(Discontinued) Fender ‘Blacktop Baritone’ Telecaster

Serial Number Varies as new. Built in Mexico.
Neck Maple neck with unbound rosewood fingerboard, aged white dots. 27″ scale, tuned B to B.
Frets 22 medium frets.
Body Classic Telecaster shape with back contour for comfort. Body is made of Alder.
Finish Copper metallic gloss finish on body, also available in silver.
Hardware/electronics Two Blacktop Tele single-coils in neck and middle position, Blacktop Tele humbucker at bridge; master volume and tone controls, 5-way switch Six-saddle bridge and chrome sealed tuners.
Playability/Action I don’t expect this will be used for shredding, but it’s very comfortable to play at the factory setup. The strings are relatively heavy but pitched low enough to have a moderate tension. The stock strings are .013 to .065, tuned B to B.
Comments NOTE: This instrument has been discontinued and is no longer available from Fender. This post remains for historical purposes only.

This is a very interesting extension of the Telecaster line. Baritone instruments are becoming more popular, and have a valid and under-explored place in the musical spectrum. This is a well-made and affordable instrument. It’s lots of fun to play with, too, and can fit into many styles from latin, to blues, to metal, to… kind of like the Telecaster does.

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