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Fender Launches the Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster

Fender's new Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster
(Image credit: Fender)

First teased back in January, Fender has launched its latest signature model, the Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster.

Inspired by two of the ever-popular singer/songwriter's own Telecasters, the Jason Isbell Custom Tele features a double-bound, ‘59-style Telecaster Custom alder body, and a vintage-inspired mid-’60s “C”-shaped maple neck with a 21-fret rosewood fingerboard.

Sounds on the guitar come by way of a pair of custom, Tim Shaw-designed pickups, controlled by individual volume and tone knobs, and a three-way blade switch.

Additionally, the guitar boasts a road-worn finish, aged hardware, a synthetic bone nut, and a custom-modified bridge with vintage brass barrel saddles.

“This collaboration with Fender is huge for me," Isbell said in a statement. "I’ve owned and played Fender guitars since I was 12 years old and I consider their instruments to be a big part of my musical journey. 

“I wanted to create a road-worn version of my go-to Telecaster guitar because you can enjoy the instrument without worrying so much about scratching it up! When I was a kid and got my brand-new Fender for Christmas, just holding the thing terrified me until it had a few dings and scratches on it. Then I felt more comfortable with it.” 

The Fender Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster is available now – in a Road Worn Chocolate sunburst lacquer finish – for $1,499.

For more info on the guitar, stop by fender.com (opens in new tab).

Jackson Maxwell
Associate Editor, GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com

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.