Feast your eyes on Fender’s Parallel Universe Troublemaker Telecaster Deluxe

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Feast your eyes on Fender’s Parallel Universe Troublemaker Telecaster Deluxe

Words by Will Brewster

Has there ever been a tougher Tele on the block?

It’s been an amazing year for Fender’s Parallel Universe range of fretted oddities, but surely the new Troublemaker Tele Deluxe Bigsby, out officially today, has got to take the cake as one of the most stunning instruments released in 2020.

Pairing an ebony fretboard with a solid mahogany body and neck, the Troublemaker Tele Deluxe Bigsby essentially sees Fender put their spin on the illustrious specs of the Gibson Black Beauty Les Paul, with gold hardware and a lacquer black finish with neck and body binding helping to put the icing on the cake.

A 12″ radius neck and 22 medium jumbo frets help to provide a smooth, fast playing experience for chord and single note runs, while a trio of custom-calibrated Double Tap humbuckers unlocks a wild array of clean, crunchy and distorted tones.

As its name suggests, the Troublemaker Tele Deluxe Bigsby also packs a gold Bigsby tremolo system with an Adjusto-Matic bridge for tuning stability, while Deluxe cast tuners and black-and-gold witches hats knobs help to round out the guitar.

Hear how the guitar sounds in action below. Judging by the recommended retail price and the guitar’s scarce quantities, this entry into the Parallel Universe range won’t be overly accessible to all players, but it’s definitely worth a sniff if you’re into the tones afforded by this killer configuration.

Check out all the specs via Fender’s Australian webpage today.