This instrument represents the prototype model for an upcoming run of Fender Custom Shop guitars, built exclusively for Make’n Music in Chicago.
The Fender Custom Shop “Telemaster” is based on an
early-fifties Esquire/Telecaster platform with a Jazzmaster
body shape. Although this model never went into production,
these guitars were designed to look like some
kind of “lost NAMM Show prototype” from the Pre-CBS
era, and they certainly would have been perfectly at
home in any vintage Fender catalog. A “sixties” version
will also be available.
While it may look and feel like a vintage instrument,
the Telemaster was designed from the ground up to
be a true player’s guitar with both obvious and discrete
features. For tonal versatility two additional, specially
designed pickups are stealthily hidden underneath the
pickguard and the reverse mounted control plate puts
the volume and tone knobs in the perfect position for
quick adjustments. And a 5-way selector switch provides
modern switching ability. Additional player friendly specifications
include a lightweight ash body, custom Make’n
Music neck profile with 1-1 1/16" nut width, 9.5" fingerboard
radius and 6105 frets.
As seen throughout this issue of Premier Guitar, there have
been countless takes on the flagship models of Fender.
Whether you’re looking for a Stratocaster, Telecaster,
Telemaster, Telstar or just a new guitar whose cavities and
components haven’t yet been customized, chances are
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