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Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster

Just think about it for a moment, it must be a really amazing position to be in.  You are a great guitarist and you are able to challenge your favourite guitar manufacturer to make your dream guitar.  All you then have to do is sit back and wait for the results.  If only hey.  But if you are good enough and lucky enough you may well be immortalised by featuring in the Fender Signature series which is exactly what happened to Jim Adkins.  In this particular case the collaboration between Jim Adkins and Fender has led to the Jim Adkins JA-90 thinline Telecaster.

Jim Adkins has gained quite a reputation as the lead singer and guitarist for Jimmy Eat World an American rock band.  The band, formed in 1993 were originally a punk rock outfit.  However, over the years they have changed to a more commercial rock sound leading to greater popular and critical acclaim.  But don’t be fooled Jimmy Eat World have never really lost elements of their punk rock beginnings.  If you have never heard their music we can recommend their latest album Damage released earlier this year.


So what does the Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster have to offer?

The design remit for Fender was to produce a bespoke version of Jim Adkins’ old Fender TC90 and the result we think is a pretty great looking and versatile guitar.

The Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster is, as the name suggests based on the traditional Fender Telecaster but with some great additions.  The body is a semi hollow design which gives the guitar a warm and rich resonance either plugged in or played acoustically.  The wood for construction is ash and the model we are playing has a great see through crimson paint job which really suits the look and feel of the guitar.  The neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard fitted with 22 jumbo frets.  The neck profile is the standard Fender modern C shape with a width at the nut of 42 mm.  The neck itself is a great feeling and quick playing neck which would suit most playing styles.

The Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster is armed with a couple of Seymour Duncan pick-ups which can be selected through a 3 position toggle switch.  The volume and tone for each of the pick-ups can be controlled independently as there are individual controls for each pick-up.  Looking at the pick-ups in more detail The Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster comes armed with two great sounding Seymour Duncan soap-bar pick-ups.  There is a Seymour Duncan SP90-1NRWRP Vintage P-90 in the neck position and a SP90-3B Custom P-90 in the bridge position.  The selection of these two pick-ups by Jim Adkins and the Fender team gives the guitar a great sonic range allowing you to produce some really sweet sounds both clean and distorted.  This gives the guitar greater versatility, possibly giving a broader appeal.

The collaboration between Jim Adkins and Fender has produced, in my opinion a fantastic looking guitar that plays well and should appeal to a wide audience.  As with all Fender Signature models the construction and build quality is first class but this is not reflected too badly in the price that you have to pay to get hold of the Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster.  Is this Jim Adkins’ dream guitar, well I guess only Jim Adkins can answer that question.  But I think it must be pretty close.

 
Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster Electric Guitar
BodySemi-Hollow Ash
BridgeAdjusto-Matic Bridge with Anchored-Tailpiece
NeckMahogany
Frets22 Medium Jumbo frets
FretboardRosewood
Neck ShapeC shape
Scale length25.5" (648 mm)
Nut width1.65" (42 mm)
Bridge pickupSeymour Duncan SP90-3B Custom P-90
Neck pickupSeymour Duncan SP90-1NRWRP Vintage P-90
Pickup switching3 way toggle switch
Controls1 volume and 1 tone control for each pick-up
HardwareChrome
Recommended retail price£743
If you love this guitarBuy it now for £565

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