Not only weren’t Fender sure what to call it, but the Classical Thinline Telecaster also isn’t a typical thinline – other than a chambered f-hole, it’s actually a solid body Tele, with a piezo pickup, and was specifically designed for classical guitar nylon strings. (That’s where “Classical” in the model name comes in, though it confused people no end)
Designed in Japan, as a limited edition model for Fender’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, (pic # 5 shows the 50 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE badge on the back of the headstock), this is a great example of the premium build quality that Fender Japan is renowned for. Resolutely not a Tele twanger, the solid body, the LR Baggs pickup and a Tusq nut deliver what can really only be described as an electric version of a classical guitar – with the shape and playability of a Telecaster!
So, not an acoustic guitar at all – it’s fully designed to be plugged into an amp, with the under-saddle piezo pickup, plus the guitar’s active electronics, delivering a sound completely unlike any other Telecaster. The unique sound is no doubt what brought such a legendary player as Steve Winwood to the guitar: Youtube link. Check out his solo at around 2:50.
A regular Telecaster Maple neck, with regular Telecaster width – not classical – features a slightly flattened modern-C profile. The Rosewood fingerboard and bridge both have pearl dot inlays, with the bridge intended for ball-end nylon strings, (though die-hard classical players could probably use tie-end strings).
The silk-and-steel/nylon strings even offer up an interesting slide tone, and some ghosty/ethereal high end notes, particularly on the higher reaches of the three top strings. The tone control, as is generally the case with Japanese models, has a really useful range, which we’ve been enjoying immensely through our workshop Vox amp.
Free courier delivery
Condition, as evident in the photos, is “well played”, though not abused – a scattering of little paint dings, front and back, plus the not uncommon Japanese lacquer checking on the back. This rare and unique Telecaster comes in a quality Ritter gig bag, with FREE COURIER DELIVERY included to any address in Australia. ($100 airfreight to New Zealand, and $175 to the US, Canada, UK and mainstream European countries)
Weight: 6lb 6½oz / 2.9kg