Fender has just announced the release of their Wilko Johonson Telecaster, as a European exclusive. Many know Wilko as the one of the members of the English band Dr. Feelgood, which had a prominent impact on the up and coming punk movement. Wilko has long been associated with a Telecaster and a tone and playing style that produces a slashing sound and features quite a bit of treble.
The guitar features a black finish and single-ply red pickguard, maple neck with comfortable “C”-shaped profile, and dual vintage-style single-coil pickups. Other features include a 7.25”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 vintage-style frets, three-way pickup switching, vintage-style strings-through-body bridge with three chrome-barrel saddles, and vintage-style tuners. Special in-case extras include two Wilko Johnson photos and facsimiles of the notebook pages on which Johnson penned Dr. Feelgood hits “She Does it Right,” “Back in the Night” and “Roxette.” “I have been working closely with Fender on the details of my signature Tele,” said Johnson. “It's great to know people will be able to play an instrument just like the one that has served me so well throughout my career." The guitar is available from European dealers like Thomann and looks to be going for currently around $770 US.
For more information, go to www.fender.com.