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Fender Special Edition Koa Telecaster Electric Guitar   

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This Special Edition Koa Telecaster electric guitar combines vintage purity and a custom look. The koa top, with its beautiful grain visible through ...Click To Read More About This Product

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At last, they've topped the Telecaster.

This Special Edition Koa Telecaster electric guitar combines vintage purity and a custom look. The koa top, with its beautiful grain visible through an antique burst finish, lends a look of understated elegance that is enhanced by a birdseye maple neck. Its other features are a mix of modern and vintage: modern C-shape neck profile, vintage-style 3-saddle bridge, Seymour Duncan pickups, oversized strap buttons, rosewood fretboard with medium jumbo frets and pearl dots, and a single-ply black pickguard. It's a Tele anyone can love: uptown yet true to its roots.

  • Alder body with koa top
  • Birdeye maple neck with modern C profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 9-1/2" radius and pearl dot inlays
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Vintage-style bridge with 3 saddles
  • Chrome hardware
  • Cast/sealed tuners
  • Single-ply black pickguard
  • Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro pickups (APTR-1 neck, APTL-1 bridge)
  • 3-position blade switch

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great guitar!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have been playing this tele for about 6 months now and its got to be one of the nicest guitars in its price range. Obviously youre not getting american made quality and some of the wiring might need to be fixed up after a while. But for the $ payed for it, nothing's better. tried lots of different strats and telecasters, but this guitar just looked and felt the best. paired with a fender hot rod deluxe, you can get some sweet tone. get it while it lasts


find a good one

By Ben-a2X3P

from Jamaica Plain, MA

Love the antique burst koa- that's what attracted me first. I played two of these in a store- and it was night and day. One had a boring looking and paler neck that played like crap, it just felt terrible. The other played smooth and great, and it had very nice birdseye patterns in the wood on top of that. Maybe since it's made in Korea, the quality of each guitar, at least those two guitars, varied a great deal. I would try one out in a store first.I can get great country/altcountry/roots whatever tone with this. Obviously this is not a super versatile guitar stylewise (in terms of playability OR tone) but it does those certain things really well.



By Santacaster

from Hamilton , Ontario, Canada

I love the instrument. Beautiful to look at and to play. My question! How do you keep it in tune. I use .009 to .042 guage strings. I have been setting up guitars for over 40 years and this is as hard a unit to keep in tune as I have ever experienced. One 12 Bar solo and one must re-tune. Not cool when you are on stage. I have owned L-5 Gibsons. Byrdland and ES 355's. Gretsch and Fender Strats and none are any nicer to play than the Koa Telecaster. I presently use a Skyhawk G&L Strat (1989) and a Taylor 810 acoustic. Very little tuning needed. Any help with my problem would be greatly appereciated. Other than the tuning hassles it is just a great axe.

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Great guitar

By thefoxderby

from Houston, TX.

I bought this guitar on a whim a few months ago. I was blown away by its beauty. I love the koa top and the birdseye maple neck. Not to mention I use seymour duncans in all of my guitars, so I didn't have to change pickups. It sounds better that any other tele I can remember playing. I usually feel that they sound thin and don't have any bottom end, but that is not the case with this guitar. I enjoy playing it more than my american strat with seymour duncans.


A Great Tele...

By Telefuel

from Virginia

I am dyed in the wool USA made, tube snob guitar slinger with enough years and guitars under my belt to leave an unbiased review. This is a GREAT guitar, made in Korea that dispels any overseas product quality issues I ever had. The fit and finish are excellent, the Duncan's are nice and the neck is gorgeous birdseye. The koa top and tight rosewood fretboard are gorgeous. I own numersous Les Paul's, Strats, and 335's. This represents the Tele line very well.


Great and Versatile

By Mark-X_rq6

from San Marcos, Texas

Great guitar for the money. I play in a texas country band in Texas, this guitar serves its purpose and gets the job done. I play it through a mesa boogie dual rectifier and i can get many tones and unique sounds from this guitar. my favorite thing about it is the look. The Koa wood makes this guitar unique. Great buy and great price!


she's the one

By telemaster11

from dayton, OH

when i went out lookin for a guitar, i was lookin for that guitar to sorta grow up with. all great musicians have their one instrument that stays with them and i wanted that too. so i found my koa. my band plays southern metal so i really wanted a telecaster for obvious reasons. i played every telecaster fender offers and none had the perfect twang and the beautifully compressed drive of this guitar. the neck is super comfortable and the tone is unmatched. honestly yall need to buy this guitar. you cannot find anythin nearly as good as good as this instrument for the price. and to be honest, even though its korean made, it played better then the americans. this is the best buy in all of guitars. yall need this.



By ObsessiveGuitarrist

from Guaynabo, PR

I tried this Koa telecaster at my local guitar store. It is pretty incredible. I played it through a Line 6 amp (since it's what I own) and it sounded incredible. The tone is warm, the only problem I faced with it was the action(which you can change it in a couple of minutes, no biggie). The wood and the Seymour Duncan pickups make this guitar pretty amazing. I'm really impressed that it could suit the type of music I play, I never thought it would. Good job Fender.


Great Guitar, Great Price!

By TBSnewamrclassic

from huntingtown, MD

This guitar is amazing. It's the best sounding telecaster I think I've ever heard. It had the thickest tone out of any tele I've ever played. I was always nervous about getting a tele because I was afraid they didn't "pack enough punch" but I was wrong.You can't go wrong with this guitar, the neck is amazingly fast, pick-ups sounds great, and it's not a bad price!not- the finish looks even better in person, it's seems a bit lighter to me, more orange-ish. Kind of lik e a sunburst sort of. It's amazing looking, even better than the pictures show!


Sweet tele

By Reid-I0pt3

from Greenwood MS

I recenntly bought this guitar and love it. The koa top looks amazing and the semour duncan pickups sound amazing. This is not your typical sounding tele, much beefier and less twangy sounding. Great buy and addition to any arsenal.

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