When friend and bandmate, Sheila, announced that she had ordered the new Chris Shiflett Signature Telecaster Deluxe, I faced a double-edged sword. On the upside, the band will benefit from some new tonal qualities and the Ice Maiden will look even cooler than she normally does on stage with the Arctic White Shiflett hanging from her shoulders. On the downside, I can’t really get one myself now. You just doesn’t do that sort of thing. When it comes to guitar acquisition, copycat behaviour among bandmates is a no-no. (Read more…)
The latest release in Fender’s 60th anniversary celebration of the Telecaster is a limited edition production line version of the rare and highly desirable Fender Custom Shop La Cabronita Especial. Read more…
Graham Coxon, songwriter, solo artist and guitarist with Blur, has been honoured by Fender with a signature model, for release in Europe only: the Graham Coxon Signature Telecaster.
Fender says features include:
a Blonde finish ash body, C-shaped maple neck with gloss urethane finish, rosewood fingerboard with 9.5” radius and 21 medium jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan® ’59 SH-1 humbucking neck pickup with black bezel, vintage-style single-coil Telecaster bridge pickup, three-position switch with “top hat” tip, knurled chrome knobs on 375k volume and tone pots that contribute to brighter sound from both pickups, tortoiseshell pickguard, vintage-style Telecaster bridge with three threaded steel saddles, chrome hardware, vintage-style tuners, ’70s-style headstock decal and Coxon’s signature on the back of the headstock.
In the UK it is selling or anything between £550-£750, depending on the retailer.
Fender Modern Telecaster Thinline in Olympic White
In 2011, Fender is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Telecaster by releasing 12 special “tele-bration” models, staggered for shipment throughout the year. The latest release in the “tele-bration” is the Modern Telecaster Thinline in Olympic White. In my opinion, this is the most beautiful of the series, and limited to a run of 500. It has a chambered ash body, nitro-cellulose laquer and tortoiseshell double binding that matches the non-Tele style 4-ply scratchplate. Only 42 are heading for the UK. If you want one, it will cost you about £1,500.
Blacktops: Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jaguar and Jazzmaster
Fender’s new Blacktop series presents four classic models hot-rodded with humbucking pickups and other modifications, such as skirted amp-style knobs, bringing a whole new vibe to some longstanding favourite designs.
Manufactured in Fender’s Mexican Ensenada factory, these new Blacktops offer excellent build quality, tone and playability at an affordable price. In the UK they are retailing for £450-£500.
Given that a Custom Shop Fender manufactured in the USA can set you back several thousand pounds, the new Blacktops are likely to sell like hot cakes. Get one while you can.
The Fender Telecaster, released by Leo Fender in 1951, was the first successful production solid-body electric guitar. To celebrate the Telecaster’s 60th anniversary, Fender is releasing 12 different models in limited runs throughout 2011.
The range includes a beautiful Olympic White thinline – my personal favourite – a Cabronita version with TV Jones Filter’Tron pickups, the Indiana Barn ’52 made from pine salvaged from a 200-year-old barn, and the Lamboo which features a bamboo neck and laminated bamboo top.
Photos and further details of the limited edition Telecasters are available at the Music Radar website.
The Fender Custom Shop is also reissuing historically important Telecasters, including the Nocaster, Broadcaster and Telecaster prototype. These custom models are listed on the Custom Shop website.