Beggars Banquet Telecaster
Fender releases the limited edition Beggars Banquet Telecaster with Rolling Stones imagery, only available from Amazon.com.
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This guitar pays tribute to Rolling Stone's album of the same name, which was released back in 1968 and became successful.
This is a welcome marketing strategy from Fender and ABKCO Music & Records, turning a fully functional guitar into an artist paraphernalia to give it a sentimental value for fans. And the good thing about it is that it is designed to be both playable and a collector's item that you can put on display.
The obvious targets of this guitar are fans, but non-fans will also find themselves curious because of the guitar's unique look and affordable price tag. Only 300 Beggars Banquet Telecaster guitar packages will be sold worldwide, making it a collectible item.
The top of the guitar features the "bathroom wall" album cover art that was initially rejected by the band's record company, causing the release of the album to be delayed for months. The backside of the body features the album's inner gatefold graphic that shows the Rolling Stones band themselves having a banquet. Finally, a laser-etched neck plate shows the instrument's limited edition number.
Underneath the interesting graphic is an equally interesting guitar, featuring traditional Telecaster pairing of solid alder body and a maple neck. The neck has 21 frets, fretboard radius of 9.5" and is carved to a comfortable C shape profile.
Standard Tele single-coil pickups are installed to capture the guitar's sound and it comes with a 3-position pickup selector switch with knurled chrome volume and tone knobs. Other hardware include a six-saddle string-through-body bridge and Fender cast/sealed tuning machines.
The Beggars Banquet Telecaster package comes with other interesting items most notable of which is the special edition ‘Clearly Classic’ “Beggars Banquet” album produced from the original masters and pressed on 180-gram clear vinyl. A nifty Fender branded wall hanger is also part of the package, allowing you to hang your guitar on your wall for your friends and your own amusement. Finally the package ships with a gigbag and a box adorned with Rolling Stones LP cover art.
You can get the Beggars Banquet Telecaster package for only $649.99. Head over to Amazon.com to secure one of the 300 instruments before they run out.
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