Female rock icon’s signature model unveiled by Fender Custom Shop
by Alex Baker
The instrument is available in an ultra-limited edition run, with only 60 of them having been made. One was signed by Crow herself and donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The body of the guitar is made from double-bound, hand-selected lightweight alder wood and sports a Faded Chocolate Three Color Sunburst finish. The neck is mid-60s oval “C” shaped and made of maple with a rosewood fingerboard. Frets are vintage style and the pickups are vintage 1963 with modern wiring added.
The guitar comes in a limited-edition case along with a certificate of authentication.
1959 Telecasters have a special meaning to Crow, who is herself a survivor of breast cancer. In 1994, after her band’s equipment was stolen, a fan approached her and gave her a 1959 tele. The guitar had apparently belonged to the fan’s mother who was a Crow fan and dying of breast cancer.
Crow has been playing and cherishing that same Telecaster practically ever since. However in 2011 she brought the guitar into the Fender Custom Shop, where it was recreated meticulously. Crow now uses the recreated model and keeps the original safely under lock and key.