Fender Jim Campilongo signature Top Loader Telecaster 2011 Blonde

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One of only 50 made by Fender Custom Shop, so it's pretty rare. Top Loading bridge as opposed to strings through the body. Top loaders were only made in 1959 originally, this is a faithful recreation of a special guitar.

All the case candy is there. Please notice the ding in picture, on back side of upper end. Doesn't affect playability or sound at all. As described below, the finish is thin for a reason, perhaps this is a result of that.

Nice light weight, beautiful sounding and looking Tele. The grain of the ash body is stunning, as is the maple neck...pictures don't even do it justice.

Shipping to CONUS only
Strong preference to not ship, will deliver to Manhattan...maybe even at Jim's regular Monday night gig!

Pickups and neck profile are custom made to Jim's specs.
See the excerpt below in which the namesake's website in which he describes the guitar: 

“My Custom shop Signature Top-Loader Telecaster was introduced by Fender at the winter NAMM show in January, 2010.

It has an exact replica of my neck, and features pickups custom wound to my specs (see "pick ups"). They sound fantastic. My goal was to have a woody, full bodied sound while retaining the character of a great Telecaster.

Jumbo frets, a tall "top hat" toggle for easy switching, and a "T" string tree for easy behind the nut bending are all part of the personality of this guitar - not to mention the easy playability and warm sounds the top-loader bridge brings to the Telecaster table.

Additionally, the bridge plate is flat, without the "lips" originally there for holding the "ash tray" metal cover on older Teles. Personally, I find those lips problematic and a hindrance when trying to pick the low "E" string. I compensate for this on my '59 with a high string altitude at the pickup plate. However, the trade off is high action from the 12th fret up. This "lip-less" plate should make my plectrum life easier.

The Campy model comes standard in "white-ish blond" nitrocellulose finish, the exact color of my original guitar, with a white pick guard. Custom color Orange is available. I'm going for orange.

All finishes will be applied conservatively since I feel most of the great guitars I've played featured "very light" too "nearly nonexistent" finishes. I believe this allows the true resonant character of the wood to shine through. The neck will be lightly finished for a "fast" playability

As far as pickups go, I'm really happy with what I came up with for my Campy model. I went through dozens of pick ups and tried to combine the best features of what I liked and requested modifications for what I needed. I think the Campy pick ups are powerful, full-bodied and warm, but retain a classic vintage voice. They will come standard and exclusively on the Campilongo Signature Tele and will not be offered separately.”

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Product Specs

Very Good (Used)
Jim Campilongo Top-Loader Telecaster
Solid Body
Made In:
United States


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Watchtower Guitars
Joined May 2015
Morristown, NJ, United States


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This listing sold on 6/04/2017

Watchtower Guitars

Morristown, NJ, United States
Joined: May 2015

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