Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster - 2-tone Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Top, Maple, Neck, Maple Fingerboard, 1 Single-coil Pickup, and 1 Humbucking Pickup - Brown Sunburst
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Fender's Richie Kotzen Tele

The Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster solidbody electric guitar flirts with perfection. Richie's signature Tele is buttery-playable, outrageously toneful, and easy on your eyes. Pick it up. The contoured ash body is graced with a gorgeous flame maple top and fits you like a glove. Wrap your hand around the large C-profile maple neck and let your fingers dance on the shredtastic jumbo frets. Strum a chord or let fly with a single-note run - DiMarzio Chopper and Twang King pickups deliver a staggering range of tone. The Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster will inspire you.

Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • The perfect Tele?
  • Amazing vintage Tele sounds
  • Killer lead sounds
The perfect Tele?

In addition to his smokin' solo career and fronting the power trio Winery Dogs with Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen has lent his considerable chops to Poison, Mr. Big, and his fusiony Vertu outing with Stanley Clark and Lenny White. Richie deploys a unique fingerpicking technique on his weapon of choice: the Fender Telecaster - but not just any Telecaster. Richie's signature axe is what many of us Tele fanatics here at Sweetwater think of when we conjure our perfect Telecaster. If you appreciate ash bodies with belly and forearm contours, eye-popping flamed maple tops, gold hardware and abalone inlays, buttery playability, and a huge range of tone bookended by traditional Tele twang and modern high-gain - then the Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster is for you.

Amazing vintage Tele sounds

When DiMarzio set out to design a neck pickup that delivers amazing vintage Tele sound, they knew they had to go beyond merely copying a 40-year-old design. Sporting controlled-tension coil winding, special wire, and hand-calibrated magnets, from ppp to fff, the Twang King delivers pick attack response like you've never experienced in a single-coil. Of course, the Twang King is wax-potted twice for squeal-free performance.

Killer lead sounds

With less DC resistance than a standard Tele single-coil and twin-blade poles for less string-pull than standard rod magnets, DiMarzio's Chopper T Bridge pickup is much hotter and punchier than single-coil Tele bridge pickups - and its has way more twang and snap than a typical humbucker. The Chopper T concentrates its energy in the lows and mids for a huge sound with lots of crunch - not to mention perfect lead tones for everything from country to rock to fusion (and everything in between). And of course, being a humbucking design, there's no noise.

Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Contoured, bound ash body with flame maple top
  • Large C-profile maple neck/fingerboard; 12" radius; 22 jumbo frets
  • DiMarzio Chopper T (bridge) and Twang King (neck) pickups
  • Rotary series/parallel switch
  • 6-saddle string-through-body Tele bridge
  • Gold hardware; abalone dot markers

Fender's Richie Kotzen Telecaster: the perfect Tele? You decide!
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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Ash
Top Material Flame Maple
Body Finish Urethane
Color Natural
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape Large C profile
Fingerboard Material Maple, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots, abalone
Number of Frets 22, Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece 6-saddle strings-thru-body Tele bridge
Tuners Gotoh cast/sealed
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup DiMarzio Twang King single-coil
Bridge Pickup DiMarzio Chopper T humbucker
Controls Master Volume, rotary series/parallel switch, 3-way pickup selector
Strings .009-.042
Case Included No case
Manufacturer Part Number 0255202532

Customer Reviews

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Awesome Guitar

I love this guitar. My wife gave me this tele for our anniversary. I've been playing a 99 Fender Strat and a 94 LP Custom for the past fifteen years. I'd wanted to try something new and stumbled across this bad boy while reading Tele forums. To be honest I'd never heard the Winery Dogs or any of Richie's solo material prior to becoming interested in the guitar. I am now a HUGE Richie fan. His solo material is amazing. Just caught my first Richie show in Bethlehem PA last week. The guitar: It's HEAVY! Feels heavier than my 94 Les Paul to be honest. I have a healthy leather strap and strap locks for it. I love the comfort cut in the back. Why aren't all Tele's made with that? Finish is beautiful. Impeccable quality. I really love the super fat neck. I have long fingers so it works pretty well for me. I'm so used to it now I'm wondering if there is a way to get a similar neck on my strat without ruining the balance of it. It feel really good in my hands. Pickups: Love the Chopper T and Twang King combo. The chopper T has enough bite to do many styles of music really well. The Twang King is a hidden jewel in my opinion. It's very versatile. I had some work done on the tele almost immediately. I constantly use my tone knobs on my LP's and strats and felt like not including them was a major oversight. Richie might be able to get away with it because he's playing Marshalls and Cornfields but I can't with a Fender HRD. So my tech guy modified the parallel/series switch to be a push pull that engages the series option no matter what position I'm in (instead of only the middle position as originally specified.) The switch also acts as a master tone control for all four positions (including series boost.) I really like the mids bump I get when I switch from parallel to series. It's perfect for making my leads jump out into the mix. I'm really, really happy with this guitar. SO much so I've barely touched my LP or strat in the past year. I still bring a backup to gigs but I haven't busted a string on this tele yet.
Music background: Pro-gigging guitarist

Perfect doesn't do it justice!

Absolutely amazing. Not only the best Tele I've ever played or heard, but the best guitar I've ever played...period! Finally, a fat necked guitar with Fender stability and tuning. Dimarzio is the Uber-Pickup company in my opinion, and these are no different, absolute tonal perfection and balance. Played mine today for the first time with my band, and the drummer just smiled and twice he stopped to comment on the amazing tone of this machine. Hats off to two of my favorite people, Richie Kotzen for creating this guitar design, and to Kurt from Sweetwater for being my personal gear rockstar! Thanks again guys, you never disappoint. Sweetwater is in a league all it's own when it comes to gear, cost, and customer satisfaction.
Music background: Pro musician and singer. Pastor

Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster

This is "the" Telecaster. Neck, body, pickups and sound. It is all perfect and what a Tele should be. Tight neck pocket, thick and playable neck with beautiful fret work. Tele tone that is what a Telecaster should sound like thanks to the Dimarzio pickups, maple top and ash body. Craftsmanship and sound comprise the best Tele I have ever owned from both a sound and build standpoint. Richie Kotzen knew what he was doing when he designed this guitar.
Music background: Musician

completely satisfied

I purchased my RK tele from sweetwater about a year ago. Had to wait awhile for it to arrive from japan. But man was it worth it. I have had straits, both vintage, u.s.a. american deluxe etc.this tele falls somewhere between deluxe and custom shop. And that's no ****.! It is absolutely precisely precious. Its smooth , fat, chimey. Chunky. If you can't get behind this beauty. Well you've got a real problem. The neck is fat, way fat. I have small hands and I love its playability. no problems. I just got rid of a USA charvel San dim as, and a Ernie ball music man Steve Morse. Butyou won't see this beauty going aanywhere. Nuffsaid.
Music background: pro guitarist

Best Telecaster I've Ever Seen Or Played

Looks: Well, if you were purchasing a tele to present to a King - this would be the model. The Japanese craftsmanship in this telecaster is flawless. Everything's very simple, just as any tele should be - but the fit and finish and the colors on this are amazing. Don't tell your wife not to worry, that you only spent around $500 dollars on it - she'll tell you that you are a damn liar. This is an elegant, luxurious and well made guitar and even an untrained eye will recognize that fact, Playability: What makes this telecaster special to me are the chunky neck and jumbo frets which make the guitar so much more comfortable to me to play for long periods of time, The "comfort cuts" in the body are just a godsend - and make the guitar feel like it's a part of your body. I don't think I'll ever be able to purchase another telecaster that doesn't have these cuts and I may have to retrofit my other telecasters with them. Sound: Wow. I thought, based on Richie Kotzen's playing, that I might be getting a guitar with JUST a full overdriven sound. Nope - this thing is full of traditional country twang if you want it. If you don't - just dial up the amp and you get that raunchy overdriven sound that Kotzen is famous for. This is absolutely stunning to me - and I really wonder if anyone would ever need more than JUST this guitar - it seems to do everything from country to jazz to hard rock. Big thumbs up to the series / parallel switch that adds a new dimension to the sound of the two pickups when switched on simultaneously. There's no tone control. Honestly - a lot of is tele players never used it anyway and it's certainly not missed on this guitar. Overall - a great guitar ... buy it from Sweetwater - you won't have a better buying experience anywhere else I guarantee!
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars