Fender Unveils the Rarities Series Chambered Flame Top Telecaster

The guitar features a chambered, two-piece roasted alder body with a natural flame maple top and a pair of Tim Shaw-designed pickups.

Corona, CA (July 9, 2019) -- Combining exotic tonewoods with premium pickups and appointments, the limited-edition Rarities Collection creates a truly unique musical experience. The Rarities Flame Maple Top Chambered Telecaster features a chambered, two-piece roasted alder body with a natural flame maple top, separated by a black center stripe. The Tim Shaw custom-designed 50s vintage-style bridge pickup adds a hotter classic voice to the sweet-sounding ShawBucker 1T humbucking pickup in the neck position.

Features:

  • Two-piece chambered roasted alder and flame maple body
  • Tim Shaw-designed single-coil Tele bridge pickup; ShawBucker 1T humbucking neck pickup
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile; 9.5”-radius fingerboard
  • Vintage-style hardware; vintage-style Tele bridge with three compensated steel saddles
  • Includes vintage-style hardshell case

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