Fender Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster

Another standout from Fender's latest batch of guitars is the Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster, combining vintage design with modern modifications.

Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster

This American-Made Telecaster features a special four-way blade switch that allows for parallel and series combinations.

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To get the '50s era look and feel right, Fender utilized the same type of wood and adhered to the measurements as found on vintage instruments. It starts off with the guitar's single cutaway ash body, wrapped in Nitrocellulose lacquer finish of either butterscotch blonde or black.

The neck and fretboard is made of maple. It comes in a "D" shape neck profile that reproduces the feel of vintage Telecasters. The new Hot Rod '50s Telecaster has 21 Narrow jumbo frets and black dot inlays that run along its 25.5" scale length. Fender equipped the guitar with a bone nut with a Nutwidth measurement of 1.650".

A Custom Shop Single-Coil Broadcaster pickup was used on the bridge position while the neck position has the Fender "Wide Range" humbucker. This SH configuration allows for a slightly fatter sound on the neck position that will make the Tele appeal to modern players.

As part of the Hot Rod Series, this guitar features a modified pickup switching circuit. Instead of a basic 3-position selector, Fender had this guitar come with a 4-position blade switch with barrel tip. The switch will let you utilize the he bridge pickup alone, both pickups in parallel, neck pickup alone and both pickups in series. Two basic knurled chrome dome knobs let you control the volume and tone of your instrument.

Other features of this guitar include a 3-saddle American vintage strings-through-body design bridge, adjustable brass saddles, Gotoh vintage-style locking tuners, locking strap buttons and a 1-ply black Bakelite pickguard.

The MSRP for the Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster is $2,799.99. You can visit Fender for other details.

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