Hand picked by us during a recent trip to the Fender Custom Shop facility in Corona, California. There were 3 UK dealers on this trip and as we entered the Custom Shop conference room to pick the stock we wanted, it soon became clear that we all wanted the same guitars! However, most of the guitars on display were one-offs, so the fairest way was to have our names picked from a hat, to see who would "win" the chance to purchase the guitar. The luck was with me that day, we snagged 11 out of 14 guitars!
Fantastic 59 inspired Tele with the new "Journeyman " finish from Fender, which is a similar concept to the Closest Classic option, only it has a slightly more authentic look. It's supposed to replicate the finish of a real "under the bed" guitar, which would've been played only occasionally and then put back in the case for safe keeping.
A brief rundown of the specs:
- Ash body
- AA flame maple neck with dark rosewood fretboard
- 9.5" radius
- Sanko 6105 medium Jumbo Frets
- 59 Esquire C neck profile .790" to .970"
- Handwound '58 Tele pickups
- 7lbs 1oz