From the Rarities Collection

Fender’s Latest Guitar Is Unabashedly a Tone Machine

July 10, 2019 Culture : Music By
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Fender’s latest Telecaster is unabashedly a tone machine. The limited-edition Rarities Flame Maple Top Chambered Telecaster features a resonant two-piece roasted alder body and a flame maple top. Notably, the body has hollow chambers that reduce weight without sacrificing structural integrity.

This Tele has a “Modern C”-shaped neck with 22 narrow-tall frets and staggered-height tuning machines which provide the correct break angle at the nut (read: more focused tone). The guitar has a vintage-style Tele bridge with three compensated steel saddles and two premium pickups: a custom vintage-overwound Tim Shaw-designed single coil bridge pickup and a ShawBucker 1T humbucking neck pickup.

For those who love the simplicity of the Telecaster, but want a guitar with modern tone-focused updates, this is well-worth checking out. It is priced at $2,500 — only a $500 increase over other American-made models.

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John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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