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Fender Custom Shop John Cruz Masterbuilt Telecaster
Item: FE9215000130

Fender Custom Shop John Cruz Masterbuilt Telecaster

Item: FE9215000130

If you are familiar with the Fender Custom Shop, then you know the name John Cruz, he is one of the most in demand Masterbuilders at Fender, and currently has a 3.5 year lead time on new orders.

This amazing Telecaster was built for the 2013 NAMM show, and exemplifies John’s incredible craftsmanship. Using stunning woods and superb binding work, John has created an instrument of unsurpassed beauty and tonal excellence. Chambers were created in the one piece Mahogany body by carving it out from the top before putting the AAAA Morado top onto the body. The neck has been carved from AAAA Flamed Maple with a large “C” back shape that feels immediately comfortable. The shape of the neck, and the use of tall skinny frets, allow you to dig into the notes with ease.

Acoustically, the combination of the chambering and the dual F-holes give this instrument a rich, throaty tone with a bright, biting attack. It’s a joy to play this Tele even when it’s unplugged, and when it is plugged in, it’s a tone monster. One of the perks to my job is getting to play guitars of this caliber, and I will never forget my experience plugging in this amazing guitar. I don’t know if this will make sense, but this guitar sounds more like a Telecaster than a Telecaster does. This incredible instrument has all the twang, bite, and warm neck tones of a Tele, but with an amazing 3 dimensional quality of sound and character that I have never heard before. I love this guitar - Scott

Serial # JC2006

Weight: 7lbs 10oz


  • One Piece Mahogany Body
  • AAAA Grade Morado Top
  • Mother of Pearl Bound Top, and F-Holes
  • AAAA Grade Flamed Maple Neck
  • 6mm Thick Indian Rosewood Fretboard
  • 12" Fingerboard Radius
  • 1st Fret Neck Thickness .830"
  • 12th Fret Neck Thickness .975"
  • 21 Dunlop 6100 Jumbo Frets
  • Nitro Cellulose Lacquer Finish on Body and Neck
  • Ron Thorn "Custom Shop" 12th Fret Inlay
  • Bigsby B5 Bridge and Tailpiece
  • TV Jones Powertron Neck Pickup
  • Hand Wound Twisted Tele Bridge Pickup
  • 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector on Upper Horn
  • 1 Volume, 1 Tone with Custom Shop Knobs


  • Fender Black Tolex Hardshell Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Strap, Cable, Polish Cloth

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