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Fender Custom Shop Founders Design Telecaster Designed By Gene Baker Wide Fade Chocolate 2-Color Sunburst 

(Wide Fade Chocolate 2-Color Sunburst)  Sku #J51702000001000

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Fender Custom Shop

A winning hybrid.

Gene Bakers’ Fender Custom Shop 30th Anniversary “Stelecaster” was inspired by the early mashups of the Stratocaster and Telecaster from Mike Bump, his former apprentice and now-R&D guru at Fender. “I just always felt that it belongs at Fender,” he said. “When you look at the model, just about everything is the Strat and the Tele 50/50 right up the center line. Mirror images of each other when you look at it. It looks very vintage and very familiar and friendly, although it makes you take a second thinking, ‘Whoa, what is that?’” The model follows Gene’s “modern vintage” style – taking the best of both models to maximize form, fit, function and flow.

The Stratocaster/Telecaster body is lightweight ash with a wide-fade Chocolate 3-Tone Sunburst color. The quartersawn maple neck features a multi-tier Telecaster-over-Stratocaster headstock, bone nut and Founders Design decal with Gene Baker’s signature on the back of the headstock. Gene opted for nickel/chrome hardware with vintage-style tuning machines and American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo, but chose modern Telecaster wiring. Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Select Ash
  • Body finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: 10/56 V
  • Neck wood: 1-piece quartersawn Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Nitrocellulose
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5 in.
  • Fret size: 6105 Narrow jumbo
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.656 in. (42 mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: Hand-Wound '69 Single Coil Strat
  • Middle: Hand-Wound RWRP '69 Single Coil Strat
  • Bridge: Hand-wound Original Blackguard Tele
  • Brand: Fender Custom shop
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Modern wiring, Push/pull neck on/off
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle vintage-style syncronized tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Vintage staggered
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Electronics
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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