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New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop introduces the ’65 Telecaster Custom Heavy Relic Maple. With a two-piece select alder body featuring elegant double parchment binding and heavy Relic lacquer finishes in Faded Three-Color Sunburst, Aged Sherwood Metallic and Aged Lake Placid Blue, it imparts the extremely satisfying look, feel and vibe of a mid-’60s Telecaster Custom that’s been put through decades of heavy wear and tear.

The quartersawn maple neck has a Large “C” profile that’s thinner towards the nut and gradually thickens toward the 12th fret for comfortable, full feel; topped with a 9.5”-radius round-lam maple fingerboard with 21 narrow tall (6105) frets and a bone nut. The Custom Shop hand-wound Twisted Tele neck pickup delivers extra bite with a hint of Stratocaster punch, while the Custom Shop hand-wound Original Blackguard Tele bridge pickup provides all the twang and clarity for which early-’50s models are celebrated. Modern Telecaster wiring with three-way pickup switching and the Greasebucket™ tone circuit (minimizes gain/mid loss when turned down) deliver remarkable tonal versatility.

Other premium features include a three-ply parchment pickguard, ’64-’66 Telecaster bridge with threaded steel saddles, vintage-style “F” tuners, wing string tree, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.


Brand Fender Custom Shop
Model2023 Collection Time Machine 1965 Telecaster Custom
AgingHeavy Relic
Finish ColorFaded 3-Tone Sunburst
Finish TypeNitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight7.47 lbs.
Body WoodDouble-Bound Alder
Neck WoodQuartersawn Maple
Neck ShapeLarge C
Neck Dimensions.860 1st - 1.000 12th
Neck FinishNitrocellulose Lacquer
FingerboardRound-Laminated Quartersawn Maple
Fingerboard Radius9.5"
Scale Length25.5"
Width at Nut1.625"
Nut MaterialBone
Frets21 Narrow Tall 6105
PickupsCustom Shop Hand-Wound Blackguard Tele Single-Coil (Bridge), Custom Shop Hand-Wound Tele Twisted Single-Coil (Neck)
ControlsMaster Volume, Master Tone with Greasebucket Tone Circuit (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass), 3-Way Switch
Bridge3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body ’64-’66 Tele with Threaded Steel Barrel Saddles
Pickguard3-Ply Parchment
CaseFender Deluxe Hardshell

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