Fender Custom Shop 52 Telecaster Journeyman Relic 2 Tone Sunburst

Fender Custom Shop 52 Telecaster Journeyman Relic 2 Tone Sunburst

Fender Custom Shop 1952 Telecaster, Journeyman Relic, Aged 2-Tone Sunburst Finish, Black "Nocaster" Pickguard, Maple Neck Back in the early 1950s, solid-bodied electric guitars were breaking onto the ...
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Fender Custom Shop 1952 Telecaster, Journeyman Relic, Aged 2-Tone Sunburst Finish, Black "Nocaster" Pickguard, Maple Neck

Back in the early 1950s, solid-bodied electric guitars were breaking onto the music scene in a big way, and in 1952 the now-famous Fender Telecaster was considered to be a "new-fangled" device, that many people thought would never catch on.

Thankfully it caught on in a big way, and now, thanks to the Fender Custom shop, you can own a 1952 "Journeyman Relic" finish Fender Telecaster in an Aged Two-Tone Sunburst finish. This incredible guitar has not only been accurately recreated to the design specs of the day, but has been finished in a way to make the instrument look as though it was genuinely from the era and has been well cared for over the decades!

The look, feel and sound of a vintage early 50's Tele

Featuring a lightweight, two-piece ash body with a carefully aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish, this guitar has the look and feel of a vintage guitar that's been well-used, but well looked after over the years.

Journeyman Relic Ageing

To impart this telecaster with a more authentic, early 50's look, the Fender Custom Shop have added the Journeyman Relic ageing process during construction. This makes the guitar look like a genuine, early 50's instrument which has seen plenty of use over the years, but has also been well-maintained and cared for, adding plenty of charm and character to what is already an incredible guitar.

As Unique as You Are

As you can see from the attached images, due to the unique ageing process, no two of these guitars look alike. Whilst these differences may be more distinct with the Heavy Relic ageing process, they're still more-than-noticeable on this guitar, and ensures that whichever one you choose to buy, it will have a unique character all of its own.

"C" Shaped Neck Profile

Whilst the original 50's Telecasters sported a thicker "U" neck profile, this particular guitar has been fitted with a more comfortable 60's style "C" shaped neck. The shape of this neck is suitably comfortable for all play-styles, and offers a much relaxing playing experience with less physical stress to your hands than the more traditional shape.

50's Style Pickups

Specially designed by the Fender Custom Shop, both the neck and bridge pickups on this Telecaster are built to offer the same tonal characteristics of an authentic "Nocaster" from 1951 (Nocaster being the name given at the time to what later became the Telecaster). The sound of a vintage Telecaster/Nocaster is instantly recognisable to any who have heard it, with that famous "Tele Twang", and the almost-creamy sounding neck pickup tones you can achieve, it's quite astonishing to think that Leo Fender managed to get things so perfect the first time around.

Period Correct Case

This guitar comes complete with a hard shell case that is designed specifically for this guitar type. Constructed to keep your guitar safe from harm, the case looks authentic to the time period, both inside and out, and comes complete with a lock and key for that extra peace of mind.

Whilst we strive to ensure our customer's satisfaction in acquiring exactly what they want here at PMT, guitars like this one can be a rarity, so if you have any queries as to the instrument's availability, or you'd like to know more about which Fender Custom Shop models are available at your local PMT store, then feel free to contact us directly!

Technical Specs

  • Type: Journeyman Relic, Aged Two Tone Sunburst Finish
  • Body Shape: Telecaster
  • Hardware Plating: Chrome/Nickel Hardware
  • Case: Fender Custom Shop Strat/Tele, Tweed


  • Material: Ash
  • Colour: 2 Tone Sunburst
  • Finish: Nitro Cellulose Lacquer
  • Pickguard: Black "Nocaster" Pickguard


  • Neck Type: 52 Telecaster Relic, 9.5" Radius
  • Neck Finish: Nitro Cellulose Lacquer
  • Material: Maple
  • Truss Rod: 50's Style
  • Headstock: Telecaster
  • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Width: 1.650"
  • Neck Profile: '65 Strat "C"
  • Headstock Decals: Vintage Silver Fender Telecaster


  • Bridge Assembly: Standard Nocaster Bridge, Relic Aged
  • Pickups: 51 Nocaster Bridge Pickup (Bridge Position), 51 Nocaster Neck Pickup (Neck Position), both with Relic Ageing
  • Output Assembly: Vintage Tele
  • Control Assembly: Present Day Telecaster, Relic Aged
  • Tuning Pegs: Vintage, with Fender Logo, Relic Aged
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Manufacturer Fender
SKU 164077
Shipping Weight (kg) 7.000000
MPN 9238010775
Series Custom Shop


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