Fender’s latest limited-edition equips the ’70s Telecaster Deluxe with a Strat-style tremolo

Fender Limited Edition Made-in-Japan ’70s Telecaster Deluxe
(Image credit: Fender)

Blasphemy for some, a practical addition for others, Telecasters with tremolo systems have long been among the rarest finds in the annals of Fender history, particularly those that depart from the Jack White-favored Bigsby setup. Yet recent launches in the Parallel Universe and American Ultra Luxe series have bucked the hardtail trend, and now another new model has joined that most elusive of spec sheets: the Limited Edition Made-in-Japan ’70s Telecaster Deluxe.

Naturally, the model’s big selling point is the inclusion of a Strat-style Synchronized tremolo, which doesn’t look too out-of-place beneath the Deluxe’s oversized scratchplate – of course, its trademark Strat-a-like headstock doesn’t go amiss, either.

Elsewhere, the model is spec’d similarly to the Vintera ’70s Telecaster Deluxe, with a few subtle differences.

So, while there’s an alder body, the gloss-finished maple neck is U-shaped, as opposed to the Vintera’s Thin C, and the finish options differ, too: there’s a choice of Three-Tone Sunburst, Butterscotch Blonde and Lake Placid Blue – the latter of which comes with a rosewood fingerboard.

The guitar’s 9.5” fingerboard radius is complemented by Narrow Tall frets and a 42.8mm nut width, while ’70s-style ‘F’ tuners round off the neck spec.

Naturally, two Wide Range humbuckers are onboard – although there’s no word on whether these are the same as the revoiced versions found in the guitar’s Vintera equivalent – while there’s a period-correct three-bolt neckplate around the rear, as well as a backplate-covered tremolo cavity.

Fender Limited Edition Made-in-Japan ’70s Telecaster Deluxe

Fender Limited Edition Made-in-Japan ’70s Telecaster Deluxe rear (Image credit: Fender)

From what we can gather, the model is currently exclusive to Europe, with a number of UK retailers listing the guitar for around £1,179 (approx $1,600).

There’s no info on when it might land in the States, so for now, you can gaze in wonder at the spec over at Andertons or Gear4Music.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.