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 Fender Select Telecaster® Thinline presents a finely crafted take on the popular semi-hollow version of our very first guitar model. Stylish and light, it has a semi-hollow ash body with a beautiful flame maple top and hand-stained Violin Burst finish with gloss lacquer topcoat. Its modern "C"-shaped birdseye maple neck has a satin lacquer finish and Bi-Flex™ truss rod system. The compound radius birdseye maple fingerboard (9.5"-14") has 22 medium jumbo frets and a gloss lacquer finish.
Other premium features include Fender Select Telecaster single-coil neck and bridge pickups with three-way switching, heavy-knurled gold control knobs, four-ply aged white pearloid pickguard, American Standard Telecaster bridge with bent steel saddles and stamped brass plate, deluxe staggered locking tuners, gold hardware and Fender Select headstock medallion.
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How to improve on a '53 blackguard Tele? Answer: Make it more reliable in terms of tuning, take the gloss off the neck and sweeten rather than change the tone of Leo's magic, single-coil Telecaster pickups.
Lighten the whole deal by making it semi-hollow bodied and give each string a pukka bent-steel saddle and you have, in this writer's opinion, perhaps the only - certainly the most effective - real improvement on the timeless design of the Tele.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, says the old adage. For that very reason serious guitar players too numerous and talented to name have sought out "original" Teles i.e. anything up to either 1959 (when rosewood fretboards were first specified on Fenders) and/or 1965 (the point at which Fender became CBS property) since 1949 and the advent of the world's first production electric Spanish guitar.
Anything else has always been a compromise - until now. Having owned (at a guesstimate) more than 50 different Telecasters in my 49 years as a player, I can only say the Fender Select Thinline has become my guitar of choice because it has all but all the key features of a good Tele rolled into one very pretty and lightweight package.
It may look like a show pony but I was gigging with it within 24 hours of taking delivery and it had both bandmates and members of the audience asking: "What is that beautiful -sounding instrument?"
I know this review is anecdotal. It is deliberately so because you can get the tech specs at Fender's website. All I have to add is that this baby does exactly what it says on the tin - better than any "standard" Tele or Custom Shop Nocaster I have owned.
That's all she wrote folks. Go figure.
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|Model Name:||Fender Select Thinline Telecaster® with Gold Hardware, Birdseye Maple Fingerboard, Violin Burst|
|Body Material:||Semi-Hollow Ash with Flame Maple Top|
|Body Finish:||Hand-Stained with Gloss-Lacquer Topcoat|
|Neck Material:||Bird's Eye Maple|
|Neck Finish:||Satin-Lacquer Back, Gloss-Lacquer Front|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|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)|
|Truss Rod Nut:||1/8" American Series|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fender Select Single-Coil Tele|
|Neck Pickup:||Fender Select Single-Coil Tele|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle American Standard Strings-Through-Body Tele with Bent Steel Saddles and Stamped Brass Plate|
|Tuning Machines:||Deluxe Cast/Sealed with Pearl Buttons|
|Pickguard:||4-Ply Aged White Pearloid|
|Control Knobs:||Heavy Knurled|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Fender Select Headstock Medallion, "Barrel" Switch Tip|
|Included Accessories:||Cable, Strap, Cloth|
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