At this point I’m not entirely sure when Fender “officially” introduced these new Custom Shop Telecasters, but I’ve just become aware of them myself and thought I’d better point them out here for all of you rabid Tele fanatics.
Dubbed the Vintage Pro 1963 Telecaster Custom NOS, these guitars are apparently part of Fender’s Custom Shop “New Old Stock” (NOS) collection, and as such they are designed to look, feel, and sound like a vintage ’63 Tele that’s been sitting unplayed in a warehouse somewhere for the last 47 years… sweet.
The guitars appear to be loaded with custom features, including a flatter-than-vintage 9.5″ radius rosewood fretboard, a set of taller 6105 frets, a Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele neck pickup, a Flat Pole Broadcaster pickup at the bridge, and a custom-wired 4-way pickup switch, which provides for all the traditional Telecaster pickup configurations you’d expect plus an additional setting that wires both pickups in series, creating a fatter tone with higher output.
Other stand-out features include 100% “Thinskin” nitro lacquer on all instruments (yes!,) alder bodies, 60s style oval-shaped maple neck, Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners, original vintage-style string-thru-body Tele bridge with 3 saddles, a bone nut, three-ply pickguard, and standard volume and Tone controls.The Fender Telecaster comes with a Vintage hardshell guitar case, strap, cable, and certificate of authenticity.
Fender’s new Vintage Pro 1963 Telecaster Custom NOS will be available in five different vintage finishes, including 2-Color Sunburst (my favorite, and the one show here,) 3-Color Sunburst, Candy Apple Red, Lake Placid Blue, and Ice Blue Metallic. Street price is currently just under $2,200.