The neck of fender custom shop 52 telecaster relic is dated in pencil “TG 3-6-52” and the body neck-pocket is dated in pencil “TG 3-3-52” One of the potentiometers is stamped “CMG 140 203” (Clarostat January 1952) and the three-way switch is stamped “CRL 1452.” This guitar is in remarkably fine condition. There are a couple of tiny marks on the front of the guitar (near the three-way switch), a few insignificant “dings” on the body, a small amount of wear to the edges of the fretboard and the frets on fender custom shop 52 telecaster relic, and a small amount of playing wear, mainly on the edges, where the guitar of custom shop 52 telecaster has rubbed against the player’s body. The fretboard itself is remarkably clean with only a few small wear spots on the first five frets. The Butterscotch has mellowed to a rich, creamy color. The lovely grain of the ash body by custom shop 52 telecaster shows very well through the Blond finish and this fifty-six year old gem is quite simply one of the best “black-guard” custom shop 52 telecaster that we have ever seen.