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Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Solid Body Electric Guitar Brown Sunburst

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Once available only in Japan, the Richie Kotzen Telecaster is now available to a worldwide audience. Known for stints with Poison and Mr. Big and for...Click To Read More About This Product

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Finely crafted to Richie's specs with DiMarzio pickups and gold hardware.

Once available only in Japan, the Richie Kotzen Telecaster is now available to a worldwide audience. Known for stints with Poison and Mr. Big and for his own prolific career as a solo artist and sideman, Kotzen has long wowed audiences with his impeccable chops and deft Telecaster artistry. His signature Telecaster model features a beautiful flame maple top on an ash body, with a distinctive combination of DiMarzio Twang King (neck) and Chopper T (bridge) pickups.

Other premium features include a satin-finish maple neck with a large "C"-shaped profile, 12"-radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays, three-way blade pickup switch with "barrel" tip, master volume control and rotary series/parallel switch, single-ply cream pickguard, gold six-saddle through-body Telecaster bridge, Gotoh sealed tuners and gold hardware. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Flame maple top on an ash body
  • Satin-finish maple neck with a large "C"-shaped profile
  • 12"-radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays
  • DiMarzio Twang King (neck) and Chopper T (bridge) pickups
  • 3-way blade pickup switch with "barrel" tip
  • Master volume control and rotary series/parallel switch
  • Single-ply cream pickguard
  • Gold six-saddle through-body Telecaster bridge
  • Gotoh sealed tuners and gold hardware
  • Case sold separately

Strap on some of Richie's mojo. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Body Material: Ash with Flame Maple Laminated Top
  • Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Body Shape: Telecaster
Neck
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
  • Neck Shape: Large "C"
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Jumbo
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Abalone Dot
Electronics
  • Bridge Pickup: Dimarzio DP384 Chopper T
  • Neck Pickup: Dimarzio DP173 Twang King
  • Controls: Master Volume
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SS
  • Special Electronics: Series/Parallel Rotary Switch
Hardware
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Standard Strings-Through-Body Telecaster with Block Saddles
  • Hardware Finish: Gold
  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh Cast/Sealed Locking
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Cream
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Dome
  • Switch Tips: Barrel Style
Miscellaneous
  • Strings: Fender USA 250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
  • Unique Features: Bound body top, rear belly cut, top body contour, Richie Kotzen signature on front of headstock
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FenderTelecaster Richie Kotzen Solid Body Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Novice (3)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

order this guitar now!

By pure t mommicked

from emerald isle, nc

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Large Neck
  • Playability
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Soft Case

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Solid Body Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing for 30 years. I have a 59 LP Reissue and PRS McCarty. I've been looking for a telecaster for more than a year. This one always intrigued me but I was concerned with it being made in Japan. So I took a gamble (not really since you can send back if you don't like) and purchased this guitar. It came perfectly set up and played well - set up with .09s. I plan to have it setup for 11s - my preference. The neck is large but super comfortable. It feels the same size as my 59. I haven't put this guitar down in the 2 weeks since I got it. Love the maple neck and jumbo frets - I find it to be easier to play and more comfortable than my other guitars. No tone control but that doesn't bother me. The tone knob is used as a boost(when clicked on) in the middle position. When you click it on, its like you are running thru a tube screamer. Perfect for leads or when you need a bigger note. Only works in mid position. Wonderful guitar - buy it, you won't be disappointed. I played no less than 10 different American made telecaster over last year and this Japan made model beat them all - hands down. Its well worth the money. I've had a few Mexican made telecasters and its a night and day difference.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional Tele purchase

    By Dale

    from Tulsa, OK

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Pro Status
    • Quality Build
    • Solid Electronics
    • Under Rated Value

    Cons

    • Should Come W Hard Case
    • Should Come With Hard Cas

    Best Uses

    • Great All-around Go To
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Solid Body Electric Guitar:

    This Tele is under rated. One of the best Tele buys available.
    Finally a 12" fretboard radius!! Great quality, fatter neck for meaty tone & great sounding Dimarzio pickups. I've owned a few Tele's & this is a winner!
    Great job Richie and Fender!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love my new Tele

    By Matt Basement Warrior

    from Cleveland, Ohio

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great feeling neck
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Solid Body Electric Guitar:

      The neck is just that right size of big. Not like a baseball bat, but fits my hand well. Its fun to play around with the different sounds you can get out of this guitar. Of course it plays clean and twangy well, but you can really dirty it up too!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's a beauty - and lots of tonal options

      By Jonesy

      from Scottsdale, AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Solid Body Electric Guitar:

          Picked up my RK tele preowned in flawless virtually unused condition at a music store rather than online - but wanted to back other reviewers comments. Firstly the pics on the musiciansfriend website do not do it justice - the colors of the maple top, the scratch plate and all the hardware just work together so well - it is a beautiful instrument. Maple neck is big and chunky but with a set of .09s on it so sweet under the fingers - effortless even. It sounds almost like two guitars - you can get that tele twang going, but crank up the Chopper-T at the bridge and you can make it scream/sing all day long. And the Fender Japan people clearly have quality control sorted - the instrument is flawless and better than some American strats and LPs I have come across.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My new favorite guitar

          By Rob

          from Central Pa

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Solid Body Electric Guitar:

              Great Job Fender Japan! It was perfect straight out of the box. I love the combination of the thick neck, jumbo frets, 12" radius and the belly cut. I have been looking for a telecaster for a long time, but could not find one with this combination until now. I may never play my strat again with that skinny neck. Someday, they may make the RK Strat available in the US and I would buy one right away. An added bonus would be an HSS config. I have a LP, SG, Strat and a T5z. To be honest, if I had to only keep one, it would be this one. This feel of this guitar is outstanding! It looks and feels like a custom shop. This one is a keeper!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best guitar I have ever play

              By T-Roy

              from Dalhart,Texas

              About Me Novice

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Solid Body Electric Guitar:

                Worth the money and wish it comes with the case

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                High quality guitar with killer looks.

                By Ryan

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Telecaster Richie Kotzen Solid Body Electric Guitar:

                    I was concerned the quality wouldn't be up to par with my american made guitars but it was equal on every level. I do not personally care for the parallel setup but it's an easy change if you want a tone knob. If you want a tele with a little more beef this is the one to buy.

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