Fender Reveals Wilko Johnson Signature Telecaster

Published 11 years ago on July 2, 2013

By Jonathan Graham

Fender Reveals Wilko Johnson SignatureTelecaster -

Fender has announced the release of the Fender Wilko JohnsonTelecaster guitar, which is sold exclusively throughout Europe.

With his electrifying proto-punk Telecaster chops, angularonstage swagger and pre-Lydon thousand-yard stare, Wilko Johnson isa venerable, influential and unmistakable U.K. guitar hero.

With pub rock institution Dr. Feelgood, Johnson was an original'70s-era architect of the bridge from no-nonsense Brit R&B tosnarling high-energy punk. His percussively choppy fingerstyle workon his early-'60s Telecaster furiously fused rhythm and lead parts,inspiring a new generation of iconoclastic U.K. punk, new wave andpost-punk guitarists.

Fender's Wilko Johnson Telecaster now puts hisdistinctive-looking instrument in your hands, with featuresincluding a Black finish and single-ply red pickguard, maple neckwith comfortable "C"-shaped profile, and dual vintage-stylesingle-coil pickups.

Other features include a 7.25"-radius rosewood fingerboard with21 vintage-style frets, three-way pickup switching, vintage-stylestrings-through-body bridge with three chrome-barrel saddles, andvintage-style tuners. Special in-case extras include two WilkoJohnson photos and facsimiles of the notebook pages on whichJohnson penned Dr. Feelgood hits "She Does it Right," "Back in theNight" and "Roxette."

"I have been working closely with Fender on the details ofmy signature Tele," said Johnson. "It's great to knowpeople will be able to play an instrument just like the one thathas served me so well throughout my career."



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