Fender Artist Series Joe Strummer Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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From Fender®'s Artist Series, this Telecaster features an alder body with a maple "C" shape neck, rosewood fingerboard and 2 vintage style single-coil Tele® pickups with alnico magnets.

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From Fender®'s Artist Series, this Telecaster features an alder body with a maple "C" shape neck, rosewood fingerboard and 2 vintage style single-coil Tele® pickups with alnico magnets.

Designed in cooperation with the Strummer estate, the Joe Strummer electric guitar has a highly distressed "road-worn" treatment that duplicates the original's worn-to-the-wood layers of gray auto primer and flat black spray paint. It also features a "Revolution Rock" engraved neckplate and a limited edition art customization kit that includes Strummer-inspired stencils, stickers and graphics by designer Shepard Fairey.

Strummer was, of course, the Clash's articulate and fiery co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer; he later founded, recorded and toured with the Mescaleros. All his life, he vigorously championed individuality, self-expression and change--tenets often reflected in the constantly altered look of his favorite instrument--his Telecaster (currently on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland), an otherwise standard '60s-era model with all the original parts and specifications.

When Strummer bought it in 1975 for é120, the guitar had a Three-color Sunburst finish. He was having none of that, of course, but his improvised DIY gray and black "finishes" deteriorated quickly, giving the Telecaster its distinctive look. Like Strummer's music, the battered electric guitar changed constantly--plastered as it was with stencils, stickers and new paint jobs through the many stages of Strummer's life and career.

To celebrate Strummer's fierce sense of individuality, Fender and acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey collaborated on the new guitar's limited edition Joe Strummer Telecaster customization kit, which includes stencils and stickers inspired by the custom designs Strummer decorated many of his instruments with. The kit comes in a classic 12" album cover featuring graphics by Fairey and photography by Bob Gruen and will accompany the first 1,500 guitars.

The legacy of Joe Strummer (1952-2002) continues to live on, grow louder and shake up the establishment with the release of the Joe Strummer Telecaster, modeled after the beat up and battle-hardened '66 Tele® he wielded as leader of "the only band that matters"--seminal Brit punk commando unit the Clash.

Features
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 7.25" Radius (184mm)
  • Frets: 21 Vintage Style Frets
  • Pickups: 2 Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele® Pickups with Alnico Magnets (Neck & Bridge)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Vintage Style 3-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Tele Bridge
  • Machine Heads: Fender®/Ping® Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Distressed Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Unique Features: Revolution Rock Neckplate, Road Worn Finish, Art Customization Kit (First 1500 Units Only)
  • Kit Contains: Joe Strummer 12" Album Cover, Art Print, Stencil Sheet, Sticker Sheet, Template, Instructions and Bio.
  • Strings: Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel,
  • Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046),
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FenderArtist Series Joe Strummer Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

So cool

By Kellen Mitchell

from Gainesville, Fl

Comments about Fender Artist Series Joe Strummer Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This guitar is awesome. It sounds pure, yet tainted. Poetic, yet obscene. This is so much character in this guitar's voice, and the price is phenominal. The distressed look is a little too designer-y for my tastes, but at least I can load it up with stickers without feeling guilty about ruining a beautiful finish.

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(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Vintage Sound at a Vintage Price

By Brent Tantillo

from Pembroke Pine, FL

Comments about Fender Artist Series Joe Strummer Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Strummer knew had to make his tele roar with the rosewood fingerboard, vintage Fender pickups angled to make the higher strings twang. Fender's reproduction is more than admirable with the guitar being light for gigs and live shows and the neck being narrow so you can get you hands around it for fast playing blues, country, and rock riffin'. This is the best tele I've ever played.

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(24 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Worth it's weight in gold.

By David Urbina

from Boston, Massachusetts

Comments about Fender Artist Series Joe Strummer Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Amazing sound!!! Worth a lot more!!! The professionals at Fender are masters at their craft, and their precision for attention to detail makes this a great tribute to the legendary Joe Strummer! If you want the original but don�ۡ���t want to go to Ohio to see it, this guitar is exactly what you want. Aside from the ease of playing & its lightweight size, it sounds exactly like all the pre Clash, during The Clash & post Clash where the distinct Fender Telecaster sound is apparent. Get yours before they�ۡ���re all gone!

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