Fender Select Carved Blackwood Top Telecaster® SH


Model #: 0170318861
Fender Select Carved Blackwood Top Telecaster® SH, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black Cherry Burst

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The highly acclaimed Fender Select series introduces an all-new lineup for 2013. These finely crafted guitars and basses put decades of Fender expertise on display, with elegant features and design options for discerning musicians everywhere. Experience the latest figured tops, beautiful finishes, choice tone woods, figured and quartersawn maple necks with compound-radius fingerboards, an innovative new "inlaid" fingerboard design on two of the models, specially voiced pickups, and several new first-rate features that mark Fender's top-line best as remarkable instruments.

The new Fender Select Carved Blackwood Top Telecaster® SH is powerful, beautiful and light, with a chambered alder body, gorgeous carved Tasmanian blackwood top and hand-stained black cherry burst finish with gloss lacquer topcoat. Its modern "C"-shaped flame maple neck has a satin lacquer finish and Bi-Flex™ truss rod system; the compound radius rosewood fingerboard (9.5"-14") has 22 medium jumbo frets.

Other premium features include a new Wide Range Special humbucking neck pickup and Fender Select Telecaster single-coil bridge pickup with three-way switching, heavy-knurled chrome control knobs, American Standard Telecaster bridge with bent steel saddles and stamped brass plate, deluxe staggered locking tuners and Fender Select headstock medallion.

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drgreg on March 6, 2014 (updated March 16, 2014)

Having purchased a new black/gold/rosewood Tele Elite in 1984, and still finding it an enduringly fabulous and versatile guitar, I am, admittedly, a fan of special edition Telecasters. Still, there have been times when I would long for that single-coil sound, and the music I play now demands it more than the rock I played in the '80s. Along came the Carved Blackwood Top Telecaster Select, and I knew this was the one. The physical beauty of the guitar, so enticing in a photo, delivers in the flesh. The feel and balance of the guitar, lightweight, chambered, and contoured, are a delight. I've made no adjustments to the guitar since un-boxing it, and the action and intonation are all that they should be. As for the pickups - the single coil does what it's supposed to in a Tele (twang, bite, and snap, with plenty of bass), and the humbucker is a revelation, from sultry jazz tones to meaty blues overdrive. If I'm lucky, I'll live another 30 years to explore the possibilities offered by this exquisite instrument.

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Model Name: Fender Select Carved Blackwood Top Telecaster® SH, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black Cherry Burst
Model Number: 0170318861
Series: Fender® Select
Color: Black Cherry Burst

Body

Body
Body Material: Chambered Alder with Carved Tasmanian Blackwood Top
Body Finish: Hand-Stained with Gloss-Lacquer Topcoat
Body Shape: Telecaster®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Flame Maple
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Position Inlays: Dot
Truss Rods: Bi-Flex™
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Fender Select Single-Coil Tele
Neck Pickup: Wide Range Special Humbucking
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: HS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 6-Saddle American Standard Strings-Through-Body Tele with Bent Steel Saddles and Stamped Brass Plate
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Machines: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Locking
Pickguard: None
Control Knobs: Heavy Knurled

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Fender Select Headstock Medallion, Black "Barrel" Switch Tip, Black Pickup Bezels
Included Accessories: Cable, Strap, Cloth