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Fender Acoustasonic Tele

25 January 2010 Leave a comment

Look closely.

See that?  That’s a rosewood bridge with an acoustic saddle on there.  But it looks like a Tele bridge.  If you’re going to make a hybrid-type guitar from a Tele, that’s a nice touch.

And that’s what this is.  The Acoustasonic Tele is fitted with a Fishman Aurasystem to allow realistic, acoustic tones from a Tele.  It’s also got a regular, magnetic neck pickup to give more traditional (electric) Tele sounds.

Cool, eh?

Fender Acoustasonic Tele

The magnetic pickup is a Custom Shop Twisted Tele single-coil.  Its controls are on the front plate as per usual – a volume and tone.  The acoustic sounds are controlled from the side-mounted preamp.  The body is semi-hollow (ash with a spruce centre-block) but otherwise the fare is standard Tele.

Round the back are some extra gubbins for the Fishman system, including a battery compartment for the 18V power supply that that’s required.

The Acoustasonic Tele is available in Olympic White (as shown) or as a three-colour sunburst.  Both come with a tortie pickguard.  RRP is currently US $1250.

Premier Guitar published this video demonstration on YouTube.  I hope they don’t mind my embedding here.

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Written by: Gerry Hayes
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