From Musicradar.com -
"Fender launched its first Vintage Hot Rod guitars back at Winter NAMM 2007, and they immediately proved popular with players who, though still head over heels in love with the look and the sound of the company's golden era, find the slavish accuracy of the American Vintage reissues a little limiting.
2018 saw The Big F revamp the Vintage Hot Rod range and throw some new models into the mix, and now there's a choice of '50s and '60s Strats and Teles as well as '60s Precision and '70s Jazz Basses. All six models draw heavy inspiration from the decades in question, but feature a range of modern updates aimed at making them more practical for today's players.
Compound Chemistry -
"There's no denying that a 184mm (7.25-inch) 'board is very comfortable indeed when bashing out chords"
Although vintage-style fingerboards are justifiably maligned for forcing setups to be a compromise when it comes to avoiding choking up at the dusty end, there's no denying that a 184mm (7.25-inch) 'board is very comfortable indeed when bashing out chords, especially if you are a thumb-over-the-top player.
As violin-makers will attest, compound or conical radius fingerboard shapes that flatten out as you get further up the neck are hardly a new idea, but it's certainly true that they are less common and trickier to execute on a mass-production scale. Like all of the new electrics in the Vintage Hot Rod range, our Telecaster here has a 184 to 305mm (7.25 to 12 inches) compound radius 'board.
Tying in with the Hot Rod ethos, the '50s model features electronic additions that expand upon the tonal palettes offered by traditionally appointed Teles. 2007's Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster featured a Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker in the neck position, but for its new '50s model here, Fender has opted for a Wide Range Special unit that, unlike its physically larger forbears, has standard PAF-style dimensions.
Meanwhile, in the bridge position, there's a Custom Shop Broadcaster pickup. A four-way lever selector switch offers both pickups in series in position four, on top of the neck, neck and bridge in parallel and bridge-only selections that we usually see.
Other features include gloss nitrocellulose-finished body, satin nitro-finished neck with gloss headstock face (the '50s model also sporting a gloss-finished 'board), vintage-style locking Gotoh tuners and an American Vintage bridge with a trio of intonateable brass saddles. Time to fire it up...
Feel & Sounds -
Telecasters retrofitted with neck humbuckers have been used to create some pretty stellar tones in the past - just ask Keef or Albert Collins - and the Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster is no exception; just don't expect it to sound either like a PAF or the searing, slide-friendly Duncan mini-humbucker that graced the 2007 '52 Hot Rod model.
"This Wide Range Special does a good job of replicating much of the flavour of the Seth Lover-designed units of the 1970s"
This Wide Range Special does a good job of replicating much of the flavour of the Seth Lover-designed units of the 1970s; it's smoky and a little flabby, with a soft, foggy high end that begs for jazzy chord voicings, spring reverb and smooth noodling.
Dial in a little more crunch to go with that reverb and there's an excellent garage-blues sound on tap that only improves when you bring the bridge pickup into the mix in series using position four on the switch.
The parallel twin-pickup mix in position two is where your Stones riffs live, while the Custom Shop Broadcaster unit in the bridge on its lonesome is about as classic an electric guitar sound as you are likely to hear. From Luther Perkins to Dave Davies, Graham Coxon and Roy Buchanan... the applications for its raunchy, stinging attack are endless.
Under the fingers, the compound radius 'board doesn't have an overly dramatic transition, but in combination with 21 of Fender's neatly installed 'narrow jumbo' frets, pleasingly low, bend-friendly actions are no chore to achieve and you still benefit from all of the good stuff down in the lower registers.
This '50s model is potentially the star of the new range."
- Body Material: Ash
- Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Body Shape: Telecaster
- Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple
- Neck Finish: Urethane
- Neck Shape: D shape Neck with thickness .820” to .950”
- Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
- Fingerboard : Maple
- Radius: 25” to 12” compound neck radius
- Number of Frets: 21
- Fret Size: 6105
- Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
- Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
- Position Inlays: Dot
- Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Broadcaster
- Neck Pickup: Fender Wide range Humbucker
- Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
- 4-Position Switch
- Bridge: 3-Saddle String-Through-Body & Brass Barrel Saddles
- Hardware Finish: Chrome
- Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
- Pickguard: 1-Ply White
- Neck Plate: 4-Bolt
This guitar is very clean and original condition. It shows virtually no sign of player wear at all. It has been played mostly at home, and looked after very well. No sign of fret wear, no dings, dents or blemishes and no issues.
It is set up well with a slinky low action and sounds just as a modern Tele should – lots of twang and bite with the added dimension of a great sounding Fender Wide Range humbucker.
Comes in its G&G built Fender tweed case with all the original case candy including tags, lead, leather strap with fittings for locking strap buttons.