Fender Road Worn '50s Tele Purple Metallic

A Mex Tele remarkably similar to Danish Pete's from Andertons TV

Written by

Jed Van Wyngaardt

Some things just improve with age, and Guitars definitely fit in that category! But the sad truth is that few of us will get to own a genuine 50s Telecaster with decades of wear and tear, but anyone can can get an awesome and jaw dropping realistic replica!

The folks at Fender have done their utmost to give the Road Worn Telecaster a really worn-in feel and look. Interestingly the Road Worn Telecaster is one of a very small number of guitars in Fender's range still finished in the traditional Nitrocellulose lacquer.

Purple Tele Sir? Don't mind if I do!

Tex-Mex Single Coil Tone

This Road Worn tele has all the spanky Tele tone that you'd want and expect from a 50's style guitar. It's got plenty of top-end bite and works beautifully as a rhythm guitar but will also cut through the mix when needed. The Tex-Mex single coils give this guitar a twangy response.

Here's what Fender say about the Road Worn 50s Telecaster

The first Fender workhorse; the original road warrior guitar. Fender's long road begins with the Telecaster, a guitar that amazingly looked even cooler and handled even better the more players heaped wear-and-tear on it - great when brand-new but positively phenomenal with a few thousand miles on it. Fender's maple-fingerboard Road Worn® '50s Telecaster delivers that aged look and feel - built to look, sound and feel like it has survived half a century, designed with 1950s specs, including a nitrocellulose-lacquer finish, and supercharged with Tex-Mex pickups and 6105 frets.


  • Model Name: Road Worn '50s Telecaster
  • Series: Road Worn
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Finish: Road Worn Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Body Shape: Telecaster
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Road Worn Urethane
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Narrow Jumbo
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Dot
  • Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
  • Bridge Pickup: Tex-Mex Single-Coil Tele
  • Neck Pickup: Tex-Mex Single-Coil Tele
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SS
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Telecaster with Chrome Barrel Saddles
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Pickguard: White
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Dome
  • Switch Tips: Barrel Style
  • Strings: Fender USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
  • Unique Features: Distressed Body, Neck, and Hardware Creating Aged Appearance
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