Fender releases new American Vintage Telecaster models
(John Gorbe | Posted 2011-07-14)
The Fender Telecaster is a legendary instrument made popular by country guitarists for it’s unmistakable “twang.” It’s a versatile instrument that’s used for a variety of styles of music. Even Jimmy Page used a Telecaster for his classic recordings with Led Zeppelin! Simply put, it’s a workhorse of a guitar.
Fender is releasing three new Telecasters as part of their American Vintage Series. These new guitars are fully equipped with redesigned features and re-voiced to produce classic '60’s and '70’s sounds.
First, we have the American Vintage ’69 Telecaster Thinline (pictured at top). The '69 ($2399.99 MSRP) features a semi-hollow mahogany body with f hole and gloss lacquer finish; C-shape maple neck with gloss lacquer finish; maple fingerboard; American Vintage Telecaster single-coil neck and bridge pickups with three-position switching, vintage-style three-saddle strings-through-body Telecaster bridge, “top hat” pickup switch tip and vintage-style “F” tuners.
Next up is the American Vintage ’72 Telecaster Thinline. This instrument ($2399.99 MSRP) features period-correct details such as a semi-hollow ash body with f hole; maple fingerboard; Fender Wide Range humbucking neck and bridge pickups, vintage-style Stratocaster strings-through-body hardtail bridge, a three-bolt neck plate with Micro-Tilt adjustment, bullet truss rod nut and vintage-style “F” tuners.
Last but not least, Fender tastefully crafted the American Vintage '72 Telecaster Custom ($1999.99MSRP). This guitar features a solid ash body with gloss lacquer finish; C-shaped maple neck with gloss lacquer finish; maple fingerboard; American Vintage single-coil telecaster bridge pickup, three-position switch with aged white tip, and a vintage-style three-saddle strings-through-body telecaster bridge.
A few artists playing Fender guitars are: Andy Summers, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, G.E. Smith, Greg Koch, James Burton, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore and Robin Trower.