Fender 1998 Telecaster Merle Haggard Tuff Dog Signature Tribute.
2 Tone Sunburst Finish
1 Piece Stripe Flame Maple Neck and Fretboard with Tortoise Dots.
All Gold Hardware.
Specs In Details:
Merle Haggard 's Signature Tribute Telecaster guitar is a modified Telecaster 52' Chambered Body Thinline featuring Alder Body Wings with Tone Chambers, 4A Quilt Maple Top with Ivoroid Binding & Walnut Center Top Strip, 4A Flame Maple Center Block, 4A Flame Maple Set-Neck with Deep-Carved Heel, Mother of Pearl Tuff-Dog Telecaster Headstock Inlay, Ivoroid Pickguard with Texas Special™ Telecaster® Pickups with Custom Four-Way Switching Configuration & Gold Hardware.
Neck: 9.5" Radius & 1.610" Nut Width
The Merle Haggard "U" Neck Profile is Comparable To a Modern "C" Profile and has the following Specs:
.790" @1st Fret
.960" @12th Fret
The Merle Haggard Tribute Telecaster seems to have a Neck-Through design but, in fact employs the set-neck joint patented in 1992 by Steve Boulanger, John Page and J.W. Black.
Frontline Summer 1997 Vol.22
Frontline Summer 1997 Vol.22 p.13
Merle Haggard died April 6th 2016