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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
Reviewed by 20 customers
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.
I have used this guitar a couple times now, and as soon as I first picked it up, I coudn't put it down. It has nice toneful twang with the bridge p/u, and heavy, smooth sounds with the neck p/u. The koa wood is beautiful, and it is pretty good quality. You get really nice cleans out of it, especially with a fender tube amp. Once I get enough cash, I'm gonna consider buying this guitar. I compared this, to a highway one, and I prefered this one. If you have the money and you want a tele, go for it.
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!
I was looking to pick up something that would really cut through when playing with the band, to make my riffs and leads sound clear and solid. I was recommended a Telecaster, and I played the standard American Tele, and it sounded nice, but the neck just felt strange to me, it just didn't feel that playable.Then I got this guitar in my hands, and I had to have it. It had that extremely twangy, punchy high end, and it had a much better feeling neck. I went in playing to spend at most 500...and came out spending 700, but it was well worth it.I gave it a low score on features because it doesnt really have many, but thats what I liked about it. I hate tremelos, and if I could drop the tone knob and bridge pick up, I would.Also, after a week or so of babying the guitar, I noticed that the pick guard had risen off the body just a bit on the top corner. It's minor, but still an annoyance.Still, like I said, amazing guitar, don't hesitate, buy it while you still can.
I went to my local music store after hearing about this guitar, and comparing it to every other telecaster in there this including a Highway 1, and a telecaster with a bigsby, this among all was the lightest, easiest to play, and had such a unique tone to it, I love this guitar, and i have not put it down, overall, if you love Fenders, or Telecasters overall, you have to buy this guitar
i tried this out. I really liked the feel and the price isnt bad. I love the color and the tone is so cool. the quality is great i love the neck. I still believe that my standard teles selector switch has a little more qaulity to it. Its really nice i love the volume/tone knobs. the roundedness at the top is cool.
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.
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.
My main guitar was an SG, and I was disappointed with the tonal cooperation with my Fender amps. When I bought this guitar, both amps sounded incredible and my soloing became much more rich. I prefer the tone pots in my Gibson; they enhance the tone rather than muffling it. The Fender muffles the sound more. Quality, appearance, and playability of this guitar are nothing short of amazing. This instrument has been a great inspiration to my fingers.
Played side by side with a highway 1, this little baby is in fact every way a tele, although the difference in tone is slightly noticeable (bridge duncan have a little more output that desired). Yes, it's a special edition tele, and more attention and effort was put into cosmetics more than tone, but I believe the koa can hold its own onstage....Of course, the custom shop look is what's drawing me in, so I plan on buying this in a week or two...