Fender’s latest Chicago Music Exchange-exclusive Telecasters have a secret finish that reveals itself the older the guitars get

Fender Chicago Special Telecaster
(Image credit: Chicago Music Exchange/Twitter)

Fender and Chicago Music Exchange have teamed up for another range of exclusive electric guitars, which looks to be the pair’s most unique collection to date.

Dubbed the Custom Chop “Chicago Special” Telecaster series, each 1968-inspired single-cut features a hidden Paisley or Flower artwork that reveals itself as the extra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer gradually and naturally wears away over time – or, as is demonstrated in the CME video below, if the top coat is viciously attacked with sandpaper.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.