The double-bound alder body and multi-ply pickguard that dressed up the ’61 Telecaster guitar distinguished it from its Butterscotch predecessor. And rosewood, originally introduced for cosmetic reasons because maple was prone to showing wear, quickly grew in popularity with the warmth it added to the classic Telecaster tone. In the spirit of the original, the American Vintage ‘612 Telecaster Custom guitar has a C-shaped maple neck with a 7.25”-radius rosewood fingerboard. It also features a pair of ’62 Custom Tele single-coil pickups, a vintage Tele bridge with threaded steel saddles, and the original Tele circuit with three-position switch.
It was in the early ’60s that Telecasters were first adorned with a rosewood fretboard, and this ’61 Relic Telecaster gives you the twang, bite, and vibe of the original. This axe sports sought-after vintage appointments including a comfortable 9.5″ radius, 6105 frets, and a ’61 “C” neck shape. Topped off with a pair of powerful-sounding single-coil CS Tele pickups, the Fender Custom Shop 1961 Relic Telecaster Custom is a must-have guitar.