“I don't believe that I have a signature guitar. I feel like I’m dreaming”: Fender taps influential producer and R&B guitarist Raphael Saadiq for a bold new signature Telecaster – and it’s received Eric Gales’ seal of approval

Fender Limited Edition Raphael Saadiq Telecaster
(Image credit: Fender)

Fender has partnered with multi-platinum artist, Grammy winner and multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq for a limited-edition Telecaster signature guitar that’s been launched with the help of blues guitar titan Eric Gales.

As well as a prolific songwriter and Tony! Toni! Toné! band member with numerous solo and group albums to his name, Saadiq is also a highly influential force in the production scene, having produced tracks for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Joss Stone, and many others.

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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.