The 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster combines the sound and style of the past with modern features and playability. The 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster is based on the exciting period when the Telecaster was a new-fangled instrument with surging popularity. The lighweight two-piece ash body wears a carefully aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish, giving it the look and feel of a road dog that’s only seen the inside of a case once or twice during its service.
Fender 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster Unique Features
- Barrel Switch Tip
- Black Dot Position Inlays
- Single Button String Tree
A pair of hand-wound Custom Shop single-coil pickups provides the classic Tele tone—the Twisted Tele neck pickup is joined by a fat-sounding “Broadcaster” bridge pickup for an unbeatable combination. Modern wiring, including a Greasebucket tone circuit that preserves volume when rolling back the tone control, shapes the pickups’ voice.
Other sterling features include a tinted quartersawn maple neck with “U”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard, 21 6100 jumbo frets, single-ply black phenolic pickguard, ‘51/’54 bridge with bend brass saddles, vintage-style tuning machines with Fender logo, bone nut and round string tree. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
Heavy Relic Lacquer Finish; 2-Piece Select Ash Body; Tinted Quartersawn Maple Neck with "U" Back-Shape; 9.5" Radius; 21 #6100 Jumbo Frets; Hand-Wound Original Black Guard (Bridge) and Hand-Wound Twisted Tele (Neck) Pickups; 3 Way Switch; Modern Wiring with Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit; Single-Ply Black Phenolic Pickguard; '51/'54 Bridge with Bent Brass Saddles; Vintage-Style Tuning Machines with Fender Logo; Bone Nut; Round String Tree; Deluxe Hardshell Case; Strap; Certificate of Authenticity.
Our shrine to the heritage and legacy of those pioneers who made us what we are today. The Fender Custom Shop reached new heights of craftsmanship with its acclaimed Time Machine series—artfully “relic-ed” guitars and basses that revolutionized the entire concept of “reissue” instruments. The Custom Shop has since ventured even higher by crafting meticulous replicas using the same techniques and tooling used to create the originals all those years ago.