1961 Relic Telecaster Custom

I bought this Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Telecaster in 2014 from Pro Guitar Shop in Portland, OR. I don’t actually remember the price, but it was less than what they were asking because they were closing the store.

Their description:

Debuted in the early 60s, the custom Telecaster instantly became a classic with its double-bound body and striking appearance. The Tele took on a more sophisticated look and has always been a much sought after guitar. This version combines some of Fender’s most requested specs along with their Twisted Tele pickup set designed by Fender’s world reknown master builders. 
Features include a #3 C-shaped neck with a dark Indian rosewood fingerboard, taller 6105 frets, 9.5” radius, and modern switching. The body is hand-selected lightweight ash.

    • Body: Double bound hand selected lightweight ash
    • Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer – black
    • Neck: Maple with an early 60s “C” back shape
    • Fingerboard: Dark Indian Rosewood (9.5” radius)
    • Frets: 6105
    • Hardware: Nickel
    • Bridge: Vintage with threaded saddles
    • Wiring: Custom Modern Tele
    • Controls: Volume/Tone, 3-way switch
    • Included: Case, certificate of authenticity

The first thing I recorded with it was this:

https://awryrecords.bandcamp.com/track/mars-unfinished

Also heard on songs 1, 7-12 on SRVCBL :: 2104

https://awryrecords.bandcamp.com/album/srvcbl-2014

3 thoughts on “1961 Relic Telecaster Custom

  1. That description made me realize that your LUXE PAUL body is actually a hybrid of a “Custom Telecaster” and a “Telecaster Deluxe”. I don’t know if Fender ever made a “Custom Telecaster Deluxe”. The use of the word “custom” in teles makes it hard to google, but this is basically the difference:

    • Custom Telecaster – A telecaster with binding on the body
    • Telecaster Custom – A telecaster with a humbucker in the neck position
    • Telecaster Deluxe – A telecaster with two humbuckers and Gibson-style controls. I don’t know if they ever made one with binding, which would make it a “Custom Telecaster Deluxe”.
  2. Weird. I didn’t realize that either, but i like it.

    Maybe I should call the LUXE PAUL the LUXE PAUL Custom, or the CUSTOM LUXE PAUL.

    Would probably look better on that label, too.

    1. It would have to be “CUSTOM LUXE PAUL” IMO. Or CUSTOLUXE PAUL. I don’t know what a “Les Paul Custom” is really, but I think that’s a thing.

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