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Fender Custom Shop Alan Hamel Founders Design Sparkle Telecaster

The Alan Hamel Founders Design Sparkle Telecaster is inspired by the signature sparkle finishes that originally brought him into the Fender Custom Shop. “Everything about this guitar was ideas that I already had running around in my head,” he said. “I didn't need to really think about it too long, because I automatically knew what I wanted to do.”

In Alan’s true retro, neo-vintage style, all hardware on the alder and ash Telecaster is vintage-style chrome, except for the compensated brass bridge saddles. He also opted for his signature sparkle finish – black sparkle burst. Alan is most-excited about the pickups; the neck pickup is a variation of the Twisted Tele neck pickup, while the bridge pickup is a replica of an early model Broadcaster pickup with specifications coming from Alan’s research for the Blackguard book. By using a special five-way switch and wiring designed for this project, players will be able to pre-set a blend of both pickups, in addition to the standard Tele switching.

  • Series: Founders Design
  • Color: Black Sparkle Burst
  • Body Shape: Telecaster®
  • Body Material: 2-Piece Select Ash
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: 10/56 "V" Back-Shape
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: 6105 Narrow Jumbo
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Neck Plate: Founders Design Signature neck plate
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer With Urethane Headcap
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Position Inlays: Black 5-Point Star
  • Bridge Pickup: Alan Hamel Custom Hand-Wound Blackguard Tele Bridge
  • Neck Pickup: Alan Hamel Custom Hand-Wound "Twisted" Tele
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Pickup Selector Switch with Custom Alan Hamel Tele Wiring with Trim Pot Adjustment for Neck and Bridge Pickup in Switch Positions 2 and 4
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle, Strings-Through-Body Tele with Compensated Brass Saddles
  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh® Vintage Style
  • Pickguard: Clear Plexiglas with Painted Black "Halo" Around the Pickup Route
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
  • Included Accessories: Engraved Bridge Cover, G&G Founders Design Signature Embroidered Case, Strap, Certificate of Authenticity, Founders Design Booklet.

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