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Fender debuts battle-scarred new Joe Strummer signature Telecaster

Fender's new Joe Strummer Telecaster guitar
(Image credit: Fender)

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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) a second string tree – kept the Tele largely factory-standard throughout his lengthy career with the Clash, and later the Mescaleros.

Joe Strummer plays his beloved 1966 Fender Telecaster

(Image credit: Shigeo Kikuchi)

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 (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.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 (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). 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.