Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Custom Shop '63 Telecaster One-Off Relic in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A very early Relic and one of the first executed in-house at Fender, as the Custom Shop had initially outsourced this work from 1996-98, this guitar boasts an early R-prefix serial and is a stunning example of Custom Shop quality when production totals were significantly smaller than current output.
The tonewood complement includes an alder body, maple neck, and thick veneer rosewood fingerboard, ensuring an articulate and balanced response. The instrument is extremely lively and featherweight at 7lbs 2oz, full-sounding with a natural throaty cut and broad bass-register kick. These natural properties are channeled through a pair of modern Fender Original black bobbin single coils. The pickups feature Alnico III magnets, delivering a rich snappy twang in the bridge position, with exquisite percussive cut and bell-like chime when toggling towards the neck pickup. We've had this Custom Shop Telecaster professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, dialed in with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with appreciable roundness and shoulder as you travel up the board. Very vintage correct in its carve and featuring lightly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort, the profile measures .785" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" fretboard radius, and the original medium jumbo fretwire shows virtually no wear with plenty of meat and crown. The guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width, and the headstock features Kluson-style tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck pocket and heel feature Custom Shop stamps and 1999 dates, and Fender even went the extra mile to replicate their 1960s model/date pattern on the heel.
The electronics are more recent than the instrument, with the black bobbin Fender Original single coils wired to a harness with CTS pots and a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. Custom Shop body markings on early Relics are minimal, and this guitar is representative of late '90s Custom Shop production with a single inked number in the bridge pickup cavity and "One Off" text, further cementing the rarity of this example. The hardware includes a Pat. Pending bridge plate, brass saddles, domed knurled knobs, and an early four-digit R-prefix serial neck plate. There are a couple extremely small repaired splits in the parchment three-ply pickguard, completely stable and extending from the neck pickup mounting. The relic'd Sonic Blue nitro lacquer finish exhibits greening of the clear coat and prominent lacquer checking, with simulated edge wear and ancillary minor marks. Wear is ostensibly limited beyond the factory relic treatment, and the smooth nitro gloss on the neck profile shows only a few shallow nicks.
The original Fender G&G Deluxe brown tolex hardshell case is included, along with a bevy of hangtags.