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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 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.


Try Something Different

By Cole-OIQ6U

from NJ

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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 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!


No frills, good looking, a real champ.

By isuckatguitar86

from Jersey

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.



By Typikal

from Tyler, TX

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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



By TEleman1100

from joliet Illinois

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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.


A Great Tele...

By Telefuel

from Virginia

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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.



By ObsessiveGuitarrist

from Guaynabo, PR

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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.


When you bend it, it sings...

By Heath Berg

from Portland,OR

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.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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...

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