Fender Vintera Road Worn ’70s Telecaster Deluxe review

The latest version of Fender’s indie favourite comes as a limited-edition relic'd model

Fender Road Worn Vintera 70s Telecaster Deluxe
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

This limited-edition, aged nitro-finished repro of Fender’s 70s-era twin-humbucker challenger to the classic Gibson style offers exceptional value, a classy feel and some truly magnificent tones.


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    Fuss-free player.

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    Third of the price of a Custom Shop model.

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    Stunning range of tones.


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    Not sure about the dulled finish and bare wood back of the neck, but many players will love it.

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We’ve said it many times before, but Fender’s simple Telecaster platform of slab body, bolt-on neck and basic pickups, switching and controls makes it the perfect candidate for ‘pimping’. 

Fender recognised this early on, with models such as 1959’s bound-bodied Custom, the Paisley, Blue Flower and Thinline of ’68, the Rosewood version from the following year, and many more. 

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.