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1990 Fender James Burton Signature Telecaster Gold Paisley w/ Lace Sensor Pickups


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Up for sale, a 1990 Fender James Burton Signature Telecaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A very early example of the Burton model, this Tele is the signature model of a legend whose close association with the Telecaster has defined electric guitar music for decades. From Ricky Nelson to Elvis Presley to Emmylou Harris to Elvis Costello, James Burton's guitar sound has left an indelible mark on generations of players.

The trio of Lace Sensor pickups (Red, Silver, and Blue models) are directly mounted into the body for maximum resonance and response. The Lace pickups feature a unique radiant Field Barrier system that surrounds both the coil and magnets, reducing 60-cycle hum. The patented Lace Micro Combs replace traditional bobbins, yielding a wider tonal range and better string balance than traditional guitar pickups. The guitar weighs 9lbs 4oz with a poplar body, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a chunky U-shaped neck profile carve with round shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a modern 9 1/2" radius with slender vintage-spec fretwire that shows only light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock has Burton's signature on the face, and the Schaller tuners have been substituted for Kluson-style gold tuners that have a more vintage-correct Fender look. The neck heel and pocket retain their factory date stamps from March and April of 1990.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the TBX tone circuitry has been removed, substituted with a pair of CTS 250k pots. The gold hardware includes a Strat-style six-saddle string through body bridge, control plate and pair of flat-topped knurled knobs, and the plating shows some patina through the plating central to the control plate and across the bridge saddles. The Gold Paisley finish is a rare, early option for this model (some might say far and away the best looking Burton finish option), and cosmetic wear includes buckle rash at the bass-side waist on the back, some additional light finish scratches across the back as well, and a small spot of light pick wear on the treble side of the strum path. The neck retains its smooth, nigh flawless gloss on the profile length, with very faint palm wear on the rolled fretboard edges.

A vintage Fender USA form-fit gigbag is included.