Fender Parallel Universe Troublemaker Telecaster: A leaf from the Les Paul playbook
Troublemaker Telecaster takes on Gibson's finest?
The Fender Parallel Universe Series has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons with Fender fans and purists. But it looks like its Troublemaker Telecaster is aiming to take a slice of Gibson’s pie too!
Launched at this year’s Winter NAMM (and unofficially before that leaked by certain Fender dealers) the Troublemaker Telecaster sounds on paper very familiar indeed: Twin ‘Shawbucker‘ humbuckers, a mahogany body with a book-matched plain maple top and finished in nitrocellulose. It also has a Fender Adjusto-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece and a four knob Volume/Tone control layout with a toggle switch on the top horn.
The neck profile is the American Professional Tele neck, so somewhere between a D and a C profile. It comes with a large Strat-like headstock and a modern 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard.
You can order it in either Ice Tea Burst or the Ice Tea Metallic nitro finish.
John 5 First Impressions
Fender has just released another promo video with Telecaster aficionado John 5 playing one blindfolded and he gets a little over excited when it is revealed to him what he is actually playing.
The retro styling blends nicely with the very Gibson-esque layout and look. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of the series as a whole, but this one does look a hell of a lot nicer than the Fender Parallel Universe Jazz/Tele I wrote about recently! This one might grow on me. And I’m the sort of man that can never have enough Telecasters in my life, so I may even buy one myself someday. They are a limited run, so won’t be around forever.
RRP – USD 1999/GBP 1609
- Fender Parallel Universe Troublemaker Telecaster Ice Tea Burst: Fender
- Fender Parallel Universe Troublemaker Telecaster Ice Metallic Blue: Fender