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FENDER CABRONITA TELECASTER 2013 FSR Surf Green Fidelitron PU MIM Tele 17049

Regular price $849
This is a killer 2014 Fender Cabronita Telecaster in rare and desirable Surf Green finish. This guitar is in excellent playing condition and near mint cosmetics (see pics). The Fidelitron humbuckers sound warm and full. Fender specs call for a 9.5" radius modern C-shape, but from my experience and other reviews on the web, these are more chunky than the average C-shape. Worth noting the very pretty flame effect beginning to take shape on the rear of neck. This guitar is basically mint minus a tiny nick I found on the edge, it's 9.75/10. Frets are A+ condition. Weight is 8 pounds, 3 ounces. No case. The guitar has just been completely detailed and given a full setup. (Details on my setups and packing at bottom of listing, along with more details on this model.) Thanks for looking. See video demo of similar guitar below.

What You Get
-- Full setup, cleaning, and new strings.
-- FREE USA shipping.
-- 30-day return policy.
-- Ship within 1 business day--pro packing.

Manufacturer Info
Fender's Cabronita Telecaster Thinline electric guitar combines classic Tele style with a slightly rude attitude. It's got all the bark, bite, and howl you'd expect from a Thinline Tele, courtesy of its resonant chambered alder body and spanky maple neck. The name Cabronita is Spanish slang and roughly translates as little bastard or little devil.

Alder body (ash on White Blonde model)
25.5" Scale, 9.5 radius
Modern C-shape maple neck
Maple fretboard
22 Medium jumbo frets
Fideli'Tron Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
Fideli'Tron Humbucking Pickup (Neck)
3-Way pickup selector
Master volume
String-thru hardtail bridge with 6 cast saddles
Chrome hardware
Includes gig bag

Guitar Setup
All our setups are done by our in-house trained luthier. Setup includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. We spray out any pots that are noisy, turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. Basses get the same treatment minus the string change. Thanks!

I use quality boxes, thick bubble wrap, and peanuts to pack guitars. I have a very high rate of successful guitar and bass shipping (meaning few damaged instruments). I have been doing this 10 years and know how to pack well--with or without a hard case. I wrote a detailed story with photos on how I pack a guitar, which you can find on my StillKickinMusic site blog. If you Google "THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar" you will find it. Thanks.

More info on Cabronita
Most Telecasters use two single coil pickups, although over the years a large number of variations have existed that has utilized one pickup, three pickups, one or two humbucking pickups or a blend of these. With most all of these models, the pickguard is sometimes modified as are the electronics, but many were more or less the same guitar with subtle differences. The Cabronita arguably drifted farthest away from the original Telecaster, using only the body shape.

The pickguard is quite small compared to most, and clearly is influenced by the first couple of prototypes built by Leo Fender back in 1949. Unlike other models, it does not extend over the area of the neck pickup. In most models, the pickguard has squared edges instead of beveled, is a single ply material in either black or white, and is designed very simplistically, as is the rest of the guitar.

The majority of Telecaster have always had the controls mounted to a chrome plated, steel plate, going back to the prototype. The first production model using this plate was in 1951 and it has not changed in specification since, making it an identifying Telecaster feature. A few models instead had the electronics mounted to an extended pickguard, but the Cabronita has the electronics fed from the back of the guitar, and mounted through the wood of the guitar. While common for many other guitar brands, this was a first for a Telecaster.

Most Cabronitas have two pickups but do not have a tone control. This is another first for the Telecaster. A tone control can be added aftermarket by using a stacked potentiometer, but many argue that dropping the tone control gives the instrument a bit more sparkle and highs in the tone, as a tone control filters some of the higher frequencies even when set to the highest level.

The most striking and obvious difference is the use of TV Jones or Fidelitron pickups, both of which are based on Gretsch designs. Gretsch was the first to have a patent approved for a humbucking pickup although Gibson had filed two years earlier, but there are significant differences in their designs. Gretsch pickups are said to have more of a jangle in their tone whereas Gibson humbuckers are more full bodied in tone and slightly larger. Over time, the Gibson design became the standard for humbucker pickups, although the Gretsch design has a smaller but significant following. The TV Jones Classic pickups are a modified and arguably improved version of the Gretsch Filter'Tron. Similarly, the Fender Fidelitron is based on the Filter'Tron design, although they have a tone more akin to a single coil pickup, the tone most associated with Fender.

With the exception of the Squier model that uses a Bigsby vibrato, all the Fender branded Cabronitas use what is typically called a hardtail Stratocaster bridge, meaning it wasn't designed for a tremolo system. This is used on other models of Telecaster that have a humbucking pickup in the bridge position, although humbuckers are rarely used as OEM equipment on Telecasters. Regardless of country of origin, all Cabronita models feature a one piece maple neck and 22 medium jumbo frets as well as a 9.5 inch fingerboard radius, the common modern "C" shape, and either a 42.8mm wide nut (US built) or 42mm wide nut (Indonesia and Mexico built).