From Fender –
The Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster solidbody electric guitar flirts with perfection. Richie's signature Tele is buttery-playable, outrageously toneful, and easy on your eyes. Pick it up. The contoured ash body is graced with a gorgeous flame maple top and fits you like a glove. Wrap your hand around the large C-profile maple neck and let your fingers dance on the shredtastic jumbo frets. Strum a chord or let fly with a single-note run - DiMarzio Chopper and Twang King pickups deliver a staggering range of tone. The Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster will inspire you.
In addition to his solo career and fronting the power trio Winery Dogs with Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen has lent his considerable chops to Poison, Mr. Big, and his fusion group Vertu with Stanley Clark and Lenny White.
Richie deploys a unique fingerpicking technique on his weapon of choice - the Fender Telecaster - but not just any Telecaster. If you appreciate ash bodies with belly and forearm contours, eye-popping flamed maple tops, gold hardware and abalone inlays, buttery playability, and a huge range of tone bookended by traditional Tele twang and modern high-gain - then the Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster is for you.
DiMarzio Pickups –
When DiMarzio set out to design a neck pickup that delivers amazing vintage Tele sound, they knew they had to go beyond merely copying a 40-year-old design. Sporting controlled-tension coil winding, special wire, and hand-calibrated magnets, the Twang King delivers pick attack response like you've never experienced in a single-coil. Of course, the Twang King is wax-potted twice for squeal-free performance.
With less DC resistance than a standard Tele single-coil and twin-blade poles for less string-pull than standard rod magnets, DiMarzio's Chopper T Bridge pickup is much hotter and punchier than single-coil Tele bridge pickups - and its has way more twang and snap than a typical humbucker. The Chopper T concentrates its energy in the lows and mids for a huge sound with lots of crunch - not to mention perfect lead tones for everything from country to rock to fusion (and everything in between). And of course, being a humbucking design, there's no noise.
The RK Tele features a standard 3-way pickup switch along with a two pole switch that's only active in the middle position of the 3 way pickup switch. This is a two way rotary switch that replaces the tone control which allows you to select either the two pickups in parallel or in series for a thicker, beefier tone.
Ash with Flame Maple Laminated Top
12" (305 mm)
Number of Frets:
1.650" (42 mm)
25.5" (648 mm)
Dimarzio® DP384 Chopper T™
Dimarzio® DP173 Twang King™
3-Position Blade Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Series/Parallel Rotary Switch
6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Tele®
This RK Signature Tele is in super clean, 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 great with that excellent pair of proprietary Dimarzio pickups, along with the very clever and useable series / parallel control.
Yes, it’s made in Japan, but quite honestly, you could not fault the build quality or attention to detail on this one. And remember, the Japanese luthiers from Fujigen actually re-taught their US counterparts how to make great guitars back in the 1980s.
This guitar would definitely suit a new buyer, with a discount to new RRP of $3299, if you can find one.
Comes in its original Fender hard case in new condition.
Richie Kotzen demos his signature Tele -