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Fender Tele-Bration Empress Telecaster with Case

Great for old-school guitar enthusiasts, this lightweight, empress wood Telecaster from Fender is sure to stand out in any guitar collection. (1) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Fender Empress Telecaster Honeyburst

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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
C-shaped neck profile Comfortable, rounded oval shape
Maple neck and fretboard Bright, even tone with long sustain
Hot Tele pickups with Alnico 3 magnets Twangy, single-coil tone with more output & warmth
Fender Greasebucket tone circuit Rolls off highs without adding bass

Product Description

Ancient mythology holds that the fabled Phoenix bird will only land amid the branches of the Empress tree when a good ruler is in power. Lightweight Empress wood has long been used in the Far East for traditional stringed instruments (such as the Japanese koto and Korean gayageum zithers). The tree eventually found its way to the Southeastern United States, from which comes this amazing new super-lightweight Telecaster model.

On its 1951 introduction, the Telecaster was a revolutionary instrument that would usher in whole new eras of musical innovation and excitement. Sixty years later, in 2011, it is an archetypal electric guitar with a long and storied history. The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the Telecaster, and they're celebrating its 60th anniversary all year with12 very special "Tele-bration" models that stay inside the Telecaster's famously elegant lines while offering the finest and most unusual takes on the instrument's past, present and future.

Shown in Honeyburst finish.

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- Series: Tele-bration
- Body Shape: Telecaster
- Body Material: Empress
- Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
- Neck: Maple, Modern "C" Shape
- Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane Front, Satin Urethane Back
- Fretboard: Maple
- Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.13 cm)
- Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
- Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
- Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
- Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
- String Nut: Synthetic Bone
- Truss Rod: Bi-Flex Truss Rod System
- Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series Nut
- Pickups:
- Hot Tele Single-Coil Pickup with Alnico 3 Magnets (Bridge)
- Hot Tele Single-Coil Pickup with Alnico 3 Magnets (Neck)
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade:
- Position 1. Bridge Pickup
- Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
- Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Controls:
- Master Volume
- Master Greasebucket Tone Circuit (rolls offhigh without adding bass)
- Special Electronics: Greasebucket Tone Circuit (rolls off high without adding bass)
- Hardware: Chrome
- Tuning Keys: Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
- Bridge: Vintage Style 3-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Tele Bridge
- Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome
- Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment (8-Hole)
- Strings: Fender USA 250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
- Included Accessories:
- Cable
- Strap
- Polishing Cloth
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-488-1818
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Outstanding, unique telecaster"
Overall: I started playing guitar twenty years ago. My first electric guitar was a Japanese Fender 1983 top loading telecaster. Since then, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for telecasters. I own another one that has been heavily modified and plays like a dream. I have always been in the market for a USA Fender Telecaster and I am glad that I waited and purchased this one. I unpacked it and it was about a half step flat but after tuning the setup from the factory was amazing. I went over it with a careful attention to detail and there was not a single finish flaw, every fret was polished smooth and immaculate. The Vintage White finish is flawless and perfect on the example that I received. The gloss fretboard and satin neck are pleasing to the eye, feel great and play like butter. I am not sure I like the new Fender standard cases but they are most definitely robust and will protect the guitar. I got spoiled with the G&G cases. The first thing I noticed is how light this guitar was. The second is how well it rings and sustains acoustically. I was already impressed. Then I plugged into my Vibro-lux Reverb and played away. I could not get a bad sound out of the guitar. It chorded with big, ringing chimey-ness that put a smile on my face. The bridge quacks and clucks, the neck finds a mellow blue note tone and the middle just brings it all together. I cranked up the amp and overdrove it a bit and it snapped and snarled and played nice chunky rhythm. The lead tones could cut through anything but did not have a pitch that would make the ears bleed like some of the alder bodied examples sometimes do. Other than the normal hum one comes to expect and love from single coils (and there was not much hum to speak of even at high volumes, this baby is pretty quiet) there was no noise at all, no popping or cracking with the pickup selector moving and no scratchiness in the volume or tone pot. New guitars can sometimes do that until they get settled into being used. Both functioned remarkably and make the instrument very responsive. I ran it through my Mesa Boogie F-50 and loved it even more. This Telecaster is a great guitar, most definitely worth the money I spent and will fit the bill no matter what style of music I decide to play with it. I am completely happy and impressed with it. I would recommend one to anyone who is thinking of getting one of these limited production Tele-bration guitars.
Style of Music: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Rockabilly, Funk, really everything but rap.
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