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Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Terry Kath Masterbuilt Telecaster Electric Guitar - #R120866

by Fender
Original price $20,000.00
Original price $20,000.00 - Original price $20,000.00
Original price $20,000.00
Current price $17,800.00
$17,800.00 - $17,800.00
Current price $17,800.00
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♫ In stock
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Mint or Open Box: The item may have been opened and tested but has been repackaged. The original packaging may have superficial issues but the item itself and any originally included accessories are in perfect, like new condition.

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Experience An Instrument That's Truly One of a Kind - The 1 of 50 Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Terry Kath Masterbuilt Telecaster Electric Guitar

Terry Kath has been praised by fans and guitar greats alike for his brilliance as an absolute guitar powerhouse. Kath, who Jimi Hendrix once cited as his favorite guitarist, fused sophisticated songwriting ability with his soulful vocals to launch Chicago Transit Authority in 1967. The band shortened its name to Chicago in 1969, achieving worldwide success and 2016 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A consummate innovator, Kath created mind-blowing, never-before-heard guitar tones by experimenting with unorthodox guitar/amp configurations. His instinctive command of his completely original tone is heard on memorable tracks such as "25 or 6 to 4", "Free Form Guitar", "Introduction" and others.

His main guitar - the one with which he is most identified, and which accompanied him on the journey to cult status - is a most unusual 1966 Telecaster, completely customized and plastered with stickers. Kath was so attached to the guitar that he'd buy a seat just for the instrument when traveling by air, rather than entrusting it to airline baggage handlers or even Chicago’s road crew. The Tele® was an amalgamation of highly personalized modifications, including a sawed-off Tele bridge with a synchronized Strat® tremolo, a humbucking neck pickup, custom body routes, a reverse control plate, custom tuning machines and three "wing" string trees. Adorned with Pignose stickers and other intricately placed regalia, the guitar has become legendary in of itself and is synonymous with Kath and his enduring musical legacy.

The Fender Custom Shop is distinctly honored to pay tribute to such an acclaimed pioneer by recreating Kath's amazing custom instrument - which truly embodied the notion of "custom" long before the Fender Custom Shop was founded. Master Builder Dennis Galuszka has recreated the guitar in exacting scratch-for-scratch detail, from the Pignose stickers to the gaff-tape-sealed rear body route and every other exacting element. In a special 50-piece run, the Limited Edition Terry Kath Telecaster is an instrument for the ages and a meticulously crafted homage to one of the true guitar greats of our time.


SPECIFICATIONS

General

  • Model Name: Limited Edition Terry Kath Telecaster®
  • Series: Limited Edition
  • Color: Aged Vintage White

Body

  • Body Shape: Telecaster®
  • Body Material: 2-Piece Select Ash
  • Body Finish: Lacquer

Neck

  • Neck Material: Flat Sawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: Custom
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Vintage
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Fingerboard: Round-Laminated Rift Sawn Maple
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot

Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '67 Single-Coil Tele®
  • Neck Pickup: Curtis Novak® Custom Terry Kath Humbucker
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Pickup Switching (3-Position Blade):
    • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
    • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SS

Hardware

  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo with Block Saddles and Tele® Bridge Plate
  • Tuning Machines: Schaller® M6 Chrome-Plated Die-Cast Mini Tuners
  • Orientation: Right-Hand
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome

Miscellaneous

  • Strings: Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)
  • Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

Manufacturer: Fender
Model: 921 5008 517
SKU: I686218-N-R120866-1-WHXE


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