The Fender Custom Shop ‘63 Telecaster Owners' Salon

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by rze99, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Welcome to the The Fender Custom Shop ‘63 Telecaster owners’ salon.

    Here, you can wax lyrical about the CS ‘63 series, post about your own '63 guitar, enjoy lovely pictures and appreciate the delightful examples of your fellow ‘63 time travelers.

    I’ll commence proceedings, Shall I?

    Here’s mine. It is a ‘63 Relic Telecaster, Ice blue Metallic Time Machine Series, from 2015. Serial R81516. Like others in the series it has quarter-sawn maple neck with a comfortable mid-'60s oval C profile, 9.5"-radius round lam very dark rosewood fingerboard, narrow jumbo frets, three-ply mint green pickguard, alder body and Custom Shop ‘64 gray-bottom single-coil pickups. The finish is nice checked and tastefully reliced.

    It’s a wonderful player of course, the fretwork and feel of the neck generally especially is outstanding. It has all the snap attack you’d expect with a notable even projection of notes all the way up the fretboard.

    I think a couple of sets of pictures should be sufficient to present its visual delights.

    Now post yours

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    I’ll play. I special ordered this from the Custom Shop in 2011. NOS, Ash body, sorted for light weight (6 lb 11 oz), sorted for dark rosewood fretboard, 9.5” radius, vintage style hardware, 4 way switch, single ply pickguard, 6105 frets in Vintage White. I was going for a Robben Ford Tele look and I’ve always like the vintage white. 687268A6-B050-4AF1-967F-DE176A245145.jpeg 21C81600-3740-481A-B4B7-8CD0D6834F30.jpeg A63041DA-E55C-42C4-8F90-CAF63FEF38D9.jpeg
     
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    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Exquisite!
     
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    Irondog TDPRI Member

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    I started singing
    Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
    That's the way, I like it That's the way, I like it That's the way, I like it That's the way, I like it

    When I take you by the hand, you tell me I'm your lovin man.

    When you give me all your love and do it Babe,

    the very best you can Oh, That's the way I like it

    KC and the sunshine band leaped into my mine.
    I want to take it in my hand
     
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  6. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Uh huh, uh huh. . that's Kool...

    ...but are you sure you've got the right thread?
     
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    Irondog TDPRI Member

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    I have an incoming new guitar day 63 journeymen relic,
    I created a list of my top 10 some 62, 63's 64's Wildwood had a whole bunch of expensive ones.
    I wasn't sure I like it at first but the clay dots are very intriguing I want to learn more about the clay dots, I chose lighter yellow version but each guitar has that fun variable color of the clay dots.

    rze99 I like your almost pink to yellow dots how they vary in the light. Very nice vintage feature how did they apply clay dots in the old days?

    Here is the incoming "63" NGD along with the number 2 selection who missed the cut.

    Incoming golden dots
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    #2missed cut but beautiful "super golden dots" still on sweetwater.
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  8. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah, your post earlier prompted me to see if there was a thread dedicated to CS '63s and there wasn't, so I started one!.

    Yes yours is a beaut, as I remarked earlier.

    Not sure I understand your notes properly, when you refer to "super golden dots" is that a CS option that can be ordered?
     
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  9. Joe M

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    rze99, where did you buy that guitar?? It looks exactly like one I traded in several months ago. Would be really weird if it made it from US to UK, but stranger things have happened. Even seems to have pretty much the same wear patterns as the one I had did.
     
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    I got on eBay from a UK seller a few months ago. He got it new from Gear 4 music so I think it is not yours. Check out the serial no.

    I’ve seen a handful on line and they have very similar wear patterns. There’s one on sale in Australia now and it looks identical to mine. I’ll post a link.
     
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    Thanks for that, guess that shows that even CS guitars have similar wear patterns. I'm pretty sure the one I had was a few years older than yours anyway.
     
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    I was just looking at available inventory on the web,

    I noticed in the fantastic photos, that the aging process seems to discolor the clay dots in different ways, some of them are heavy relics some of them are light relics and of course the new old stock, so we get to see an array of colors depending on the custom shop's style of aging, even the individual master luthier technique of aging, I've noticed some very yellow clay dots, which I like. Very cool, On that particular Sweetwater guitar,
    I wonder if they use beer on the fretboard in the custom shop.
    Cheers:)
     
  13. theprofessor

    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

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    These are just stunning! I love them all so far. Thanks for posting!
     
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    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Man, If there was a time in the past that I want to go back to, it would be the 60's..
    I mean, come on, My dream muscle car that I hope to drive and own one day is a Ford Mustang, but specifically, the Shelby Mustang GT500

    My favorite guitar is my AVRI 62.. I want to get the AVRI 64 if I can find one, and then go buy all 60's year by year...

    Rosewood really looks classy on a tele! Keep posting, and make me jealous!
     
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    like relic'd tele's the best.
     
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    It’s “white blonde”, ‘63 NOS Time Machine.
     
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    Nice. And you put Callahan compensating cold steels on there?
     
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