Fender experimented with a Rosewood Telecaster design in the late 1960s. A very few of the exceptionally heavy guitars were produced, most famously the one played by George Harrison at the Beatles’ famed “rooftop concert” of Jan. 30, 1969, in London.
Fender’s Lite Rosewood Telecaster evokes that elusive instrument and greatly lightens the weight by sandwiching a dark-stained spruce body core between a rosewood top and back.
On its 1951 introduction, the Telecaster was a revolutionary instrument that would usher in whole new eras of musical innovation and excitement. Sixty years later, in 2011, it is an archetypal electric guitar with a long and storied history. The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the Telecaster, and Fender is celebrating its 60th anniversary all year with 12 very special “Tele-bration” models that stay inside the Telecaster’s famously elegant lines while offering the finest and most unusual takes on the instrument’s past, present and future. Features Series: Tele-bration Body Shape: Telecaster® Body Material: Rosewood Top and Back over Spruce Body Body Finish: Gloss Lacquer Neck: Maple, “C” Shape Neck Finish: Gloss Lacquer Fretboard: Rosewood Fretboard Radius: 9.5″ (24.13 cm) Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo Position Inlays: White Dot Position Inlays Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm) Nut Width: 1.685″ (42.8 mm) String Nut: Synthetic Bone Truss Rod: Standard Truss Rod Truss Rod Nut: 1/8″ American Series Nut Pickups: ’62 Tele® Custom Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge) ’62 Tele® Custom Single-Coil Pickup (Neck) Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone Hardware: Chrome Tuning Keys: Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines Bridge: Original Vintage Style Tele® Bridge with 3 Threaded Steel Saddles Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black (8-Hole)