The Joe Strummer Telecaster recreates the punk icon’s favorite instrument in exacting detail, complete with a Road Worn® lacquer finish and pair of custom-voiced ‘60s Telecaster pickups for Strummer’s searing, straight-ahead tone.
Originally outfitted with a 3-Color Sunburst finish, the Black overspray is authentically relic’d to bring it back to its roots.
True to his mid-’60s original, access classic Tele twang with the growl that made The Clash songs so iconic.
Widely known as one of the most comfortable profiles, easily navigate this era-correct neck to break out your most explosive punk riffs.
Joe Strummer’s legendary ‘66 Tele is more than a guitar, it’s the sound of a movement – played throughout Strummer’s career in the 101ers to The Clash, to the Mescaleros and beyond.
Built to withstand heavy destruction, this guitar had battle scars to prove it, made real by Strummer’s dedication to using it every time he played, without fail.
As the story goes, Strummer’s Tele was bought out of an act of goodwill. A friend from South Africa was looking to obtain British citizenship, so he agreed to a marriage at the price of £100. It just so happened that a used Telecaster was available at a local shop for £120.
This guitar initially started out with a 3-Color Sunburst finish, but as Strummer, Paul Simonen and Mick Jones came together to form The Clash, the aesthetics of the group changed, which brought an all-black paint job to the instrument, in addition to stencil work and several decals.
As The Clash gained more of a worldwide audience on the heels of early albums like Give ’Em Enough Rope and London Calling, the Black began to give way to the Sunburst. Plus, the original three-saddle ashtray bridge was switched out for a six-saddle version and a second string tree was added.
To celebrate Strummer’s legendary contributions to not only the music of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, but also the punk and hardcore we hear today, Fender is releasing the Joe Strummer Signature Telecaster, a faithfully recreated model that captures his rebellious musical sensibilities and injected The Clash’s songs into the political urgency of the era.