Fender Nocaster Custom Shop Relic Solid Body Electric Guitar (2012)

Fender  Nocaster Custom Shop Relic Solid Body Electric Guitar  (2012)
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Fender Nocaster Custom Shop Relic Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (2012), made in Corona, CA, serial # R11798, Sonic Blue lacquer finish, ash body, maple neck, original molded black plastic hard shell case.

This guitar is a unique Fender custom Shop rendition of the early "Nocaster", with several custom-ordered features. "No-Caster" is the collector's joking name for the Fender guitars produced in mid-1951 1951 between the Broadcaster and Telecaster iterations. Early that year Gretsch notified Fender they held a trademark on the "Broadkaster" tradename, so Leo (never a man to waste anything) had the "Fender Broadcaster" headstock decals cut down so they read simply "Fender". This was a short-lived expedient and the originals are extremely rare and valuable today.

This relic re-issue of that short-lived Tele variant is quite authentic feeling overall; this one has several specific options ordered which make it an unusual example. The finish is Sonic Blue with a white single-layer pickguard, both custom features. The neck is highly figured curly maple with 9.5" radius fingerboard instead of original Nocaster's 7.5" and has a VERY chunky "baseball bat" profile and vintage-style frets. Period-style details include slot-head screws and brass saddles.

The bridge pickup a special-ordered Custom Shop Broadcaster model instead of Twisted Tele standard on 2012 production. The guitar is wired to the "modern" standard switching scheme, not the archaic 1951 style with a large bass cap in the neck position. The guitar has "light relic" simulated wear and has been actually played, so some genuine wear has been added to the simulated variety. Comes in a molded plastic Fender hard case with a package of original paperwork and case candy including the COA from the Fender Custom Shop signed by Mike Eldred.
 
Overall length is 38 3/8 in. (97.5 cm.), 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.)., 7.36 lbs.

This guitar was actually gigged when new, so it's now hard to tell where the relic-ed wear ends and some actual wear begins. There is some noticeable fret wear in the lower positions, so that at least is accrued from actual play time. This is not severe enough to impact playability. The guitar appears pretty much original; the knobs are the correct dome-top style but are replacements and the compensated brass bridge saddles are a high-quality aftermarket fitting that greatly improves intonation without resorting to the common original telecaster just-so angling finagles. The solder joints have been fiddled with but everything works as intended. This is a great-feeling guitar IF you like a really big neck on a Telecaster, easy handling and fairly light at well under 8Lbs. even with the bridge cover on. This is a rare find in this color/format and a very cool modern/vintage player's Telecaster variant. Overall Excellent Condition.