Fender’s new Reclaimed Pine Tele
The northeastern part of the United States used to be blanketed by forests filled with eastern white pine. Due to its straight trunk and height (growing up to 150 feet), this tree was prized by loggers. By the late 1800s, most of the forests, some filled with trees 450 years old, were gone. In fact, only 1% remain. So if you want to build a guitar out of old growth eastern pine, you’ll have to find some unusual sources.
That’s exactly what Fender has done with their new Reclaimed Eastern Pine Telecaster. This special edition series is made with wood from a dairy barn built in 1868 in Lake Odessa, Michigan (population: 2,017). The knots, gashes, dings and other anomalies in the wood are left intact and unconcealed, covered with a dark satin lacquer stain. The rosewood neck features a hand-rubbed oil finish, and has a “modern C” profile.
- Texas Special single-coil (neck) and Fender Custom Shop single-coil Broadcaster (bridge) pickups
- Four-way switching
- “Unbuffed” single-ply black pickguard
- Laser-etched headstock logo
- Vintage clay dot fret markers
- Hardware treated to look worn
MSRP is $2599.99. Street price: $1899.99
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