A Fender James Burton Signature Tele is certainly distinctive – There is no mistaking what it is, is there with a blue paisley flame finish ? – This is a used model from 2005, complete with the vintage style tweed case, appropriate tags, vintage style leather strap and Fender cable – Condition wise and apart from a couple of surface grazes, which are barely skin deep, this is a very clean instrument – Some slight tarnish to the gold hardware but certainly nothing nasty – One owner since new – Purchased in 2006 – Neck date shows as Nov 2005 – This ties in with the 2006 release of the appropriate spec and changes to the JB Tele – Mainly the new blade magnet JB Custom Wound pick-ups – Re-strung with a set of 9-42 gauge strings (as per the factory set-up) and set-up with a slick easy action
Product details and features are as follows :-
- Whole guitar weighs 8lbs and 5oz
- Basswood body with blue 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 .877″ around the top nut end and .928″ around the 12th fret – Comfortable girth without feeling full/fat
- Satin finish to the 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 – Neck measures 8.4K and 12.1 K bridge
- 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 – Additionally, the S1 switch, discreetly hidden within the volume pot, allows you three additional voices – When the 5 way switch is left on position 2 or 4 (ie the traditional 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 – In the bridge position it delivers a fat and ballsy voice – Leave the 5 way switch in the middle position (3) and push the S1 switch down – This now gives you access to the bridge and neck on together as per a regular Tele – Overall it makes it a very versatile package that covers many style of music
The guitar is set-up with a slick easy action thanks to a set of 9-42 gauge strings – 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 9-42 gauge strings and an easy action that responds to a light touch
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