Fender · Custom Shop · Squier … Watch: Keith Richards Using His Tele As a Weapon. Posted on February 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm. Written by MDuffy. There are several ways to use a Telecaster, but the most logical of which is to play music.
As guitarists, we all want to be different. It’s written somewhere in the universal DNA of every six-string slinger, and we’re all slaves to it. You want your own style, your own sound, and a guitar that the adoring masses will associate with you and you alone.
Well, Keith Richards may have nabbed the Telecaster, but Fender’s Mexican-made FSR (Factory Special Run) dares to be different, with a quirky, limited-edition twist on the classic format to invoke a sense of exclusivity.
“With just 42 examples available in the UK, they’ve certainly got the all-important rarity factor”
You need only take a cursory look at the FSR Telecaster Custom to see the concept in action: tried and tested shapes given a seductive makeover and packed full of unusual features. Plus, with just 42 examples available in the UK, they’ve certainly got the all-important rarity factor.
There’s no denying the FSR Tele delivers in the looks department, especially in the Sunset Orange finish we got our paws on. It looks warm to the touch, and the cream binding paired with white soapbar pickups sets the whole ensemble off in style. There’s an abundance of retro touches here, too, from the bullet truss rod nut to the black knobs and pickup selector, lending this Tele an air of sophistication.