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Fender Vintera '50s Tele Modified in Butterscotch Blonde

A turbo-charged take on the golden era of the electric guitar

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Sam Beattie

Fender’s Vintera range embodies everything that put the iconic guitar company on the map. Channelling the mojo of their finest ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s instruments, the Vintera models also boast a surprisingly affordable price point. The ‘50s Telecaster Modified combines first-run Tele specs with Custom Shop pickups for colourful twang and head-turning looks in equal measure.

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Body & Neck

It’s a ‘50s Tele – it’s got to be Ash. Balanced, resonant across the board but with a slightly scooped midrange. A transparent Gloss Polyester finish lets the pronounced grain shine through but with that glorious golden hue.  

The Maple neck has been given the vintage U-shape treatment. A real baseball bat to wrap your hands around, it also really brings out the Tele twang in spectacular fashion.

Electronics & Hardware

While the Butterscotch finish and classic tonewood combo define the ‘50s Tele, the magic is in the word ‘modified’. This model comes loaded with two Custom Shop pickups; Vintage-Style Single-Coil in the bridge and a "Twisted" Single-Coil in the neck, respectively. You’ll seldom find pickups of this calibre in a guitar at this price point – sizzling tones galore.

A 4-way blade S-1 switch configuration unlocks a whole new palette. You've got out of phase options, as well as both pickups in either series or parallel for hotter output. Vintage-style tuners and the classic 3-saddle American Chrome Barrel saddles complete the picture. This is the definition of classic Tele with a turbocharged sound to boot.



  • Body wood: Ash
  • Body finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Body shape: Telecaster


  • Neck material: Maple
  • Fingerboard radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Fret size: Medium Jumbo
  • Neck finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Neck mounting: 4 bolt
  • Neck profile: Early '50s "U"
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Black Dots


  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Vintage-Style Single-Coil Tele
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop "Twisted" Single-Coil Tele
  • Pickup Switching: 4-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups in Parallel, Position 3. Neck Pickup, Position 4. Bridge and Neck Pickups in Series
  • S-1 swtich for out of phase circuitry
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone


  • Control knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
  • Hardware finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Nut material: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
  • Truss rod: Vintage-Style
  • Tuners: Vintage-Style
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