Once available only in Japan, the Richie Kotzen Telecaster® guitar is now available to a worldwide audience. Known for stints with Poison and Mr. Big and for his own prolific career as a solo artist and sideman, Kotzen has long wowed audiences with his impeccable chops and deft Telecaster artistry. His signature Telecaster model features a beautiful flame maple top on an ash body with a distinctive combination of DiMarzio® Twang King (neck) and Chopper T (bridge) pickups.
Other premium features include a satin-finish maple neck with a large “C”-shaped profile, 12”-radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays, three-way blade pickup switch with “barrel” tip, master volume control and rotary series/parallel switch, single-ply cream pickguard, gold six-saddle through-body Telecaster bridge, Gotoh® sealed tuners and gold hardware.
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As someone who owns a large number of high-end electric guitars (12 at the time of writing), including a Custom Shop Heavy Relic Telecaster, I can honestly say that this is my number one instrument. In fact, my other guitars have been pretty much gathering dust since I bought this little beauty.
So what makes it great? For me, the neck is perhaps the key. It feels great and I'm sure it adds some extra oomph to the tone. Not necessarily a shred neck without lowering the standard, factory set-up action, but I believe Richie Kotzen does this himself and he's a tad fast!
I think the mojo of this guitar is probably the result of a combination factors, such as the satin finish on the neck, the tummy and forearm contours, the Chopper T pick-up. Whatever it is, this is a versatile machine that I use for multiple genres of music. It's even better if you add the Hipshot D Tuner that Richie Kotzen himself uses. Dropping down to D really emphasizes the fat low end on this beast.
All in all, this is perhaps the perfect Tele. I just hope that Fender hurry up and make the Richie Kotzen signature Strat available outside of Japan.
durango55dave owns this item
Perfect is a word that does not do this guitar justice. I have never come across a more versatile, playable, and all out rocking machine in my 30 year musical career. I started out a Les Paul player, and gradually moved to Fender Strats which I still love and cherish...enter the Richie Kotzen Tele! What do I say, INSANELY, GLORIOUSLY PERFECT! The styling, construction and flow are second to none. If you are looking for a perfect guitar, not just a tele, this is it. I see why Richie Kotzen plays this guitar exclusively and only occasionally brings out his strat! The neck is beefy and fat. Baseball bat style, yet more playable than my LP versions of this neck. I have small hands and I love this way more than my Strat Modern C's. I don't get hand fatigue on this at all. Buy one now, or your life will be meaningless at it's end...well, ya know.
jasonk931 owns this item
I just recently purchased the Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster. I've aspired to own a Tele for a while now, but after trying several Tele's, I could never find the perfect combination of amazing aesthetics, maple board, hot pickups, and modern nod to ergonomics. Fender strikes an amazing balance with the Kotzen Tele.
This isn't my first exposure to the Kotzen Fenders. A few years ago I imported a Fender Japan Richie Kotzen Stratocaster [in See-Through White] and it was the most stunning instrument I've ever owned. Unfortunately I did sell the guitar through a temporary tough patch, but I regret having done so nearly every day. As a note to Fender, if you were to re-launch the Fender Kotzen Stratocaster, I would DEFINITELY buy another one.
If you're interested, obviously you can read the specs, but as someone who owns the guitar, I'll tell you that you will not find a better value in a guitar that can cover as much sonic space as can the Kotzen.
I am a regularly gigging musician, as well as a music educator. I can't tell you how many people compliment the Kotzen Tele, whether the look or the sound.
As a personal plee, Fender, you have an amazing instrument in this guitar. Please commit to building it in Japan.
shwalton owns this item
I've had mine for about 9 months and it has become my main guitar. The large neck may throw some players but after a while you will realize that fat necks are easier in the hands if you play a lot and give you a fatter overall tone. The 12 inch radius makes for easy bending without being too modern feeling. The comfort cuts feel good against your body and on your forearm....you get the comfort of a Strat with the thump of a telecaster.
I did make a mod to mine and replaced the Twang King with a DiMarzio Area T. There is a review on this page that incorrectly states that the stock neck pickup is hum cancelling....the Twang King is not a hum cancelling pickup. The Chopper bridge pickup has a lot in common with a DiMarzio PAF Pro but has some twang in the mix which makes for a very versatile pickup. The series-parallel switch is a nice touch, though I usually leave it in series.
This is my favourite telecaster in Fenders line at the moment.
Mr. Th owns this item
I've had my RK telecaster for around 4 years now and it's literally never left my side. It's my main guitar. Just a very comfortable guitar (if you like really fat necks) and the tone of the thing is just amazing. Great sustain, it can do everything from funk to jazz to blues to metal. The only thing that I would change is for Fender to make it in more colors. I love the Brown Sunburst but Fender Japan used to make it in Sea Foam Green which was one of my favorites. Richie has one in white which is absolutely stunning and they recently did one in black with no pick guard. If they brought any of these back I'd definitely buy another one.
Once you play this guitar you won't want to play anything else!
This is my second telecaster. I already have a telebration mahogany in a SH configuration and a stratocaster deluxe in SSS. Therefore my review is based on the experience I have with these two guitars.
So, being a huge R.K. fan, I bought this special tele as soon as it was available in Europe.
I observed that they put a lot of care in this guitar (made in Japan) and therefore I would consider the finishing perfect or "deluxe like". Abalone inlays, perfect paint-job, golden mechanics.. everything looks just great! The mechanics are very good, it stays in tune for a long time.
The neck is fat - the fattest I ever played, it feels really great but for those who play rather thin necks - try it first.
The sound is really awesome - due to the combination of DiMarzio pickups and serial/parallel switch (second knob is not a tone knob) you can achieve the right tone for more or less every style (even metal).
One single negative point: it hums more than I expected (at least more than the telebration and the strat), especially on the neck pickup ?!? (which is a mini-humbucker). And no, it is not a ground failure, I've checked/measured it, everything is in place and running.
Another observation - I wouldn't consider a drawback - the guitar comes with (just) a gig bag. It is in my opinion weird for this price range, but whatever.
dr.skyzofreud owns this item
|Model Name:||Richie Kotzen Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Brown Sunburst|
|Body Material:||Ash with Flame Maple Laminated Top|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Forma "C" grande|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||Radio de 12" (305 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|String Nut:||Hueso sintético de cejuela|
|Nut Width:||1.650” (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Incrustaciones de posición de punto de abalones|
|Bridge Pickup:||Dimarzio® DP384 Chopper T™|
|Neck Pickup:||Dimarzio® DP173 Twang King™|
|Pickup Switching:||Selector de 3 posiciones: Posición 1: Pastilla del puente, Posición 2: Pastillas de mástil y puente, Posición 3: Pastilla del mástil|
|Special Electronics:||Series/Parallel Rotary Switch|
|Bridge:||Puente Estándar de 6 selletas con las cuerdas a través del cuerpo|
|Tuning Machines:||Gotoh® Cast/Sealed Locking|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Dome|
|Switch Tips:||Punta del interruptor estiíllo barril|
|Strings:||Standard Tension™ ST250L, NPS, (Calibres .009-.042)|
|Unique Features:||Bound body top, rear belly cut, top body contour, Richie Kotzen signature on front of headstock|
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