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Telecaster fans, 2010 is your year.  It’s the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Telecaster.  Fender knows it, too, and they are not just issuing some boring, tarted-up anniversary guitar to celebrate.  What we are getting instead are five different ultra-low production Relic limited editions, focusing on the rare 1950s iterations of the Tele body style, and boy did they pick some good ones.  Photo gallery and individual specs on all these guitars after the jump.

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Let’s start with the Snake-Head Telecaster Relic, a reproduction of the original solidbody electric guitar prototype that Fender built in 1949, the grandfather of it all, built here using 100-year-old pine, and the unique square headstock. One of the most collectible Fenders of all time is the Broadcaster, of which not even 200 were made in the very early ’50s before Gretsch disputed ownership of the name. The 60th Anniversary Broadcaster Limited is the first guitar Fender has made with the original logo since that time.  After the Broadcaster came the 1951 Nocaster, represented here with modern day wiring, which had the clipped Fender Broadcaster logos that now simply “Fender”.  We love the current ’51 Nocaster that Fender makes, so we’re excited to see this limited edition.  Rounding out the Anniversary Telecasters are one- and two-pickup Esquires, both in black, and both using that 100 year old pine we mentioned earlier.  A lot of thought went into these, and it’s a fitting 60th Anniversary Tele-bration.  Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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Also in super small quantities, we’ll also see a ’50s Esquire, a ’72 Telecaster Custom Relic, a ’58 Stratocaster Relic, and a ’70 3-Bolt Stratocaster Relic this year.  We’ll bring you more info as we see these all in person within the next few hours at NAMM.  Here are some specs on all the Fender 2010 Limited Editions, including the 60th Anniversary guitars:

LTD Snake-Head Tele® Relic ONLY 60 AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE: – Aged Olympic White, Pine Body, Lacquer Finish, 1 Piece
Maple Neck,  Snake Head Neck Profile, No Truss Rod, 7.25” Radius, Vintage Frets, Commemorative LTD Edition Cert, Neck Plate, Decal & Tweed Center
Pocket Case, Snake Head Peg, Snake Head Tuners (3 on each side), Snake Head Controls, Snake Head Bridge, Snake Head Body Thickness, Snake
Head 1 Ply Black PG, 51 Nocaster Pickup

LTD Esquire 1 Pickup® Relic ONLY 60 AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE:  – Black, Pine Body, Lacquer Finish, 1 Ply Parchment
Esquire Pickguard, Nocaster Bridge Pickup, Esquire Bridge, Steel Saddles, Kluson DLX Tuners (no logo), “U” Neckshape (.950” to 1.000”), Vintage Frets,
7.25” Radius, One Piece Quartersawn Maple Neck,  No Truss Rod, No Skunk Stripe, Commemorative LTD Edition Cert, Neck Plate, Decal & Tweed Center
Pocket Case

LTD Esquire 2 Pickup® Relic ONLY 60 AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE:   – Black, Pine Body, 1 Ply Parchment 2 Pickup Esquire
Pickguard, Lacquer Finish, Brass Bridge Saddles, Nocaster Pickups, Esquire Bridge, Kluson DLX Tuners (no logo), “U” Neckshape (.950” to 1.000”),
Vintage Frets, 7.25” Radius, One Piece Maple Neck, Commemorative LTD Edition Cert, Neck Plate, Decal & Tweed Center Pocket Case

LTD Broadcaster® Relic ONLY 60 AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE:   – Nocaster Blonde, Ash Body, Broadcaster Decal, Lacquer Finish,
Vintage 50s Neck Pickup, Flat Pole Broadcaster Bridge Pickup, 1 Ply Black Pickguard, Broadcaster Hardware, 7.25” Radius, Vintage Frets, “U” Neckshape
(.990” to .990”), Maple Fill for Truss Rod, & Skunk Stripe, Commemorative LTD Edition Cert, Neck Plate, Decal & Tweed Center Pocket Case

LTD Nocaster® Relic ONLY 60 AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE:   – Nocaster Blonde, Ash Body, Nocaster Pickups, Present Day Wiring, 1
Ply Black PG,  Vintage Nocaster Hardware, 7.25” Radius, “U” Neckshape (.950” to 1.000”), Vintage Frets, Commemorative LTD Edition Cert, Neck Plate,
Decal & Tweed Center Pocket Case

LTD 58 Strat® Relic ONLY 30 AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE: Candy Apple Red (w/Gold Undercoat), Lacquer Finish, Vintage Bridge &
Tuners, Gold Anodized Pickguard & Backplate, Lightweight Ash Body, 9.5” Radius, 10/56 “V”, 6105 Frets, Tinted Straight Grain Maple Neck, , Wing String
Tree, Wide Dot Spacing, Abby Handwound 50s Strat Pickups, RWRP Mid Pickup, 5 Way Switch, Commemorative LTD Edition Cert, Neck Plate, Decal &
Tweed Center Pocket Case

LTD 72 Tele® Custom Relic ONLY 30 AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE: Black, Ash Body, Urethane Finish, Belly Cut, 3 Way Toggle on
Upper Bout, Hot Nocaster Bridge Pickup, 72 Tele Humbucker in Neck, Tele Dlx. Control Knobs, ^& Style Bridge Plate, Schaller Tuners, 3 Ply Black
Pickguard, 9.5”Radius, Mid 60s Style Oval “C”, Bone Nut, 6105 Frets, 3 Bolt Neck, Commemorative LTD Edition Cert, Neck Plate, Decal & Case

LTD ’70 3 Bolt Strat® Relic ONLY 30 AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE: Black, Ash Body, Urethane Finish, 70’S Cast Bridge, 3 Bolt Micro
Tilt Neck Plate, Schaller “F” Tuners, 9.5” Radius, 69 “U”, 6105 Frets, Glossy Urethane Neck Finish, Maple FB, Abby Handwound ’69 Pickups (RWRP Mid –
70s Style Magnets), 5 Way Switch, 3 Ply Black PG,  Commemorative LTD Edition Cert, Neck Plate, Decal & Case

LTD ’50s Esquire® Relic ONLY 30 AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE: Nocaster Blonde, Lightweight Premium Ash Body, Lacquer Finish,
Seymour Duncan BG-1400 9.5” Radius, 10/56 “V”, 6105 Frets, 1 Piece Straight Grain Tinted Maple Neck, Vintage Esquire Hardware, Eldred Esquire
Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass), 1 Ply 5 Hole Esquire Black PG, Commemorative LTD Edition Cert, Neck Plate, Decal &
Case