Fender teams up with Pretenders founder Chrissie Hynde on signature Telecaster

The guitar is a recreation of her ‘65 Fender Telecaster in Ice Blue Metallic.

As part of Fender’s 75th anniversary celebrations this year, the brand has announced a new signature Telecaster model for Pretenders founder and leader Chrissie Hynde.

The Chrissie Hynde Telecaster is a recreation of the musician’s trusty ‘65 Fender Telecaster – the same model that can be heard on the Pretenders’ wide discography and onstage at hundreds of shows.

Just like the original, this alder-bodied guitar features an Ice Blue Metallic finish, which has been artificially worn to give the guitar a weathered look. It has a custom mid-60s C-shaped maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard with a 7.25” radius.


In the electronics department, there’s a pair of vintage-style 50s single-coil pickups which Fender says were “voiced to match Chrissie’s original set”. These are routed to your standard Tele controls, which include a volume knob, tone knob and three-way pickup selector.

One modern feature request from Hynde for her new signature model: locking tuners for greater tuning stability and quicker string changes. Apart from that, the guitar’s hardware includes a stainless steel bridge and a chrome mirror pickguard.

Check out the Chrissie Hynde Telecaster in action below:

Hynde revealed that her decision to do a signature model came after some persuasion from her own guitar tech.

“David Crubly convinced me to launch a Fender Signature Telecaster by telling me it might encourage more people to get into bands and music,” she said in a statement. “I hope that’s true and know that those who do, won’t look back”.


The Fender Chrissie Hynde Telecaster is available now for $1,399.

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