1957 Telecaster® Journeyman Relic®
1957 Telecaster® Journeyman Relic®, 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck, Wide-Fade 2-Color Sunburst
Model Number: 9236081207
New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop introduces the ’57 Telecaster Journeyman Relic. An expertly crafted incarnation of the Telecaster from a particularly prized model year, it’s loaded with looks, sound and vibe that authentically evoke the instrument in the second half of its debut decade.
The two-piece select ash body produces sweet midrange and tight lows, and wears striking Journeyman Relic lacquer finishes in Aged White Blonde, Wide Fade Two-Color Sunburst and Aged Candy Tangerine. This special treatment imparts the look of a guitar that has changed hands or been handed down over the years, mostly played around the house and the occasional jam session or weekend gig. This generally well-cared-for look includes light finish checking, several “friendly” down-to-the-wood nicks and dings, some dulling of the hardware, and general moderate playing wear. The look of a very lucky find, in short.
The one-piece quartersawn maple neck is sculpted with a ’57-style Soft “V” profile for comfortable and period-correct full-hand feel, topped by a 9.5” radius maple fingerboard with 21 narrow tall (6105) frets and a bone nut. Dual Custom Shop hand-wound ’58 Telecaster pickups with Fat ‘50s Tele wiring deliver clear, crisp highs with well-balanced midrange and low end.
Other premium features include a single-ply parchment pickguard, three-way pickup switch, ’55-’57 Telecaster® bridge with steel barrel saddles, vintage-style tuners, wing string tree, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.
Neck Material 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer Neck Shape 1957 Soft "V" Fingerboard Radius 9.5" (241 mm) Fingerboard Material 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck Number of Frets 21 Fret Size Narrow Tall (6105) Nut Width 1.650" (42 mm) Position Inlays Micarta Black Dot Headstock Telecaster® Neck Plate 4-Bolt with Custom Shop "V" Logo