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Make'nMusic Limited Run Fender Telecaster Offset Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde Swamp Ash Maple

Make'nMusic Limited Run Fender Telecaster Offset more commonly known as a Telemaster  ·  Source: http://www.makenmusic.com/telemaster.html

Make'nMusic Limited Run Fender Telecaster Offset Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde Swamp Ash Maple

Make'nMusic Limited Run Fender Telecaster Offset with Swamp Ash body finished in Butterscotch Blonde  ·  Source: http://www.makenmusic.com/telemaster.html

Fender launched the Magnificent Seven back at NAMM 2016 at the beginning of the year. Now Make’n Music in the USA have paired up with them to do a special limited edition run of only 25 guitars in this traditional Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde finish.

The original Magnificent Seven production run includes an Offset Telecaster, or Telemaster, as they are known by players like myself (I own three and so am a bit of a fan). A hybrid of a Fender Jazzmaster body with Telecaster control layout, this also has the distinct Tele headstock shape as well.

Make’n Music have commissioned this finish as previously it was only available from Fender in a Custom Shop version of the guitar, which at the time retailed for thousands and was only available for a very short time back in 2008. The original version was so limited that a whole cult emerged via the internet of players building their own. Boutique companies like Fano and K-Line guitars did their own versions of the design.

Make'nMusic Limited Run Fender Telecaster Offset Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde Swamp Ash Maple

Make’nMusic Limited Run Fender Telecaster Offset with Swamp Ash body finished in Butterscotch Blonde

This year Fender decided to make a proper USA run of this popular design and so Make’n Music have decided to go for that more traditional Butterscotch Blonde, as seen on the original 1950s Telecaster and Esquire guitars to really get the whole retro ‘what could have been’ vibe. Of course, these guitars never existed until less than 10 years ago and originally were just an oddball guitar that the Fender Custom Shop toyed with.

But players really seem to love the look and many makers have now copied it. So Fender obviously want a slice of that. The specifications on this run are the same as the regular run from earlier in this year, just with the Butterscotch Blonde finish on a Swamp Ash body.

I’m biased, as I have already said, though I had to build my ones, as at the time no-one was making them and I wasn’t going to try to hunt down the over-priced Custom Shop version from the original run. I’ve included a video below of the original Magnificent Seven launch from NAMM earlier this year.

RRP: USD $1499.99 for the initial run of 25 guitars available late July (pre orders open now)

Make’n Music Fender Offset Telecaster/Telemaster specifications

 

by Jef

One response to “Fender Offset Telecaster Magnificent 7: Introducing the 8th wonder limited edition”

  1. dee says:

    Love? Yes it was love @ 1st sight–I thought it was a Meteor. Not. Surprise? Yes I thought Leo F was dead in the water. After so many failed launches (mostly in Squier series, Venus, Esquire, Superstrat, n’ the newly resurrected Starcaster hollow bod) Affordable? No. But neither are any top o’ the line Teles or Strats, Jag, Jazzes, etc, which depreciate 30 % the minute you stroll out of the store wielding brand new axe. Bang for your buck/holds value? Yes. Either of the two–Meteora or Offset Tele. Wait a few years and see, I’ll gar-un-gol-durn-tee ya…specially if they fail to catch on, get discontinued, trickle down to Squier so johnny and sis can afford one. Any color, any setup, you can’t go wrong. I bought my offset Tele in brown high gloss natural finish, and a canary yellow Meteora with blonde neck. The plan is to add some low key customized touches on both, provided standard aftermarket Fender hardware/parts kits fit. (Pickup covers, back/neck plates, knobs, string trees, etc) I’m the first kid on my block to own these adult toys–not even the big box music stores I frequent have examples in stock. Nor will they in the forseeable future! Why? Because, Home Skillet, they’ll be snatched the minute they’re hung on a wall hook. Take my word on this. For roughly the same price you’d have to pay for any American made Fender, what you’re getting is a prototype that, if you can hold on to it, will increase tenfold, by the time your grandkid inherits it. As it is, I wager I’ll be offered double what I paid very soon, at some late night practice session, or wee hour after-show party, hotel suite gathering, or groupie/fan autograph appearance. Offsets are where its at, it seems, wave of the future, can’t fight it. Up till now I’ve always been a die hard Strat man, too… single coil, whammy bar required, inflexible. These days, or perhaps its always been so–it’s difficult to afford a new, American made Fender electric, especially with the knowledge you’ll be fortunate to sell it for half it’s retail value should hard times come. But rest assured, the Meteora or Telemaster at the current pre-order prices are a steal. Best thousand dollars I ever invested, and so pleasurable on any level. To look at. To play. To hear. To feel. To share. To display. To add your own touches to!

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