Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster - 3-color Sunburst with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - 3-color Sunburst
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The Closest You May Get to an Original 1959 Tele

The Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster solidbody electric guitar sports a very special configuration from late 1959. About that time, Fender started using rosewood fretboards on the Tele, transitioning the logo, and changing the dot spacing on the fretboard. The 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster nails the specs, tone, and feel of the late '50s. And the Journeyman Relic lacquer finish offers a great "played but not abused" look to the guitar. Whether you're a collector or simply love vintage character, the Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster is a great addition to any guitar collection.

Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Hand-wound pickups give you '50s chime
  • Quartersawn neck gives you exceptional stability and playability
  • Journeyman Relic finish adds character to your axe
Hand-wound pickups give you '50s chime

One of the most important features to the authenticity of a vintage-styled Tele is the pickups. With the Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster, you get a set of pickups hand-wound to the same spec as the 1958 classics. Though there are hundreds of variations out there, there's truly nothing like the sparkle and chime you hear when playing through genuine vintage Telecaster pickups.

Quartersawn neck gives you exceptional stability and playability

The neck is one of the most important aspects of any instrument, which is why this Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster solidbody electric guitar features a quartersawn maple neck. Besides looking good, the straight grain of quartersawn necks is about 50% more stable than plain-sawn necks, and less likely to warp, twist, or shrink. You'll also love the playability and feel of this 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster's contoured heel when you're playing higher up the fretboard. Down low, you'll appreciate the vintage 9.5" radiused rosewood fingerboard that keeps things nice and comfortable for natural, relaxed fretwork.

Journeyman Relic finish adds character to your axe

If you want your guitar to look and feel broken in, you'll love the Journeyman Relic finish on this Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster. Although it looks as though it has been a well-cared-for, albeit well-loved, member of your guitar collection for years, this Tele nonetheless projects an aura of distinct modernism. It feels aged, but without the heavy wear and tear. Guitarists at Sweetwater are consistently impressed by how well Fender's Relic guitars play.

Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • A Custom Shop Tele that channels 1959
  • Fender's classic Esquire "C" neck profile delivers period-correct playability
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 9.5" radius and 6105 (medium jumbo) frets for fast playing
  • Broken in, but not beat up, Journeyman Relic lacquer finish
  • Hand-wound Custom Shop 1958 Telecaster pickups deliver classic Tele tone
  • Vintage-style hardware is reliable and looks great
This Fender Custom Shop 1959 Journeyman Relic Telecaster feels like you've played it for a lifetime.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Ash
Body Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Color Faded 3-Color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape 59 Esquire Style C
Radius 9.5"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 21, medium jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece 3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Compensated Brass Saddles
Tuners Vintage-style tuning machines
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Handwound 1958 Tele single-coil
Bridge Pickup Handwound 1958 Tele single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way blade pickup switch
Strings Nickel plated steel (10-46)
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 1550590800

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