Fender Custom Shop Founders Design Stelecaster By Gene Baker
Gene Bakers’ Fender Custom Shop 30th Anniversary “Stelecaster” was inspired by the early mashups of the Stratocaster and Telecaster from Mike Bump, his former apprentice and now-R&D guru at Fender. “I just always felt that it belongs at Fender,” he said. “When you look at the model, just about everything is the Strat and the Tele 50/50 right up the center line. Mirror images of each other when you look at it. It looks very vintage and very familiar and friendly, although it makes you take a second thinking, ‘Whoa, what is that?’”
The model follows Gene’s “modern vintage” style – taking the best of both models to maximize form, fit, function and flow. The Stratocaster/Telecaster body is lightweight ash with a wide-fade Chocolate 3-Tone Sunburst Relic finish.
THE 2017 FOUNDERS DESIGN PROJECT
To celebrate thirty years of the Custom Shop, Fender invited eight of its original Custom Shop Master Builders to turn their imaginations loose and design their ultimate instrument. The Founders Design Project is made up of a stunning collection of imaginative instruments that cements these Master Builders’ place in guitar history. Each one of these highly collectible creations is limited to 30 pieces worldwide.
Body Material: Select Ash
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
Neck Shape: 10/56 "V" Back-Shape
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Material & Radius: Maple / 9.5" (241 mm)
Fret Size: 6105 Narrow Jumbo - 21 Frets
Nut Material & Width: Bone / 1.650" (42 mm)
Neck Plate: Founders Design Signature neck plate
Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Position Inlays: Black Dots
Pickups: Bridge: Custom Shop Handwound Original Blackguard Tele® Bridge; Middle: Custom Shop Hand-Wound RWRP '69 Single Coil Strat; Neck: Custom Shop Hand-Wound '69 Single Coil Strat
Controls: Modern Tele with Push/Pull Neck On/Off Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style Staggered
Pickguard: 1-Ply Parchment Relic®
Control Knobs: Knurled Dome
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Included Accessories: Custom accessory kit; Founders Design Signature neck plate; engraved bridge cover; G&G Founders Design Signature embroidered tweed center-pocket case; signed Certificate of Authenticity.