A fresh face of virtuosic talent, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has been hailed as a prevailing force in modern blues. The 23-year-old guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter earned a reputation in the music world for his soulful and skillful playing reminiscent of Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix – equal parts smooth and fiery, fuzz and wah included. Ingram's meteoric rise brought him to NPR, the White House, and eventually, the Grammys, where he took home the 2022 "Best Contemporary Blues Album" award for his sophomore release 662. Were there ever a role to fill for the modern blues prodigy, Kingfish fits the bill.
A man of many axes, Ingram's talents on six strings are apparent, but his furious fretwork would not be the same without a Fender in hand. Today, Fender teams up with the young talent to introduce his signature model, the Fender Kingfish Telecaster Deluxe. This distinct model carries with it all the soul Ingram brings to his music through his blaring solos and slick style.
The Kingfish Telecaster Deluxe is constructed of an alder body and a roasted maple neck. A "V" shape profile and satin finish give the neck an honest and classic feel in hand alongside the slab rosewood fingerboard. Medium jumbo frets line it for ideal fretting and deep bends. Where would the blues be without some heat, though? The Kingfish Telecaster Deluxe features specially voiced Custom Kingfish Humbucking pickups bearing "K" crown logos on the covers. These two hearty humbuckers summon heaps of electrified kick to skim along with your smoothest Delta tunes or go wild with your best distortions. Rumbling lows and screaming highs are both fair game for this Tele – two areas required for any respectable blues guitarist. An Adjusto-Matic bridge with an anchored tailpiece lays the groundwork for a solid and stable playing experience time after time while Fender Vintage-Style tuning machines, a bone nut, and a Large '70s Style headstock top it off. The alder body is treated with a captivating Mississippi Night finish that seems to get deeper the more you stare into it. A Fender Deluxe Molded hardshell case ships with the Kingfish Telecaster Deluxe for carrying this cargo to your next big gig.
Despite all the places Ingram has been in his career, it is clear that there are still many trails to travel. With charisma and his head held high, his signature Telecaster Deluxe is as much a Fender treasure as it is an outstanding modern blues companion. Take this Tele for a night on the town and see why they call the man Kingfish.