Who knows what could have happened if the Space Age arrived a decade earlier... Maybe back in 1952 a Telecaster would have looked just like this custom offset?
We are head over heels in love with this combination of bigger body made of highly resonant swamp ash and a very thin nitrocellulose finish with no nasty glossy lacquer. You strum this guitar - and it is as loud as a big-bodied semi-hollow Gibson, with sustain for days.
Finished in very 1952 Butterscotch Blonde nitro, this guitar has one of the prettiest ash wood grain figuring we've seen in quite a while. The symmetry of patterns, the "water ski splashes" going into the control plate, those circular patterns on the edges - it is truly a piece of art. Old-school nitro finish has sunk into the grain and has stunning textured satin feel to it - and no more annoying finger marks or smudges!
The other big benefit is the weight - unlike most ash bodies, this one is actually not that heavy, with the total guitar showing 3,5 kg on the scale, which is very much "middle-of-the-road" for Strats and Teles.
Comfy and unique maple neck comes from a 1986 Fender Japan Contemporary Stratocaster (E6 serial). Yes, the ones that came with that Floyd Rose-type tremolo and locking nut! Unique features here include 12-inch fretboard radius (like a Gibson) and 22 medium jumbo frets. Truss-rod is conveniently adjusted at the headstock, neck is straight as an arrow and the C-shape is nice and fast. Neck has some cosmetic wear and fret wear, but still plays nicely. Original Fender Japan tuners work very well thanks to the tension adjustment screws.
Electrical voice is kindly provided by a cool combination of punchy and versatile pickups. In the neck position we have an American Standard Telecaster single-coil, well regarded for its detailed tone, clarity of low end and clean and crispy top. Bridge pickup is a slightly overwound 50s Broadcaster style flatpole Alnico V single-coil, handmade in London, UK. Twangy but not harsh, powerful but still articulate.
Wiring is all high quality USA-spec components, with CTS A 250K pots, Oak 4-way switch, Orange Drop capacitor for smooth and usable treble roll off, Electrosocket output cup, that won't keep falling out unlike that classic Tele cup.
4-way wiring provides those 3 classic Telecaster sounds (neck,neck+bridge in parallel, bridge) and also offers a very powerful humbucker-like tone, where both pickups are connected in-series, doubling the output and really driving the amp. This setting is especially awesome thanks to the perfect balance of bright and detailed bridge pickup, warm and full neck pickup and the absence of the mid-scoop and volume drop, that you always get in traditional middle position, when pickups are connected in parallel.
Bridge is a classic Fender "Pat Pend" bridge, that hasn't aged a bit since its inception in 1950 (70 years ago this year - crazy, right?). Strings-through-body construction provides rock solid sustain and stable tuning. This guitar will come with a set of brand new brass saddles with compensated design for much better intonation.
This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body clean, body polish, neck deep clean, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with Fender 10-46 Nickel-plated steel strings.
This guitar will be shipped around UK and EU with Parcelforce courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided for UK customers. Worldwide shipping available as well!
P.S. We currently have a similar Jazzcaster offset in Black Satin nitro with a 1985 rosewood fretboard neck - have a look!
Jazzcaster Telemaster Ash Custom Offset - Japan neck - Butterscotch (1985/2019)
MODEL: Jazzcaster Telemaster Custom Offset
COLOUR: Butterscotch Blonde thin nitro, textured satin finish
NECK: 1986 Fender Japan Contemporary Stratocaster maple neck, C-shape, gloss finish
FRETBOARD: maple, 12-inch radius
FRETS: 22 medium jumbo frets with moderate wear
TUNERS: Fender Japan tuners, faded nickel finish
BODY: 2-piece swamp Ash, SS Telecaster body routing, custom-made in UK
TOTAL WEIGHT: 3.5 kg
BRIDGE: Fender Pat Pend bridge, compensated brass saddles for spot-on intonation, strings-through-body anchoring
WEAR: cosmetic wear on the neck
PICKUPS: American Standard Telecaster neck pickup, handwound Broadcaster style UK-made bridge pickup
WIRING: CTS USA A250K pots, Oak Grisby 4-way switch, Orange Drop 0.022uf tone capacitor. 3 classic Tele sounds (neck, both in parallel, bridge) PLUS both pickups in series (powerfull humbucker tone, double the output). Output jack on an Electrosocket output insert, cloth wiring throughout. Chrome control plate with Fender 60s style flat top knobs.
Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference and we cannot give any guarantees. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.
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