The Tele has special meaning to Crow, who happens to be a breast cancer survivor.
In 1994, Crow was readying to embark on her first solo tour when most of her band’s equipment — including her Custom
Telecaster — was stolen. The band quickly acquired new gear, and Crow’s backup guitar became her main instrument.
Shortly thereafter, the band performed at the Backyard in Austin, Texas, and a fan who had read about the
band’s stolen gear approached Crow with a slightly used 1959 Fender Custom Telecaster suggesting it was a suitable replacement for her guitar. The guitar belonged to the fan’s mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer. Crow accepted the instrument
and still cherishes it.
"I have a very strong affinity for this guitar," Crow said. "This has just been a guitar I’ve loved forever. It feels good, it feels right and has had lots of loving fingers on it."
instrument was brought to the Fender Custom Shop in 2011 and was recreated in meticulous detail. The original 1959 Custom Tele was safely stored, and Crow has used the replica ever since.
Fender released a new version of its already-successful
Telecaster guitar in 1959. Called the Custom Telecaster, it featured top and back body binding, which, at the time, was a bold statement for Fender. It became a classic instrument.
Thirty-five years later, in 1994, singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow
was just about to embark on her first tour as a “new” solo artist when most of her band’s equipment, including her own Custom Telecaster, was stolen. The band quickly acquired new gear, and Sheryl’s backup guitar became her main instrument.
When the band performed at the Backyard in Austin, Texas, a fan who had read about the band’s stolen gear approached Sheryl with a slightly used 1959 Fender Custom Telecaster, suggesting it as a suitable replacement for her stolen instrument.
The young man explained to Sheryl that the guitar had belonged to his mother, a fan who had lost her battle with breast cancer, and that he thought it should continue to be played. Touched, Sheryl accepted the instrument, and it remains one of
her favorite guitars to this day.
The instrument was brought to the Fender Custom Shop in 2011 and recreated in meticulous detail. When the first replica was sent to Sheryl, in fact, she immediately mistook it for the original. The original 1959
Custom Telecaster went home, and Sheryl has used that first replica ever since.
Only 60 of these instruments have been made, with one signed by Sheryl and donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in October 2012 in observance of National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For details on the guitar: Sheryl Crow Tele
A very special Tele with a remarkable tale
The Limited Edition Fender Custom Shop Sheryl Crow 1959 Custom Telecaster is more than guitar, it's the latest chapter in a story that spans this inspirational artist's extensive songwriting career. Crow's own love affair with the Custom Tele
began early, and she kicked off her own success story, fueled by the release of the popular Tuesday Night Music Club record, playing one of these fine guitars on stages around the world. In 1994, her original Tele, along with the rest of the band's
gear, was stolen.
When her band performed at the Backyard in Austin, Texas, a fan approached Sheryl Crow, offering his own 1959 Custom Telecaster as a replacement. It had belonged to his mother, who had recently died of breast cancer, and he
insisted the instrument was meant to be played. Crow graciously accepted the guitar, which quickly became one of her most prized instruments. In 2011, Crow brought this guitar to the Fender Custom Shop where it was recreated in meticulous detail. In fact,
when she received the first Fender Custom Shop Sheryl Crow 1959 Custom Telecaster, she mistook it for the original. So, when you pick up a Fender Custom Shop Sheryl Crow 1959 Custom Telecaster, you might as well be holding Sheryl Crow's own beloved guitar.
Made from the most choice materials and hardware around
When the Fender Custom Shop set out to create the Sheryl Crow 1959 Custom Telecaster, they certainly didn't skimp on materials. This beautiful instrument gives you the singular feel of
a hand-selected lightweight alder body that's been double bound in the exact same fashion Fender pioneered in the late '50s. Topped with a gorgeous Faded Chocolate 3-Color Sunburst finish, you'd never be able to tell this guitar from the original. But looks
aren't the only thing that make this guitar a spot-on remake of Sheryl Crow's original. A set of Vintage '63 Tele pickups capture the sound of an era in perfect detail, whereas finer touches such as the bone nut, vintage brass saddle bridge, and period-correct
neck carve all add those unmistakable finishing touches that make the Sheryl Crow 1959 Custom Telecaster a truly remarkable guitar.
Masterbuilt by Dale Wilson at Fender's Custom Shop
Ever since Fender Custom Shop master builder Dale Wilson
was a boy, he's been dreaming up, designing, and creating guitars. He's as passionate about building amazing guitars as most lifelong players are about playing them. You can see this passion at work in every small detail of this Sheryl Crow 1959 Custom Telecaster.
Whether he's creating unique models or redefining an old classic, you can tell Wilson's work by the seamlessness of each joint and the exceptional quality of the materials he uses. We're sure you'll appreciate the way the Sheryl Crow 1959 Custom Telecaster
reflects Dale Wilson's eye for detail and exceptional craftsmanship.