Along with a handful of contemporaries, Jason Isbell has ushered in a fresh era of country music by returning to the genreâ€™s roots of storytelling-based songwriting, raw emotions, and equally raw performances. But make no mistake: Jason Isbell is no mere revivalist; heâ€™s a contemporary artist putting a modern twist on his country and rock â€™nâ€™ roll influences. The Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster is something of an analog for Jasonâ€™s style. Based on Jasonâ€™s Custom Shop master-built Telecaster, this gorgeous instrument pairs old-school soul with new-school attitude. Finished in a Road Worn chocolate burst with just the right amount of distressing, the Jason Isbell Custom Telecasterâ€™s alder body features white double-edge binding, contrasted with a black-white-black 3-ply pickguard. And itâ€™s specially voiced for the kind of Muscle Shoals-inspired swamp rock that Jason and the 400 Unit break out during live performances. Combine that with a comfy mid-'60s profile neck and chicken-pickinâ€™-friendly modified bridge, and youâ€™ve got a barn burner of a Tele that's ready to lay down some serious grooves.
The Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster features a balanced-sounding alder body â€” a mainstay on Fender bodies with a distinctive tone thatâ€™s at the center of some of rock â€™nâ€™ rollâ€™s most enduring classics. A Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish gives this solidbody electric guitar the look and feel of a well-used vintage instrument. A 3-ply black-white-black pickguard, modified brass-saddle Tele bridge, and vintage-style tuners put the perfect finishing touches on this Tele, supplying you with seasoned aesthetics, plus rock-solid performance and tuning stability.
Jason Isbellâ€™s Custom Shop Telecaster went through a trial by fire shortly after he received it from Fenderâ€™s Master Builders. During a live performance at Willie Nelsonâ€™s Fourth of July picnic, Jasonâ€™s pedalboard unexpectedly died, leaving him with just his Custom Shop Tele plugged straight into his amp. Jason played the whole set with this stripped-back pairing and tore the roof off. The Jason Isbell Custom Telecasterâ€™s custom-voiced Jason Isbell pickup set delivers serious Tele twang and swamp rock bark that absolutely sings through a tube combo â€” no pedals required!
The Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster is a treat to play, largely because of its mid-'60s "C"-shaped neck profile. This is a pleasantly stout neck, and guitarists at Sweetwater note that its increased mass yields an incredibly natural feel, as well as excellent sustain. Its 7.25-inch-radius rosewood fingerboard is complete with 21 vintage-tall frets that feel incredible. This neck secures to the guitarâ€™s alder body with a traditional 4-bolt plate, emblazoned with Jasonâ€™s anchor and sparrow tattoo, and includes a synthetic bone nut.