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Part punk, part honky-tonk twanger and very much a crucial member of one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Chris Shiflett is a versatile guitarist with a signature model to match.
It’s based on Chris’s ‘Shifty’ Telecaster, which isn’t actually a Fender, but rather put together with Warmoth parts. “I wouldn’t even say that I actually ever dreamt of having a signature guitar, because that just seems silly, it’s like, ridiculous, you know?” Chris told Fender.com.
“A lot of my favourite guitar players played Telecasters through the years... you see a picture of Joe Strummer and he’s playing a Tele and it had that cool vibe to it. [Fender] said, ‘Hey, we noticed you’ve been using those parts guitars out there. Would you be interested in a signature model?’ The obvious choice was something based on what I’d actually been using.”
The production model is a no- nonsense electric, providing a solid base for gigging players. “It’s got a rosewood fretboard, and we did a four-bolt neck [plate] instead of the usual three-bolt,” he says. “The pickups are hotter humbuckers and, of course, you know, it’s got my name scribbled on the back!”