Fender's Japanese division has always had a taste for adventure when it comes to new spins on its parent company's most classic models, and its latest creation – the Miyavi Signature Telecaster – is no exception.
The popular, string-slappin' guitar-slinger personally supervised the Tele's creation. It features an alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard with a 9.5" radius.
The electronics, however, are where things become far less ordinary.
Unusually for a Tele, the Miyavi signature model boasts an HSS pickup configuration, with a Sustainer Driver in the neck, Pure Vintage '65 Gray-Bottom single-coil Strat in the middle, and a Seymour Duncan Little '59 in the bridge. These are controlled by your usual master volume and master tone knobs, plus a five-way selector switch.
Two additional switches control the Sustainer Driver alone – one turning it on and off, and another for selecting the Harmonic, Blend, and Fundamental sustain voices.
Another unorthodox (for a Tele) feature is the guitar's Maverick Super Vee tremolo system, which features three brass saddles.
The Fender Miyavi Signature Telecaster is available exclusively in Japan (for now), and we haven't yet been able to ascertain the guitar's price as of press time.
For more info on the guitar, stop by fender.com (you'll have to change your country to Japan at the bottom of the website to view the guitar.)
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.