Fender Custom Shop

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The Fender Custom Shop Limited-Edition Violinmaster Telecaster Relic is a tribute to the famous “Gibson-Huberman” Stradivarius violin built by Antonio Stradivari in 1713. The violin was named after George Alfred Gibson, a famous English violinist, and Polish violinist Bronisław Huberman, from whom the instrument was stolen twice—first in 1919 in Vienna (recovered shortly thereafter), and again in 1936 when it was taken from his dressing room during a performance at Carnegie Hall. Huberman 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 ’80s, the instrument was sold at auction to British violinist Norbert Brainin. Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell purchased it 2001; he later put it in the hands of Fender Custom Shop principal Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov who has captured the violin’s essence in the Violinmaster Tele. The guitar is fashioned with the look and feel of a Stradivari violin, using the same materials employed 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 antique violin varnish 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. The Limited-Edition Violinmaster Tele Relic comes with a custom flight case, mini violin case for the bridge saddles and a certificate of authenticity.

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  • Flame maple hollowbody with carved spruce top
  • Bosnian AAAA flame maple neck with oval C-shaped profile, ebony fretboard
  • Three passive piezo pickups, dual TV Jones Thunder’Blade humbuckers, 3-way switch
  • Gotoh tuners with ebony buttons, floating bridge with interchangeable saddles

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  • Body Type: Single-Cutaway Hollowbody
  • Top wood: Carved Spruce
  • Body wood: Flame Maple
  • Body finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck shape: Oval C
  • Neck wood: Flame Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Neck finish: Lacquer
  • Material: Ebony
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Medium-jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width/material: 1.65" (42 mm)
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: TV Jones Humbucker
  • Bridge: TV Jones Humbucker
  • Control layout: Master volume, Master volume, Master tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-Way
  • Special electronics: Piezo bridge
  • Bridge design: Floating
  • Tailpiece: Trapeze
  • Tuning machines: Sealed
  • Color: Black
  • Number of strings: 6 String
  • Case: Flight Case
  • Orientation: Right Handed
  • Country of Origin: United States

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