Fender Unveils Exclusive Tribute to Raphael Saadiq: Limited Edition Signature Telecaster® Guitar

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/14/2024, 2:05 p.m.
In a celebration of musical excellence and innovation, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) proudly introduces the Limited Edition Raphael Saadiq …

From a prodigious talent honed at the tender age of six, Raphael Saadiq's musical odyssey has been nothing short of remarkable. His formative years saw him immersed in the vibrant music scene of Oakland, California, where he cut his teeth performing alongside legends like Prince and Sheila E. It was during these formative experiences that Saadiq's destiny as a musical virtuoso began to take shape.

A Legacy of Musical Brilliance

Saadiq's illustrious career boasts an impressive roster of collaborations with industry titans such as Beyonce, D’Angelo, and Stevie Wonder, among others. His pivotal role in the iconic band Tony! Toni! Toné! solidified his status as a pioneer in the realm of R&B, with chart-topping hits that continue to resonate with audiences worldwide.

Crafting a Signature Sound

Renowned for his emotive and precise guitar playing, Saadiq's distinctive style blends soulful influences with contemporary flair. It is this unparalleled artistry that inspired the creation of the Limited Edition Raphael Saadiq Telecaster®, a testament to his enduring legacy and creative vision.

A Fusion of Tradition and Innovation

The Limited Edition Raphael Saadiq Telecaster® seamlessly melds vintage charm with modern sophistication. Adorned with a striking Dark Red Metallic finish and a custom-tooled pickguard reminiscent of Saadiq's iconic album artwork, this guitar is a true work of art. Its meticulously crafted features, including vintage-tall frets and a classic '59 "C"-shaped neck, ensure unparalleled playability and tonal versatility.

Empowering Artists Worldwide

In collaboration with Fender, Saadiq's signature Telecaster® embodies a commitment to empowering musicians to unleash their creativity and make their mark on the world stage. With its custom Raphael Saadiq Single-Coil Tele pickups, this instrument offers unparalleled clarity, sustain, and precision across a myriad of genres.

A Testament to Musical Excellence

Justin Norvell, EVP Product at FMIC, aptly summarizes the essence of this collaboration: "The vintage-style 'tall' frets, black body binding, and a classic ‘59 “C”-shaped neck pay homage to our roots, while the Dark Red Metallic finish, custom pickguard, and chrome hardware reflect Saadiq's unique style." The Limited Edition Raphael Saadiq Telecaster® stands as a testament to musical excellence and innovation, inviting players and fans alike to embark on a journey of artistic exploration.

Join the Conversation

For those eager to experience the unparalleled craftsmanship of the Limited Edition Raphael Saadiq Telecaster® firsthand, high-resolution images and detailed product specifications are available on Fender's official website. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender and become part of a vibrant community united by a passion for music and creativity.


In honoring Raphael Saadiq's indelible contribution to the world of music, Fender has crafted a masterpiece that transcends boundaries and inspires artists to push the limits of their creativity. The Limited Edition Raphael Saadiq Telecaster® is more than just a guitar; it is a symbol of artistic expression and a testament to the enduring legacy of a true musical icon.