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Diamond Anniversary Telecaster with Alder Body, Maple Neck, and American Vintage Pickups - 3-color Sunburst
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On a crisp September night in 1945, Fullerton, California residents got the opportunity to hear the future of music - and they didn't even know it! It was "Hospitality Night" for Fender's Radio Shop on Sprada Road. Buzz Bazzell and his Cowboys took requests from the quickly gathering crowd, which they played on their shiny new FENDER® electric instruments and amplifiers. It was the start of a revolution and the prime motivator behind it was a man who didn't even play an instrument. But he knew with a certainty that there was something more he had to do in life besides selling and repairing radios. When Leo Fender introduced the world to the original Telecaster®, nobody had any idea that this $169 "plank" body electric guitar would change the world of contemporary music forever. Even more surprising is the fact that after more than a half century, the "Tele" still looks as devilishly modern - maybe even radical - as it did when it was first introduced. Considering the fact that Leo Fender wasn't even a guitar player, you have to wonder just how this "magic" happened. Were the planets aligned just right? Was the design beamed directly into Leo's head by weird space aliens? No matter. The Tele® is quite simply a truly inspired design that guitar players will still want to own another 60 years from now. This 60th Anniversary commemorative Telecaster® is built upon the Fender American Series foundation, but then adds two new American Vintage single-coil pickups, a custom case, a specially engraved neckplate and a jeweled Diamond Anniversary headstock. With the sharper '52 style body radius, rolled fingerboard edges and a parchment pickguard, this is a limited edition Telecaster that's destined to be one of tomorrow's most collectible guitars. Fender 60th Anniversary Commemorative American Telecaster Features at a Glance:

  • Solid alder body with '52-style body radius in three-color sunburst
  • Solid maple neck with Modern "C" shape and jeweled headstock
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Two new American Vintage Tele single coil pickups
  • Includes deluxe Silver 60th Anniversary hardshell case

Solid alder body with '52-style body radius in three-color sunburst In the beginning, there was the Telecaster and the single pickup Esquire. You could get one in the blonde finish and that was it. Over the decades, Fender has made concessions to the changing musical styles and the needs of both novice and pro guitarists, which has led to an astonishing array of Telecasters with new colors, special finishes and upgraded electronics. The American Series is at the heart of the Tele line, so it was only natural that Fender chose this guitar from among all the others to use as the basis for its Diamond Anniversary Edition Telecaster®. Though it maintains much of what is special about the American Series, like the solid alder body in three-color sunburst, it adds a few decidedly vintage features, most noticeable of which is the sharper '52 body profile and parchment pickguard. Solid maple neck with Modern "C" shape and jeweled headstock As mentioned, Leo Fender wasn't a guitar player. So he had no idea that guitars weren't supposed to have maple necks. But in time, those blonde maple necks and fingerboards became a Fender trademark, though the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards on most of its models for players that preferred the warmer, more traditional feel. For the 60th Anniversary American Tele®, it's back to the basics with a modern "C" shape maple neck and a satin polyurethane finish that's more in keeping with today's player preferences. Now top it off with a jeweled, Diamond Anniversary headstock. It's the perfect combination of old and new! Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets Although the original Tele had a maple fingerboard, Fender made the right call here by adding the visual appeal of a traditional rosewood fingerboard with beautifully finished rolled edges, pearloid dot inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets that let you easily bend notes or produce a sweet, fluid vibrato. Oh, and it's pretty darn good for those big power chords, as well. Two new American Vintage Tele single coil pickups The original Tele pickups had more twang than any two "normal" guitars put together, thanks to the single coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions. The 60th Anniversary Tele has pickups that pretty much look the same, but they're actually specially-designed American Vintage Tele single-coils that are voiced to let you go from mild to manic and everywhere in between. The controls include a three-position blade switch plus a master volume and master Delta Tone™, which includes a high output bridge pickup and special "no-load" tone circuitry. Careful you don't burn your fingers! Includes deluxe Silver 60th Anniversary hardshell case As befits an instrument of this pedigree, the 60th Anniversary Commemorative Telecaster comes complete with a deluxe Silver Anniversary plush-lined hardshell case. Walk into the studio or up on stage with this bad boy and yeah, you're going to turn a lot of heads. Fender 60th Anniversary Commemorative American Telecaster Features:

  • Color: Three-color Sunburst
  • Body Type: Solidbody with '52 style body radius
  • Finish: Gloss polyurethane
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Neck Shape: Modern "C" shape w/satin finish
  • Top Wood: Solid alder
  • Back Wood: N/A
  • Side Wood: N/A
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Schaller deluxe, staggered cast/sealed
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • No. of Frets: 22
  • Position Markers: Pearloid dots
  • Pickups: Two American Vintage Tele single coils
  • Controls: Master volume, master Delta Tone™
  • Pickup Switching: Three-position blade
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: American Series Tele w/stainless steel saddles
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Case: Deluxe Anniversary hardshell

The 60th Anniversary American Telecaster celebrates Fender's Heritage of Fine Musical Instruments!

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Manufacturer Part Number 0116100700

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See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars