New for 2023, the Fender Custom Shop introduces the Artisan Korina Tele, which features a beautifully crafted thinline body fashioned from select korina. This light and fine-grained west African mahogany has exquisite looks and tonal qualities similar to western mahogany varieties, delivering warm, bass-friendly tone and sweetly responsive midrange. These qualities in turn complement the open, resonant tone of the two-piece semi-hollow body, which features a single f-hole and a sumptuous Aged Natural NOS lacquer finish.
Its quartersawn maple neck has a comfortable '60-style Oval "C" profile and is roasted for even more beauty and stability, topped by a compound-radius (9.5"-12") round-lam rosewood fingerboard with 21 jumbo (6100) frets and a bone nut. The Custom Shop hand-wound '50/'51 Blackguard bridge pickup is a faithful recreation of the earliest Blackguard Telecaster® pickup, with extra-large alnico 3 magnets wrapped with thinner wire to produce that sweet early-'50s Tele tone - perfectly balanced with versatility of the Custom Shop P90 neck pickup.
Other premium features include "Dual-Stack" HS Tele wiring, three-way pickup switch, single-ply brown shell pickguard, '58-'63 Tele bridge with Custom Shop RSD (Research Special Design) compensated brass saddles, vintage-style tuners, wing string tree, deluxe hardshell case, strap and certificate of authenticity.
3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
'58-'63 Tele® Bridge with Brass RSD Saddles
Vintage-Style with Fender® Logo, Tortoiseshell Buttons
4-Ply Brown Shell
Barrel Style, Black
Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)
Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
Features and Specifications Subject to Change Without Notice
The Artisan series is built to spotlight fine woods with distinctive figures and hand-rubbed oil finishes. Artisan series instruments are also outfitted with a wealth of special appointments and features that contribute to their striking sound and style.