This Telecaster sports an ash body, a one-piece maple neck
with 21 vintage type frets. The familiar shape headstock has
one round string retainer and vintage Kluson type machine heads.
Pickups are Texas Special Tele and these are control by the
familiar Volume and Tone domed chrome control knobs, together
with a three-way switch.
The centre attraction for this guitar is of course the B-5 "F"
Bigsby Tremolo which dominates the visuals on the rear end of
Fit and Finish
What can I say? As usual with Japanese instrument everything
is perfect. No problems either with rattling on the bridge on
with tuning that some people seem to say these guitars have.
Compared to my vintage 1969 Telecaster this guitar is darker
and mellower, less sparkly, whilst nevertheless still sounding
like a true Telecaster. No doubt this is influenced by the mass
of the Bigsby, as the ash body and maple neck should produce
quite a brighter sound. Makes this an interested Telecaster
though with a different tonal palette to the usual bright ice
pick bite of my other Telecaster.
A unique instrument from the land of the rising sun.
By Ernest H Slade