Overview Video

Let's get relic-ready to rumble

Over the years, Wildwood Guitars has sold thousands of relic’d Fender guitars. The incredible response that we’ve gotten from our Wildwood Tens is proof that most of the guitar-playing world loves instruments that marry modern convenience with vintage look, feel, and sound. We’ve also learned that there are plenty of pickers out there that like the distressed vintage look, but feel a little strange about playing a guitar that they didn’t relic themselves through everyday use. For these guitarists, each ding and scratch is a punctuation mark in the story of their instrument, and they want to be in charge of what happens in the tale of their axe.

Obviously, this is easier said than done. If you want to make an NOS finish look vintage through good ‘ol fashioned playwear, you usually have to play it for so long that it actually becomes vintage in the process. You could put your guitar in a trash bag of burned leaves and relic it yourself like one of my coworkers, but your house will smell horrible the moment you bring it inside. Frankly, few people have enough resources, energy, or training to make it look as good as the Fender Custom Shop’s builders can.

So, these players have been in a pickle until now. How do you make a new guitar look vintage without having to wait thirty years or resort to crazy schemes involving bags of burning leaves? Well, we at Wildwood Guitars are proud to introduce our answer: a new line of Wildwood Tens that we have dubbed “relic-readies.”

These Custom Shop creations are just like the heavy-relic guitars that have been a shop staple for years—same wood, same electronics, same hardware, and same outstanding build quality—except we snatch them away from Fender before they have a chance to actually do the relic job. The result is a guitar that accumulates wear-and-tear at an exponentially higher rate than normal. So, it’ll look like guitar that’s been gigged for thirty years after just a couple birthdays. Finally, YOU can be the one to make your guitar look vintage!

After playing and ogling the first batch of these guitars, we feel confident that this line is easily one of the coolest collaborations in the history of our friendship with Fender’s Custom Shop! At Wildwood, we’ve been doing our best to tell our guitars’ stories as faithfully as we can for thirty-four years. Now, we are excited to step aside and give the reins to our exceptional customers. What sort of interesting tales will you carve into these finishes? We can’t wait to find out with you!

Tonal Evaluation

This Tele is all raw power: two knobs, one switch, and a whole lot of a rock and roll! Overall, this serial has dry, even bass response, midrange that hits you like a roundhouse kick to the stomach, and stinging, aggressive highs. Despite this Tele’s bad attitude, the rosewood board helps keep it from entering icepick territory by rounding off the attack. That being said, it’s nearly impossible to play this bridge pickup without letting half a snarl creep onto your face. It really nails Jimmy Page’s late Yardbirds/early Zeppelin rock Telecaster tone. The neck pickup is fat and open, with cutting upper-mids and an airy, open high-end. I found myself engaging in power chord riffage with great gusto while I had this serial in my hands, and it inspired me to find a few new Texas blues licks, too! This would make a great guitar for any rock player with a jones for a Telecaster, or anyone that likes great-sounding single coils with a bad attitude!


Brand Fender Custom Shop
ModelDealer Select Wildwood "10" 55 Telecaster Relic-Ready
Finish ColorFaded 2-Tone Sunburst
Finish TypeNitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight6.89 lbs
Body WoodLightweight Ash
Neck WoodQuartersawn Maple
Neck Shape'52 "U" Shape
Neck Dimensions.870 1st - .940 12th
Fingerboard RadiusExclusive Wildwood Custom "10" Radius
Scale Length25.5"
Width at Nut1.650"
Nut MaterialBone
PickupsJosefina Handwound Twisted Tele wound to Wildwood Specification
ControlsVolume, Tone, 3-Position Switch
TunersVintage Style with Nickel Buttons
Pickguard1 Ply White
CaseLimited Edition Hardshell Case with Embroidered Custom Shop Logo

Why Order from Wildwood Guitars?

An instrument from Wildwood isn't just an ordinary guitar. It's your guitar. Each and every instrument we sell includes a full, point by point setup, an exhaustive evaluation, and expert shipping procedures, with first class, industry leading standards from start to finish. Why? Because you deserve it.

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