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Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar Transparent Crimson

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When platinum-selling Jimmy Eat World guitarist and frontman Jim Adkins cheerfully challenged Fender by throwing down the gauntlet of designing his perfect electric guitar, a collaboration began that ... Click To Read More About This Product

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When platinum-selling Jimmy Eat World guitarist and frontman Jim Adkins cheerfully challenged Fender by throwing down the gauntlet of designing his perfect electric guitar, a collaboration began that resulted in the Fender JA-90 Telecaster. Fender sat down with Adkins and went over his old Fender TC-90 spec by spec, making some important changes that subsequently produced this unique new model.

The Jim Adkins Telecaster guitar has a mahogany neck set into a semi-hollow ash body, Seymour Duncan Soapbar pickups, independent volume and tone controls, an Adjusto-Matic bridge and anchored tailpiece. The high-output Custom Soapbar SP90-3 pickup uses two large ceramic magnets for extra output, compressed dyanamics, and sharper attack. The full frequency response delivers extra punch. The Vintage Soapbar SP90-1 has short, wide bobbins for higher output and more powerful midrange than Strat or Tele single-coils. The tone is sweet and smooth.

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Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Ash
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: SP90-1NRWRP Vintage Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity P-90
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: SP90-3B Vintage P-90
  • Brand: Seymour Duncan
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Adjusto-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: South Korea
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FenderJim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

fender and gibson went up the hill and what a child they produced

the looks and playability of a tele, the sound and hardware of a gibson. this is a match made in heaven. i love the snarl of the p-90's, great for...Read complete review

the looks and playability of a tele, the sound and hardware of a gibson. this is a match made in heaven. i love the snarl of the p-90's, great for blues,country,and classic rock. the neck pickup gives nice round jazz type clean sounds. the bridge give growl from the seymour duncan 3rd generation p-90. the set neck is contoured to fit the hand at the higher registers, making all frets fully accessable. the pickups are very sensitive to your attack, giving you great dynamaic control. thanks james and fender for a great guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

great hollowbody telecaster kit

this guitar is beautiful looking, but sadly it is wired horribly. i was so excited when i got my new ja90 i took it strait to practice. it shorted out halfway thru the...Read complete review

this guitar is beautiful looking, but sadly it is wired horribly. i was so excited when i got my new ja90 i took it strait to practice. it shorted out halfway thru the first song!from the factory all the knobs were loose so if they were twisted (which is what they are for) they shorted out the pots on the inner shielding paint.second practice i tape up the shielding, and bring it back. it shorts out again one song in!lots of bare wire in the guitar, and i just had to make another repair to the jack. the wires were so bare in there that i had to unsolder both, and shrink tube them so they would not short each other out, or contact the jack that was plugged in.this has happened several other times, but i think you get the idea.i now check this guitar before i take it anywhere to make sure it actually works, and most of the guys in my band hate it!in the same time frame i bought a gretcsh. it works great no problems, no hassels just plug it in and it plays everytime.i am really dissatisfied with the way fender has let their worksmanship slide. i have a bunch of old fenders, and they still work like a charm. they really need to regulate the stuff coming into the states to avoid stuff like this.i wish someone would have written this review before i picked this guitar up. don't get this guitar without a soldering iron and some wiring diagrams, or unless you just plan on hanging it on the wall to look at it. the finish really is nice.

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4.0

Great. Unique.

By ALAN

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Truly a great, unique guitar. Telecaster Thinline meets Gibson hardware and controls. ...and beautiful. Not made in Corona (Indonesia), but you'd never know it. Great craftsmanship. Don't own a traditional Thinline so can't compare the sound, but it does sound great, and the extra volume and tone controls makes it more versatile. The Seymour Duncan pickups don't hum anymore than others, which I read in some reviews.

 
5.0

I will buy another at some point just for Drop D.

By SB

from Kansas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everything.
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Basically dreamed up this guitar physically when I was little. Then saw one at a pawn shop, didn't buy it then it was gone. Bothered by this for a year and a half. Finally bought one. Loved the guitar before I realized it was a signature. Adkins ironically was/is a pretty big influence. I would have it regardless since I love thinlines. This is just the thinlines pinnacle at least in terms of current non boutique guitars.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A very non-Telecaster Telecaster

    By Mooseboy

    from Lincoln, NE

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I've been looking around at some guitars that were a bit out of the ordinary lately. When I saw this Tele I definitely did a double take. Then I read the specs and did another double take. This guitar, to me, is more Gibson than Fender… but I mean that in a good way, not to disparage either company.

      The P90s aren't subtle in any way, and that's what I was looking for. They're mean, snarling little doggies, and I'm really diggin' them. Of course, being P90s, they're more susceptible to stray RF, so you have to take that into account.

      Right out of the box, this axe was set up almost exactly the way I would do it. It plays like a dream. My guitar playing buddies and everybody else love the look of it. Esthetically the only thing that I don't like are the knobs. They'll be swapped out for some black speed knobs post haste.

      Oh, and I had no idea who Jim Adkins was, so I had to look it up.

       
      4.0

      Pleasantly Surprised

      By FotU

      from SLC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Highly playable
      • Stunning looks

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home
        • Shows

        Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I own two dozen guitars, ranging from American Strats, G&L ASATs, Gibson Les Pauls, Gretsch Malcolm Young, Gibson SG standard...this guitar holds its own against all the rest.

        It's beautiful, and the finish is solid. The feel is solid. The playability is very high. The sound is really good, but won't be great until the electronics are switched out for something better.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        5/5 with a few tweaks!

        By Sounds Underground

        from Chandler, AZ

        About Me Professional Musician

        Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        Good guitar with a little more money sunk into it, you've got a great axe. The electronics are junk. You'll want to replace these with something better, like the LP wiring kit from stewmac. This really brought out the low end and made it really full sounding. I also gave it extra shielding with copper tape to tame those p-90's a little. Secondly the knobs are junk. Cheap plastic knobs and two of them were so low, they marred the finished. I replaced these with genuine fender 70's metal knobs. What a difference in feel. Also when you get it, chances are it will need a truss rod adjustment depending on the strings you play. that's pretty much every guitar so nothing new there. I think the radius is really 11" rather than a 9.5" as advertised. And the scale advertised is definitely wrong. it's the shorter scale like a LP. Unique sounding guitar, best of both worlds.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great telecaster

        By Gonzo

        from USA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I'm surprised no one has mentioned this - even tho the P-90's are a huge part of the appeal of this - the Gibson scale length brings it home.

          I strung this with uber light Rev Willie 7's, and it plays like an air guitar.

          Mine is trans red and the fit and finish seems first class.

          I have about a dozen really nice guitars, yet this one is the one on the stand next to the desk to be grabbed nowadays about 90% of the time.

          I notice Fender is now advertising this with a 25.5" scale, and don't know if that's a typo or not - I had to get my measuring tape and make certain mine is 24.75 just like musicians friend advertises it - cuz the other sites possibly have it wrong, or Fender made a change since last year when mine was made.

          I would not like this so much if it were a standard Fender scale. So if you're buying one, decide and verify on that.

          All in all, this is my only new guitar (the rest are vintage) and I dig playing it pretty much the most.

          Five stars from me!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One Small Set Back...

          By Tyler Foran

          from Portsmouth, NH

          Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          You'll never want another guitar again. Plain and simple. That tone you get from the body resonating and the Seymour Duncans... woo! The bridge pick up is the perfect kind of crunch, and the neck pick up is so warm, you could easily use it as a go to for acoustic sounds. Blend them together? ::COUGHperfectionCOUGH:: I have to warn you, when you play it... make sure you have a friend in the room, because you'll need all the help you can get to find your socks after they've been rocked off. I use Rotosound 10s on this bad boy and the two of them to together are the best pairing ever! I love this guitar, I've played a ton in my day, traded in a Gibson Les Paul to get it... yeah, that good. I've always been a fan of Fender and their consistent quality. That being said, the input jack was loose out of the box but Fender is awesome and stand by their product and got it warranty repaired at the Guitar Center in town. Love it! This guitar needs to be played, it's a perfect fit, feel, sound, I don't know how you couldn't enjoy it. The neck through design the... okay, I'm going to go all night about this guitar, so instead... I'm just going to go play it some more.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          2nd one is a gem

          By JOHN TRAYNOR

          from Bronxville NY

          Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          It took returning one.. But I really love this model. I have an american made tele and it rarely gets touched now. I love the set neck and P90 combo on the tele body. Very versatile..

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great except for bridge PU

          By TheFly

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Looks good
          • Middle Pick Up Position

          Cons

          • Bridge Pick Up

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I was sick of switching between a Les Paul for heavier sounds and a Strat for single coil sounds, so I picked this up hoping it could cover both. All in all, it's a pretty good guitar. Looks great, stays in tune decently, and I like the Les Paul style controls. This thing really shines in the middle PU position. Tone is rich and full. The neck PU is pretty good also, but unfortunately, the bridge PU is unusable for me. It sounds dull and cheap. I'll probably replace that PU eventually, but I'm afraid it will ruin the near perfect middle combo. Happy and disappointed at the same time.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Guitar I've Owned

            By alinquist

            from Waukesha, WI

            About Me Professional Musician

            Comments about Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            The JA-90 is awesome. I've had everything from Teles to Les Pauls (have leaned toward Teles the past few years) and decided to give the JA-90 a shot. I've never received more compliments on my tone. The way this interacts with my drive pedals (Fulldrive 2 and Sparkle Drive) and my delays & reverbs (TC Nova Delay, Eventide Space) is just amazing.

            I have the ebony - the finish is killer. It's black but the way you see through the grain is beautiful. It almost has a deep purpleish hue to it. I agree with other reviews that the input jack is poor and the knobs aren't great (I replaced them with some SG style knobs and it looks way better) but I wouldn't let that stop you. Those are easy fixes.

            I love the sound of the P90s but they are definitely noiser than other single coils. That comes with the territory. I play quite a bit of atmospheric stuff where I need the guitar to be quiet. I tried shielding/rewiring but that doesn't help. I finally tried an EHX Humdebugger and it does the trick well with very little tone change. If you go for the JA-90 - and I definitely recommend that you do - its worth trying out a Humdebugger for the times you do need the P90s to function quietly.

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