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Fender Custom Shop Merle Haggard Signature Telecaster Modified Thinline Electric Guitar (SN:18000790)

You are looking at a Fender Custom Shop Merle Haggard Signature Telecaster Electric Guitar, serial number 18000790. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (6 lbs, 14.1 oz.)


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This guitar is one of the most beautiful Telecasters ever created by the Fender Custom Shop. Every aspect of it radiates perfection. It features a Merle Haggard signature design, Fender Custom Shop precision craftsmanship, and Texas Special Tele pickups. This guitar is for the player who wants an incredibly well-made signature Telecaster.

Merle Haggard Signature Design
As one of the biggest stars of early country music, Merle Haggard's twangy tone, helped by the Telecaster, gained incredible popularity through the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Fender created this amazing signature to suit Merle's sound and style. It's uniquely built, sporting a body with chambered alder wings, a maple centerblock, and laminated figured maple top. The beautiful figured maple is lined with ivoroid binding and shines through the urethane finish, illuminating the 2-color sunburst. To truly make this Tele Merle's own, the headstock has a "Tuff Dog Tele" inlay and Merle's signature on it.

Fender Custom Shop Precision Craftsmanship
This Custom Shop guitar has a figured maple "C" shape set-neck with deep carved heel, affording excellent sustain and smooth feel. The fingerboard is maple, boasting a vintage-style 7.25" radius, 22 medium jumbo frets, and black dot inlays. It's finished in gloss urethane. The bridge is a gold 6-saddle strings-thru-body Strat bridge with block-style saddles. It looks amazing and provides that excellent twang Merle loved. There are also deluxe cast/sealed tuners with pearl buttons, knurled dome knobs, and barrel-style switch tips, completing this Tele's sweet, sweet style.  

Texas Special Tele Pickups
To give this Tele the appropriate sound for Merle's music, the Fender Custom Shop stocked it with Texas Special Single-Coil Tele pickups in the neck and bridge. The bridge sports the classic slanted, open-coil pickup set into the gold ashtray style bridge plate, with the smaller single-coil at the neck having a gold cover. The switching features four positions, including each pickup individually, and combined in both series and parallel. Complete with classic Tele single volume/single tone knob set up, this guitar is geared-up for all possibilities of Tele twang.


  • Laminated Figured Maple Top w/ Maple Centerblock & Chambered Alder Wings
  • 25.5" Scale Figured Maple Neck in "C" Shape
  • Maple Fingerboard w/ 7.25" Radius, 22 Medium Jumbo Frets, & Black Dots
  • Dual Texas Special Single-Coil Tele Pickups, 4-Way Switching
  • 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Strat Bridge w/ Block Style Saddles
  • Includes Hardshell Case, Strap, & Certificate of Authenticity

Get your Fender Custom Shop Merle Haggard Signature Telecaster Modified Thinline Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Strap


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Number Of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Radius 7.25"
Body Style Telecaster®
Neck Type Set Neck
Neck Wood Figured Maple
Fingerboard Maple
Body Wood Select Alder Wings with Tone Chambers and Maple Center Block
Top Laminated Figured Maple
Pickup Configuration S-S
Bridge Pickup Texas Special™ Single-Coil Tele
Neck Pickup Texas Special™ Single-Coil Tele
Bridge Type 6-Saddle
Tuning Machines Deluxe Cast/Sealed with Pearl Buttons
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Weight 6 lbs, 14.1 oz.
Series Custom Artist
Model Merle Haggard Signature Telecaster®
Warranty Info:

Fender warrants this Fender or Squier electric guitar or bass to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two (2) years from the date of original purchase, subject to limitations set forth herein ("Limited Warranty"). This Limited Warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Fender Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY.

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