Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline - Crimson Transparent with Rosewood Fingerboard

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar, Signature, with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Soapbar Pickups - Crimson Transparent
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Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline - Crimson Transparent with Rosewood Fingerboard
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A signature Thinline with a pair of P-90s!

A collaboration between Jim Adkins and Fender, the Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline is a re-creation of Adkins' old TC-90 - with some special touches specifically for this new model. The Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline's semi-hollow ash body is joined to a set maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard - a great combination that produces a warm tone with a nice edge. Pickups are Seymour Duncan soapbars, and a Adjusto-matic bridge with anchored tailpiece round out the hardware. The Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline is a sweet axe for any style!

Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • The story behind this Tele
  • Built for tone
The story behind this Tele

When Jim Adkins, guitarist and frontman for Jimmy Eat World, challenged Fender to design his perfect guitar, a collaboration began that resulted in the JA-90 Telecaster Thinline. 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 model. The significant features include a maple neck set into a semi-hollow ash body, Seymour Duncan soapbar pickups, independent volume and tone controls, an Adjusto-Matic bridge, and an anchored tailpiece.

Built for tone

The semi-hollow ash body merges classic Tele tone with the added body and resonance of a semi-hollowbody guitar. The set maple neck bolsters the sustain, and the rosewood fingerboard adds warmth to the tone. A pair of Seymour Duncan soapbars provide vintage-tinged P-90 tones that cut through the mix.

Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Color: Crimson Transparent, (Urethane Finish)
  • Body: Semi-Hollow Ash
  • Neck: Maple, Set Neck, Modern "C" Shape, (Gloss Urethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" Radius
  • No. of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups: Seymour Duncan SP90-1NRWRP Vintage P-90 (Neck), SP90-3B Custom P-90 (Bridge)
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle
  • Bridge: Adjusto-Matic Bridge with Anchored-Tailpiece
  • Machine Heads: Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Width at Nut: 1.650"
  • Matching Painted Headstock
  • Jim Adkins Signature on Back of Headstock
  • Black Plastic Parts
  • White Pearloid Dot Position Inlays
  • Oversized Strap Buttons

Fender's Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline - a cool Tele loaded with vintage vibe and attitude!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Ash
Body Finish Gloss urethane
Color Crimson Transparent
Neck Material Maple, Set
Neck Shape Modern C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 9.5" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid dots
Number of Frets 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Adjusto-matic bridge with anchored tailpiece
Tuners Cast sealed tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Seymour Duncan SP90-3B single-coil
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan SP90-1NRWRP single-coil
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way pickup selector
Strings Fender USA 250L, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0262350538

Customer Reviews

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The Fender JA-90 Tele Is A Beast!

Straight up, and great guitar, well conceived and executed. Don't buy into that snobby "Oh, built in Indonesia? That's not Fender!" line of crap. Their quality control must be incredible; fit and finish are perfect, no flaws, gorgeous gloss transparent red paint and that matching headstock is killer with the gold Fender logotype. But the sound - the Seymour Duncan SP90 soap bar single coil pickups give great warmth and sustain from the semi-hollow body design, but it will sit up and growl with the best of them. All electronics were tight, no crackling pots; action was surprisingly well-set right out of the box. The neck and fingerboard are straight and true, and the playability of this thing is just a joy to behold. It is a great addition to my stable of players ... but for pure beauty, it rivals my Heritage Cherry Explorer. Very happy, and thanks to Jim Adkins for developing the model off of his TC-90.
Music background: Lifetime musician. Home studio recordist.

Not just another telecaster.

When I saw and read about this guitar I was curious to say the least. Tele's have been one of my favorites since the late '60's, always there, always reliable. After investigation and actually playing one in the studio, I had to have it. The tone is sweet, fat and sassy. I've played it through various different amps from a Fender Blues Junior to a Marshall Model 2555 and everything in between with stunning results. I was introduced to it by Sweetwater Sound. Hey guys you did it again. Thanks for the memories.
Music background: Professional

This was an 'impulse' purchase that scored 100% , , , ,

'Impulse' may be a poor word to describe my purchase of the JA-90. I am not too fond of the country 'chicken-pickin' , heavy twang style of music usually associated with the Tele sound. I was looking for a ES 335 style guitar. When I saw the Crimson Transparent JA-90 on the Sweetwater website it looked beautiful. And the Gibson style adjustable bridge and anchored tailpiece got my attention. The addition of Seymour Duncan P-90's was enough to send me to Youtube to hear what it could do. I bought it. The overall quality is very good. The action out of the box was near perfect. This guitar came extremely well packed. I've bought several instruments on-line and it's always a toss-up regarding what condition you find when the box gets delivered. Packing is important! My concerns about everything sounding too twangy were forgotten as soon as I plugged into my amp and started playing----this guitar has a great sound range, from full, round bass tones, good mids, right up to screaming solos. There's twang there if you need it, but don't be afraid to play some jazz if the mood strikes. Tuners, pots, three way all work well and feel solid. I found one small area on the upper frets that could have used a little more polishing---got a little grind on pushes. But I'm measuring against my Hot Rod 57 Strat, which is glass smooth on all the fretboard. A word concerning the quality of Sweetwaters' customer service; I noticed immediately that the f- hole rim was not finished to standards of the rest of the instrument. There were areas on the rim that were rough and had little or no finish. This was easily seen and distracted from the otherwise very good finish quality. I Emailed Jen at Sweetwater explaining my concern and included a high res picture of the F-hole rim. This was more for Sweetwater's info than a complaint. I didn't request a replacement. Jen called me within a short time and told me that she wanted to correct the situation ASAP. Unfortunately there wasn't any red JA-90's in stock. Jen then contacted Fender and found another matching guitar for me. This is good service! As it turned out I was able to correct the problem myself. I have experience in instrument finish work.
Music background: Musician and teacher. Home recordist. Retired.

A wide range of tones

This is my first Tele. I have always used Strats and I was curious with the look of this Tele. I researched it and I had great input from Sweetwater customer service. It came three days fedex set up the way I wanted it. I get classic Tele tones plus several others and it is easy to play and light. If you are looking for a tele this is one to look at. It is eye catching, lightweight, easy to play, and a whole range of tones with the classic Tele chicken pickin.
Music background: Hobbyist

Fender Fan

What a great guitar. I just got mine from Sweetwater today via FedEX. The guitar itself is just beautiful. The red has the wood grain showing through, so it's quite unique for a Tele. With the Seymour Duncan pickups, it;'s sort of like playing a Gibson SG in a Telecaster's body. It has a very cool tone to it. Not at all like a typical bright sounding Fender. I've only had it a day and already love it. Plus, you can't beat Sweetwater's customer service, I have a Guitar Center just a few miles away and still bought it from Sweetwater.
Music background: Semi-professional musician
See also: Semi Hollows, Fender, Fender Semi-hollowbody Guitars