Fender Chrissie Hynde Telecaster review

The Pretenders leader's Tele recreated in all its Faded Ice Blue Metallic glory

Fender Chrissie Hynde Telecaster
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Of all Fender's signature Teles in recent years, this might yet be the coolest, with the aged chrome mirror pickguard complementing that Faded Ice Blue Metallic Road Worn finish beautifully. Nicely voiced pickups and a quick and easy neck make it a lot of fun, too.


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    The finish is very cool.

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    Approachable neck.

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    Typically gutsy Tele tones.

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    Locking tuners and quality hardware.


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    Has lots of competition in Fender's Mexican-built Vintera series.

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The Fender Chrissie Hynde Telecaster is a Mexican-made replica of the 1965 model that The Pretenders vocalist/guitarist picked up in New York City at the turn of the 1980s. 

To match Hynde’s number one electric guitar, the 2021 model arrives in a Faded Ice Blue Metallic Road Worn lacquer finish. It looks the part, showing subtle checking and lived-in grime on the Road Worn hardware – most notably on the ferrules on the rear of the guitar, and the chrome mirror pickguard has some city miles on it. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.