DISC Fender Custom Shop Artisan Telecaster, Spalted Maple

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  • Custom Shop Artisan Telecaster Handmade in the USA
  • Alder Body with a Figured Spalted Maple Top
  • Custom Shop ­­­Hand-Wound 1958 Single-Coil Tele Pickups
  • Natural Finish with Lacquer and Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • AAA Bird's-Eye Maple Neck with a 10/56 Large ''V'' Profile

DISC Fender Custom Shop Artisan Telecaster, Spalted Maple


The Fender Custom Shop Artisan is the perfect example of a handmade Custom Shop Telecaster electric guitar. The AAA bird's-eye Maple neck with Maple fingerboard features a 10/56 large ''V'' profile which provides a comfortable and smooth playing experience. The Artisan Tele has two Custom Shop hand-wound 1958 single-coil pickups which combine with the figured spalted Maple body and gold RSD bridge to produce the iconic telecaster tonality along with modern versatility that is perfect for on stage and in the studio.

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Artisan Series by Fender

For the 2016 Artisan series, the Fender Custom Shop pushes the envelope in the name of art while still remaining true to its roots. Artisan series instruments are custom-built masterpieces, outfitted with special appointments and features unlike any other Custom Shop instrument. Yet with vintage design touches, the foundation and spirit is authentically Fender. Exotic bodies, lustrous gold hardware, premium ''roasted'' bird's-eye Maple necks and much more - every high-end feature is fashioned and finished with painstaking attention to detail. Every Artisan instrument is a beauty to behold - a culmination of sonic perfection, passion and purity of design, with classic Fender at the heart.

Premium Features of the Fender Custom Shop Artisan Telecaster

The Custom Shop Artisan Telecaster is equipped with two Custom Shop hand-wound 1958 single-coil tele pickups, along with 3-way pickup switching and modern wiring. This configuration produces a genuine original-era tonality with versatility that is ideal for on stage and in the studio. Other premium features include a gold anodized pickguard and matching gold hardware, a RSD telecaster bridge, a custom 4-bolt neck plate, a black hardshell case and a Custom Shop certificate of authenticity.

Unrivaled Quality and Craftsmanship

Since 1987, the skilled craftsmen in Fender's Corona, California ''dream factory'' have been producing guitars that are known worldwide for their artistry and unrivaled quality. Ranging from the fine to the fantastic, whether it's building a new custom instrument from the ground up or modifying an existing one, their best is the best. These wonderful instruments have been crafted for and with the input of the world's finest guitarists such as Clapton, Springsteen, Cray, Gilmour, Townshend, Wilko Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name just a few.

The History of the Telecaster

The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the Telecaster. An indispensable instrument, the Telecaster was the world's first successful solid-body electric guitar. Perfected after two years of development - and a name change or two - the Telecaster debuted in February 1951 and began its steady ascent towards the stage and studio. Ingeniously engineered with the ability to be heard both loud and clear, it was a marvel of simple design elegance and workhorse functionality. It is perhaps fitting testimony to its essential original rightness that the Telecaster design has hardly changed ever since.


  • Model Name: Spalted Maple Artisan Telecaster®, Roasted Maple Fingerboard, Natural
  • Model Number: 1521140821
  • Series: Artisan
  • Colour: Natural

Body & Bridge

  • Body Material: Alder
  • Top Material: Figured Spalted Maple
  • Body Finish: Lacquer
  • Body Shape: Telecaster®
  • Bridge: RSD Telecaster

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck Material: AAA Bird's-Eye Maple
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Shape: 10/56 Large ''V''
  • Scale Length: 25.5'' (648mm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5''
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Narrow Jumbo
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650'' (42mm)
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Custom

Hardware & Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '58 Single-Coil Tele
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '58 Single-Coil Tele
  • Controls:
    • Master Volume
    • Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade
    • Position 1: Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2: Bridge & Neck Pickups
    • Position 3: Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SS
  • Hardware Finish: Gold
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Gold Anodized
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Dome