"Originally my work was design, modification, repair, and custom building. I guess you would say the objectives were durability, performance, and tone." - Leo Fender

We are very excited to welcome the Fender Custom Shop to The Music Emporium! Many of us started our guitar playing journey on Fender guitars - and we certainly noticed all of our idols playing them - so to be able to work with the Dream Factory in CA and spec out our perfect Fender guitars? A dream come true to be sure. 

Our goal with these builds was to, in essence, retell the Fender story while also tipping our hat to the players who made them famous. Each mark, ding, or worn spot telling a story of countless hours on the road or in the studio. There's a magic to that idea that we can't help but be inspired by, and as we all know, Leo and crew got it right from the start. Why mess with a great thing?

With this idea as our starting point, we tried to get as close as possible to the vibe, feel, tone, and specs of the old guitars. Given that Jimmy Page, Steve Cropper, Michael Bloomfield, and Robbie Robertson all made incredible, some would argue career-defining, music on a rosewood board '60 Tele, it seemed a no-brainer that we have the CS build us one.

One of the more interesting specs Tele's of this era had was a combo bridge - top loading and string through. Some players love the extra snap and bite a top loader bridge delivers (Jim Campilongo comes to mind) while others prefer the more traditional Tele twang via the through-the-body stringing method. Cool to have the option to do both. 

Fender absolutely nailed all the details and the results are phenomenal. This '60 Tele looks, plays, and sounds like an old guitar. The vintage-style 3-way switch (bridge, neck, neck w/capacitor) sounds fantastic - open, raw, muscular, and the neck w/capacitor tone lets you get into 60s Clapton tones when some overdrive is added. Very, very cool. The aging is very tastefully done w/little wear on the neck (at our request), it's very loud acoustically, it's lively, lots of great incredible guitar that reminds you how much can be done with a stripped down, focused design. 

Simply another knock-out from the good folks at the Fender Custom Shop! Priced with hardshell case. 


  • Vintage Blonde, Journeyman Relic 
  • 2-piece Ash body, sorted for light weight
  • Maple neck, rift sawn
  • AAA Rosewood fingerboard, flat laminate 
  • '60's Oval C neck carve (.79"-.93")
  • 1.65" nut width
  • 7.25-9.5" compound radius 
  • Micarta white ]dots, wide spacing 
  • Vintage Upgrade Frets, 21
  • Mint Green pickguard 
  • Custom Shop Stagger Pole bridge pickup, '63 Custom Shop neck pickup 
  • Vintage Tele wiring 
  • 10-46 Strings 
  • Fender Hardshell Case
  • SN R99818
  • 6lbs 14oz

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