1955 was a classic year in the history of the Fender Telecaster. Shifting away from the black pickguard that had defined the Telecaster for the prior 4 years, Fender used a distinctive single-ply white pickguard. As a result, the '55 was dubbed the "White Guard." Fender Custom Shop brings that legendary instrument back to life with this limited edition 1955 Telecaster Relic in the sought-after silver sparkle finish.
On this guitar, the Custom Shop artisans hand-selected a 2-piece ash body. They paired it with a tinted 1-piece rift-sawn maple neck with a comfortably chunky '54 "U" profile, a 9.5-inch radius fingerboard, and 21 narrow-tall frets for fantastic playability.
This 1955 Telecaster Relic features period-correct '55/'56 Tele pickups hand-wound by the Fender Custom Shop and Fat '50s wiring, delivering a versatile range of gorgeous Tele tones.
It also features an authentic nitrocellulose lacquer finish, allowing the wood to resonate freely, resulting in a rich tone. The graceful relic work of the Custom Shop results in an instrument with the appearance of a gently played, well-loved guitar but with perfect fretwork and electronics for the modern player.
Model Name:1955 Telecaster Relic, Maple Fingerboard,
Aged Silver Sparkle
Country Of Origin: US
Body: 2-piece Ash
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape: 52 Telecaster
Neck Material: Rift Sawn Maple
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape: 1954 "U"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Frets: Narrow Tall
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
.94 1st Fret, .97 12th Fret
Inlays: Micarta Black Dot
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '55/'56 Single-Coil Tele®
Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '55/'56 Single-Coil Tele®
Controls: Volume, Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Bridge 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Tele with Barrel Steel Saddles
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs Knurled Chrome
Strings Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)
Tweed Custom Shop Hard Case