Strandberg Salen Classic Deluxe Telecaster
The Sälen Classic (top) and Deluxe (bottom)

Strandberg has channeled its bold and inventive spirit into creating a progressive version of one of the most iconic guitars ever built: the Telecaster. Enter the Sälen, a headless T-style axe that has one foot firmly in the past and the other stepping into the future.

The Sälen is available in two versions: Classic and Deluxe. The former has a solid alder or swamp ash body, while the latter has a chambered alder or swamp ash body with a maple top. Alder-bodied models come with a pau ferro fretboard, and swamp ash models have roasted maple fretboards. Both are fanned, 20-inch-radius fingerboards with 24 stainless steel frets.

Besides those, the Classic and Deluxe share many high-end features and specs.

They have carbon fiber-reinforced five-piece roasted maple necks, the company’s patented EndurNeck profiles, Luminlay inlays and side dot markers, and what Strandberg claims to be “aerospace-grade hardware.” Finally, Suhr Classic T Bridge and Neck single-coils—wired to a three-way switch—provide the bite, raunch and smoothness associated with Teles.

Listen to the Sälen guitars here:

The Sälen Classic lists for $1,795, and the Sälen Deluxe lists from $2,095. More information at strandbergguitars.com.