A Fender Tele With Active EMGs? Meet The Jim Root Signature Telecaster

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Well, we’re literally days away from the kick-off of this Summer’s show, and as usual I’ve donned my best cat-burglar outfit and spent the last few days digging around for whatever scraps I can gather for all you guitar freaks and gearheads.

While there is yet to be an official announcement from Fender (watch for one this weekend,) the big news today is the unveiling of yet another new Artist Series instrument––the ––in honor of and shredder .

This latest Tele model appears to take the guitar in a whole new direction, with the addition of a number of Root-inspired customizations, including a mahogany body, a pair of active EMG humbuckers, both Ebony and Maple fretboard options, “flat” black and white finishes, black hardware, and just a single control knob––Master Volume.

The Jim Root Telecaster will also sport a modern “C”-shaped Maple neck (25.5” scale-length,) Ebony or Maple 9.5” radius fretboard with 22 MJ frets, 6-saddle strings-thru-body hardtail bridge, Fender/Schaller Deluxe locking tuners, black or white single-ply pickguard, and 3-way pickup switching.

Electronics include a single EMG 60 active humbucker at the neck, paired with an EMG 81 active humbucker at the bridge, and the guitar is expected to ship with a black tweed case w/red plush interior.