Fender announces 60th Anniversay Telecaster
(Dave Molter | Posted 2011-01-08)
Everyone from Buck Owens to Bruce Springsteen has played one, and there's no doubt that Leo Fender's 1951 Telecaster heralded a new era in music.
Now Fender is introducing a new guitar and bass duo that commemorate six decades of the company’s original pair of groundbreaking instruments -- the Telecaster and Precision Bass guitars. Early 2011 sees the release of the 60th Anniversary Telecaster and 60th Anniversary Precision Bass, both of which feature a new “Blackguard Blonde” finish created especially for the occasion.
The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the instrument that was officially named the Telecaster in February 1951. It was the world’s first successful solid-body electric guitar, transforming the role of the guitar in popular music and becoming an enduring model of form and function in the process. Still elegantly simple after 60 years, it remains the versatile voice of diverse and creative guitarists worldwide.
The 60th Anniversary Telecaster honors its predecessors by packing more than half a century of classic sound and design into one collectible U.S.-made instrument, with a striking combination of vintage looks and modern Telecaster technology.
Features include an ash body with a Blackguard Blonde thin-skin lacquer finish, tinted maple neck and fretboard with modern 9.5” radius and medium jumbo frets, American Vintage Telecaster single-coil pickups, black pickguard, American Standard bridge with bent steel saddles and stamped brass plate, modern tuners, commemorative neckplate and Fender/SKB® molded case.
Body Material: Ash
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Body Finish: Thinskin Lacquer Body Finish
Neck Shape: Modern "C" Shape
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Neck Finish: Lacquer
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt™
Truss Rods: Bi-Flex Truss Rod System
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series Nut
Pickup Configuration: S/S
Bridge Pickup: American Standard Tele® Single-Coil Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup: American Standard Tele® Single-Coil Neck Pickup
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Special Electronics: No-Load™ Tone Control
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Bridge: American Tele with New American Standard Bent Steel Saddles and Stamped Brass Plate
Tuning Machines: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tips: Barrel Style Switch Tip
Unique Features: Thinskin Lacquer Finish, Vintage Style Pickups, 60th Anniversary Neckplate, Five-Screw Mounted Brass Bridge Plate for Sonic Stability, Bent Steel Saddles, Tinted Neck, Rolled Fretboard Edges, Staggered Tuning Keys
MSRP On the 60th Anniversary Telecatser is $1899.99 USD, with case.
From a press release.