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Based on 6 Reviews and 50 Ratings
An Absolutely Gorgeous Guitar
I can't attest to Fender's production of the guitar itself. In winter of 2017, I set out to produce a replica of the guitar from scratch. Mixing modern parts with the look of the classic '52 Tele, I finally accomplished my goal in spring of 2018. To me, the Telecaster is one of the most beautiful guitars, and I couldn't ever think of getting rid of mine. Sentimental value aside, It's a wonderful conversation starter and centerpiece, and plays as well as any guitar could, if not better.
A True Classic
The look, the tone, the twang! This version embodies what was born out of Leo Fender's concept Espquire. It is a beautiful reissue, authentic in every way. I'm attempting to learn some country picking but I also enjoy looking for that Roy Buchanan tone playing blues. When you look at the pedigree of players who have chosen this guitar at times over the years - Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Roy B., Rick Vito, Vince Gill etc... you know you're in good company!
Great quality, small frets and '50's wiring scheme is odd
This is a classic, iconic guitar. The butterscotch blonde is gorgeous when paired with a black guard, having been seen played by the likes of Keef, the Boss, and other people with only one name. That said, the small frets do not lend themselves well to big bends a modern player might be used to.
The '50's wiring scheme, with the usual "neck" position replaced by a pseudo-bass setting, the "neck" setting shifted to the middle notch, and no setting for both pickups, is downright weird, but the guitar comes with a "conversion" kit to change the settings to the usual 3-way of neck, both, bridge. I left mine stock though, the weirdness is kind of endearing, and you can get both pickups if you position the selector at "2 1/2" in between the middle position and the bridge setting.