Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster® – Black over 3-Color Sunburst
As front man and main songwriter of legendary punk band, The Clash, Joe Strummer created a fiery, passion-filled brand of up-tempo punk-rock that catapulted the band into rock and roll history. Strummer’s rebellious musical sensibilities injected the band’s songs with the lightning-in-a-bottle political urgency of the era.
To capture the vibe of Joe’s well-worn ’66 model, the Joe Strummer Telecaster® features a Road Worn® lacquer-finished Alder body, a mid-‘60s “C”-shape maple neck with 7.25” radius Rosewood fingerboard and a set of custom-voiced Joe Strummer Telecaster® pickups. Other features include a vintage-style 6-saddle Telecaster® bridge, era-correct 3-ply parchment pickguard, vintage-style tuning machines and a custom neck plate, all featuring Fender’s Road Worn® finish to complete the look.
-Alder body with Road Worn® Lacquer finish
-Maple neck with 7.25” radius rosewood fingerboard
-Vintage-style 6-Saddle Tele Bridge
-Custom Joe Strummer ‘60s Single-Coil Tele® Pickups
-Road Worn® Vintage-Style Hardware
A light resonant wood known for balanced tone and a fat, punchy attack.
MID-‘60S “C”-SHAPE MAPLE NECK WITH ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD
The comfortable and familiar neck profile allows easy playability up and down the neck, while the rosewood fingerboard adds complementary warmth to the snap of the maple neck.
7.25” RADIUS FINGERBOARD WITH 21 VINTAGE-STYLE FRETS
Vintage-spec fingerboard and frets like they came from the factory in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
CUSTOM JOE STRUMMER ’60S SINGLE-COIL TELECASTER PICKUPS
Custom Joe Strummer Vintage single-coil ‘60s Telecaster pickups allow players to capture classic Tele tone.
ROAD WORN® VINTAGE-STYLE HARDWARE
From the vintage-style tuners and 6-saddle Telecaster bridge to the knurled knobs and control plate, the Road Worn hardware recreates the look of a well-played vintage instrument.
ROAD WORN® LACQUER FINISH
The Road Worn lacquer finish aging process emulates the wear and tear on Joe Strummers’ original, well-loved Tele.
Body Finish:Road Worn® Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Finish:Road Worn® Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape:’60s “C”
Scale Length:25.5″ (64.77 cm)
Fingerboard Material:Slab Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius:7.25″ (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets:21
Nut Width:1.650″ (42 mm)
Position Inlays:White Pearloid Dot
Truss Rod:Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
Bridge Pickup:Custom Joe Strummer Single-Coil Tele®
Neck Pickup:Custom Joe Strummer Single-Coil Tele®
Controls:Master Volume, Master Tone
Switching:3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Bridge:6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele®
Hardware Finish:Aged Chrome
Tuning Machines:Fender® Vintage-Style
Control Knobs:Knurled Flat-Top
Switch Tip:Barrel Style, Black
Strings:Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)
Case/Gig Bag:Vintage-Style Hardshell
A PUNK LEGEND
Joe Strummer’s legendary ‘66 Tele is more than a guitar, it’s the sound of a movement – played throughout Strummer’s career in the 101ers to The Clash, to the Mescaleros and beyond.
Built to withstand heavy destruction, this guitar had battle scars to prove it, made real by Strummer’s dedication to using it every time he played, without fail.
As the story goes, Strummer’s Tele was bought out of an act of goodwill. A friend from South Africa was looking to obtain British citizenship, so he agreed to a marriage at the price of £100. It just so happened that a used Telecaster was available at a local shop for £120.
This guitar initially started out with a 3-Color Sunburst finish, but as Strummer, Paul Simonen and Mick Jones came together to form The Clash, the aesthetics of the group changed, which brought an all-black paint job to the instrument, in addition to stencil work and several decals.
As The Clash gained more of a worldwide audience on the heels of early albums like Give ’Em Enough Rope and London Calling, the Black began to give way to the Sunburst. Plus, the original three-saddle ashtray bridge was switched out for a six-saddle version and a second string tree was added.
To celebrate Strummer’s legendary contributions to not only the music of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, but also the punk and hardcore we hear today, Fender is releasing the Joe Strummer Signature Telecaster, a faithfully recreated model that captures his rebellious musical sensibilities and injected The Clash’s songs into the political urgency of the era.