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Fender® Announces G.E. Smith Telecaster® [ Winter NAMM 2007 ]

United States
25 January 2007 — A beautiful addition to the Artist Series line! The new G.E. Smith Telecaster guitar celebrates a true guitar legend. From his gigs with Dylan, Bowie, Hall & Oates, as well as his longstanding run as Saturday Night Live bandleader, Smith is a master, and this unique namesake instrument combines a vintage lap steel with a “50s-era Telecaster.

A “50s-era Tele crossed with a “40s-era Fender lap steel, the guitar features a large U-shaped neck, lap steel “oval and diamond” inlays, “cutoff” bridge plate and body-mounted bridge pickup. Built in Fender factory, Corona, California, the instrument will appeal to vintage guitar fans and players looking for a unique, classic-styled Tele® with a big neck that incorporates lap steel elements.

Fender® G.E. Smith Telecaster® • Specifications

Model NameG.E. Smith Telecaster
Model Number011-8202-8XX
SeriesArtist Series
BodyPremium Ash Body
Neck1-Piece Maple, Extra Deep “U” Shape (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
FingerboardMaple, 7.25” Radius (184 mm), custom lap-steel inlay pattern
No. of Frets21 Vintage-Style Frets
Scale Length25.5” (648 mm)
Width @ Nut1.650” (42 mm)
Machine HeadsFender/Gotoh® Vintage-Style Tuning Machines
BridgeCustom “cut-off” Vintage-Style Tele Bridge
Pickguard1-Ply Black (HBL), 1-ply White (DKR)
Pickups2 Original Vintage Tele® Single Coils, body-mounted bridge pickup
Pickup Switching3-Position Blade
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup
Position 3. Neck Pickup
ControlsMaster Volume, Master Tone
Colors(867) Honey Blonde, (854) Dakota Red (Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
StringsFender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel,
Gauges(.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046), p/n 073-0250-006
Unique FeaturesSpecial “U” Shape Maple Neck, Body mounted bridge Pickup, lap steel inlays
AccessoriesVintage Tweed Case, Strap, Cable, Meguiar’s® kit
U.S. MSRP$2,285.41
UPC Codes717669569259 (DKR), 717669543402 (HBL)
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