Last year, Fender saluted the legendary Joe Strummer with two new signature guitars, the $499 Campfire acoustic and ultra limited-edition $15,000 Master Built Esquire.
Now, Fender has revealed a third Strummer signature model, the Joe Strummer Telecaster.
Based on the Clash frontman's beloved '66 Tele, this Mexican-made signature six-string occupies a sort of middle ground between the extremes presented by the company's first two Strummer models. You can hear it in action below.
For starters, the Joe Strummer Tele sports a Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer-finished alder body, with a '60s C-shaped maple neck (also given a Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish) that boasts a 25.5" slab rosewood fretboard with a 7.25" radius and 21 vintage-style frets.
Sounds on the guitar come via a pair of custom-voiced single-coil ‘60s Tele pickups, controlled by the standard Tele knob layout of individual master volume and master tone knobs, with a three-way toggle pickup switch.
The Strummer Tele's vintage-style six-saddle Telecaster bridge, era-correct three-ply parchment pickguard, vintage-style tuning machines and custom neck plate – like its body and neck – are all Road Worn as well.
Strummer's original '66 Telecaster – which he bought after receiving a £100 payment for a green card marriage – originally sported a 3-Color Sunburst finish. After the formation of the Clash though, Strummer gave the guitar a distinctive all-black paint job, to fit with the band's visuals.
Otherwise, Strummer – but for swapping out the original three-saddle ashtray bridge for a six-saddle version and adding a second string tree – kept the Tele largely factory-standard throughout his lengthy career with the Clash, and later the Mescaleros.
The Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster is available now – with a vintage-style hardshell case – for $1,799.
For more info on the guitar, visit Fender.