Melody Music Shop

1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster, Maple Fingerboard, Wide-Fade 2-Color Sunburst

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The Fender 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster hearkens back to an exciting period when the Telecaster was a “new-fangled” instrument with surging popularity. It combines the sound and style of the past with modern features and playability. The lightweight two-piece ash body wears a carefully aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish, giving it the look and feel of a road dog that’s only seen the inside of a case once or twice during its service.

A pair of hand-wound Custom Shop single-coil pickups provides the classic Tele tone - the Twisted Tele neck pickup is joined by a fat-sounding “Broadcaster” bridge pickup for an unbeatable combination. Modern wiring, including a Greasebucket tone circuit that preserves volume when rolling back the tone control, shapes the pickups’ voice.




Body Material

2-Piece Lightweight Select Ash

Body Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material

Quartersawn Maple

Neck Shape Early 50's U (1st Fret: .900" - 12th Fret: 980')
Scale Length 25.5"
Radius 9.5"
Frets 21
Fret Size 6100 Jumbo
String Nut Bone
Nut Width 1.650"
Neck Plate 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
Neck Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Fingerboard 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck
Inlays Micarta Black
Bridge Pickup Custom Shop Handwound Original Blackguard Tele® Bridge
Neck Pickup Custom Shop Handwound "Twisted" Tele® Single-Coil
Controls Volume, Tone
Special Electronics Modern Tele® Wiring with Greasebucket Tone Circuit
Bridge 3-Saddle American Vintage w/ Solid Barrel Steel Saddles
Tuners Vintage-Style with Fender Logo
Pickguard 1-Ply Parchment Relic
Control Knobs Vintage Chrome
Strings Fender® USA, NPS, (0.10-.046 Gauges)







Why buy from Melody Music Shop, LLC?

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Melody Music Shop strives to maintain a diverse, high quality inventory along with exceptional customer service. We carry a wide range of instruments and accessories, including new and used acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, band and orchestral instruments, drums, cymbals, percussion, pianos, keyboards, synthesizers, workstations, amplifiers, sound systems, and much, much more!

With certified technicians on staff and a century + of experience between them all, you can rest assured any instrument or accessory you purchase from Melody Music Shop LLC is in the best condition possible! Our ENTIRE STORE is maintained at 50% humidity year-round per manufacturer’s stringent requirements. All items will be packaged carefully to ensure their safe arrival. Guitars will have their string tension lowered and packaged to manufacture specs or better. Melody Music Shop LLC guarantees quality products, fast shipping, and top-notch customer service!

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Layaway is an option!

Layaway items require an initial down payment of 25%.

Layaway items can be held here for up to 90 days

A payment of 25% (or more) is due on the 30th, 60th, and 90th day from the

layaway start date (although payments may be made before the scheduled due date).

The item will ship immediately following payment in full, which may be before the 90 day layaway period.

There are no returns on layaway items. There are no refunds of payments towards a layaway item.

Please contact us with any further questions regarding our layaway policy!


Items purchased from our store will ship out within 1 business day of receiving payment.  FedEX Ground or Home Delivery, fully insured, will be used for shipping instruments and large items. Items over $50 will require a signature. Accessories and other small items will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail.



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