A landmark year with its slimmer neck and improved twang.
The American Vintage â??58 Telecaster harkens back to early 1958, when the Telecaster graduated from its original U-shaped neck profileâ??a real handfulâ??to a still-large but more comfortable D-shape for its maple neck. Other spot-on early-â??58 touches are here too, such as a lightweight ash body, staggered bridge pickup pole magnets, solid steel â??barrelâ? bridge saddles, a single-ply white pickguard, â??top-hatâ? switch tip, flat-top knurled aluminum chrome control knobs and more.
1958 was an important year for the Telecaster because thatâ??s when slimmer necks started appearing on the instrument, and when (in early-year models) string-through bridges with solid-steel saddles first showed up, magnifying the guitarâ??s prized signature twang.
Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, Fender have completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue conceptâ??restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and moreâ??based on actual vintage guitars.