Fender announced its Road Worn Jason Isbell Signature Custom Telecaster earlier this year during the NAMM online event. Now that it’s hitting stores worldwide, we’re getting more details about the guitar’s specifications. Among these are an aged Chocolate Sunburst finish and a few tweaks that fans of classic Telecasters will appreciate.
Fender Road Worn Jason Isbell Signature Custom Telecaster
This new signature model for Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jason Isbell comes in what I think is a delicious-looking Chocolate Sunburst. But it’s also been given some Road Worn treatment to make it look aged. Accompanying the attractive paint job are a few nice tweaks to the Tele formula that will probably appeal to fans of classic versions of Fender’s single-cut guitar.
First, let’s look at the construction: an alder body with a Road Worn Chocolate Sunburst and ‘59-style cream double-binding. Sweet. You also get a mid-’60s C-shaped maple neck, a 21-fret rosewood fretboard with a vintage-style 7.25″ radius and a synthetic bone nut.
Modified Bridge and Custom Pickups
This model sports a custom-modified bridge with vintage-type brass barrel saddles, so you have no lip around the playing area of the bridge. This will aid picking styles, including chicken picking. Other tweaks include a set of custom-voiced pickups designed by Tim Shaw, described as having “sparkling, fiery tones”. Sounds fun!
So what about the relic finish? Opinion among players seems divided; some love it, while others aren’t as into this kind of faux ageing. But I like the overall look of this new signature model. And if you enjoy a vintage neck radius, you will probably dig this Custom Telecaster.
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