Ancient mythology holds that the fabled Phoenix bird will only land amid the branches of the Empress tree when a good ruler is in power. Lightweight Empress wood has long been used in the Far East for... Read More
Ancient mythology holds that the fabled Phoenix bird will only land amid the branches of the Empress tree when a good ruler is in power. Lightweight Empress wood has long been used in the Far East for traditional stringed instruments (such as the Japanese koto and Korean gayageum zithers). The tree eventually found its way to the Southeastern United States, from which comes this amazing new super-lightweight Telecaster model.
On its 1951 introduction, the Telecaster was a revolutionary instrument that would usher in whole new eras of musical innovation and excitement. Sixty years later, in 2011, it is an archetypal electric guitar with a long and storied history. The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the Telecaster, and Fender is celebrating its 60th anniversary all year with 12 very special "Tele-bration" models that stay inside the Telecaster's famously elegant lines while offering the finest and most unusual takes on the instrument's past, present and future.
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I bought this guitar in the honeyburst finish and was blown away. I saw people on forums bashing it before I got it saying it didn't sound like it had a Telecasters spank. Man were they wrong and I'm so happy I bought it. The neck pickup is so warm and the bridge pickup gives that country sound everyone loves. It's super light weight and not even chambered and that is amazing. There are only a handful of these out there 1,000 total 500 in honeyburst and 500 in vintage white. Get one before they are gone and you won't regret it!
I recently purchased this Empress Tele(Vintage White) and I can?t say enough good about! It?s not only a beautiful light weight Tele that plays like no other. It has the tone and presence that you?d expect from a quality MIA Fender guitar. I?m not a Pro Player nor do I Gig with a band. I?m a hobbyist that has played/bought/sold a number of guitars over the years. During a few recent visits to GC to check-out new Teles I kept coming back to this ONE. I made multiple visits at different times to try different models and this Empress Tele whooood me back. The finish work is what you'd expect and deserve with a pro level instrument. The neck's finished with a gloss fretboard and satin back that plays extremely well. The pickups are described as "Hot" by the Fender website which i guess means they're not the "Vintage" style pups? They do have is the ability to do the Twang, Rock, Blues, and Jazz tones you'd expect from a Tele. I'll I can say is, don?t overlook this model because it?s not the traditional Ash or Alder. If you?re in market for a new Tele, one must consider the Royal Empress.
Since this Telecaster is "limited edition", and might not last on the shelves very long, I felt like I should write a first impression's review. Let me start off by saying that this guitar is great! It feels super light but not to the point that it feels cheap. The "empress wood" that the guitar's solid body is made of causes the Telecaster to produce a very nice clean tone but not that different from a normal Telecaster. It seems very sturdy and reliable, which is really nice, and the pickups on mine are not as noisy as some other single coils (could just be cause it's fairly new). All in all, I recommend you go to your local GC and try out this guitar. PROS: Super Light Solid Body Clean Tone Sturdy & Reliable CONS: ... -Isaac P.S. I will write a follow up review later.
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