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.

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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.