This FCS '59 Telecaster is incredibly easy to play, has a really comfortable neck carve, and the string tension is on the slinkier side. Sounds like a blast, you say? Indeed.
If you're in the market for a new Telecaster - perhaps you're an acoustic player just getting into electrics (think of a Tele like a D-18); or you're typically a Strat player and appreciate how agile and easy to play they are; or you're a diehard Tele player and want to add another to the collection - this double bound '59 Custom Shop would make an excellent candidate for your next T-style.
When we first sat down with this alder bodied Tele, we were immediate struck by its weight (7lbs 2 oz) and its neck carve (1959 D .81-.95"). Combined with 6105 frets (narrow tall) and 9 1/2" radius, this '59 D carve feels phenomenal in-hand, which is why we're thinking Strat players might love this one. It's incredibly easy to play, has a really comfortable taper, and the string tension is on the slinkier side. Sounds like a blast, you say? Indeed.
Plugged in, the Texas Special pickups deliver hotter output while retaining the iconic twang these guitars are known for. What's great about the hotter output is how it allows you to dial back your pick attack while still achieving full-bodied tones. Meaning, you don't have to dig in to get something out of the guitar unless, of course, you just want to. There's something really inspiring about setting your amp somewhat hot (yet still clean) and playing with a lighter touch.