Fender’s US-made Rarities Collection showcases a new model once a month, usually with special woods or electronics. As ‘poster boy’ for the month of May we have the new Fender Rarities Red Mahogany Top Telecaster.
Fender Rarities Red Mahogany Top Telecaster
This Telecaster has a two-piece ash body with a nice grain pattern, which can be seen only on the back and on the sides. As the name suggests, a reddish mahogany has been used for the top. The one-piece neck with Deep C profile is made of maple (as you would expect with a Telecaster) so it should sound and feel familiar.
Vintage Style Understated?
The Custom Shop vintage-style bridge pickup with 50s sound is matched with a Custom Shop Twisted Neck Pickup. The only “boutique level” highlight is the special red mahogany, and possibly the gold hardware. Why not a trendy roasted maple neck or a fretboard with fancy inlays?
I own a Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster, which has a flame maple top over an ash body and gold hardware, which I think looks a lot nicer and costs a fair bit less than this model does. But if you fancy a bit of bling on you Telecaster then you may love this month’s Rarities release.
This model looks a bit too smooth and flashy for my taste, but you may well love it. This is very subjective, obviously, but it’s not really hitting the mark for me personally. But it is probably be a great-sounding instrument. I’d actually like to play one first. On paper I find it a bit meh, but in the real world it could be something quite special. There are only 200 available worldwide, so I’ll probably never get to try one!
RRP – USD 2499 / EUR 2510 inc Deluxe Hardshell Case