Sunday, 8 September 2013

Fender TLAC100 Japanese-made hybrid acoustic/electric Thinline Tele
I've quite fancied getting myself a Fender Acoustisonic Telecaster, a hybrid electric/acoustic Telecaster launched in 2010 and already discontinued (and which is NOT the guitar pictured here), but which still fetches quite high prices on eBay... certainly more than I can afford anyway. They also seem quite scarce; it's unlikely that Fender produced these in large numbers.

An alternative - that may or may not work out as a cheaper option - would be to track down Fender's earlier hybrid Tele, the TLAC100, as pictured above. On this Crafted In Japan Tele, Fender haven't tried to disguise it as a regular Tele, and so we have no pickguard, a slanted neck pickup (a Lace Burton Silver USA) and a Thinline-style body with f-hole. It has an undersaddle piezo pickup in the acoustic-style bridge, while the three controls take care of volume, balance and TBX Blend which blends the single coil and Piezo. I believe that the more contemporary Acoustisonic can produce more convincing acoustic tones, but the TLAC100 can't be that bad, after all it was good enough for the likes of Stevie Winwood and Richie Blackmore.

Currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £650, although take note, the seller would prefer the buyer to collect from Cornwall!

G L Wilson

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1 comment:

  1. I owned one exactly like the one you have pictured long before 2010. Probably mid-'90s. I had only seen one other one, a sunburst model, prior to owning mine. They seem like a good idea, but you just get annoyed with the fake acoustic sound after not very long. I had mine for less than a year. - Jaimie



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