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Fender Classic Series '60s Custom Telecaster with Bigsby Electric Guitar

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This Custom version of the '60s-era Fender Telecaster Guitar lets you bend those twangs. It's fitted with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece to give it a sty...Click To Read More About This Product

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A Tele for the guitarist who dares to be different.

This Custom version of the '60s-era Fender Telecaster Guitar lets you bend those twangs. It's fitted with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece to give it a style that is both retro and distinct. Bound alder body, rosewood fingerboard, and vintage Tele pickups.

FEATURES
  • Solid alder body (bound)
  • Bolt-on C-shaped maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 vintage frets
  • Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
  • Chrome hardware
  • Dot inlays
  • One volume, one tone, 3-way switching
  • Vintage Tele pickups
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4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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4.0

60's Bigsby Telecaster

By PwrTwang

from Central New York

Guitar is well made. All the crap about it being undependable is bull. It's a faithful recreation of Fender's kinda lame implementation of a Bigsby on a guitar. That said ... once it's tweaked properly ... the guitar rocks. I ended up slightly shimming the neck. Once the bridge height and saddle adjustment was nailed down, I used a little thread locker (red) to keep the adjustment screws from moving. Make sure the bridge has a little room to rock back and forth when you use the Bigsby. Also be sure to set the action a little on the high side ... vintage radius will not allow action to be too low if you want to bend strings. Be sure you open up the nut so the strings have room to slide, and use a lubricant (nut sauce or the like) in the slots under the strings. I swapped out the electronics for USA stuff, and the pickups (originals aren't bad) with some vintage hand wounds. Also swapped the out the mint guard with a custom shop mother-of-toilet-seat one. The guitar is stunning to look at, stays in tune forever, and has tone for days. The guitar KILLS!

 
5.0

No plain tele

By Telemaster#1

from Houston, Tx

This guitar is amazing. I mean just wonderful. I play any type of rock with this. I love the bigsby that comes with it too. I recommend to anyone. But maybe not beginners. Especially good for classic rock.

 
5.0

Bridge buzzes ... otherwise a great guitar

By Zeewilly

from Massachusetts

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This is an update from my previous review. One big negative about this guitar is the way the bridge buzzes (another reviewer calls it a "rattle"). It sounds just like a fret buzz to me. It was barely noticeable at first, but gets worse with time, and I have had no luck getting it looked at by 2 different repair shops. As long as you have your amp turned up, you don't hear it, but it totally "kills" the fun of playing this guitar when the amp is not cranked, or you are just strumming it unplugged on the back porch!

 
4.0

close, but...

By Tele lover.

from Chicago suburbs

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Very cool guitar with the binding and all and a great neck, but cheap tuners and bridge. The Bigsby is a cool looking thing, but Fender Japan put too weak a spring in the arm pivot. This causes the arm to move a lot, but the bigsby to respond only a little. Most of the movment is wasted in the arm wiggling against the spring before the shaft turns and alters the tone. Also the bridge adjustment screws and saddles could be a better setup as well.

 
5.0

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By Surf 'n guitar

from Pikeville, KY

The coolest Tele ever. The body binding really gives the "plane jane" Tele some character. The Bigsby works great, and also adds to the cool looks of this "Twang" machine. Still sounds like a Tele should, too. Fit and finish are superb. I love the maple fretboards, but this neck is slimmer and more suitable to my playing style than the fatter 50's re-issue neck -so I'll live with the rosewood. My only compaint is they should have put on a Mustang bridge instead of the rattly, clunky Jazzmaster/ Jaguar bridge. This can be easily corrected for about $30.00, though.

 
4.0

Perfect but...

By Teleman-AOR8E

from Irvine California

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This guitar is perfect, but I only wish it had a maple fret board. I have a Mexi Telecaster and an American Strat. (both with rosewood fret boards) All I want is another Tele and maybe a G & L Strat (If I have the spare $$$) Aside from that great guitar. I might change the bridge pickup, but other than that it's a keeper!

 
5.0

Swanky Guitar.

By Rockabilly Zombie

from milwaukie, OR

This Guitar is way cool, not many people have them. The bigsby is good to, it really add's to the versatility of the guitar. I would definitely buy one.the only draw back is that it dosent come with a case. and fender dosen't even make a case for it. very lame, but the guitar is amazing.

 
5.0

Great guitar... worth every penny

By Thomas Irby

from Panama City, FL

This is the first telecaster I have owned. It is beautiful and plays great. There is a slight string vibration on the bridge, but that makes no difference when you are playing through an amp. There was a little bit too much hum from the electronics when I first bought it... even more than a single-coil pickup would normally have. However, a local music shop switched out the plastic Japanese pickup switch for a metal American one. The hum was reduced substantially.

 
4.0

Extreme peaks and valleys with this one!

By James Hunnicutt

from Washington

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Well I got this guitar just under a year ago and it?s been a love-hate relationship from the word go.I?ll start with the high points.The tone is everything that you?d expect and more. I got this guitar for some authentic country twang and ?Jimmy Bryant? like tones for my speed picking ?country-jazz? kind of stuff. Tammy (I name my guitars) delivers these sounds in spades!She?s as good or better than ANY Tele I?ve had the pleasure of playing to this point in my life and I?ve played some sweet ones over the years. Definitely the sweetest neck that I?ve had on a Fender I?ve called my own for sure. Aesthetically, she?s a knock out as well! Cool retro/vintage vibe with the red sparkle and gorgeous maple neck and Bigsby wanna-be. The latter of which abruptly leads me into the not so cool traits of this guitar.If you read many of these customer reviews you will in turn repeatedly view complaints about the cheap and rattling saddle screws in the bridge of this guitar and yes, it is a bit annoying at times but only when playing un-amplified or quietly(I don't hear it through an amp) so I haven?t let that factor be a huge deterrent in my playing it. The BIG deterrent however is Fender?s cheesy Bigsby knock-off!!! I have 3 fantastic guitars with Bigsbys (Gibson ES-295, Gretcsh 6120, Gibson Les Paul Deluxe) and I play them more than anything because they are my most versatile guitars tonally and functionally speaking. I was hoping that this Tele would join the ranks. I?m a big country, rockabilly, jazz kind of guy and that Bigsby is SO important once you fall in love with it and get somewhat good at utilizing it. This Tele sits alone by herself a lot because the Figsby as we?ll call it has almost NO response to it! I was told that by swapping out the spring I can remedy this and will attempt doing so but in the mean time it is quite a downer. One has to depress the arm of this ?figsby? down a good two inches(pressing hard!) to obtain even the slightest dip in pitch. Creating that slight wiggle/vibrato requires one to get down right violent with this guitar and it?s just not worth the effort when I have my other Sweeties right there waiting with open arms. Maybe mine was just a fluke where as I haven?t seen too many complaints on here in regard to the vibrato arm?s action. Either way Bigsby lovers please be forewarned that this one (if at all like mine) will drive you crazy!!! Great tone, great playability, & great looks but as soon as I go for the ?Bigsby? down goes the guitar and I don?t pick it up again for quite awhile.

 
5.0

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By LYRISTGUITAR

from MINNESOTA

GREAT! Don't worry about the bridge sound- it's very slight- and why would you play this without an amp?????This may be my new favorite guitar! the neck is fast- the finish is beautiful- enerything is perfect. I also own the 50's reissue with bigsby and I think between the two- I prefer this one. though, it really is a close call. If you are thinking of buying this guitar- stop thinking and BUY IT!!!!!

 
4.0

A really nice guitar - FOR THE STUDIO

I really enjoy this guitar, it sounds and looks very nice. I have the sunburst. It is what you probably expect, Telecaster sound plus tremolo effect. Of the guitars that I own it has become my favorite solid body. That being said, it's not exactly road-worthy.As others have commented, there are 2 sources of buzzing, the bigsby spring and the bridge, but these can be worked out. The bigsby spring was easy to fix. The first time I changed strings I took the bigsby spring out and ran a thin band of surgical tape around the outside of both ends of the spring, trimming off excess tape with an Xacto knife. Now it sits snugly in its socket. Then, on the bridge you have to make sure that all 12 height adjustment screws are screwed in snugly. Unfortunately this is sort of an ongoing process because the motion of the tremelo tends to loosen them over time. Having worked through these 2 problems, there is no more buzzing on my guitar at all. But for the price I expected something a little more carefully thought out.

 
5.0

let's surf

By el Borto

from Italy

Great guitar, very easy and fun to play, it sounds like it comes from the 60's, it doesn't buzz at all, the tremolo works great. Well, it depends on what kinfd of music you play, but if you want a vintage sound and look, GET IT!

 
4.0

Not Bad

By Hoss

from Minnesota

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I think the bigsby on this can drive someone nuts. It is hard to string and goes out of tune with every slight depress. So, I bought Fender's locking tuners, and now it is east to string and stays in tune. Oh yeah, I replaced the pickups with Texas Specials and placed a 4-way American switch in it because it had a cheap Japanese one in it. So if you like to customize your guitars, buy this one. It looks pretty and you'll have to mod it to play live successfully on stage for more than one song.

 
5.0

amazing guitar

By Kevin-Ho0Xz

from New York City

one of the nicest sounding guitars I've ever owned. I've never had trouble with the bigsby when it comes to going out of tune. The only bad thing i can say is changing the strings is a pain.

 
4.0

Beautiful Fender Tele

By Arizona Mike

from Goodyear, AZ

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This work of art arrived in pristine condition. Neck needs to be adjusted. Not enough bow and the strings all buzz. Low E and A brdge saddles needed adjustment for intonation, the rest were fine. Bisgby does not make strings go out of tune. No manual, warranty card or hang tags included. Small allen key for bridge saddles came with guitar. I got the candy apple red and is it gorgous. This thing weighs a ton though, at least 10 lbs. Neck p/u is weak and feeds back at high volume. Sustains forever. Played it through my Fender 59 Bassman LTD reissue and couldn't believe the punch/sound it put out, vintage Fender all the way. For the price it should of least came with a gig bag. Neck has a good feel and doesn't get sticky. Tuners aren't the best but they're probobly just like the originals. I love this Tele and can't decide whether to play it or just stare at it? Made in Japan but compares to my American Fender reissues in quality craftsmanship.

 
5.0

An awesome vintage replica

By Zeewilly

from Massachusetts

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I purchased the three-color sunburst 60s telecaster with Bigsby vibrato in 2005. This guitar is made in Japan with expert craftmanship and flawless construction. They have done a great job giving this guitar a vintage look too. You can see this in the Kluson-style tuners, the tint of the varnish on the neck and headstock, pickups, top-hat switch, and obviously the late-60s/early 70s vibrato unit (a Bigsby unit with the classic Fender "f" stamped on it). It has a surprisingly light double-bound alder body, and a relatively slim neck that I have found easy to play. While it has that classic tele feel to it, you get some very different sounds thanks to the specially-designed bridge and absence of the string-through body. I consider this guitar well worth the money!

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