The new Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe launched ‘In His Honor’
The new Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe has been unveiled, honouring (yes, apologies for the bad pun above) the Foo Fighters guitarist. Shiflett has been a key element in the Foos’ line-up, propelling them to be one of the World’s biggest acts. Unlike many signature models, Chris’s guitar is surprisingly affordable, but still a real gigging tool, designed to his specification, and based closely on his favourite ’72 Tele.
Aside from his rather successful work in the Rock world, Shiflett is hugely passionate about Country Music. His side project Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants is testament to this. As a result, his guitar is a classic Telecaster with plenty of ‘country’ touches, put also bags of beefy tone to back up his ‘Rock’ credentials.
Dual Humbucker Pickups
The Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe is designed around the classic Tele single cutaway template. The body is made from a familiar, solid piece of alder, and finished in an Arctic White, polyester. A very ‘vintage’, 4-ply white pearloid scratchplate finishes things off nicely.
The neck is a maple type, with a rosewood fingerboard. Unusually, this features a large, ‘70s style headstock. Chris’s signature is printed on the reverse of this.
The pickups on the Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe equip it to deliver the kind of tone you’d expect from the guitarist in the World’s biggest rock band. The single-coil pickups are swapped for two new custom-designed, high output humbuckers. These are wired via a 3-way switch, with individual tone and volume controls.
Here’s a brief summary of the Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe ‘s key features:
- Chris Shiflett Signature – Built to Foo Fighters Guitarist Specification
- Solid Alder Body
- Maple neck – Large, ‘70s headstock with 12” radius rosewood fingerboard
- Dual Humbuckers – Two custom-designed, high output humbuckers, wired via a tree-way switch
- Made in Mexico
- Complete with black hardshell case
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