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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 Twisted Tele, with a classic ‘aged white blonde’ journeyman relic finish, that is faded and worn with plenty of character, but not over the top regarding the ‘relic vibe’  – 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 spec sheet for Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Twisted Tele :-

Aged vibe :- I fully appreciate that not all guitar players buy into the seriously aged vibe of many  Custom Shop models, so with that in mind, a Journeyman nitro finish takes more of a  lightly aged approach, that some might say is more authentic – You’ll find no shortage of played in character on this ‘aged white blonde’ finish, yet overall it receives far less dings and dints, with very little in the way of wear that reveals the ash body – Aged, but not abused, might be a fair remark, therefore the Journeyman finish is a far more subtle approach to finding a Tele with played in character – Hence you can  buy it and play it, without having to give it the kids gloves treatment, then getting upset regarding any nicks and grazes that it will inevitably acquire – It is generally accepted that a thin base coat and finish allows the guitar to ‘breathe’ so as to maximise the guitars natural vibrant character and this is a big plus factor of the aged approach – On this Tele you can  view hints of ‘sinkage’ amongst the grain pattern of the ash body as the finish is that thin, just like a good old ‘un

Playing that chunky 10/56V neck profile :-  Is it big compared to the early 50’s U neck profile of a black guard NoCaster ? – No – Is it big compared to a 60’s Tele neck ?- Yes – Is it to big to handle ? – No – Does it enrich the tone ?- Probably a Yes for this one – It will certainly help – Even with a  set of 10’s you can make that big lump of wood vibrate and that will be further increased with a set of 11’s – The more vibration you can get out of the maple neck and the select ash body, then the bigger the tone – I certainly think if you play a big neck with a set of vintage frets, plus vintage fingerboard radius, with a highish action, then yes you’ll certainly find it far less forgiving  – Yet thanks to a set of 6100 medium jumbo frets, a 9.5″ fingerboard radius, plus set up with a well balanced fluid action, that will respond to a light touch, it is far more easy to handle than some will fear  – You’ll find cascading licks and tricks can be played with ease – The thin nitro finish on the neck has been cut back for that ‘dirty worn’ character, so it instantly feels played in from day one – I find you quickly become familiar with this neck and before long you don’t notice its extra girth, but you will appreciate that big tone that it helps to provide – In short it feels familiar and user friendly – It actually measures a tad slimmer than the chunky early 50’s Nocaster neck profile, .948″” around the top nut end and gently fattens out to .992″ around the 12th fret

Tonal character :- It is a Tele through and through and captures the magical vintage mojo of models from the 50’s golden era   – The hand wound Twisted Tele bridge pick-up possesses all of the twang, body, snarl and bite that you’d expect of a black guard Broadcaster and  delivers it in a warm musical way – So none of that sharp nasty shrill like tone that you often find on many more ‘budget based’ Teles – It possesses plenty of balls, which makes it so desirable when you want to drive and attack it for big chords and riffs – Sure you can tame it for a smoother texture with a slight roll off on the volume, or tone pot, as and when required – But play some crunch rhythm or driving riffs and you instantly know this is that magical  50’s Tele tone – The Twisted Tele neck pick-up is a subtle tweak on the vintage rhythm pick-up – For years, many players have tried various mods, to obtain more clarity, with additional sparkling crisp highs from a neck pick-up, so the Masterbuilt team have addressed this with the Twisted Tele pick-up   – Effectively think of it as the Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat neck pick-up tone that is now dropped into a Tele pick-up casing – hence warm and crisp with more snap, clarity and dynamics – Again roll off the volume and or tone pots for more of a smooth chilled out texture – Rolling off the tone pot even further takes you into the warm chilled out land of Jazz – Play both pick-ups together and its that jangly pop based heaven

This Tele is loaded with character, soul and expression – Play it on clean or overdriven  amp settings and you’ll discover a rich and diverse selection of voices available to you, that covers the chilled vibe of jazz, to the subtle overdriven styles that are required for country and rock ‘n’ roll, to a more aggressive format that might be required for punk, rock or raw blues based styles, or indeed all the shades and players styles in between – I found it was great to play it with subtle or hi-gain overdriven amp settings, with the guitar’s volume pot roll back a touch for a cleaner tone – Now use this as your base tone, then dial in some more of the volume pot, as and when required for more edge, bite and overdrive – As such, slight tweaks on the volume and/or tone pot will produce subtle but effective variations of gain, so fully responsive to you and your needs, as required

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

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