Fender Custom Shop 1952 Telecaster HS "Chicago Special" Heavy Relic Super Aged Shell Pink Sparkle

CME Exclusive 6-String Solid Body Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard, Includes Hardshell Case. Made in the USA.
Be the first to review!

Fender Custom Shop 1952 Telecaster HS "Chicago Special" Heavy Relic Super Aged Shell Pink Sparkle

Brand New
Serial #R118496
7lbs 9oz

Description & Specs

Custom Built
Since the inception of the Fender Custom Shop in 1987, the veteran band of guitar builders in the Custom Shop today has grown to over 50 artisans, each a specialist in their own right, dedicated to their own area of expertise and working together to build Fender guitars to exact specifications—from neck shaping and fretwork to finishing and aging. Each craftsperson brings years of hard-earned skill and dedication to helping create an instrument and playing experience that can only come from the Fender Custom Shop.

1952 Telecaster HS “Chicago Special”
  • Ash body
  • 9.5-inch fingerboard radius
  • *Rift-sawn, one-piece maple neck
  • Nocaster “U”-shaped neck (.860-.920)
  • One-ply black phenolic §pickguard
  • Disc/round-style string tree
  • All slot heads feature period-correct flathead screws
  • Modern Wiring (w/ dual-stack potentiometers): 500k/250k stacked pots for Tele HS configurations

Fender Custom Shop “Chicago Special” Series
When it comes to the sound of a Fender “Chicago Special” guitar, we here at CME, would all have to say that the "Chicago sound" all starts with the pickups. So, when you see “Chicago Special” you know that you’re getting a range of tones that we, here at CME, think epitomizes the broad-ranging appeal of each instrument, wherever Fender instruments are played!

Heavy Relic®
Instruments featuring Fender Custom Shop’s heaviest relic treatment are designed to evoke decades of the most punishing play and touring—from serious dings and wearing to intensely discolored hardware and finishes to emulate the most battle-hardened workhouses Fender’s built.

“Chicago Special” Pickups
With the “Chicago Special” series of instruments, we aimed to achieve what we think of as the quintessence of Fender tones by setting our sights on our preferred pickup sets for each model. 

All of the pickups in Fender “Chicago Special” models were designed by Chicago Music Exchange in collaboration with Mike Lewis, Vice President of Product Development at Fender Custom Shop, and are only available on “Chicago Special” Fender models at CME, or on Custom Shop orders from Chicago Music Exchange—i.e., these pickups cannot be obtained from any other retailers, or directly from Fender (nor are they currently available on the aftermarket).

Each pickup set is precisely calibrated for balanced output—using our preferred enamel wire gauges and alnico magnets in each pickup—then potted in shellac for an open, wide-range frequency response, which tends to preserve more high-frequencies than potting in wax or lacquer.

Fender “Chicago Special” Telecaster Pickups
  • Bridge: Wide-diameter Alnico III magnets, using 43-gauge enamel wire for hot, juicy tone, with additional winds added, based on the windings of the first blackguard Teles made from 1950-51
  • Neck: Wide-diameter Alnico V magnets, using 43-gauge enamel wire for high output, clarity, and punch (or Seymour Duncan Antiquity Humbucker for HS configurations)

Model Number: 9237101260
Serial Number: R118496
Finish Package: Heavy Relic
Case: Fender Custom Shop Tweed
Weight: 7 lbs 8.5 oz

Body Wood: 2-Piece Ash
Body Color: Super Aged Shell Pink Sparkle
Body Finish: Lacquer Sparkle
Sort for Lightweight: Yes

Hardware Plating: Chrome
Bridge Assembly: '51-54 Tele
Output Assembly: Vintage Tele
Control Assembly: Dual-Stack HS Tele Relic
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt
Tuner Keys: Vintage Style
String Guide: '50-55 Vintage Disc Relic
String Gauge: .010-.046

Neck Assembly: '52 Tele Closet Classic Relic
Neck Finish: Dark Tint Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Blank: Rift Sawn Maple
Fingerboard: 1-Piece Maple
Truss Rod: 50's
Head Style: Telecaster
Neck Head Thickness: 0.575"
Neck Scoop: 51
Dot Spacing: Wide
Face Dot: Micarta Black .250
Side Dot: Micarta Black 3/32"
Fret Wire: Medium Vintage
Number of Frets: 21
Fingerboard Radius: 9.50”
Neck Back Shape: Nocaster "U"
Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: .860"
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: .920"
Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
Nut Material: Bone
Number of Bolts: 4 Bolt
Head Cap Decal: Vintage Silver Fender Tele
Neck Notes: Heavy Relic Fingerboard

Pickguard: Aluminum
Pickup Neck: Seymour Duncan Antiquity 4C Humbucker Neck
Pickup Bridge: Handwound "Chicago Special" Bridge
Control Knobs: '52 Tele Knurled Chrome Relic
Switching: American Vintage Tele Relic

You read that right! Any orders over $75 ship for free!*

The CME Difference:  CME's mission is to make sure your shipment will arrive quickly, carefully, and correctly. We realize that the online ordering of guitars and instruments, in general, can be a nerve-racking experience. We are here to put your mind at ease and make your transaction smooth and enjoyable! As musicians ourselves, we want to make sure everything gets to you the way it should, every time.

Most orders ship the same or next day:  
We greatly appreciate your patience, and are working hard to fulfill all requests as quickly as possible, while practicing recommended safety guidelines.

Our Bottom line: We care! This is something we take very seriously, because it's what you deserve. Our shipping, sales, and customer service teams are always striving to create the best experience for you. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, we want to know.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to support@chicagomusicexchange.com, or call us directly at 773-525-7773.

*Special exceptions do apply.



12PM-7PM Wednesday-Friday

10AM-7PM Saturday

10AM-5PM Sunday

Before & After Hours: Try us! 
If we are not available, our commitment is to get back to you no later than the next day.

US & International: +1 (773) 525-7773

Fax: 773-525-2775


3316 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60657

We're right off the CTA Brown Line 'Paulina' Stop Just North of Belmont and just West of Ashland.

We’re all musicians here at Chicago Music Exchange and we want you to love the gear you get from us. We understand that sometimes you get a piece of gear that doesn’t work out for you. That’s why we offer an easy return policy to take the stress out of purchasing from us.

If you decide you'd like to return an item, please contact your Sales Rep, chat us, or give us a call.

If you placed your order on Amazon or eBay, we advise issuing the return request from your account on the platform of purchase - our Customer Service team will process a refund upon receipt of the item(s).

Most new items may be returned within 30 days of delivery and most vintage & used items may be returned within 3 days of delivery for a full refund, exchange, or store credit. Please pack the product safely for the journey back to us. If the product was shipped for free, the charge will be deducted from refund, unless the reason for the return is outside normal circumstances.

Please contact us as soon as possible if your order was received incorrectly, damaged, or defective. Most times we will give you an RA number (Return Authorization). Why is that number important? This will allow us to speed up the process of the return.

We reserve the right to charge a restocking fee based on the return condition. Some items we just can’t take back for returns, due to a one time function like strings or drums heads and other times it’s not sanitary to do so with microphones or harmonicas. If you aren’t sure if what you bought falls into a category like this, call us (773) 525-7773!

We strive to get your return processed quickly. Most of the time we have it done within two business days. Funds going back to credit cards usually takes two to four business days. CME strives to make sure all customers are happy with their experience. It is our priority to provide great service along with great gear. We always want to be helpful, and open to your feedback. Please let us know your thoughts! If you have any questions, we’re here for you!

Feel free to email us at customerservice@chicagomusicexchange.com or give us a call at (773) 525-7773.