New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop introduces the '65 Telecaster Custom Heavy Relic Maple. With a two-piece select alder body featuring elegant double parchment binding and heavy Relic lacquer finishes in Faded Three-Color Sunburst, Aged Sherwood Metallic and Aged Lake Placid Blue, it imparts the extremely satisfying look, feel and vibe of a mid-'60s Telecaster Custom that's been put through decades of heavy wear and tear.

The quartersawn maple neck has a Large "C" profile that's thinner towards the nut and gradually thickens toward the 12th fret for comfortable, full feel; topped with a 9.5"-radius round-lam maple fingerboard with 21 narrow tall (6105) frets and a bone nut. The Custom Shop hand-wound Twisted Tele® neck pickup delivers extra bite with a hint of Stratocaster® punch, while the Custom Shop hand-wound Original Blackguard Tele® bridge pickup provides all the twang and clarity for which early-'50s models are celebrated. Modern Telecaster wiring with three-way pickup switching and the Greasebucket™ tone circuit (minimizes gain/mid loss when turned down) deliver remarkable tonal versatility.

Other premium features include a three-ply parchment pickguard, '64-'66 Telecaster bridge with threaded steel saddles, vintage-style "F" tuners, wing string tree, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.


Body Shape: Telecaster® Body Material: 2-Piece Select Alder Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple Neck Shape: Large "C" Scale Length: 25.5" (64.77 cm) Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm) Number of Frets: 21 Fret Size: Narrow Tall (6105) String Nut: Bone Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm) Headstock: Telecaster® Neck Plate: 4-Bolt with Custom Shop "V" Logo Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer Fingerboard: Round-Laminated Quartersawn Maple Position Inlays: Black Micarta Dot, 0.25" (6.35 mm) Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Original Blackguard Single-Coil Tele® Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound Twisted Single-Coil Tele® Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone with Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass) Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup Pickup Configuration: SS Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Threaded Steel Barrel Saddles Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with Fender® Logo Orientation: Right-Hand Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome Switch Tips: Top Hat Style, Black Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406 Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity.   7.12 lbs

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  • Custom Shop '65 Reissue Telecaster Custom Relic
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Model Sub-Family
Finish Features
  • Relic
Model Family
Body Shape
  • T-Style
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 21

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Willcutt Guitars

Lexington, KY, United States
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