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.
Shiflett has been a key player in the Foo Fighters line-up, and the guitar is based on his favourite ’72 Tele Deluxe. It features:
- an Alder body
- a striking Arctic White finish
- skirted amp knobs and 3-position pickup toggle switch
- a four-ply white pearl pickguard
- a pair of new custom-designed high-output humbucking pickups
- medium jumbo frets
- large ’70s style headstock
- vintage “F” style tuning machines – they look cool but make re-stringing the guitar a little more complicated
- a 12″ radius rosewood fretboard for easy string bending
- 25.5″ scale length
- bullet style truss rod nut
- custom-stenciled hard-shell case
- Shiflett’s signature on the headstock.
Don’t assume that just because the Shiflett signature model is affordable and made in Fender’s Ensenada factory in Mexico it is somehow inferior to the more expensive American models that are manufactured in Corona, California. The Ensenada factory is responsible for producing some true gems – collectable gems. Read my review of the Classic Player ’60s Stratocaster. Not all great guitars have to cost a fortune.
More about the Shiflett signature model at Fender.