When Jerry Donahue, the famous "string bender" of the group "Hellecasters," wanted a custom Telecaster that could give him the best of both worlds for touring and to meet his demanding playing style, he turned to Fender's Custom Shop. Together, they designed a Telecaster that has a vintage 52 bridge and pickup with a true 52 Tele V shaped neck. They took a 62 Tele bound body, plus the added touch of a vintage Stratocaster sound with a Strat Pickup in the neck position, along with the extra touch of the famous "out-of-phase" Strat sound by using some tricky custom wiring—thus you have a JD Tele! Kind of a Strat-o-tele!
This 1996 Fender Jerry Donahue Telecaster has been upgraded with a Seymour Duncan single-coil humbucker in the bridge position to give it a more pronounced tone.