In 1958, Fender modified the design of their Telecaster model, switching from a string-through-body bridge design to a top-loading bridge design.
Why We Love This
Players like Jim Campilongo have long espoused the virtues of a top-loader bridge and we count ourselves as fans too. The feel is a touch slinkier, the tones a bit twangier...check out Jim's "Orange" record for an intro into the top-loader world (and brace yourself - the playing is outrageously great).
A flexible guitar with classic 50s tone, this Vintage Custom ’58 Telecaster lets you choose either stringing method, courtesy of the Top-Load Tele bridge with period-accurate threaded steel saddles. The two-piece select ash body features a pristine translucent Aged White Blonde NOS flash coat lacquer finish that makes it look like this instrument time-traveled from ’58 to today.
The tinted riftsawn maple neck’s “U”-shaped profile fills the hand comfortably while the 7.25”-9.5”-compound-radius fingerboard flattens out as you go up the neck, making it easy to bend without fretting out, and 21 medium-vintage frets offer familiar playing feel.
A pair of Hand-Wound ’58 Tele single-coil pickups are packed with authentic twang and growl, tied together with vintage-style wiring. For those who want more modern tone, Fender included a Fat ‘50s Tele wiring and control assembly in the case.
Other features include 3-way switch, 1-ply Eggshell pickguard, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and wing string tree.