Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe
Fender recently released the Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe, a humbucker equipped signature Telecaster for the Foo Fighters guitarist.
This signature guitar is part of Fender's Foo Fighters signature instruments, along with the Nate Mendel P Bass.
This new Fender signature guitar is based on Chris Shiflett's personal Telecaster which he built using various parts. Fender and Shiflett set out to create a guitar that can provide the high output rock requirements of Foo Fighters and yet have enough sensitivity to handle Chris' passion for country music with his side project band - Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants.
Nate and Chris seems to have the same liking for traditionally shaped guitars, the Precision base for Nate and the Telecaster for Chris. So to get his signature guitar started, Fender used traditional Alder wood with Arctic white polyester finish, cut to the familiar Telecaster shape.
The neck of the guitar is topped by a Rosewood fretboard and features 21 medium jumbo frets all along its 25.5" scale length. The head stock is reminiscent of the larger '70s era Fender with the matching Vintage F style tuning machines.
To provide the necessary high gain sound that Chris requires, the Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe is equipped with two new custom-designed pickups - a CS1 Humbucker on the neck and CS2 Humbuclker on the bridge. These pickups are specifically designed to produce the tone that Shiflett prefers, and they provide a modern contrast visually and sonically to the traditional look and sound of an alder bodied Telecaster. A 3 way pickup toggle will let you switch between pickups and each one has its own dedicated volume and tone knobs.
Chris and Fender chose to equip the guitar with a Hard Tail Strings-Thru-Body saddle bridge. The Arctic white finish is offset by the guitar's four-ply pearl pickguard and Chrome themed hardware.
Here is the official product video of the Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe:
There is no US pricing yet but you can get one online for £509.00. For more information, you can visit Fender.
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