Jimmy Bryant was a country legend, so when Fender set out to design a Custom Shop tribute to him, they tried to make the ultimate country Telecaster. Words like "ultimate" and "best" are dangerous to throw around when talking about guitar tone, because tone is subjective, but I think they came pretty close! This serial has a particularly warm bridge pickup and an uncommonly bright neck pickup, and I love that sort of combination because I can get my brighter tones from the bridge without any accompanying spiky highs, and I can get my mellow tones from the neck pickup without getting lost in the mix. Speaking of which, the neck pickup is quite lively, and I think it may be wound a little hotter than normal. It has enough quack in the upper-mids to stand out, and it has an open, spacious high-end. The bridge pickup has dry, tight bass response and hefty low-midrange to go with a lush high-end. It practically begs for sweet-sounding pedal steel licks and nasty leads. The string to string balance is superb, which I love for fingerpicking and chicken pickin' licks. Of course, this is a Jimmy Bryant Telecaster, so it feels totally natural and perfect for country, but all of the sonic characteristics I just highlighted are also quite desirable for lots of other genres! A guitar with a voice this clear and balanced is made for medium and high-gain rock and roll, and it can certainly play the blues well enough to make you wither dance or weep. So, anyone seeking an exceptional Telecaster should check this serial out!
Condition of Instrument
This Telecaster from the Custom Shop is in excellent condition with very little evidence of use. It includes the original hardshell case with the COA.