Fender Custom Masterbuilt Jason Smith 60's Rosewood Telecaster
Fender built several instruments in the late 60s made completely of hand-selected rosewood. These were in production only very briefly and are now highly collectable on the vintage market. Jimi Hendrix reportedly had one of the first Rosewood Stratocaster guitars, and George Harrison of the Beatles used one of the original Rosewood Telecaster guitars on Let It Be and for the famous Apple Records rooftop concert in January 1969.
The Masterbuilt Rosewood Telecaster is once again offered here and is a meticulously crafted replica of one of the most sought after guitars in Fender history.
A Custom Shop veteran and son of longtime Fender R&D legend Dan Smith, Jason Smith grew up on Fender—“It has always been in my family,” he said, “And I was always extremely interested in everything my father did.”
Born in Rochester, N.Y., and raised in California, Smith remembers meeting guitar greats from about age five on through his father’s work with Fender—Eric Clapton, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Beck and Robben Ford, to name only a few. He went to his first big rock concert at age six—Rush—and Smith remembers going backstage with his dad and meeting Geddy Lee after the show. Before he was even in his teens, Smith was going to see Pink Floyd, ZZ Top and many other major artists.
Rock music and Fender are part of his DNA. Smith joined the Fender Custom Shop in 1995, and in 2006 completed a five-year apprenticeship under acclaimed Senior Master Builder John English. Among many diverse projects with English, Smith worked on a pair of double-neck Stratocaster guitars for Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo. He has since crafted fine instruments for players and acts including John 5, Michael Landau, Flea, Josh Klinghoffer, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Reggie Hamilton, Linkin Park, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Neon Trees and many others.
This amazing example of a Rosewood Telecaster was built by Jason Smith for Truetone Music after a nearly 2 year wait - so don't wait to grab it now before it's gone!
- NOS Finish - Natural
- Hand-selected Indian Rosewood body (with Maple Insert) and Neck
- 60's Oval C neck profile (.850" - .920")
- 1.650" Nut Width
- 7.25" radius
- Vintage frets
- Mother of Pearl dots
- Custom Shop Hand-Wound '67 Tele Pickups
- 3-way Switch
- Master Volume control
- Master Tone control
- 3-ply Black pickguard
- Custom Shop Hardshell case with Certificate of Authenticity and Strap
- Part Number 9211001263