Fender's Vintage Hot Rod ’50s Telecaster® guitar gives you the best Tele tone, style and performance of both eras—authentically vintage-style design touches straight from the 1950s and hot-rodded modern mods ideal for today’s players.
Premium features include an ash body; maple neck with "D"-shaped profile, vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment, and satin back finish; and a compound-radius (7.25"-12") maple fingerboard with 21 6105 frets, bone nut and gloss finish. Versatile full-voiced tone comes from a Fender Wide Range Special humbucking neck pickup and a sparkling single-coil Broadcaster bridge pickup. Special four-way blade switch with "barrel" tip delivers the bridge pickup alone, both pickups in parallel, neck pickup alone and both pickups in series.
Other features include a single-ply white pickguard (Black model) or Bakelite pickguard (Butterscotch Blonde model), two knurled “dome” control knobs (master volume and tone), three-saddle American Vintage string-through-body Telecaster bridge with adjustable brass saddles, Gotoh® locking tuners and locking strap buttons. Includes upgraded deluxe vintage-style tweed case, vintage-style 8’ cable and vintage-style brown strap.
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Until I purchased one of these '50s Hot Rods my favourite two guitars were a '59 reissue Les Paul and an American Vintage '52 Telecaster. After this my two favourites are the '59 and this '50s Hot Rod Tele.
This is a wonderful instrument. The construction is spot on, the hidden locks on the tuners perfect, the ash body delightful, the compound radius neck very fast and smooth and the pickups versatile. The neck allows me to bend strings very easily in all positions and plays rhythm with ease. I got a light one at 6.75lb but nonetheless it has great tone and sustain so a good result because I like a light guitar and this is surely a testament to the quality of the ash (swamp I presume).
The Hot Rod has as much tone as my '52, the bridge pickup sparkles like a Tele should but the real key is the humbucker at the neck position. The one I've got is very clean and almost single coil in response until I wind up the amp and give it more overdrive and then it changes character and becomes a beautifully controlled beast of a thing. It'll run into heavy clip but still retain clarity and weight. To get a good blues tone I have to dial the guitar's tone control nearly fully off such is the clarity of the neck humbucker: this is a good thing!
The wiring includes what look like a standard 3 way Tele pup selector but it's actually a 4 way and in the full left position it runs both pickups in series for maximum power. I prefer position 2, both in parallel except in some rare very full on distortion scenarios where the series option gives added stability and control. It depends on the amp, I'm running through a Mesa Mark V and a Roland Microcube RX and both (although radically different) sound great with this guitar.
Sometimes I look at this one and think, hey, it's SO simple. Just a couple of bits of wood screwed together, some metal, wires and pots. Is it worth the entry price for such a 'basic' design? And then I play it all doubt vanishes. Thank you Fender!
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|Model Name:||Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Butterscotch Blonde|
|Series:||Vintage Hot Rod|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish with Gloss Headstock Face|
|Neck Shape:||"D" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Narrow Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Shop Single-Coil Broadcaster|
|Neck Pickup:||Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||4-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups (In Parallel), Position 3. Neck Pickup, Position 4. Neck and Bridge Pickups (In Series)|
|Bridge:||3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Intonateable Brass Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Vintage-Style Locking|
|Pickguard:||1-Ply Black Bakelite|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Dome|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
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