We love the Gretsch-meets-Tele vibe of this 2018 Caballo Ligero Telecaster from Fender's Artisan Series. There are so many cool design touches on this guitar - it's a great representation of the creative minds working in the Fender Custom Shop these days. Note the way the tuner buttons match the fingerboard dots, the compensated and rounded "bullet" shaped bridge saddles, old-school/almost horseshoe shaped bridge plate, anodized guard, reverse control awful lot of thought and intention went into this guitar. 

This is a killer Thinline Tele looks aside. The TV Jones neck pickup sounds incredible - slightly hot, open, great sparkle - and the bridge pickup delivers slightly hotter (to our ears at least) twang and muscle. Combined? Amazing. The mix of hotter output and chime allow you to dial back how hard you need to hit the strings - you can let the amp do some of the work for you (something we really love). To be sure, when you want to dig in and hit it a little harder, it'll go there with you, driving your amp into a really sweet edge of breakup tone. 

Condition: Excellent. A few light, small surface scratches on the back and two small indentations on the top, no real fret wear to speak of, setup beautifully. 

Fender's Custom Shop has always made drool-worthy guitars but it seems like they've really ratcheted things up in the last few years (hiring Ron Thorn, etc..). This excellent condition 2018 Artisan Caballo Ligero Tele stands as proof that the legendary creative spirit that made the Custom Shop special from day one is alive and well today. Priced with hard-shell case and case candy.


  • Roasted Ash body w/Japanese Tamo Ash top
  • Birdseye AAA maple neck, round laminate AAA rosewood fretboard
  • Sanko 6105 frets, 21
  • Mother of pearl dots
  • 10" radius
  • 1.65" nut width, bone
  • 63 Strat-style "C" carve, .83" @ 1st fret, 1" @ 12th fret
  • Twisted Tele bridge pickup, TV Jones Filtertron neck pickup
  • Gold anodized pickguard
  • Volume, tone, 3-way - reverse control plate
  • SN CZ536942
  • 6lbs 3oz

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