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Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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  • Basswood body
  • One-piece maple neck
  • '60s U-shape neck profile
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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

  • Basswood body
  • One-piece maple neck
  • '60s U-shape neck profile
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • Master volume and tone controls
  • Strat-o-Tele Switching with S-1™ Switch plus 5-way pickup switching with S-1 switch
  • Special-design James Burton blade pickups
  • American Vintage Strat string-thru hardtail bridge
  • Gold Plated Deluxe Sealed Tuning Machines with pearl or black chrome buttons
  • Gold plated hardware
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 1.650" nut width
  • Special '60's U-shape neck
  • Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel strings (.009 to .042)
  • Includes Strap, Cable, Vintage-style tweed Fender case, Meguiar's Mist and Wipe Kit

The only axe good enough for the man who's played alongside Elvis, Gram Parsons, Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard, as well as Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Order yours now!

 
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FenderArtist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Recording (3)

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    (1 of 1 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...

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    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.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Stellar!

    By sicklix95

    from Bossier city, LA

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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    (2 of 2 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!!

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best single coil guitar available

    By OttoMatick

    from Seattle

    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.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender gota it right!

    By Mandrake

    from Virginia

    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.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    can't pt it down

    By D.B.-EihLV

    from Charleston,WV

    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.

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    (3 of 4 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

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent guitar

    By Gavan

    from Spring, Texas

    Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    If you are a fan of James Burton then this guitar is a must have for your collection. the S-1 Switch is great for an almost infinite sound selection. The the 3 single coil pickups sets it apart from other telecasters. The flames and gold hardware look great. The only problem I have had is the S-1 button on mine kept falling off because the tubing that holds it into place did not hold it securely.Other then that this guitar sounds great and looks great.

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    (1 of 1 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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