Fender Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster – Chocolate Burst


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Jason Isbell’s Barn Burner Custom Telecaster

Along with a handful of contemporaries, Jason Isbell has ushered in a fresh era of country music by returning to the genre’s roots of storytelling-based songwriting, raw emotions, and equally raw performances. But make no mistake: Jason Isbell is no mere revivalist; he’s a contemporary artist putting a modern twist on his country and rock ’n’ roll influences. The Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster is something of an analog for Jason’s style. Based on Jason’s Custom Shop master-built Telecaster, this gorgeous instrument pairs old-school soul with new-school attitude. Finished in a Road Worn chocolate burst with just the right amount of distressing, the Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster’s alder body features white double-edge binding, contrasted with a black-white-black 3-ply pickguard. And it’s specially voiced for the kind of Muscle Shoals-inspired swamp rock that Jason and the 400 Unit break out during live performances. Combine that with a comfy mid-’60s profile neck and chicken-pickin’-friendly modified bridge, and you’ve got a barn burner of a Tele that’s ready to lay down some serious grooves.

Road Worn alder body offers seasoned feel and aesthetics

The Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster features a balanced-sounding alder body — a mainstay on Fender bodies with a distinctive tone that’s at the center of some of rock ’n’ roll’s most enduring classics. A Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish gives this solidbody electric guitar the look and feel of a well-used vintage instrument. A 3-ply black-white-black pickguard, modified brass-saddle Tele bridge, and vintage-style tuners put the perfect finishing touches on this Tele, supplying you with seasoned aesthetics, plus rock-solid performance and tuning stability.

Custom-voiced pickups for tasty Tele twang

Jason Isbell’s Custom Shop Telecaster went through a trial by fire shortly after he received it from Fender’s Master Builders. During a live performance at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July picnic, Jason’s pedalboard unexpectedly died, leaving him with just his Custom Shop Tele plugged straight into his amp. Jason played the whole set with this stripped-back pairing and tore the roof off. The Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster’s custom-voiced Jason Isbell pickup set delivers serious Tele twang and swamp rock bark that absolutely sings through a tube combo — no pedals required!

Mid-’60s “C”-shaped neck ensures easy playability

The Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster is a treat to play, largely because of its mid-’60s “C”-shaped neck profile. This is a pleasantly stout neck, and guitarists note that its increased mass yields an incredibly natural feel, as well as excellent sustain. Its 7.25-inch-radius rosewood fingerboard is complete with 21 vintage-tall frets that feel incredible. This neck secures to the guitar’s alder body with a traditional 4-bolt plate, emblazoned with Jason’s anchor and sparrow tattoo, and includes a synthetic bone nut.

Fender Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster Electric Guitar Features:

  • Re-creation of Jason Isbell’s Custom Shop Telecaster
  • Balanced-sounding alder body epitomizes the classic Fender tone
  • Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish supplies a seasoned look and feel
  • Custom-voiced single-coils with serious Tele twang
  • Mid-’60s “C” profile is pleasantly stout with increased mass
  • Easy-playing 7.25-inch-radius fingerboard with 21 vintage-tall frets
  • Attention-grabbing white double-edge binding and 3-ply black-white-black pickguard
  • Modified brass-saddle Tele bridge is perfect for chicken-pickin’ styles

Back to navigationTech Specs

  • Number of Strings6
  • Left-/Right-handedRight-handed
  • BODY
  • Body TypeSolidbody
  • Body ShapeJason Isbell Custom Telecaster
  • Body MaterialAlder
  • Body FinishGloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • ColorChocolate Burst
  • NECK
  • Neck MaterialMaple
  • Neck ShapeMid ’60s C
  • Neck JointBolt-on
  • Radius7.25″
  • Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
  • Fingerboard InlayWhite Pearloid Dots
  • Number of Frets21, Vintage Tall
  • Scale Length25.5″
  • Nut Width1.650″
  • Nut MaterialSynthetic Bone
  • Bridge/Tailpiece3-Saddle String-through body Tele with Brass Saddles
  • TunersVintage-style
  • Neck PickupSpecially Voiced Jason Isbell Telecaster Single-coil
  • Bridge PickupSpecially Voiced Jason Isbell Telecaster Single-coil
  • Controls1 x master volume, 1 x master tone
  • Switching3-way blade pickup switch

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