Chris Shiflett Telecaster® Deluxe


Model #: 0142400780
Chris Shiflett Telecaster® Deluxe, Rosewood Fingerboard, Arctic White

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Chris Shiflett has his feet firmly planted in two worlds--with impeccable punk/hard rock credentials as longtime guitarist in the Foo Fighters, and with an authentic love for country, as heard in side project Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants. His abiding love for the Telecaster® guitar and for huge humbucking sound now comes together in one kickass new instrument with his name on it--the Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe.

Eminently affordable and modeled closely on Shiflett's favorite '72 Tele® Deluxe guitar, it features a striking Arctic White finish, a four-ply white pearl pickguard, a roaring pair of new custom-designed high-output humbucking pickups, a 12"-radius rosewood fingerboard for easy bends with low action, custom-stenciled hard-shell case, and Shiflett's signature on the headstock. Tour bus, platinum records and the adulation of millions not included.

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AMAZING !!!

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AslanKenan on April 11, 2014 (updated April 11, 2014)
Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

So far it's one of the most comfortable and best sounding guitar i have ever played. It's been just over a year now since i bought this baby, and damn it sounds great . Just right for genres like hard rock, punk rock and some classic rock styles. Also you get really good clean tones with this baby. The only issue i had with this guitar so far was when i first bought it , the toggle switch was kinda on/off sometimes , but as i started using the switch more often the problem went away. (I think the switch may have been a bit moist inside because it was new). Anyway since then i have had no issues and the guitar performs very well on stage. It has got huge sustain which is very impressive. I haven't changed the strings for a year now, thanks to the hard case that comes with it, the strings have not rusted and are still going could you believe :D I hope in the future that fender also introduces a signature model of Josh Farro's deluxe telecaster with the fake f-hole, that would be super cool :)) Keep it coming Fender® ..!!!

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Good Guitar

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bubukas on February 8, 2014
Semi-Professional Blues Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Folk Country Punk

I like it.But I don't like color.One thing that I need on this guitar is the B-Bender tremolo.

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Excellent Guitar

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Blu3sJun10r on January 2, 2014 (updated January 2, 2014)
Semi-Professional Blues Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country Punk

I just bought this guitar used last weekend, and I am absolutely impressed with it. I am not a huge fan of 21 fret necks for some reason ( most just don't feel right for my tastes/ playing style ), and I knew this puppy had a 21 fret neck before I got it, but so far this week, this has been my favorite guitar. Size, shape, weight, the neck on this thing is incredible; and I hate to admit it but it actually plays slightly better than my Les Paul Studio!! The pickups are great to, good tone and punch with out being over-bearing at all. All in all, I would give this guitar an 8.9/10

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Wow

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Telecaster3436 on November 16, 2013 (updated November 18, 2013)
Professional Blues R&B Alternative Rock Classic Rock Punk

At first (based on the other reviews) this Tele didn't seem to be very good but to fully test that theory I bought one. I was very surprised. This guitar was really good but the only thing is the neck was a little heavy and so was the body, other than that I would recommend this guitar!

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If it's good enough for Shifty

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Craig-Hall on November 15, 2013 (updated November 18, 2013)
Amateur Jazz Alternative Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Folk Country Punk

It's very rare for me to buy a guitar without having played it, a fact that I am sure rings true for most of us. Even less likely is that I will buy a guitar that I have never seen in all three wonderful dimensions, touched, or heard beyond the realms of a YouTube video. I'm not sure which concerned me the most, that this incredible guitar and I had never crossed paths, or that the computer screen before me inspired hope into this Fender-less Guitarist - that I may actually be able to afford a REAL Fender. Not only that, a Fender which proudly boasted gorgeous looks, a diverse plethora of tones, and all packaged beautifully into a '72 Tele that was designed not only to be played, but to be rocked very, VERY loudly - swoon.

All sound too good to be true? Reading some of the other reviews on this page, this has been the case for some. The fact of the matter is £550 for an artist series Fender is a steal, and Fender need to meet this price point without sacrificing anything that affects the enjoyment of this fine instrument. Wiring. The horror stories some people recite in regards to the wiring on this guitar are more than enough to discourage potential buyers, although it is important to take a step back and see what is on offer here: A Fender '72 Telecaster with custom CS1 and CS2 pickups, a rosewood fretboard, cutaway body and a hard case. If Fender sold this guitar for £1000, nobody would bat an eyelid (ok, some purists may prefer it was crafted north of the border, but each to their own). Fender need to find a way to sell this guitar for almost half of that, and unfortunately it seems cutting out (!) the wiring seems to have helped them do so. Likewise to 'flatout', I too had my guitar tech open this beauty up and work his magic - since then I have not been happier.

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Traded in

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lady33blue on May 12, 2013 (updated May 13, 2013)
Amateur R&B Pop Rock

i used to own this telecaster, had it for 3 months and then decided to trade it in. It had a too large and heavy neck/ body. It didn't feel right and just didn't give enough of a funky and warm sound. I went for a hss strat.

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Shoddy Wiring

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frank_rock on April 5, 2013 (updated April 5, 2013)
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Every bit of excitement I had when I first bought this item has completely been extinguished. As the previous review mentions the bridge pickup constantly grounds out and even after taking it back to the store to have the tech "fix" it the issue started occurring not 30 minutes after getting all the way back home.

For a brand that is so revered as Fender's I really expected better quality. I have owned guitars from other manufactures on both ends of the price spectrum for many years and I have never had any wiring issues.

Don't get me wrong when the thing works it sounds and plays great, but so far I've had it working for me a total of 30 minutes at best. Until Fender issues a recall to fix this issue, I'd avoid buying it.

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Beautiful - but with build issues

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flatout on February 19, 2013
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I love my bandmate's 72 tele deluxe, but I prefer a four bolt neck plate, a 9.5 radius rosewood 'board, and I've never felt the wide range humbuckers were as suited to my playing style as more traditional humbuckers. It's also quite costly - around £720 in the UK. So when the 'Shiftycaster' was released for £510, I ordered one without having played it.
I'm a Foo Fighters fan, but I've never been fussed about signature models - I'm only interested if the spec is right. This struck me as having all the right bits, so I was looking forward to opening the box back in November when it arrived.
I ordered over the internet, and when it arrived it was clear from the packaging that it hadn't been disturbed since it left Mexico. The case is made by the same firm that makes the tweed vintage reissue cases, and it's excellent. The guitar is beautiful, with a really comfortable neck and a thoroughly pleasing tone. However, there were issues. There were some very untidy fret ends, the nut wasn't well cut, the intonation was all over the place and the selector switch would only intermittently select the neck pickup. As it happens I have a reasonably priced genius guitar tech near me, so £40 later, I have a perfect guitar. I've done around twelve gigs with it over the ten weeks I've had it, and I'm really pleased.
All things considered, I regard a £550 outlay for a guitar this good as great value. There are two spec departures from Shiflett's stage tele - he has a maple board and I'm glad the signature has rosewood. His guitar also has a silver pearl pickguard, and I'm not sure why a white pearl guard was put on the signature - but I've decided to go the whole hog and I'm having a silver pearl one made - but that's just a taste thing. If you're happy to do a little work on the guitar when it arrives, this is a brilliant buy.

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General
Model Name: Chris Shiflett Telecaster® Deluxe, Rosewood Fingerboard, Arctic White
Model Number: 0142400780
Series: Artist
Color: Arctic White

Body

Body
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Polyester
Body Shape: Telecaster®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple
Neck Finish: Urethane
Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Dot
Truss Rod Nut: Bullet Style
Headstock: Large '70s Style

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: CS1 Humbucking
Neck Pickup: CS2 Humbucking
Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: HH

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tuning Machines: Fender Vintage "F" Stamped
Pickguard: 4-Ply White Pearloid
Control Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA 250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: 12" radius, new CS1 and CS2 humbucking pickups, black hard-shell case stenciled with Shiflett's name