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Fender releases the Acoustasonic Telecaster with very exotic ziricote top

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Fender has realeased the American Acoustasonic Telecaster Ziricote – a high-end model that's sure to get mavens of exotic tonewood all hot under the pickguard.

It is an electric guitar (opens in new tab) or an acoustic guitar (opens in new tab)? Who can say? It's both, really, and in truth the guitar world is still getting its head around this brave new hybrid design from the Big F.

It is gorgeous, with a grain pattern so beautiful it takes on a psychedelic quality.

Build-wise, well it's got a ziricote top with black limba on the back and sides, a black limba neck in pleasing modern deep-C profile, and an ebony fretboard. 

Inside the body it has transverse bracing, and some clever electronics. There are three pickups, with the Fishman Under-Saddle Transducer, Fishman Acoustasonic Enhancer, and Fender Acoustasonic Noiseless magnetic pickup pickup mounted at an angle half-way between bridge and soundhole. And these are controlled by a five-way blade selector switch, a volume control and "Mod knob" that lets you select and blend the Tele's voices. 

The American Acoustasonic Telecaster Ziricote retails for $3,299.99 (£2,999 street) and comes with a hard case. 

See Fender (opens in new tab) for more details.

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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