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Fender introduced this limited edition Telecaster at the 1998 Winter NAMM Show.  This Tele is essentially built to mid-1955 specifications (chunky soft V-shape neck, white pickguard, round string tree, flush pole pieces on bridge pickup, steel bridge saddles, etc.), except for the medium frets, abalone dot markers, and commemorative "1998" 12th fret inlay.  Even the gold hardware and 2-tone sunburst finish are technically correct as they were options on the originals, though very, very rare.  Only 1, 998 Collector's Edition Telecasters were made and distributed worldwide.


Body: Solid, 3-piece ash

Finish: Sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck: 1-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Maple; abalone dot markers

Number of Frets: 21

Pickguard: White, 1-ply plastic

Bridge: Fender steel; gold

Nut: Plastic

Tuners: Reproduction Kluson Deluxe, enclosed, gold

Pickups: Two, Fender single coil

Controls: Master tone, master volume, 3-way pickup selector

Scale Length: 25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut: 1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout: 12 5/8 inches

Body Depth: 1 1/2 inches

Weight: 7.3 lb.

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