Look, just because you happen to like the looks, the sound and the feel of a Telecaster shouldn’t mean you can’t have one with a vibrato. Unfortunately, because of the guitar’s metal bridge plate with raised edges, retrofitting any type of vibrato is problematic. But Fender recently realized that Tele lovers deserved a vibrato-equipped model, so they went back to the drawing board and came up with the ’60s Custom Telecaster with a Bigsby tailpiece. The key was to build the bridge plate without the raised edges, which allowed the Bigsby to be cleanly fitted behind the bridge. But there’s more to this particular guitar than just a Bigsby!
The ’60s Custom Telecaster is distinctive in having an alder body with a bound top and back (standard Teles have no binding), along with Vintage Style Tele single-coil pickups in the neck and bridge position, a 3-ply white pickguard and a classic Candy Apple Red paint job with a gloss polyurethane finish. The trademark Fender maple “C”-shape neck comes with a rosewood fingerboard and 21 frets, which is historically accurate. What’s more, the neck is finished in gloss polyurethane (the majority of Fender guitars built today have satin finishes on their necks). Finally, there’s the Bigsby tailpiece.
If the Tele is your guitar, now you can own one with a genuine Bigsby!