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Fender stirs up more mischief as it launches the Troublemaker Tele Deluxe

Parallel Universe Vol II Troublemaker Tele Deluxe
(Image credit: Fender)

Fender released its first undeniably Les Paul-inspired Tele – the Ice Tea Burst-finished Parallel Universe Troublemaker Telecaster – back in July 2018, and for 2020, the California guitar giant’s followed that up with the Parallel Universe II Troublemaker Tele Deluxe.

Available this month, the TTD is a striking reimagining of the classic Tele template, decked out in an Olympic White lacquer finish with gold hardware, block inlays, and a matching headstock.

Its LP-esque credentials come courtesy of a bound mahogany body and neck, Adjusto-Matic bridge and tailpiece, as well as a pair of Double Tap humbuckers – Fender’s own-design pickups, which shoot for PAF sounds, as well as volume-matched coil-split tones.

The model's Tele specs are still in check, however, thanks to a bolt-on neck and 25.5" scale length.

Other features include two volume and two tone controls onboard, while other features include a 12” radius ebony fingerboard, 22 medium-jumbo frets, plus a custom neckplate, certificate of authenticity and custom Surf Green case.

Parallel Universe Vol II Troublemaker Tele Deluxe

(Image credit: Fender)

The Parallel Universe Vol II Troublemaker Tele Deluxe is available now for $2,399 – head over to Fender for more info.

Last month, Fender launched the Parallel Universe II Uptown Strat, which gave the Stratocaster a similarly Les Paul-inspired makeover.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.