Fender Custom Shop 1961 Telecaster "Chicago Special" Journeyman Relic Bright Amber Metallic w/Painted Headcap

CME Exclusive 6-String Solid Body Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fingerboard, Includes Hardshell Case. Made in the USA.
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Fender Custom Shop 1961 Telecaster "Chicago Special" Journeyman Relic Bright Amber Metallic w/Painted Headcap

Brand New
Serial #R99352

Description & Specs

Our 1961 “Chicago Special” Telecaster is a perfect blend of modern and vintage appointments, making this your new favorite Tele! Equipt with a 9.5” radius on a slab rosewood fretboard, and enhanced by a rift sawn maple neck, this Telecaster is comfortable and versatile. Our Chicago Special pickups were created with Mike Lewis to accentuate the best of each Tele pickup. The bridge pickup comes with wide diameter Alnico 3 magnets that are wound with thinner 43 gauge enamel wire giving it then presence you would expect from a classic Tele pickup. The neck pickup however is constructed of wide diameter Alnico 5 magnets that are overwound with 43 gauge enamel wire, giving it a huge sound. Both pickups are a potted in Shellac balancing both pickups with an open and wide frequency range.

"Chicago Special" Tele® pickups
  • Potted in shellac for open wide range frequency response
  • 43 gauge enamel wire
  • BRIDGE: Wide diameter AlNiCo 3 magnets combined with thinner 43 gauge enamel wire equals 'hot juicy tone'
  • NECK: Wide diameter AlNiCo 5 magnets overwound with 43 gauge enamel wire gives high output, clarity, and punch

Part Number: 9237100266
Serial Number: R99352
Finish Package: Journeyman
Case: Fender Custom Shop Hardshell w/Black Exterior
Weight: 7lbs 8.3oz

Body Wood: Alder 2-Piece
Body Color: Bright Amber Metallic
Body Finish: Nitro Lacquer
Sort for Lightweight: Yes

Hardware Plating: Chrome/Nickel Closet Classic
Bridge Assembly: Tele 51-54
Output Assembly: Vintage Tele
Control Assembly: Fat 50s Tele Relic
Neck Plate: R Serial Vintage
Tuner Keys: Vintage with Fender Logo
String Guide: American Vintage 59-64 Metal Spacer
String Gauge: .010 - .046

Neck Assembly: 60 Tele Relic
Neck Finish: Medium Tint Nitro Lacquer
Neck Blank: Maple Rift Sawn
Round/Flat Lam: Round Lam
Fingerboard: Rosewood AAA 9mm
Sort for Dark Rosewood Fingerboard: Yes
Truss Rod: 60s
Head Style: Tele
Neck Head Thickness: 0.575"
Neck Scoop: 60
Dot Spacing: Wide
Face Dot: Micarta White .250
Side Dot: Micarta White 3/32"
Fret Wire: Sanko 6105
Number of Frets: 21
Fingerboard Radius: 9.50"
Neck Back Shape: 63 Strat Style "C"
Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: .830"
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: 1.000"
Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
Nut Material: Standard Micarta
Number of Bolts: 4 Bolt
Head Cap Decal: 61-65 Tele
Neck Notes: Relic Neck

Pickguard: White
Pickup Neck: Chicago Special Hand-Wired Tele Neck
Pickup Bridge: Chicago Special Hand-Wired Tele Bridge
Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome Closet Classic
Selector Switch Tip: Tip Switch Tele Relic

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