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Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar Red Paisley Flames 888365826769 (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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

Grab this versatile signature model. Order today.

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FenderArtist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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5.0

Best guitar in half century of playing

By Russ

from Hill Country, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I've had many guitars, especially telecasters which are my favorite. The Burton tele is as near perfect as a guitar can be. Best neck pickup I've had -- super versatile from sparky to fat. The middle pickup is never weedy sounding (as they can tend to be) and sings sweetly when driven. The bridge pickup is clear and awesomely never shrill. I'd note these are particularly clean sounding pickups -- they will fatten up with overdrive but always retain a lot of their core sound. If you're a telecaster purist you will be surprised how well these non-telecaster-standard pickups do that tele twang. The tones, across the board, are to die for. (I play a clean amp, fender, and slight overdrive via Klon pedal, and that's all).

      The neck shape is my ideal - a slightly Deep D shape that is not huge but it has some mass. The basswood body was a nice surprise -- love the way it rings when unplugged. (Note - Jeff Becks main Strat is also basswood body, and likely not by sheer chance). Setup: near perfect, but I raised the pickups a tad. Weight is not heave but not super light. Mine is 7.7 lbs. an they range from 7.5 to the low 8s.

      Either you like the body flames or you don't. I didn't, but had to have this. They've grown on me in the 4 months I've had the guitar. I do wish there was a normal tele finish option with pick guard etc. But to be clear, even if the guitar had dog do-do painted on it, I'd still buy it.

      After 4 months and many hours, I love this guitar more than any I've ever had (and wow there's been a lot). It's not even close to a tie. If I ever had have just one guitar, this would be the one, and with no remorse!

      I'll say this about the artist signature fender guitars --- I've owned a Beck, two claptons, g.e. Smith, and others. I've owned custom shop items. They're all nice. But: Mr James Burton has designed a guitar that beats them all in tone and versatility. Hands down. This is a real steal at the $1600 price level

      (1 of 1 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!!

         
        5.0

        Ultimate Tone Guitar

        By ULTRACASTER

        from SI, NEW YORK

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender Artist Series James Burton Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          The best Electric Guitar I have ever owned...Great feel and sounds amazing...3 in 1 guitar ..Les and Strat and Tele...!!!!...Line 6 tube Amp ...or Fender Spider 3 v.2...sounds amazing through both..

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By bluesman

          from ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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...

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar

          By Tommydee

          from Glendale, AZ

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          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.

          (7 of 8 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.

          (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!!

          (11 of 11 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.

          (4 of 5 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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          can't pt it down

          By Dave C

          from South 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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