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NAMM 2007 Highlights: Fender Teles

The ´52 Tele reissue has seen one of the most-eagerly awaiting upgrades with the introduction of the Hot Rod ´52 Tele. The main new feature is the provision of a Seymour Duncan SM-1 Vintage mini-humbucker in the neck position to go alongside the Custom Vintage Tele bridge single-coil.

Available in just butterscotch blonde, which suits us, the premium ash body is finished in thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer and, with a soft U-shape to the maple neck, this is going to be a great player.

At the other end of the scale is the new John 5 Triple Tele Deluxe, which features three high-output Enforcer wide-range humbuckers, a shoulder-mounted toggle switch and an American Vintage Synchronized vibrato. There´s also the moody black finish, F-tuners and chrome scratchplate.

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Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Total Guitar magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.