The Fender Joe Strummer Signature Telecaster – 2022 – The Clash
Joe Strummer (Official):
Check out the new Fender Joe Strummer Signature Telecaster, which pays homage to Joe’s legendary instrument. Feat. Road Worn lacquer-finished Alder body, a mid-60s “C”-shape maple neck & a set of custom-voiced Strummer Tele pickups.
As front man and main songwriter of legendary punk band, The Clash, Joe Strummer created a fiery, passion-filled brand of up-tempo punk-rock that catapulted the band into rock and roll history. Strummer’s rebellious musical sensibilities injected the band’s songs with the lightning-in-a-bottle political urgency of the era.
To capture the vibe of Joe’s well-worn ’66 model, the Joe Strummer Telecaster® features a Road Worn® lacquer-finished Alder body, a mid-‘60s “C”-shape maple neck with 7.25” radius Rosewood fingerboard and a set of custom-voiced Joe Strummer Telecaster® pickups. Other features include a vintage-style 6-saddle Telecaster® bridge, era-correct 3-ply parchment pickguard, vintage-style tuning machines and a custom neck plate, all featuring Fender’s Road Worn® finish to complete the look.
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Alder body with Road Worn® Lacquer finish
Maple neck with 7.25” radius rosewood fingerboard
Vintage-style 6-Saddle Tele Bridge
Custom Joe Strummer ‘60s Single-Coil Tele® Pickups
Road Worn® Vintage-Style Hardware
Joe Strummer’s legendary ‘66 Tele is more than a guitar, it’s the sound of a movement – played throughout Strummer’s career in the 101ers to The Clash, to the Mescaleros and beyond.
Built to withstand heavy destruction, this guitar had battle scars to prove it, made real by Strummer’s dedication to using it every time he played, without fail.
As the story goes, Strummer’s Tele was bought out of an act of goodwill. A friend from South Africa was looking to obtain British citizenship, so he agreed to a marriage at the price of £100. It just so happened that a used Telecaster was available at a local shop for £120.
This guitar initially started out with a 3-Color Sunburst finish, but as Strummer, Paul Simonen and Mick Jones came together to form The Clash, the aesthetics of the group changed, which brought an all-black paint job to the instrument, in addition to stencil work and several decals.
As The Clash gained more of a worldwide audience on the heels of early albums like Give ’Em Enough Rope and London Calling, the Black began to give way to the Sunburst. Plus, the original three-saddle ashtray bridge was switched out for a six-saddle version and a second string tree was added.
To celebrate Strummer’s legendary contributions to not only the music of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, but also the punk and hardcore we hear today, Fender is releasing the Joe Strummer Signature Telecaster, a faithfully recreated model that captures his rebellious musical sensibilities and injected The Clash’s songs into the political urgency of the era.