j5previewFirst off for those of you not in the know – J5 (or John Lowery to give him his proper name) is a rock guitarist who has played with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Dave Lee Roth (you know – the guy who used to be in Van Halen!) – currently playing for heavy rocker Rob Zombie. He’s had a signature with Fender for a while now and the J5 Triple Tele Deluxe sees a 2007 update.

Ok so after setting that scene – what of the J5 Telecaster? well from the visuals it’s a little like a Telecaster on steroids. You can’t miss the black and chrome contrast it not only looks great but also adds a little character – it says “yep I’m a telecaster – but not as you know it”. Based on a Alder body with bound top and back, with a Maple neck, rosewood fingerboard (with 22 Medium Jumbo Frets) all seems pretty straightforward.

The first thing you notice is that this is no ordinary Telecaster – pickup wise it’s got three chrome covered Enforcer pickups – an American Synch Tremolo unit and a pretty far out looking pick guard. Clearly it’s aimed at the rockers out there. On closer inspection Fender have also added a Strat style headstock, the three way pickup switch is where you’d expect to find it on a Les Paul. From the visuals it looks the part

The Enforcer pickups are designed for high output lead work (you can find these pickups, without the chrome coverings, on some of Fender’s Showmaster guitars). And should add enough sonic possibilities to please most. Controls are based on the Telecaster standard – one volume and one tone.

Released in January 2007 the J5 Triple Tele Deluxe certainly won’t please purists and won’t be for everyone but if your looking for a metal-lead guitar and want something with a little character then it’s worth checking out.

For more info check out Fender.com

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