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Artisan Tele Caballo Tono Ligero - Koa

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The latest addition to the highly acclaimed Custom Shop Artisan Series, the Custom Shop Limited Edition Artisan Tele Caballo Tono Ligero Koa is a tastefully elegant instrument with sophisticated style and deep rich tone. Artistically crafted from exotic tonewoods selected for their sound and visual appeal, this lightweight guitar is a marvelously refined take on Fender’s classic workhorse instrument.

The Artisan Tele Caballo Tono Ligero Koa is all about tone—its right there in the name. A hand wound Custom Shop ’51 Nocaster pickup in the bridge position accurately reproduces the classic twang and shimmer of a Tele, with tight low end, clear, balanced midrange and even string response.

In the neck position, a TV Jones® Classic offers authentic growl and grind, granting this guitar a little extra firepower under the hood, making it a versatile tonal thoroughbred. The reversed control plate makes it easier to quickly access the volume and tone controls for expressive steel-inspired swells, while the electronics have been selected to bring out the pure tone of the pickups. The Custom Shop’s Research Special Division carefully designed the bridge, creating a lower side profile for increased playing comfort and redesigning the brass saddles for enhanced intonation. With its 1963 “C”-shaped profile and modern 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard, the 21-fret one-piece AAA birdseye maple neck is perfect for all playing styles, offering speed and comfort along the entire length.

The lacquer-finished Thinline body is crafted from Tasmanian Blackwood, a tone wood known for its impressively figured grain and warm, rich tone, similar to rosewood. This stunning body is capped with a bound AAA koa top, adding a note of crispness and definition to the guitar’s sonorous
voice. Other aesthetic appointments include chrome hardware, Sperzel® die-cast tuning machines with white pearloid buttons, one-ply gold anodized pickguard and knurled dome control knobs.

The Limited Edition Artisan Tele Caballo Tono Ligero – Koa is the ideal instrument for players who appreciate classic Fender design.


Body: Tasmanian Blackwood with Koa Top
Finish: Lacquer
Neck: 1-Piece AAA Birdseye Maple Neck with a 1963 “C” Shape and 9.5” (241 mm) Radius
Frets: 21, 6105 Narrow Jumbo
Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: RSD Telecaster®
Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound ‘51 Nocaster®
Neck Pickup:  TV Jones® Classic (Neck)
Wiring: Caballo Tono With 250/500k Stacked Volume
Controls: Volume, Tone




Why buy from Melody Music Shop, LLC?

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Melody Music Shop strives to maintain a diverse, high quality inventory along with exceptional customer service. We carry a wide range of instruments and accessories, including new and used guitars, band and orchestral instruments, pianos, amps, sound systems, and so much more!

With certified technicians on staff and a century + of experience between them all, you can rest assured any instrument you purchase from Melody Music Shop LLC is in the best condition possible! Our ENTIRE STORE is maintained at 50% humidity year round per manufacturer’s stringent requirements. All items will be packaged carefully to ensure their safe arrival. Guitars will have their string tension lowered and packaged to manufacture specs or better. Melody Music Shop LLC guarantees quality products, fast shipping, and top-notch customer service!

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Layaway is an option!

  • Layaway items require an initial down payment of 25%.
  • Layaway items can be held here for up to 90 days.
  • A payment of 25% (or more) is due on the 30th, 60th, and 90th day from the layaway start date (although payments may be made before the scheduled due date).
  • The item will ship immediately following payment in full, which may be before the 90 day layaway period.
  • There are no returns on layaway items. There are no refunds of payments towards a layaway item.
  • Please contact us with any further questions regarding our layaway policy!


Items purchased from our store will ship out within 1 business day of receiving payment. FedEX Ground or Home Delivery, fully insured, will be used for shipping instruments and large items. Items over $200 will require a signature. Accessories and other small items will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail.



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