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Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster

Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster  ·  Source: Fender

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The Joe Strummer Tele is back and resplendent in its relic finish. Is this a true punk masterpiece, or just another endless cash-in from the Californian guitar giant?

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Joe Strummer Tele

This Joe Strummer Tele is the latest version of The Clash frontman’s iconic Telecaster. We have seen it before, as a limited run and now it is back and is made in Mexico.

The model is based on Joe’s well-worn ’66 model and certainly looks battered in the official video and images from Fender.

Joe Strummer Tele is back

A well-worn Telecaster based on Joe Strummer’s ’66 original

Specifications

This signature guitar for the late Joe Strummer features a Road Worn lacquer-finished alder body paired with a mid-’60s C-shape maple neck and a 7.25″ radius. rosewood fretboard. It comes factory fitted with 21 vintage frets and a bone nut. The guitar is powered by a set of Fender Custom Joe Strummer Single-Coil Tele pickups in the neck and bridge positions. It has standard Telecaster wiring with volume, tone and a three-way selector switch.

Custom neck plate

All the chrome hardware is aged and includes a six-saddle Telecaster ashtray bridge, a set of vintage-style tuning machines and a custom neck plate. The guitar also has a period-correct 3-ply parchment pickguard.

Joe Strummer Tele is back

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How Punk?

Overall, I’m not a huge fan of this guitar, as you can probably tell. I think it just sums up the overdone, relic ‘cash-in signature’ model for a dead artist that appears to be popular with big guitar companies. It will sell, I have no doubt about that, but I think it just stinks of greed and lack of imagination. This is a guitar for collectors and punk wannabes at best.

MSRP – EUR 1899 *

Fender Joe Strummer Tele RW Black

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  • Joe Strummer Tele is back: Fender
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Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster

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