Fender have taken a bold step with the re-design of the classic Telecaster. But do they get the vote of approval for the double cutaway Telecaster?
Fender have certainly taken a bold step with the launch the of the double cutaway Telecaster.
The other day an email from the Fender team popped into my inbox and I was interested to read its content. The email was announcing the latest guitar in the Fender 10 for ’15 collection. I was interested to see that Fender have experimented with a radical re-design of the iconic Telecaster body shape and created the double cutaway Telecaster. Launched in the 50s, first as the Broadcaster and then later as the Telecaster, the distinctive shape of the Telecaster is, for many of us, what drew us to the guitar in the first place. So it is a very bold step indeed to tamper with a classic.
Launched as part of the Fender 10 for ’15 collection the double cutaway telecaster is indeed a unique twist on the classic. The 10 for ’15 collection is a limited run of classic Fender guitars which have been given a little bit of a modern re-interpretation.
The double cutaway telecaster is the 5th guitar in the series and has caused a bit of a stir as it is the first of the 5 guitars which has been given a body re-design.
I must admit the design is eye catching and the finish looks superb. The double cutaway Telecaster body is cut from ash and has been given a butterscotch blonde finish. The sound is classic Telecaster with a Custom Shop Twisted Tele single-coil neck pickup and a vintage-style Custom Shop single-coil Telecaster pickup. A maple neck, standard bridge set-up, 3 way blade pickup selector and master tone and volume controls this is classic Telecaster territory.
To see the double cutaway Telecaster in action check out the video below.
As I wrote earlier it is a bold step that Fender have taken by re-designing the body of the Telecaster in such a dramatic way. Some might not like it but I think I would have to say that I think that as an experiment Fender have really created something special. To find out more about the Fender double cutaway Telecaster or about the 10 for ’15 collection check out the Fender website.
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