Country star and Fender reveal new custom Telecaster model
By Gary Graff
July 13, 2017
Country star Brad Paisley is teaming up with Fender for a new Signature Road Worn Telecaster, which will be revealed at the summer National Association of Music Merchandisers convention in Nashville this week.
According to Fender, the guitar’s body is “custom-made from a lightweight and resonant paulownia center core with spruce top and back, while a custom wound ’64 Tele Bridge Pickup expands the sonic palette with just the right amount of rough and tumble energy. Paisley carefully chose an enhanced ‘V’ neck shape, making for a comfortable grip. The medium jumbo frets are perfect for quick picking and those bluesy over-the-neck bends. To cap it off, Road Worn silver sparkle finish, aged hardware, and a paisley pickguard make this guitar worthy of legends.”
In a statement, Paisley says that: “The best thing about having a Fender Signature Telecaster is the unwavering quality associated with the brand’s legacy and confidence that I’m introducing a great guitar at an incredible price point. I set out to create a guitar that was accessible for the vast majority of young people out there, who I hope to inspire to change the world with musical dreams.”
Justin Norvell, Senior Vice President, Fender Products, adds that: “Brad’s influence has reached every corner of modern guitar playing realm and music at large across all genres — not just country. Not only is it a beautiful guitar, but it has some amazing, unique features that we developed directly with him, namely the lightweight body and hot pickups. We amalgamated features from several of his favorite guitars, resulting in a truly compelling instrument we hope will empower players everywhere.”
Paisley is currently touring to promote his latest album, Love And War, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums charts in April.