Fender's rich history owes a lot to the Telecaster. Introduced in 1950 as the world's first solid-body, single-cutaway electric guitar, its crisp and bright tone quickly became preferred by countless blues and rock musicians over the decades that followed. As you can imagine, a Telecaster from the Fender Custom Shop is not only an amazing instrument - it's a testament to how Fender revolutionized guitar playing. Employing the finest luthiers and using only first-class woods and components, Fender Custom Shop Telecasters are truly in a league of their own.
As you browse this selection of Fender Custom Shop Telecasters, you'll learn quickly that these guitars are not for the casual picker or strummer. What you have here is one stunning work of art after another, designed specifically for discerning players who want to treat themselves to an instrument that will make onlookers drool with envy. For a great example of what's created in the Fender Custom Shop, turn your attention to the Artist Series Merle Haggard Signature Telecaster Electric Guitar in 2-Color Sunburst. Equipped with a Texas Special neck pickup, custom wiring of a 4-way Tele pickup switch and featuring gold hardware, this semi-hollowbody, set neck Tele is made to Merle's exact specifications. When you get right down to it, the Merle Haggard Signature Tele is an incredible tribute to the country music icon.
Now, for those who are after a Telecaster with more cutting-edge refinements, go with the Custom Shop John 5 Telecaster Electric Guitar. Featuring a three-on-a-side headstock bolted to a black double-bound premium ash body and shaved maple neck, this Tele is a modern-day workhorse with looks that are as sharp as its tone. Speaking of which, the Fender USA Enforcer humbucking bridge pickup and Fender Custom Shop Tele neck pickup speak only further to this guitar's versatility. On stage or in the studio, the John 5 Tele will steal the show every time you strap it on.
Fender's artistic flair and master craftsmanship have been impressing musicians the world over since 1946 - but when it comes to the best of the best, you don't need to look any further than their Custom Shop models. From signature artist models to guitars that are exact replicas of legendary axes from the '50s, these Telecasters represent everything that makes Fender the most respected guitar manufacturer of all time.