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The Fender Custom Shop team have acquired a well deserved reputation for producing fine vintage replicas from their own golden era – Yet equally, as the name suggests, the boutique nature of a Custom Shop allows Fender to create a run of highly desirable special Limited Edition models, that retain a vintage flavour, but maybe did not actually make the catalogues in the 50’s or 60’s – So how about this ultra cool Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Thinline Tele, with a distinctive blue flower finish – Worn aged finish with a faded vibe but not over the top regarding wear and tear – Released as a highly spec’d model at the 2017 Summer Namm Show as part of a limited edition model , hence you’ll find a Limited Edition engraved neck plate, plus a 30th anniversary decal on the rear of the headstock

Full product details for Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Thinline Tele :- 

Tonal character :- An ash body tends to produce a  tonal character that can emphasis the highs and lows and leave you with less mids, ditto when you apply a semi acoustic Thinline body, so there was always a danger that such a guitar might possess to much zip and therefore lack a touch of muscle at times – Fender have avoided this with a pair of hand wound pick-ups that pack that a punch, so an early 50’s Broadcaster in the bridge position and a Texas Special in the neck position – So the sum of the parts ensures a well balanced package

An unplugged test is always a good place to start any tonal evaluation of a Fender – ‘It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that ring’ is a favourite phrase of mine and this Thinline Tele is certainly not short of that vibrant acoustic character – Lively, springy and big open voice is clearly audible when you play a few big open chords at the top nut end – This bodes well when you get round to hooking it up to your favourite amp – Start of on a clean amp setting and it instantly sounds full, rich, warm and organic – The bridge pick-up possesses body, twang and bite in a musical way, without any of that nasty clang that you’ll find on so many budget Teles – Big chords and riffs have power and body with that tight controlled edge that allows them to cut through in the mix – The neck pick-up is far more chilled, lush and warm with crisp highs, that sounds sweet on single notes and clear on jazz flavoured chords – Roll off the tone pot as required for a deeper jazz flavoured voice – Lots of character to prevent it sounding bland in anyway on a clean amp setting – Both pick ups on together and you’ll hear that jangly pop voice that is instantly Beatles pop

Add some gain on the amp and you’ll instantly find it is loaded with character, especially as you play around with the volume pot to adjust the level of gain as required – As such you and the guitar control the amp – Likewise, a subtle tweak on the tone pot can roll off any highs that you may find a tad to much, so as to find a slightly softer voice, that still retains all the great tonal character of a 50’s Tele  – I suggest you start of with the guitar’s volume pot around the 6 mark as you’ll find this is great base to set up base camp for the hard core of your tone – Now wind the volume pot back towards 10 as and when you wish to add more gain, bite, snap and attack for lead work, hence a built in turbo boost as and when required – Select the hi-gain amp setting as and when you require more overdrive – With the guitar volume pot on 10, you’ll just about reach the point of going out of control, as you approach the red line, so again just roll off the volume pot a touch to control the fizzy edges, yet retain the gain, so again all the soul, emotion and passion that is in this guitar is at your finger tips – So from succulent warm and chilled to brutal attack and everything else in between this Thinline Tele can mix it with the best of them – Hot country, classic rock, raw blues, sweet blues, jazz, indie or pop and somehow, such a Tele can find itself on home turf  – On overdriven amp settings the neck pick-up is so rich and smooth with just enough sparkling highs – Add more gain and you can almost obtain those smouldering LP flavoured tones with excellent sustain – The bridge pick-up can morph from tight crunch to hot lead – Controlled or on the verge of kicking down a barn door

Grease bucket tone mod – A simple mod on the tone pot that many players now utilise on their own guitars, that is subtle yet effective on overdriven amp settings – As you roll off the highs on your tone pot, it still preserves the same level of gain on the amp – So it still acts as a tone pot, but not to the detriment of gain and sustain you require – As such if you find at times that the bridge pick-up is a touch to fierce, with more bite than you require, so you want a softer voice, that sounds more in control, but still require plenty of gain and sustain, this simple mod will work in your favour

Feel and playing performance :- The feel of the maple neck is pure vintage, with a very ‘soft V’ profile – You have a job to feel any hint of that V profile as it is that subtle, so smooth and rounded and far more akin to a comfortable C profile – It retains a sensible level of girth, but with less meat on the shoulders it certainly does not feel as chunky as an early 50’s  black guard Nocaster, yet neither is it skinny – The thin nitro honey tint finish has been cut back for that dirty worn character, as such it instantly feels played in from day one, so instantly comfortable and familiar – Set-up with a set of 10’s, plus a fluid playing action that responds to a light touch, that  allows you to easily handle a few slick licks, thanks to a 9.5″ fingerboard radius – Whilst string bending is effortless thanks to a set of Sanko 6105 medium jumbo frets  – Overall a guitar that feels comfortable and easy to handle

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