Limited Edition Violinmaster Telecaster® Relic®

Limited Edition Violinmaster Telecaster® Relic®, Bosnian AAAA Flame Maple Neck with Ebony Fingerboard, Aged Antique Natural

Model Number: 9216095001

$50,000.00 RRP
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This beautiful hand-made instrument is inspired by and crafted in tribute to the famous “Gibson-Huberman” Stradivarius violin built by Antonio Stradivari in 1713 and now owned by Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell.

The storied violin is so named for an early owner, British violinist George Alfred Gibson, and most famously for a subsequent owner, Polish violinist Bronisław Huberman, from whom the instrument was stolen twice—first in 1919 in Vienna (recovered shortly thereafter), and again in 1936 in New York, when it was taken from Huberman’s dressing room during a performance at Carnegie Hall. He never saw it again. The violin was recovered in 1985 after the thief—a violin player himself who used shoe polish to disguise the instrument for 50 years—made a deathbed confession. After a nine-month restoration in the late 1980s, the instrument was sold at auction to British violinist Norbert Brainin.

Bell acquired the violin in 2001, and it is he who gave the exclusive privilege of examining the instrument to Fender Custom Shop principal master builder Yuriy Shishkov, who has captured the 300-year-old violin’s essence in the Violinmaster Telecaster. The guitar is fashioned with the look and feel of a Stradivari violin, from the same materials and sources used by the great Italian luthier more than three centuries ago.

Its hollow flame maple body has a carved “Stradivari” spruce top from northern Italy’s Fiemme Valley, with proportionately scaled Stradivarius violin f-holes and purfling. The neck is constructed of Bosnian flame maple with an oval “C”-shaped profile, headstock truss rod adjustment and no skunk stripe. The 9.5”-radius round-laminated ebony fingerboard has 22 medium jumbo frets. Both neck and body feature an authentic European hand-polished violin varnish “Antiqued” finish.

Three passive piezo pickups and two TV Jones® Thunder’Blade pickups offer a wide variety of tonal options, with three-way pickup switching. Additional features include a custom Fender “patent pending” floating bridge with interchangeable saddles, black tuning machines with ebony buttons, graphite nut and disc string tree. Also includes a custom flight case, mini violin case for the interchangeable bridge saddles and certificate of authenticity.

  • General
    Model Number 9216095001
    Series Masterbuilt Limited Edition
    Color Aged Antique Natural
    Orientation Right-Hand
  • Body
    Body Finish Lacquer
    Body Shape Telecaster®
    Body Material Flame Maple
  • Neck
    Neck Material Bosnian Flame Maple
    Neck Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Neck Shape Oval "C"
    Neck Binding None
    Fingerboard Radius 9.5" (241 mm)
    Fingerboard Material Ebony
    Number of Frets 22
    Fret Size Medium Jumbo
    Nut Width 1.650" (42 mm)
    Position Inlays Micarta White Dot
  • Hardware
    Bridge Fender “Patent Pending” Floating Bridge with Interchangeable Saddles
    Tuning Machines Gotoh® SGS510Z, Black, with Ebony Buttons
    Control Knobs Black Dome Style
  • Electronics
    Bridge Pickup TV Jones® Thunder'Blade™
    Neck Pickup TV Jones® Thunder'Blade™
    Controls Master Volume (Piezo), Master Volume (Humbuckers), Master Tone
    Switching 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Middle Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup
    Configuration HH