The Big River “Cripple Creek”

Up for sale is a lightly relic’d Telecaster from Big River. The body was initially for a custom order. The gentleman sent a photo of Custom Shop ‘63 Blonde Telecaster that helped us match the color. The body, ordered new from Warmoth, is swamp ash. This fella received 15 coats of our Blonde nitro lacquer, and left to cure for several weeks. Then wet sanded, polished, and lightly relic’d with some awesome checking through out!

The neck is from a 2000 Fender Mexican Standard Tele. Made entirely from maple, this neck has 21 frets, a 9.5” radius, and a worn satin feel on the back that you can only get from playing it. Incredibly comfortable, and naturally worn, this neck was the perfect match for this Black and Blonde Tele. The bridge is a Gotoh “In Tune” Tele bridge with compensated brass saddles, and aged here in house.

The pickguard is an aged tortoise shell. The wiring harness I put together uses an Oak 3way switch, CTS Pots, a .047 Mallory Mustard cap with a treble bleed, a 4 prong Pure Tone input jack and Gavitt cloth push back wire throughout.

For the pickups I used a Fender Player Tele Neck and a Fender American Standard Tele Bridge. The neck pickup is an alnico and delivers that classic tele tone with a little more output and punch. While the American Standard Bridge is about as good as you can get with a tele bridge. It’s incredibly dynamic, has that tele bridge twang, but it’s not harsh or over powering, just the quintessential tele tone. This tele looks the part, plays the part, and most importantly sounds the part. This tele kicks ass!

Here at Big River we've started doing our
own Nitro finishing on guitars. We mix our
own colors to try and closely match the
classic colors of the golden age of Strats
and Tele's . We are also mixing some
more modern Fender colors as well.
Some guitars will be relic'd, some will just
have that incredible old school feel.
Check back often to see what other
Strats and Tele's we turn into great
looking great sounding quitars.

My instruments receive a full setup, with a
deep body/neck cleaning and polish. All
gloss maple boards are polished, while all
rosewood/darker boards receive an F1 &
lemon oil treatment. make sure all
electronics are in working order and if
something under the hood needs to be
changed, I make that determination
based upon what type/year guitar im
working on. But either way I am upfront in
my listing. Guitars are set up with
D'Addario XL 9-42's. Action is checked.
and adjusted to Low-Med if necessary.
and tuning and intonation is set on all
instruments before I pack them to ship.

It always made me feel good when i
pulled a guitar out of a box and basically
only had to tune it up to pitch and away
you go, so I try to afford you the buyer, of
that same courtesy. Understand though
set ups are a truly personal thing. I
cannot guarantee everything but I try to
use the bell curve when it comes to
setting up instruments, so even if there is
something you wanted changed it is not a
big ordeal. Feel free to ask if there is
something specific you would like.
Anywho thank you for checking us out, if
you have any questions feel free to ask, if
there are any upgrades you wish to have
done on any guitar, let me know and I
promise I will be incredibly fair when
offering quotes for upgrades. Even if you
know you want to upgrade for example
the stock pickups on a MIM Fender Tele
but don't know to what, shoot me a
message, I have knowledge on a wide
range tonal options.


Listed2 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • Telecaster
  • ‘63 Blonde Nitro
  • 2022
Made In
  • Mexico

Big River Guitars

St. Louis, MO, United States
Joined Reverb:2021

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