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Fender Artist Series Joe Strummer Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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    Equal parts tribute and roadworthy rocker.

    From Fender®'s Artist Series, this Telecaster features an alder body with a maple "C" shape neck, rosewood fingerboard and 2 vintage style single-coil Tele® pickups with alnico magnets.

    Designed in cooperation with the Strummer estate, the Joe Strummer electric guitar has a highly distressed "road-worn" treatment that duplicates the original's worn-to-the-wood layers of gray auto primer and flat black spray paint. It also features a "Revolution Rock" engraved neckplate and a limited edition art customization kit that includes Strummer-inspired stencils, stickers and graphics by designer Shepard Fairey.

    Strummer was, of course, the Clash's articulate and fiery co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer; he later founded, recorded and toured with the Mescaleros. All his life, he vigorously championed individuality, self-expression and change--tenets often reflected in the constantly altered look of his favorite instrument--his Telecaster (currently on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland), an otherwise standard '60s-era model with all the original parts and specifications.

    When Strummer bought it in 1975 for é120, the guitar had a Three-color Sunburst finish. He was having none of that, of course, but his improvised DIY gray and black "finishes" deteriorated quickly, giving the Telecaster its distinctive look. Like Strummer's music, the battered electric guitar changed constantly--plastered as it was with stencils, stickers and new paint jobs through the many stages of Strummer's life and career.

    To celebrate Strummer's fierce sense of individuality, Fender and acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey collaborated on the new guitar's limited edition Joe Strummer Telecaster customization kit, which includes stencils and stickers inspired by the custom designs Strummer decorated many of his instruments with. The kit comes in a classic 12" album cover featuring graphics by Fairey and photography by Bob Gruen and will accompany the first 1,500 guitars.

    The legacy of Joe Strummer (1952-2002) continues to live on, grow louder and shake up the establishment with the release of the Joe Strummer Telecaster, modeled after the beat up and battle-hardened '66 Tele® he wielded as leader of "the only band that matters"--seminal Brit punk commando unit the Clash.

    Features
    • Body: Alder
    • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
    • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 7.25" Radius (184mm)
    • Frets: 21 Vintage Style Frets
    • Pickups: 2 Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele® Pickups with Alnico Magnets (Neck & Bridge)
    • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
    • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade:
    • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
    • Position 3. Neck Pickup
    • Bridge: Vintage Style 3-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Tele Bridge
    • Machine Heads: Fender®/Ping® Vintage Style Tuning Machines
    • Hardware: Distressed Chrome
    • Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
    • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
    • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
    • Unique Features: Revolution Rock Neckplate, Road Worn Finish, Art Customization Kit (First 1500 Units Only)
    • Kit Contains: Joe Strummer 12" Album Cover, Art Print, Stencil Sheet, Sticker Sheet, Template, Instructions and Bio.
    • Strings: Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel,
    • Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046),

    Order this unique Tele and Rock the Casbah - or wherever your music takes you.

     
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    4.8

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    My comfortable new best friend

    I bought this about a month ago as a collectible being that I am infected with GAS, Guitar Acquisition Syndrome. What I didn't expect was how comfortable this Tele is! It is a...Read complete review

    I bought this about a month ago as a collectible being that I am infected with GAS, Guitar Acquisition Syndrome. What I didn't expect was how comfortable this Tele is! It is a Tele to be sure but it begs to be played! You don't have to worry about scratching it or denting it, which allows me to relax when I play it. I play it thru a Peavey Classic and it just blows me away. Crisp and clean, growls from the 50's, soft and delicate, whatever your pleasure with a Tele is, it's here. My overall opinion is that it is so damned comfortable to play, like a an old broken in Tele. It is a solid sinner. Neck frets perfectly and the pu's give you all the strenth and power you expect from a Tele. Forget it is made in Mexico, you can't tell the difference as I own alot of Tele's that are USA made. It is as ugly as a mud fence but soon becomes beautiful as you play it. Strong like an adirondack ball bat. Tough little cookie. You sure don't have to baby it. Sweat all over it then wipe it off. It is indestructable and transmits that feeling to you as you play it. You ain't going to wear it out! If you want a real broken in Tele grab one of these while they are available. If you are a collector you can't go wrong and at this price you will realize a decade from now what an investment this is!

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    Not again

    Please this guitar looks like a weekend project for a hack that knows what a beat up tele should looklike but definately not what it should play like.This is like way overdone...with the...Read complete review

    Please this guitar looks like a weekend project for a hack that knows what a beat up tele should looklike but definately not what it should play like.This is like way overdone...with the relicing with a rather cheap and not very good neck.I played this through every worthwhile amp and sat with it for at least 45 min. This guitar has depth and even worse no personality.I wish they would stop making these relics and get to some real guitar building.

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    5.0

    Diamond in the Rough

    By ewokultra

    from Hudson Valley

    I picked up this guitar in used condition in my Local Guitar Shop. I could not believe how great the neck felt. I was not in the market for a new guitar, but after spending a few hours rocking out in the shop, I could find absolutely nothing I did not like about this guitar. The neck is super fast and fits perfectly in the hand. The tone of the guitar is superb. They made a great one down in Mexico.

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    5.0

    BEST GUITAR EVER!

    By Rican

    from Denver CO

    I made the purchase on a whim, as soon as I discovered it was discontinued I had to have it. The neck is incredibly fast and has a nice broken in feel. The tone is so beyond any other guitar Ive ever owned or played, extremely crisp and clear. This is the best guitar Ive ever owned, or even played, it makes everything played through it INCREDIBLE! kudos to fender for a relic in the true spirit of punk rock, and thank you to Joe Strummer for inspiring it!

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    5.0

    never thought i would like a tele

    By bsabolsky

    from Philadelphia,PA

    I'm a old school metalhead,I played only metal guitars.I couldn't believe how good this guitar sounded.The clean was awesome,and the distortion was pretty good as well.It brought out the punk in me.RIP Joe

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    5.0

    have one, love it

    Wife bought it for christmas of 07. First thing that appealled to her was the finish, and that it would set apart from my other guitars, strats, teles, and lps. I plugged it in my super reverb fender and was blown away by the tone and sound. It has been used the most since I got it, the only complaint was that adjusting the neck and bridge was almost impossible due to the rust on the screws. I had to soak the screws for about 2 hours to allow me to adjust it. Now it plays like it should and can't stop playing it.

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    5.0

    Perfection

    By RyanDuty

    from Willis, MI

    I've owned 20 guitars now. This is by far the best playing, best sounding guitar I've ever owned. I've had ESP's, Schecter's, Ibanez's, Gibsons', Danelectro's, Steinberger's, and Squier's. Fender is SUPERIOR. I was skeptical about the price and value, but this tele exceeded my expectations. It is worth 3 times the amount they ask for it.

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    5.0

    Joe Strummer Tele

    By Zee Lowell Says...

    from Toronto, Ontario

    I've had many guitars, mostly Fender Teles and Strats. This Strummer Tele is an amazing deal and very good quality. I'm Glad to see the Mexican Fenders becoming a better quality guitar every time. The Classic Players are an amazing deal also.

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    5.0

    Amazing guitar!

    By BillyC

    from Marlborough MA

    I played a few of these and was blown away by the necks. They really are an amazing replica of a 1966 Fender neck profile. I have a real '66 Strat and the necks are identical! Truly a perfect feel. This guitar is a tribute to Joe Strummer's Telecaster, not intended to be a perfect replica. It captures that feeling perfectly, and sounds and plays fabulously! My only "gripe" would be that the relicing on the paint finish is very smooth- but you don't have to baby the guitar so it will ding up nicely!I have about 12 Teles and this is now my favorite!

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    4.0

    Great Gutar, not too great price

    By Ange

    from San Franciscon, Ca.

    I was really excited to get this guitar. I didnt expect too much though since it is a made in mexico tele. I was pleasantly surprised when I finaly got it because this guitar plays about as good as any guitar I've owned! Fast, comfortable neck, easy acces to all the frets, killer feeling neck, and nice crisp tone. I would buy another one without a doubt if something ever happend to this one.

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    5.0

    Unbelievable

    By Dospolar64

    from Albuquerque, NM

    Recently saw this wonderful guitar in my local guitar store and had to have it! It has the best neck I have ever played. It is so unique that I catch myself staringat it. It is one of the best guitars I have ever played. Thanks Fender.

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    3.0

    Not again

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Please this guitar looks like a weekend project for a hack that knows what a beat up tele should looklike but definately not what it should play like.This is like way overdone...with the relicing with a rather cheap and not very good neck.I played this through every worthwhile amp and sat with it for at least 45 min. This guitar has depth and even worse no personality.I wish they would stop making these relics and get to some real guitar building.

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