Fender launches Gretsch-inspired Thinline Telecaster

The Tele Thinline Super Deluxe is another unusual hybrid from the brand’s Parallel Universe series.

Fender Tele Thinline Super Deluxe Parallel universe

Fender has officially released the fifth guitar in its Parallel Universe line: the Tele Thinline Super Deluxe. And like all the other models in the series, it’s a hybrid—this time, of an old-school Gretsch, a semi-hollow Telecaster and a Cabronita.

The Gretsch element comes through in the Tele’s zingy, double-bound orange finish—with a sparkling silver pickguard—and its pickups. It deploys two TV Jones Classic Filter’Tron humbuckers, known for their grit and throaty midrange that are ideal for country, rockabilly and blood-and-guts blues. However, classic Tele controls keep things on familiar ground.

Fender Tele Thinline Super Deluxe Parallel universe

A bound, “Deep C”-shaped maple neck and Tele Deluxe hardtail bridge, both from Fender’s American Professional series, give the guitar a modern edge. Elsewhere on the Tele, you’ll find an alder body, a 9.5-inch-radius rosewood fretboard, pearl block inlays and 21 narrow-tall frets.

To promote the model, Fender released another episode of its blindfold challenge. Butch Walker, the former guitarist of SouthGang and Marvelous 3, took the hot seat. Like John 5 and Todd Wisenbaker before him, he had to play the Tele—sans eyesight—and guess the model. Watch it here:

The 2018 Limited Edition Tele Thinline Super Deluxe lists for $1,999. More information at fender.com.


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