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Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar  Blue Paisley Flames 

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Made for chicken pickin' and slick slidin'.

The Fender James Burton Telecaster pays homage to the famed Nashville guitarist whose studio contributions figure in some of the biggest records of all time. The basswood body is fitted with three special pickups designed to James Burton's specifications and its unique five-way Strat-o-Tele switching plus the S-1 switch gives you seven pickup configurations. The U-shaped '60s maple neck has a maple fingerboard, gold-plated deluxe tuners with pearl or black chrome buttons, and vintage-style frets. The string-thru-body, hardtail bridge delivers lots of resonant sustain. Includes case.

5-Position Strat-o-Tele switching with S-1:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in parallel (series w/ S-1 down)
Position 3. Bridge and Neck Pickup in parallel
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in parallel (series w/ S-1 down)
Position 5. Neck Pickup

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FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Basswood
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s U
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: Specially Designed James Burton
  • Middle: Specially Designed James Burton
  • Bridge: Specially Designed James Burton
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: S-1 switching
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle string through body
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Gold
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Signature model
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Strap, cable
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderArtist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (8)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best single coil guitar available

I got very lucky and purchased the last red paisley flames they had for the '08 holiday season. This guitar rocks from Muddy Waters blues to the Elvis stuff James Burton played and beyond...Read complete review

I got very lucky and purchased the last red paisley flames they had for the '08 holiday season. This guitar rocks from Muddy Waters blues to the Elvis stuff James Burton played and beyond to ZZ Top(Billy Gibbons plays a tele too). The lace sensor pickups produce the nicest tones. The S1 button gives an extra burst of tone on demand. Fit, finish and setup upon arrival was excellent. The truck trek across the country in winter weather required a truss rod adjustment. This brings me to the only con about the guitar. The truss rod is adjusted by a phillips head screw at the body end of the neck, also half hidden by the body, which means you have to loosen the neck screws and raise the neck for access. Access to the adjustment screw is also hindered by the neck pickup.I love they way it looks and how I look playing it. I love the tones produced from the lace sensors and S1 button. Fast easy neck, I got the pearl tuning heads and they look fantastic. I love the 5 way switch. I am selling my '91 Am Std Strat after getting this guitar because this does everything that does and even more. Highly recommend, zero buyers remorse here.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THIS GUITAR

The positive features of this guitar: Looks great and plays great (slim neck with a wonderful feel and action).
The negative impression: The guitar arrived with a red wire sticking out...Read complete review

The positive features of this guitar: Looks great and plays great (slim neck with a wonderful feel and action).
The negative impression: The guitar arrived with a red wire sticking out of the toggle switch plate. (See attached photos). The plate was tight and the red wire was pinched. However, I loosened the screws on the plate and sled the red wire back to a proper position and re-tightened the plate. The toggle switch and pickups seem to work fine; however, this guitar as a booster button inside the volume knob. This is supposed to boost the single coil pickups to a humbucker effect. It does that, but it is not a big difference and the sound does not jump or increase significantly. Is this the way it is designed, or is this particular guitar defective? I don't know.. I have never played this particular model before, so I have nothing to compare. This is a special signature model and is not common, so I can't go to Guitar Center and try one out and see if my guitar is comparable. I am very disappointed in the poor quality control of Fender; and I am disappointed that Musician's Friend shipped a defective guitar to me. I can return the guitar, but it will take months to reorder another James Burton Signature guitar as they are out of stock. The point is the consumer should not have to repair a new guitar upon receipt of the instrument--particularly high end and expensive instruments! I contacted Musician's Friend, and they advised me to just loosen the screws on the plate and reposition the exposed wire. I did so, but I am not confident that this guitar was not previously returned by someone; or, if someone had modified the toggle switch. I just don't know why the wire would be exposed. Musician's Friend representative did not seem concerned at all.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best single coil guitar available

By OttoMatick

from Seattle

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Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I got very lucky and purchased the last red paisley flames they had for the '08 holiday season. This guitar rocks from Muddy Waters blues to the Elvis stuff James Burton played and beyond to ZZ Top(Billy Gibbons plays a tele too). The lace sensor pickups produce the nicest tones. The S1 button gives an extra burst of tone on demand. Fit, finish and setup upon arrival was excellent. The truck trek across the country in winter weather required a truss rod adjustment. This brings me to the only con about the guitar. The truss rod is adjusted by a phillips head screw at the body end of the neck, also half hidden by the body, which means you have to loosen the neck screws and raise the neck for access. Access to the adjustment screw is also hindered by the neck pickup.I love they way it looks and how I look playing it. I love the tones produced from the lace sensors and S1 button. Fast easy neck, I got the pearl tuning heads and they look fantastic. I love the 5 way switch. I am selling my '91 Am Std Strat after getting this guitar because this does everything that does and even more. Highly recommend, zero buyers remorse here.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Stellar!

By sicklix95

from Bossier city, LA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Electronics

Cons

  • None to speak of

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I recently purchased one of these gorgeous instruments from Burton himself, and I am much more than pleased. The 5-way Strat-o-Tele lace sensor pickups make it sing like an angel and scream like a demon. This guitar is crazy versatile, allowing for a southern twang that will make Willie Nelson jealous or a breakdown so heavy that every metal head within 10 miles will come see what's up.
The neck on this guitar leaves nothing to be desired. The round neck is very reminiscent of an acoustic guitar (which I enjoy particularly) and the maple fretboard plays smoother than silk. The tuning machines are top notch, as well. No amount of harsh strumming or fierce bending will even nudge the tuning of this guitar.
Overall, the world-class workmanship, dumbfounding versatility, and spectacular performance of this guitar, make it worthy of any great musician.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By bluesman

from ohio

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Vintage Frets-

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This is a solid guitar and you really can't go wrong. I'm not a huge fan of vintage frets. It isn't a flaw with the guitar but it is something to consider if you are used to bigger frets (which most people seem to prefer these days).

Also, I was hoping the pick ups would provide a more wide range of sounds. Overall, they are solid but they are pretty "clean" sounding. Not the same as the lace sensor pick ups that were used in the clapton strat. Again, not a flaw but these pick ups seem to resist distortion. But it is a tele, so that is to be expected, I guess. Overall, a great guitar. Played great right out of the box...

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender gota it right!

By Mandrake

from Virginia

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Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Fender Telecaster Artist Series James Burton in Red paisley flames, maple neck, gold hardware, strato-tele controls, S-1 knob. Picked this axe up here and it was sent prompty and perfectly setup. THe sound is to die for. With this tele I can sound like Clapton, Keith Richards, or the man himself - James Burton. THe maple neck and medium frets are smooth and comfortable. The red flame over black finish was flawless. They must have spent extra time on these babies. Every tele lover should have one of these babies. Highly recommended.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

James Burton Telecaster upgrade

By telefan-MgjDt

from Bury, UK

Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I first saw it in blue flames in Hong Kong last year but decided against it. I saw it again last month in red flames just like the one james used in the UK last May. It is stunning, great pick ups, action and sound. I would recommend to anyone

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A GREAT INSTRUMENT

By Doublefives

from Philadelphia, Pa

Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for about 15 months. I play in a country band and this guitar does it all. The tone is amazing and I like the strat/tele switching. It's 2 guitars in one!!!!!!! It sounds great through my Fender Blues Deville 4x10 amp. The guitar has the twang, sustain and total tone control!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

can't pt it down

By Dave

from South Charleston,WV

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Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I run this guitar straight to a Fender DeVille,the tone is the best. I play classic rock and country the only effect I use is a chorus. The five way switch and the three pick ups give you many choices.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar - MIDDLE pickup is available so its 8 sounds!

By Mike

from Central Virginia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    This axe sounds great as others have noted. Is a little darker sounding than a regular tele but it is a great rich tone. OK here is the real scoop after I got it I thought why no middle pickup sound according to the marketing literature. Then I thought well is it was me I would give the middle sound with the S-1 switch engaged. Lo and behold it was there. Then i downloaded the wiring diagram and there it was in b&w - an undocumented feature. Nice going Fender!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar

    By Tommydee

    from Glendale, AZ

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    Pros

    • 5 Position Strat-tele Swi
    • Awsome sound
    • Fun To Play
    • Gold-plated Hardware
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • great price
    • Lace Pickups Are Best
    • Solid Electronics
    • Super Light Weight Guitar

    Cons

    • But Well Worth The Wait
    • Took 3 Months To Get

    Best Uses

    • Great With Cyber Twin
    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Lightest guitar I've ever owned which is a big plus when doing 5 hour gigs.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    a great guitar

    By guitarman-egC8p

    from toms river, nj

    Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    this guitar is one of the best, if not the best guitar i ever played in my life! it's very smooth, fast and comfortable to play. i never want to put it down! the 3 pickups,s-1 switch and 5 way switch give you lots of different tones to choose from. mine is pearl white and it looks great. i love it! i'm very happy i bought one. it's a little expensive, but you get what you pay for! if you have a chance to play one, please do...you'll love it too!

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