The Lab Instruments: Fender Telecaster Custom Shop with Bigsby (Limited Edition)

At the lab we love guitars (big surprise !). We recently acquired a used Fender Telecaster Custom Shop in Lake Placid Blue with Bigsby. The Telecaster is such a special guitar, even more special with a Bigsby and we definitely needed this kind of sound in the arsenal.

Check-out the sound we were able to get using Axiom (product page) on the video below!

This specific model from 2011 is a limited edition loaded with special pickups. The Abigail Ybarra pickups are really something in that guitar.

Fender Telecaster Custom Shop Limited Edition Abigail Ybarra noodle demo

Please note that this video was recorded in a couple of minutes juste to test drive our new toy so be forgiving, it was not actually meant to be published! 🙂

Setup used for the demo

  • The guitar is plugged straight into the audio interface
  • Audio interface: RME
  • Software used for the amp and effects simulation: Axiom (product page)
  • Video: OBS software recording the webcam and a screen shot of Axiom in the top left corner

Guitar Specs

  • Made In USA, 2011 Custom Shop Limited Edition
  • Metallic Blue, Relic
  • Ash Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Maple Fretboard
  • 9.5″ Fretboard Radius
  • 60s Oval Neck profile 
  • 25.5″ Scale
  • Dot Inlays
  • Nut Width: 42mm
  • 21 Medium Frets
  • 2 Fender Custom Shop HW Telecaster Pickups Abigail Ybarra
  • Fender 6-Saddle Bridge 
  • Fender Bigsby Tremolo
  • 3-Way Blade Switch
  • 1x Volume, 1x Tone Controls
  • Fender Tuners
  • Weight: 3.67kg
  • Original Fender Custom Shop Tweed Case

What We Think of the Guitar

Right ouf the case the guitar sounds awesome. It is our first guitar with a Bigsby so we were really curious to play with it and experiment. It stays in tune really well despite the bad reputation of that kind of vibrato.

The sound once plugged is awesome. Is there some actual magic in the Abigail Ybarra hand wound pickup? Is it just the guitar itself? A mix of both reasons? It is impossible to say but we can say for sure that this baby is one of the best sounding guitar of the lab!

For those who wonders, yes, it is the very same model that Jay Leonard Jay (YouTube channel) uses a lot in his videos. We highly recommend you watch this video where he talks about his guitar. It might have been a little why we bought the guitar!

Tell us what you think!

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