Check out This Relic'd Wonder!
The Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic looks like a 60-year-old instrument and plays like a dream. If you're a Tele purist with a penchant for early '50s models, we've got your axe. The '51 Nocaster sports a hand-selected, nitro-finished ash body, a meaty 1951 U-shape maple neck with an ultra-playable 9.5" radius and 6105 frets, a vintage bridge with brass saddles, and a pair Custom Shop NoCaster pickups. With stunning vintage visuals, uber-playability, and perfectly tweaked Tele twang, the Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic might be your ideal Tele.Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic at a Glance:
- The "Nocaster" legend
- Custom Shop NoCaster pickup set
- 1-piece maple neck
Bearing the revered "Nocaster" moniker, the Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic springs from a most interesting lineage. As we know, our beloved Telecaster was originally christened the "Broadcaster." At the time, Gretsch had a drum set named "Broadkaster," and threatened a legal action against Fender to protect the name. Wanting no part of this, Fender simply cut off the headstock decals to simply read "Fender." Thus, the Nocaster legend was born - affecting only about 475 instruments before Fender came up with the Telecaster name. So Nocasters are rare, indeed - which all the more makes the Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic a 6-string object of desire.Custom Shop NoCaster pickup set
The Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic is fitted with a Custom Shop NoCaster pickup set, giving you the traditional Tele twang you would expect with this phenomenal instrument. These pickups deliver the classic and sought-after tone of a true vintage axe (just ask any of the Tele fanatics here at Sweetwater).1-piece maple neck
Leo Fender was a radio technician - not a luthier - so goes the "excuse" for why his first round of guitars sported maple necks without separate fingerboards. Aside from imparting "signature" looks to early Fenders, this neck construction gave '50s Teles and Strats a unique tonal signature. Maple, as we know, is a very dense tonewood, great for snappy attack and sustain. The characteristically sharp ictus of notes fretted on such necks are a significant part of the sonic vibe of vintage Fenders. The Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic serves up this delicious vibe in spades.Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic Features:
- Hand-selected ash body with nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- Fender's Relic treatment imparts that "well loved" vibe
- 1-piece maple neck with 1951 U back shape, 9.5" radius, and 6105 frets
- Vintage bridge with brass saddles; nickel hardware
- NoCaster pickup set
- Controls: Volume, Tone, 3-way switch
- Hardshell case and Custom Shop certificate included
Get that classic Tele vibe in the Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster Relic!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.