With our electric staffer Dan having an excellent 59/60 style telecaster, we knew expectations would be high on this one. Boy, did Fender absolutely nail this build!
When we think of a "slab board Telecaster", it's most undeniably the Blonde variant so faithfully recreated here. The original Butterscotch Blonde of the early 50s gave way to the lighter Blonde seen here, which plays so well off of the single-ply parchment guard and rich, dark rosewood fingerboard. It's perhaps the most iconic mid-period Telecaster thanks to that guy Jimmy Page.
The unique combination of the ash body, slab-board Maple neck, and threaded steel saddles present a fundamentally powerful tele tone with a chirpy top end. Plugged in, the '58 handwound pickups deliver excellent balance and clarity, making it an ideal guitar for all genres. This isn't just a country picker's guitar, folks!
Feel is great thanks to a well-done Journeyman finish (think light relic). The neck has a touch more wear on the back to give it a more played-in feel without disturbing the aesthetic.
If you've longed for a Custom Shop Tele that showcases some of the best of Leo's designs in one instrument, it might be this '60 Telecaster.
Priced with hardshell case and COA.
- 2-Piece Ash body with Natural Blonde finish
- Maple neck w/ Rosewood slab fingerboard
- Low oval C neck profile w/ 6105 Narrow Tall frets
- Profile measurements: .79" @ 1st fret / .93" @ 12th fret
- 9.5" Radius
- Modern tele wiring
- Handwound '58 Telecaster pickups
- '59 Telecaster pickguard - single-ply 8-hole
- Weight: 7lb 7oz