A Fender James Burton Signature Tele is certainly distinctive – There is no mistaking what it is, is there ? – This is a used model from 2015, complete with the correct moulded Fender case, a host of tags, the manual and appropriate strap locks – Condition wise and it is a very clean instrument – Initial thoughts are that it has barely been played, so a more detailed tour will be required to find any hints of a slight graze – There is a hint of wear on the gold hardware – Nothing new on that account, but it is slight – A couple of pick marks might be found in the usual area, to the very top surface of the gloss finish, but we are talking minuscule portions – But overall you’d have to be very fussy to have an issues with the overall condition – Re-strung and set-up with a set of 10’s and a slick easy action
Product details and features are as follows :-
- Whole guitar weighs 7lbs and 14oz
- Basswood body with red paisley flame finish
- One piece maple neck/fingerboard – hence rear skunk stripe
- Comfort/contoured neck/body heel join
- 21 vintage size frets
- 9.5″ fingerboard radius
- 60’s U neck profile – measures .886″ around the top nut end and .920″ around the 12th fret – Comfortable girth without feeling full/fat
- Satin finish to fingerboard/neck
- Gold plated hardware Strat style bridge assembly – fixed – thru’ body string loading – 6 fully adjustable saddles
- Deluxe machine heads with ‘pearl’ tuning buttons
- Custom wound single coil pick-ups
- 5 way selector switch – hence regular Strat style switching options
- Master volume + tone S1 switch within the volume pot to allow neck/middle and middle/bridge to be wired in series for humbucking voice
Playing performance :- James Burton isn’t the only Tele based player who favours the three pick-up ‘Nashville style’ format on a Tele – It is now a common spec amongst a host of hot country players – The obvious option is that it now gives you access to the 2 classic ‘out of phase’ voices that Strat players have enjoyed for many years – Click here to view a video clip of JB showing of a few licks on such a guitar – Additionally, the S1 switch, discreetly hidden within the volume pot, allows you two additional voices – When the 5 way switch is left on position 2 or 4 (ie the out of phase setting) and the S1 switch is now ‘down’ it will allow you to select the middle/neck or middle/bridge in series – Effectively you now have a humbucking pick-up in either the neck or bridge position – So additional ooomph as required in the bridge position for power chords ‘n’ riffs or scorching hot lead licks – Whilst in the neck position it delivers a fat, full, smooth and warm voice that suits laid back jazz/blues voices – Overall it makes it a very versatile package that covers many style of music – The guitar is set-up with a slick easy action – So much so that a set of 10’s don’t feel so stiff – A satin finish ensures it has somewhat of a ‘played in’ vibe, so none of the stick nature you’ll often find on a gloss finish – The neck has a comfortable amount of girth, but certainly not fat or full – Certainly within the feel and size of Fender’s from the mid/late 60’s era – To a degree, a vintage flavoured Strat/Tele has a similar feel, yet equally they feel different, yet the neck dimensions are similar – So nothing unusual about how it feels/plays – The 9.5″ fingerboard radius allows for a well balance and slick action, so it is not a ‘bitch’ to play – Set-up with a set of 10’s and an easy action that responds to a light touch
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