1951 Cunetto Nocaster John Cruz Jan 1997 Black Guard Fender Tele Relic
Vince Cunetto was responsible for bringing this concept to Fender in the first place, and he worked as a contractor for fender for 4 1/2 years aging the bodies, necks and parts.
Cunetto's work is legendary and these guitars have become extremely collectible. They are not just for the collector, they are superb sounding and playing guitars that accurately represents the vibe of the fifties and sixties Fenders.
Ok, Listen up folks: This is As Great as it is going to get to a Real 51 Black Guard Tele that is $80,000
I talk to Vince Cunetto several times on phone. I buy from him. He is cool reg guy. I ask question I Always wanted to know.. about his dealing with Fender, how the Whole Relic process started, developed..etc
It was trail n error in beginning. Remember Fender was going back to old school Pre CBS days..
This is Early one of 1st Built/Run of the Cunetto 1951 Tele Relics. THESE ARE THE BEST, In Tone, Looks, Vibe, Value, MoJo! As you see John Cruz Built, Cunetto Painted, and All Relic work...You see body date is may 30 1996, Neck Date 12-6-96, COA Jan 1997.. They was going back n forth with what to do, or build.. I have like 3 or 4 of the SAME Bridge Pickups that are in this Early 51 Tele's I bought personally from Vince.. Rare and GREAT Tone
This Sale has All the case Candy, Center Pocket Tweed Fender Case
Plays like Butter!
20.90mm @ 1st Fret
24.89mm @ 12th Fret
Mark my words.. These Cunetto's will be 10k in NEAR Future.. They are the Best DARN Relic, KICK %%$%#%$#^%$ Guitar going! Fender Just used and Had GREAT Wood in this Era..Fender did not know if there was a market for Old Beat Up Looking Guitar's.. They didn't even know how to do the finish, or relic work... But... Vince Cunetto did!