Fender Japan has announced a spectacular-looking limited edition Telecaster, themed after the Neon Genesis Evangelion character Asuka. The Evangelion Asuka Telecaster has very vivid aesthetics – as you’d expect for an manga-inspired guitar. It will certainly stand out from the crowd!
Fender Japan Evangelion Asuka Telecaster
This is one crazily coloured Telecaster! It’s a limited edition intended for the Japanese market. Based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion character Asuka, the Fender Japan Evangelion Asuka Telecaster has some unusual features – and not just aesthetically. The guitar’s neck plate features a NERV logo etching and the only fretboard inlay is a block-print-style EVA 2 at the twelfth fret.
The black, neon green and orange pickguard is mounted atop an orange-gradient gloss polyester finish on the body. Your eye is drawn to the Alumitone Humbucker in the bridge and the matching Alumitone single-coil in the neck position of the guitar. These are wired via a standard Tele-style three-way switch as well as Volume and Tone controls.
The guitar’s hardware is all black, making a nice contrast to the bright finish. To me, it has a really nice overall look – even though it’s so far removed from a traditional Butterscotch Telecaster! The aesthetics will certainly stand out if you take it down to your local open mic night or blues jam!
C.O.A and original artwork
It comes with a certificate of authenticity, plus an original artwork by Rebuild of Evangelion director Kazuya Tsurumaki, featuring Asuka in a ‘plugsuit ‘with the guitar. This limited edition model is set to drop mid-July 2020, celebrating the release of Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0. If you want one outside Japan, you will probably need to find a way to import one and be prepared to pay the import fees.
RRP – YEN 259000