After writing about it a few weeks back I’ve received a number of inquiries about Fender’s unique new Snake Head Telecaster, so I thought I’d point out that this Limited Edition Tele appears to finally be showing up in stores.
The guitar, which is part of Fender’s “Telebration” celebrating 60 years since the introduction of the iconic Telecaster, is being built in a strictly limited run, with just 60 instruments available globally.
According to Fender, the Snake Head Tele –– with its distinctive headstock and stripped-down appearance –– replicates the earliest prototype of the Tele, which Leo Fender took from club to club, coaxing musicians to give the instrument a try and ultimately gathering the feedback he needed to design and build what would become the Telecaster of today.
Among other things, Fender’s Custom Shop Snake Head Telecaster will feature a body of select Pine finished in Olympic White nitro lacquer, a single-piece hard Rock Maple neck with no truss-rod (how’s that for historic accuracy,) a maple fretboard with vintage frets, and a Custom Nocaster Vintage Tele single-coil pickup in the bridge position.
The guitar will ship with a Limited Edition hardshell case (with red interior,) Limited Edition certificate of authenticity, Limited Edition decal and neckplate, and is currently fetching street price of just under $6,000.