Guitar Center's page on the [Fender Telecaster JA-90](http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Jim-Adkins-JA-90-Telecaster-Electric-Guitar-105128425-i1427132.gc) says, "When platinum-selling Jimmy Eat World guitarist and frontman Jim Adkins cheerfully challenged Fender by throwing down the gauntlet of designing his perfect electric guitar, a collaboration began that resulted in the Fender JA-90 Telecaster. Fender sat down with Adkins and went over his old Fender TC-90 spec by spec, making some important changes that subsequently produced this unique new model. The Jim Adkins Telecaster guitar has a mahogany neck set into a semi-hollow ash body, Seymour Duncan Soapbar pickups, independent volume and tone controls, an Adjusto-Matic bridge and anchored tailpiece. The high-output Custom Soapbar SP90-3 pickup uses two large ceramic magnets for extra output, compressed dyanamics, and sharper attack. The full frequency response delivers extra punch. The Vintage Soapbar SP90-1 has short, wide bobbins for higher output and more powerful midrange than Strat or Tele single-coils. The tone is sweet and smooth."more
I have this guitar in the transparent ebony colour, which to me is a very beautiful look. The fender telecaster JA-90 is one of the most punchy and crunchiest sounding guitars I have played. With the vintage P90's installed and the set neck, you can be sure that you are in for a rock and roll ride. It has a very unique sound but isn't very versatile between genres, mainly basing its sound around Rock.
In the natural finish like Jim's number one, it's fantastic. Totally one of my go-to guitars, and sounds awesome when in a good tube amplifier. I compare sounds to a Modern Player Mustang with Fender P-90s, but less treble and more airy. The f-hole gives off more of a sound than the 72 thinline with wide range buckers because it is not a bolt on, it is a glued in set neck, and it feels smoother than my LP Jr. does. Not by terms of lacquer, of course, because the nitro is phenomenal on the Gibson, but there is incredibly easy access to the higher frets. It relays such a nineties tone because it was designed by Jim, basically. It is a Fender SG, or, the closest thing to it. Sounds like a 56 LP with more brightness, and feels like a tele. What is better than that?
I spent months saving for a guitar in the higher price range. ($500) And I researched and looked(played) and played and played and Played. until i came across this semi-hollow tele. I played it and it was like heaven opened up. between the sweet/ soft sounding p90s and the low end that comes from the sound out of the F hole/ sound hole. its one that i was surprised when i picked it up. its my go to guitar. Also fyi when i got it i didn't know who Jim Adkins was. But, he's got a good taste in guitars!