James Burton Telecaster®
The Original Telecaster Master
An original Telecaster master still going strong, James Burton influenced generations of rock guitar royalty with his perfectly phrased late-'50s/early-'60s Tele® work with Ricky Nelson, and his later stints with Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and many others only furthered his revered elder-statesman status. His was the first signature Telecaster model, and today's James Burton Telecaster is as fiery as ever, with three pickups, special switching, gold hardware, gorgeous paisley-flame finishes and more.
- Blue and red paisley flame finishes
- Vintage-style “U”-shaped neck profile
- Three specially designed James Burton pickups
- Five-way “Strat-o-Tele” pickup switch
- S-1™ switch
- Vintage-style strings-thru-body hardtail bridge
A basswood body contributes to a defined sound that cuts through a mix well, with nice warmth and midrange and even a slightly growling tone.
’60s "U" Neck Profile
The James Burton Telecaster features a vintage-style ’60s "U" neck profile (the shape of the neck in cross section) that feels fuller to the fretting hand than more modern neck profiles, with a little more mass for improved tone and sustain.
Three Special Design Burton Single Coils
This fiery signature Telecaster produces fiery tone from its three single-coil pickups, all specially voiced in accordance with Burton’s specifications.
Five-Way "Strat-o-Tele" Switching
As a Telecaster with three pickups rather than the traditional two, this model features special five way "Strat-o-Tele" switching that delivers the neck pickup alone, the bridge pickup alone, and three different parallel dual-pickup combinations.
For even more tonal versatility, engaging the S-1 switch on the James Burton Telecaster introduces series circuitry for pickup switch positions two and four.
Hard-Tail Stratocaster Bridge
For rock-solid intonation and tuning stability, the James Burton Telecaster features a gold-plated American Vintage string-through-body hard-tail Stratocaster bridge with six saddles.
Neck Shape'60s "U"
Scale Length25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets21
Fret SizeVintage Style
Nut MaterialSynthetic Bone
Nut Width1.650" (42 mm)
Bridge PickupSpecially Designed James Burton
Middle PickupSpecially Designed James Burton
Neck PickupSpecially Designed James Burton
ControlsMaster Volume, Master Tone
Switching5-Position Blade, Special “Strat-o-Tele” Switching: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Bridge and Neck Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Special ElectronicsS-1™ Switch
Bridge6-Saddle American Series Strings-Thru-Body Strat with Block-Style Saddles
Tuning MachinesDeluxe Cast/Sealed with Pearl Buttons
Neck Plate4-Bolt Standard
StringsFender® USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges), PN 0730250403
Other FeaturesSpecial '60s "U" Shape Neck, Special Design James Burton Pickups, Paisley Flame Finish on (887) and (888), Strat-o-Tele™; Switching with S-1™; Switch
Legal NoticeWARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
Case/Gig BagVintage Tweed Case
Included AccessoriesVintage Tweed Case, Strap, Cable
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