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1997 Fender Custom Shop 1952 Telecaster Lefty

As a lefty the chances are pretty good that you’ve not had the opportunity to give a Charlie Christian pickup equipped Telecaster a workout before, so there’s a good chance you don’t know what you’re missing out on. We can tell you first hand that it’s worth getting over here to Folkway to play this guitar, but be ready to leave with it if you do.

The guitar was built by Fender’s Custom Shop in 1997, and originally featured a pair of ’52 Tele Custom Shop pickups. Since then the guitar’s neck pickup cavity was cleanly routed for the larger Lollar-built Charlie Christian pickup. The pickguard was replaced at that time, leaving the original ‘guard intact and in the case pocket. The bridge pickup is a matched Lollar Charlie Christian unit, sized to fit a factory Tele bridge without modification. Finally, the bridge saddles were replaced with a set of Marc Rutters compensated BrassStraight Comp Saddles for great intonation on straight saddles with vintage looks and tone. All of the guitar’s original parts are included with the instrument, and all are in perfect working order.

The tone of this Tele is otherworldly. It’s fat and creamy, dark, strong, big, and rich, and has a sustain that you’d not likely be accustomed to hear in a Tele. The treble strings in all three switch positions have a bluesy thickness that are perfect for big bends, slide melodies, or multi-string melodies. The basses are bold, forward and fairly dark. Basically, the guitar sounds more like a DuoJet crossed with a Les Paul Special than a Tele, but plays with all the quickness and speed of a Telecaster with a ’52 neck carve. And, man, it’s fun.

Butterscotch over ash body, gorgeous Birdseye maple neck with a well rounded barrel and rolled fingerboard edges. Vintage appointments, bone nut, and vintage size frets. Gloss finish that looks new with the exception of a few minor dings here and there. Very little fretwear, and perfectly set-up by our in house lefty repair person.

With original pickups, pickguard, saddles, Certificate of Authenticity and case documents, and Fender leather strap.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.

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