New Fender Collaborative Tele

When is a signature guitar not a signature guitar? When it’s a collaborative guitar! Here’s the new JA-90 based, in part, on the musings of Jimmy Eat World head honcho Jim Adkins.

Here’s part of the full release.

‘Based on Fender's distinctive double-cutaway TC-90 Thinline guitar, the JA-90 puts Adkins' own personal spin on the classic model, resulting in a single-cutaway, semi-hollow ash-body instrument all its own. Features include a mahogany set neck with a 12-inch radius rosewood fingerboard and 22 medium jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan® Custom SP90-3 and Vintage SP90-1 soapbar pickups with volume and tone controls for each and three-way switching, a three-ply black/white/black pickguard and an Adjusto-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece. It comes in Crimson Red and Ebony transparent finishes.



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‘Adkins was very hands-on in designing and testing the guitar. Through several prototype stages, he personally studio- and road-tested the model extensively, collaborating with Fender designers and craftsmen every step of the way. In fact, he tracked most of Jimmy Eat World's 2007 hit album Chase This Light with an early incarnation of the JA-90 (the album then promptly debuted in the top five on Billboard magazine's albums chart).

‘"I always loved Telecaster guitars," Adkins said. "And the TC-90 had some stuff on it I liked, but some stuff that I wanted to customize." Several months later, the resulting JA-90 signature model was in his hands. "It's the perfect guitar for what I play," Adkins continued. "It's pretty much the only guitar I play now."’


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