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2012 Fender Custom Shop Custom Deluxe Telecaster Bound Top Sunburst w/ Tweed Case


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Up for sale, a 2012 Fender Custom Shop Custom Deluxe Telecaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A rare Custom Shop model that blends traditional tone and modern features, this particular Custom Deluxe is unique even within the parameters of this model given its top binding.

Acoustically, this Tele has a snappy, ringing tone with an alder body paired with a AA birdseye maple neck and 22 fret fingerboard. The pickup complement includes a Twisted Tele neck pickup and Hot Nocaster bridge pickup, delivering hot high-output Telecaster bridge pickup tone with a neck pickup that's engineered more like a Strat single coil with taller alnico V magnets and 42 gauge wire, topped off with a nickel silver cover. The result is a tone that is more open, transparent, and vibrant than a traditional Tele neck pickup, and when paired with the flat pole piece bridge pickup, these two single coils cover a ton of ground. The guitar weighs 8lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The AA Birdseye maple neck has a proper '50s Tele U shape with tons of shoulder and heft, measuring .920" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The 22 fret maple fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius and 6105 fretwire, and the frets have plenty of meat, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with notes that ring out with plenty of smooth sustain and chime, given the notably tall crowns on this particular fretwire and the flatter modern radius. The carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock has been fitted with a set of Kluson Revolution tuning machines that have a 19:1 ratio and excellent performance.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the chrome plating on the hardware is gleaming, including the six-saddle bridge. The three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss is framed by ivory binding and accented by a pale mint green pickguard. Cosmetic wear includes a few scattered shallow marks and light finish scratches in the clear coat on top, with a bit more scuffing and some light buckle rash at the bass-side waist on the back. The nitro gloss is flawless and silky smooth on the neck.

A premium Fender tweed "thermometer" case with gold plush interior is included.