Tele lovers of the world unite!
Fender are honouring the 60th anniversary of this esteemed design by unleashing five new historic prototypes based on the Nocaster, Broadcaster and Esquire models.
The five models are reproductions of Fender's earliest designs and each comes with a Custom Shop Tele-Bration ring-notebook, complete with notes written about the instrument's history by George Fullerton.
They'll be released in very limited numbers beginning with the 60th Anniversary Limited Telecaster Prototype; a reproduction of the guitar that Leo Fender used to tour the clubs with for musicians to test in the late 1940s.
Specs include a relic'ed white nitrocellulose lacquer finish, three-on-a-side "snake-head" tuners and headstock shape, single-piece hard rock maple neck with no truss rod, vintage wiring, custom-wound pickup and a reproduction of George Fullerton's signature on the back of the headstock. This guitar is limited to 60.
Next, the 60th Anniversary Limited Two-Pick up Esquire. This is a reproduction of the earliest two-pickup "Electric Spanish Guitar".
Specs include 100-year old pine body, nitrocellulose lacquer finish, single piece hard rock maple neck without truss rod, vintage bridge and frets, nickel hardware, vintage W/blend wiring and a three-way tone switch.
Each guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity. Limited run of 60.
The 60th Anniversary limited Single Pick Up Esquire is a reproduction of the very first Fender guitar to go to market.
Specs include 100 year-old pine body, nitro lacquer finish, single piece hard rock maple neck, vintage bridge and frets, custom wound pickups. All 60 come with certificates of authenticity.
Their 60th anniversary Broadcaster is a reproduction model of one of the most collectible guitars in the world.
Around only 200 were made before Gretsch asked that they stopped using the name (Gretsch owned the copyright to their 'Broadkaster').
Specs: Hand selected Ash Body, Nitro Lacquer finish, single piece hard rock maple neck, vintage bridge and frets, custom wound pick ups vintage wiring and three-way tone switch. Again limited to 60.
Lastly is the Limited Nocaster. Again highly collectible, this guitar was the direct descendant to the Broadcaster - with the name eventually removed Fender simply put their logo on the headstocks.
These were made until 1951, when the Telecaster name was added. It is believed that only around 475 of these guitars were ever built.