In March 2015 Fender exhibited at The Guitar Show in Brimingham. On display was a Candy Apple Red Thinline Telecaster with "Deluxe Series" on the headstock. The Mexican made guitar has a 2014 year prefix in the serial number.
On contacting Fender UK I was informed that the guitar was a marketing sample for a series that was to be released later in the year. I was later informed that the series had been cancelled and was able to purchase the guitar I had seen at the Birmingham show.
Around 200 guitars were produced and Fender decided to release them and they were introduced as an FSR.
Below is a letter from Matt Davey at Fender UK regarding the guitar that I have.
In 2016 the 'new' Deluxe series range of guitars was released by Fender. The Thinline Telecaster featured the same two finishes as the FSR models from 2015. There were some differences in the two models such as the headstock logo, bridge, tuners, neck heel, frets, pickups and switch.
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