NGD: Fender Custom Shop 1951 Nocaster

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by LP26, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. LP26

    LP26 Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Well, I waited fourteen months from the day of order to the date of delivery. It's a light relic (Journeyman in Fender's parlance). It weighed in at a sliver under 7 lbs. It has the big fat U neck and a pair of Custom Shop 51 Nocaster pickups. The guitar, need I say it, is incredible. It resonates and sustains like the daylights.

    It was a very long wait and I'll admit to growing impatient at times, but now it's in my hands and I'm delighted… The requisite quickly shot photographic evidence follows…


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  2. Muinarc

    Muinarc Tele-Meister

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    She's a beaut! What's the first mod going to be?! :twisted:
     
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  3. jrblue

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    Fantastic piece of wood. Heaven knows why 8t takes so long to make a Tele. A slab body, a neck... screw it together. Fortunately, the wait was worth it. What a beauty!
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Very nice. Me likes!
     
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    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Wonderful. Don't change a thing!
     
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    tweedman2001 Tele-Afflicted

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    Nice, congrats!
     
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    OldDude2 Tele-Holic

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    Gorgeous!
     
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    Sweet sweet guitar OP~

    Does it sound "better" than your other tele(s) or is it just a different tone you were looking for?
     
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    Beautiful!
     
  11. LP26

    LP26 Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    I play a lot of chord/melody jazz so typically I have a set of compensated saddles installed and set 'em up with a set of pure nickel 12's with a wound G.

    This Tele came with the factory 10's installed and I'm rather liking it, particularly for rhythm playing.
    I have a few amps, but I have to say I'm really keen on the tone I'm getting through my little hand wired Champ.

    So, no mods for a while... I'm just gonna play the beans out of it as is!
     
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    rich815 Friend of Leo's

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    Just beautiful. Don’t change a thing.
     
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    Treynor Tele-Holic

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    Truly beauteous! Congrats.
     
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    Very nice. I wish those vintage tuners were still standard issue.
     
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    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    Ke-ew-el guitar dude! Leave her as is and play the hell out of it.
     
  16. LP26

    LP26 Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    My other Tele is also a Custom Shop instrument, an aged Candy Apple Red Thinline Relic with a solid rosewood neck. It's strung with 12's with a wound G.
    So yeah, I was after a very different tone and I got it in spades with this new Nocaster!
     
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    Really nice!
     
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    Nice Tele. Enjoy.
     
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    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'm jealous! VERY nice, a guitar to be proud of. A custom shop Nocaster's been on my shortlist for a while. Am anxious to hear how you find those Broadcaster pickups for the jazz/melody music you play. Enjoy.
     
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    My Custom Shop Thinline Tele is strung with 12's with a wound G. I have an Eric Johnson Thinline Strat also stung with the same set of D’Addario EPN21 | Pure Nickel | .012 - .051.
    These are very "jazzy" strings, suitable for use on a traditional arch top. The Strat and the Tele are semi-hollow Thinlines. Yes, they still sound like a Tele and a Strat, but with the 12's I get a nice thick full jazz tone.

    The new Nocaster is strung with 10's and I have to say I'm rather liking the contrast between this Nocaster and the two Thinlines. I think the 10's are too light for that thicker sounding traditional jazz tone.
    I mean I've only had the guitar for a bit over a week. I'm finding myself really liking the instrument and the lighter strings for playing blues/rock rhythm. The Nocaster's pickups a wonderful. They are a bit darker and rounder sounding than many Tele pickups I've used over the years. With that said, the bridge still growls and bites. I'm pretty confident that the Nocaster and Nocaster pickups combined with a set of 12's would make for a great sounding jazz Tele.
     
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