, 1-ply black pick guard; Neck: 57 Soft V carve; Nut: 1.650; Color: aged  butterscotch blonde; Pickups: Custom Shop Hand-Wound ‘50-’51 Blackguard (bridge), Seymour Duncan® Seth Lover (neck) ; Scale: 25.5; Orientation: Lefthanded (of course)