Fender Custom Shop 1968 Telecaster "Chicago Special" Deluxe Closet Classic Aged Black over Blue Flower

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 1968 Telecaster "Chicago Special" Deluxe Closet Classic Aged Black over Blue Flower

Brand New
Serial #R123380
7lbs 7oz

Description & Specs

Inspired by a refinished ‘68 Fender Telecaster that was purchased from our shop a few years back — only for the new owner to find that stripping off the solid black lacquer revealed one of the rarest Fender finishes from the era — CME worked in close partnership with Fender Custom Shop to develop the concept for the new “Chicago Special” Color Over Pattern CME Exclusive series. These new Fender “Chicago Special” Color Over Pattern CME Exclusive Telecasters feature a solid-color, extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer in Fender’s Deluxe Closet Classic relic package, so that, as you play this guitar, the finish will naturally wear down over time, to reveal a pattern wallpaper finish beneath—just like the guitar that inspired these recreations!

"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

Model Number: 9232000613
Serial Number: R123380
Finish Package: Deluxe Closet Classic
Case: Fender Custom Shop Black
Weight: 7lbs 7oz

Body Wood: Alder
Body Color: Aged Black over Blue Flower
Body Finish: Lacquer
Sort for Lightweight: Yes

Hardware Plating: Chrome
Bridge Assembly: 67 Tele
Output Assembly: Vintage
Control Assembly: Modern Tele w/Grease Bucket
Neck Plate: R Serial F Logo
Tuner Keys: Schaller F Key
String Guide: 65 American Vintage
String Gauge: .010-.046

Neck Finish: Light Tint Nitro Lacquer
Neck Blank: Rift Sawn Maple
Fingerboard: Maple
Truss Rod: Late 60s
Head Style: Tele
Neck Head Thickness: 0.575"
Dot Spacing: Narrow
Face Dot: Micarta Black
Side Dot: Micarta Black
Fret Wire: Jescar 45085
Number of Frets: 21
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25"
Neck Back Shape: 60 Style Oval "C"
Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: .850"
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: .920"
Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
Nut Material: Bone
Number of Bolts: 4
Head Cap Decal: 64-67 Tele

Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Pickup Neck: Hand-Wound Chicago Special
Pickup Bridge: Hand-Wound Chicago Special
Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome

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