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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5 Stars with an explanation ... I picked this baby up as a deeply discounted blemished model. Came in a solid (made in Vietnam) case ... very nice ... opened the case, and I was stunned. It was gorgeous! Gloss arctic white body, with a pearloid pickguard, set against a rosewood / maple, fretboard / neck with chrome hardware and black knobs. The stock tuners are accurate, and give a vintage look. It weighs 8.25 lbs, which compared to a les Paul ain't bad ... overall ... instant love. . So at first glance I could find no blemish! Then I examined it ... Found a blob of finish on the fret board, fret ends needed filing and it needed a MAJOR set-up. So ... I got to work. Fixed the frets. Changed the strings to D'Addario 10 gauge NYXL's, adjusted the relief, set the string height (to get rid of all the buzz I had to set it at just over 4/64's, which is OK), set the humbucker height ... it became playable but ... didn't sound great. WTH! Humbuckers were hot enough, 250k pots were fine, there were no grounding issues ... but it lacked mids and lows though it had plenty of fender zing ... The cure ... string saver classic saddles 2 1/16 spread. The stock bent steel saddles it comes with are worthless junk ... Now it sounds great! Not only are there mids and lows but sustain was greatly improved... I took off the metric black toggle switch tip and put on a white one. I also swapped out the black witch hats for jazz master white ones (Not only do they look better but they are easier to read) ... The guitar now plays like butter, sounds awesome, and looks great. On the one hand, I wish fender Mexico (or the vendor I bought it from) gave a hoot about quality control ... But if they did I never would have been able to buy this guitar. So what's the moral? If you are handy at modding gits and can find this guy at a discount then jump on it like arctic white on a tele deluxe!
an4340 owns this item
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® ..!!!
AslanKenan owns this item
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
Blu3sJun10r owns this item
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!
Telecaster3436 owns this item
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.
Craig-Hall owns this item
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.
lady33blue owns this item
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.
frank_rock owns this item
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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|Model Name:||Chris Shiflett Telecaster® Deluxe, Rosewood Fingerboard, Arctic White|
|Neck Material:||1-Piece Maple|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||12" (305 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Bullet Style|
|Headstock:||Large '70s Style|
|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|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender Vintage "F" Stamped|
|Pickguard:||4-Ply White Pearloid|
|Control Knobs:||Skirted Amp Knobs|
|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|
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