Fender Custom Shop ’50s Telecaster Thinline Closet Classic Daphne Blue
This Fender Custom Shop ’50s Telecaster Thinline guitar was built to custom specifications and is very much a one-off.
This is a beautiful custom ordered 1 of 1 Fender Custom Shop ’50’s Thinline Telecaster with rare select Ash body, Closet Classic aged Daphne Blue thin nitrocellulose finish with AA-Flame Maple Neck and Josefina Hand-Wound Pickups. Super light and resonant. This is a amazing guitar.
All papers, COA, tags and deluxe ’50’s style Tweed Custom Shop G&G case included.
Made in the USA by Fender’s top luthiers and craftsmen. This is a wonderful guitar from the custom shop. It’s spec’d with a thinner ’59 Esquire “C” neck profile and hand-selected lightweight Ash body for and extra light feel and added resonance. The ’50’s period correct Daphne Blue finish and AA-figured flame maple 1-piece neck with a 9.5″ radius and medium-jumbo frets for easy big-bends make this an amazing Telecaster.
Custom Order specs: Fender Custom Shop 50’s Thinline Telecaster Closet Classic
- Brand: Fender Custom Shop
- Model: ’50’s Thinline Telecaster
- Finish Color: Daphne Blue
- Aging: Closet Classic – Light aged well cared for vintage look
- Finish Type: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Body Wood: Select Lightweight and high-grain Ash thinline semi-hollow body
- Neck Wood: AA-Flame Maple 1-piece, nitro lacquer, semi-dark vintage tint
- Neck Shape: ’59 Esquire “C” neck profile .790″ at 1st fre, .970″ at 12th fret, no string tree
- Fingerboard: Maple (1-piece) highly flamed, mother of pearl dot markers
- Fingerboard Radius: Custom 9.5″
- Scale Length: 25.5″
- Width at nut: 1.650″ – bone nut
- Frets: 21 frets, Dunlop 6105 medium-jumbo
- Pickups: Josefina hand-wound ’50’s Telecaster pickups
- Controls: 3-way switch. Master Volume, Master Tone, Modern Greasebucket Tele circuit
- Hardware: Vintage aged Nickel and Chrome
- Bridge: Vintage aged ’51 Nocaster with Brass Barrel-style saddles
- Tuners: Fender/Gotoh vintage aged ‘Kluson’ Style
- Pickgaurd: Vintage aged 3 ply Nitro Mint Green G/B/G pickgaurd
- Case: Original Style ’50’s tweed G&G case, center pocket design
- Case Candy: strap, cable, care kit, all included custom shop paperwork and QC tag
- COA: Included – signed Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
Here is the actual Thinline history:
In late 1968, Fender introduced the Telecaster Thinline. Much like Gibson’s 335, the Thinline has a solid center with hollow “wings” and a single “F” hole. Apparently Fender’s supply of lightweight ash was drying up. Fender looked for ways to use readily available, but heavier grades of ash for the Telecaster. Their solution was to hollow out portions of the body to reduce weight. The body was routed from the back on each side of pickup assembly creating hollow “wings”. A thin panel was then glued on the back. TheThinline was offered with either a natural finished ash or mahogany body. In 1969, a three tone sunburst finish was also offered as an option. Also in 1969 the maple cap fingerboard gave way to a one piece maple neck with the back “skunk stripe”. Finally in late-1971, the Telecaster Thinline was outfitted with a pair of Fender’s new humbucking pickups and it remained unchanged in the Fender line until it was discontinued in 1980. There have been a number of reincarnations of the Thinline since and there are several models in the line today.
But this guitar is different, as it was never actually a production model. It has an early ’50s style neck with a Nocaster headstock, a thin nitrocellulose finish and the pickups are custom-wound. It has been beautifully aged: the wear is relatively light, with a modest amount of checking. It is not true for all Thinlines but the hollowing of this body actually adds bottom end so it has a fuller sonic range than you would get from a regular Telecaster guitar.