G.E. Smith's Unique Tele of Choice!Do you dig unique instruments? Do you also count yourself among the Telecaster faithful? Then you need to drop everything and check out this amazing axe! Get this: Fender's G.E. Smith Telecaster actually crosses a very cool '50s Tele with a '40s lap steel! WHAT? Really! This vintage-style marvel suits G.E. (think Dylan, Bowie, and SNL, among others) just fine, and it's definitely a unique take on the Tele. Dig the big U-shaped neck, the lap-steel-style inlays, the "cut-off" bridge plate, and that crazy-cool body-mounted bridge pickup. What an incredibly cool and distinctive guitar!
You know and love this icon of a solidbody electric guitar; from Nashville to New York City to New Orleans to Nor Cal (and everywhere in-between), axe-slingers all over the place swear by the Tele. Why? Start with the history: over a half-century after the first Telecaster flew out of Fullerton, California, this solidbody retains essentially the same design. That's doing it right the first time! The classic pickup arrangement, easy switching, comfortable neck shape, and time-tested hardware combine to give you exactly what you want out of an electric guitar, no matter what kind of music you play.
Springsteen plays one. So does Tom Petty. And Andy Summers from the Police. Want to talk twang? Look no further than the Teles strapped to Merle Haggard or the legendary James Burton. Keith Richards brought dozens of rock's most memorable licks to life on a Tele, and Joe Strummer used his Telecaster to blend punk's snarl with smart songcraft. Don't forget Roy Buchanan and Albert Collins; their Teles helped to define electric blues. And, who can forget all those amazing R&B records Steve Cropper put his Telecaster magic on? We're just scratching the surface here, folks... you simply can't go wrong when you strap on a Tele!
Fender G.E. Smith Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
- Series: Artist Series
- Body: Premium Ash body
- Neck: One-piece Maple, extra deep "U" shape, (nitrocellulose lacquer finish)
- Fingerboard: Maple, 7-1/4" radius, custom lap-steel inlay pattern
- Number of frets: 21 vintage-style frets
- Scale length: 25-1/2"
- Width at nut: 1.650"
- Hardware: Chrome
- Machine heads: Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuning machines
- Bridge: Custom "cut-off" vintage-style Tele bridge
- Pickguard: One-ply black
- Pickups: Two original Vintage Tele single coils, body-mounted bridge pickup
- Pickup switching: Three-position blade
- Controls: Master volume, master tone
- Case: Vintage tweed case included