Fender James Burton Telecaster - Red Paisley Flames

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - Red Flame
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James Burton Tele!

James Burton is a legendary lifetime Tele player who has played with Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Bob Luman, Dale Hawkins, and tons more.

Like its brother, the James Burton Standard Telecaster guitar, the James Burton Telecaster pays homage to the legendary guitarist. Features include a U-shaped '60s neck, three Fender-Lace Sensor pickups and special five-way Strat-o-Tele switching.

Fender James Burton Telecaster Features:
  • Color: Red Flame
  • Finish: Polyurethane
  • Neck Wood: 1-piece Maple
  • Neck Shape: '60s "U" shape
  • BodyWood: Basswood
  • Machine Heads: Gold Plated Fender/Schaller Deluxe Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines with Pearl Buttons
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" radius
  • No. of Frets: 21 Vintage Frets
  • Position Markers: Dot
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Pickups: 1 Blue Fender Lace Sensor (Neck), 1 Silver Fender Lace Sensor (Mid), 1 Red Fender Lace Sensor (Bridge)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade, Special "Strat-o-Tele" Switching
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: American Vintage Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail Bridge
  • Hardware: Gold Plated
  • Case: Vintage Tweed Case

NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Basswood
Body Finish Satin urethane
Color Red Paisley Flames
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape U
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black dots
Number of Frets 21, Vintage
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece American Vintage Strat strings-through hardtail
Tuners Gold plated Fender/Schaller cast sealed tuners with pearl buttons
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup James Burton single-coil
Middle Pickup James Burton single-coil
Bridge Pickup James Burton single-coil
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Strings Fender Super 250L, (.009-.042)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0108602887

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Fender James Burton Telecaster - Red Paisley Flames

I don't write reviews, but decided to this time because of my extreme satisfaction with this guitar. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Have bought a number of guitars, amps, etc., from Sweetwater, and have never been disappointed. This guitar, however, is over the top for what I wanted. I am a product of the '50s music, and watching James Burton made me always want to get his sound. I now play this through a Fender '65 Deluxe Tube Combo Amp., and I can get that echo, twang, but solid sound. Everything about the instrument, in my opinion, is perfect. Obviously, the Burton designed pickups are just what is needed for a fine sounding, and beautiful, axe. Could not be more pleased with the product or the usual Sweetwater service.
Music background: Over 50 years of amature pickin' and grinnin', with a little bit of garage band thrown in.

Swiss Army Knife of Guitars

OK....Right off the bat I'll say this; I really HATE when someone gives a 5 Star Rating to any piece of gear. I can't remember if I ever have done so for any guitar because to me, to get that "perfect" rating, I'd assume you'd never need anything else, (in this case, an electric guitar), ever again. Well, I learned my lesson with the JB Tele. As a very seasoned guitar player who has been lucky enough to play with some world class musicians, I can honestly say that this guitar is it's very own masterpiece of tonality, feel, fit and finish, (the flashy paint job is cool too). So yes, I did say masterpiece......and that's why, IMO, this is one of Fender's best kept secrets period. Now....does it sound like my authentic vintage or Custom Shop Strat's or Tele's? Yes and no. But that's not what this guitar is all about. I'm assuming Fender and James Burton designed this guitar so it does one thing; Offer as many tonal possibilities in one guitar that most player's would never want or need another electric guitar. I believe they came as close as you could come, and that my rating I gave is surprisingly better than what I gave my PRS DGT, (A guitar I thought was unbeatable for tone, feel, fit and finish). This JB Tele also changed my mind about 3 things I firmly believed in for a long, long time; 1) Hybrid style guitars, (ala Nashville design) are not worth the investment if you already have a Strat and Tele, 2) Passive EMG pickups sound dull & lifeless, and 3) Basswood bodies are a big No-No. I've had mine for about 6 months now....so I am WELL beyond the Honeymoon phase. I can say this will all honesty; It's the only guitar I need for my gig schedule.The ONLY reason I bring two guitars is that I use a hybrid tuning on a few songs so it makes it easier when playing live, and if I ever break a string....I have easy access to a 2nd guitar. One key thing to remember; This guitar sounds "darker" that your standard fare Strat or Tele. Don't let that scare you. Use your amps EQ as well as the JB's Tone knob. You'll find everything you need there. So I'll get to the good part; When it arrived from Sweetwater, (a big thanks to John Ptak who is one of the classiest salesperson's Sweetwater has), it was perfectly in tune after being packaged in a double walled shipping container and sent via Air and to Ground from IN to CA. When it arrived, the stings were wound perfectly, (sting lock method), there were no dead spots on the fretboard, it had perfect intonation, the finish was perfect and there was not a single finger print on the entire guitar. And yes...it came with a nice big bag of candy! Before plugging it into any of my vintage BF Fender amps, I had my Tone King Imperial already set up.....and at the first strum it was BOOM; a beautiful, articulate, blooming, sustaining, piano like compilation of notes that when the chord faded, not one single hum took it's place. Look...I could go on and on about the JB Tele, (you can go read all the reviews on all the other sites if you need to), and I know this guitar is not for everyone, (no guitar is),.......but you owe it to yourself to try one if you are a gigging musician who needs a guitar that sounds great, easily changing from Straty to Teleish tones and everything in between with the "Strato-Tele" S-1 switching system, as well as has a fantastic neck, (it resonates acoustically on every string), and can cover any tone you can imagine so long as you take the time to use the Tone Knob. Bottom line; This guitar into any classic single channel amp, using any decent type of TS style pedal will spoil you.
Music background: Former Session, touring, and current local gigging guitarist.

My Kind of Tele

I have been a huge Fender guy since the early 60s. Fender guitars and amps are to me, the instruments that changed music more than any other company. I'm mostly a Strat guy but have owned four or five Telecasters over the years. I have two now but wanted a Telecaster that took it to the next level in tone and playability. As a young boy just learning to play, I used to watch The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet so I could see Ricky Nelson's guitar player, James Burton, play those fantastic leads as in Hello Mary Lou and Travelin' Man. He was an outstanding studio musician having been one of the few hand chosen guitarist in the Wrecking Crew in the L.A. studios. When I saw that a James' Signature model was available, I had to try one. I watched a few Youtube videos and decided to call my SW rep, Wayne Davis and he hooked me up. As usual, the guitar came well packaged and in perfect setup condition out of the box. This guitar cannot be explained - it has to be played, felt and heard to believe. None of the harshness of a regular Tele but yet distinctly a Fender Telecaster. The quality build on this guitar is definitely Custom Shop level. The pickups are the sweetest sounding P.Us I have ever heard. I understand that James Burton worked closely with Fender to get the perfect sound and feel of what he wanted to be his own Fender Signature Telecaster. Like one of the other reviewers stated, this is definitely a "below the radar" treasure. This guitar, with the three Fender Lace Sensor P.U.s and a 5 way selector switch plus an S-1 switch, makes it one of the most versatile guitars I've ever owned. If you love James Burton then you will love this Tele. If you don't love JB, you will still love this Tele. Contact your SW rep and put this one on your wish list. Hey, my wish just came true.
Music background: 50 + yrs musician/producer/ engineer

Amazing tele

This must be Fenders best kept secret - what an amazing guitar - just cannot believe the low price ! I bought it just for its appearance - this guitar equals all the custom shop models I have - for an artist guitar such as James Burtin it should be twice the price - quick buy one before they wake up!!!!!!
Music background: Semi Professional

Awesome guitar

I love this guitar. It plays well and the pickups are spot on. Its the perfect blend to make it a strat or a tele with the playability of a tele. The graphics are beautiful and this thing just feels solid.
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