The guitars have drawn the attention of many youngsters by some of their popular and favourite bands. As there are many brands and different types of guitars playing various sounds, it is important to find the music one wants to play before trying out different instruments. For the advanced and professional players, this review is about the Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster which is the result of Jim Adkins and Jimmy Eat World along with Fender joining together and keenly designing a model carefully noting each and every aspect thus coming up with the JA-90, trendy and a sleek model.


The Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 is a new model that has been recreated from the old Fender TC-90 which is improved in every single detail as a result is this Telecaster’s unique features and design. This model has pretty much gained the attention by its sound quality and bold attitude.

Design Aspect of JA-90:

The Fender JA-90 Thinline Telecaster has a semi-hollow shaped ash body in a neat finish. The modern ‘C’ shape neck of mahogany material adds to the whole look of the guitar. The fret board is made up of the material rosewood. The bridge is styled of vintage adjusto-matic with the tailpiece anchored. The headstock is painted matching and goes well with the body colour as well as bears the signature of Jim Adkins behind the headstock. Further the straps are over sized and the graphite nut creating a cool look.

About Frets and Pickups:

The Fret board being of rosewood material has the radius of about 9.5″ (24.1 cm). This guitar has 22 no. of frets each of size medium jumbo while the position inlays of white pearloid dot. The pickup configuration is of JA-90 is S/S and has two soap bar pickups, the neck and the bridge. The neck pickup is Seymour Duncan SP90-1NRWRP Vintage P-90 and Seymour Duncan SP90-3B Vintage P-90 Bridge Pickup.

Features of JA-90 Thinline Telecaster:

This model has some worth noting adjustments as the upper cutaway is re-modelled by bringing the telecaster into body style. The large chamber provides enough room for open sound. The matching painted headstock, black plastic parts and the neat glossy finish boosts the features of this telecaster. The scale length is of 25.5″ while the nut has a width about 1.650″. The tuners are cast sealed and the controls include 2 x Tone, 2 x Volume and a 3-way pickup selector.

Controls and Switching:

The controls of this guitar are volume and tune controls. Volume 1 is the neck pickup while the volume 2 is of the bridge pickup. Similarly tone 1 and tone 2 are of the neck and bridge pickups. The 3- position toggle switching is provided for controlling the pickups wherein the position 1 is for the bridge pickup, position 2 for the bridge and the neck pickup while the third position is for the neck pickup. This guitar’s hardware is made of chrome.

Sound Quality:

The quality of sound is quite convincing though not many variety of tones are available. This Fender JA-90 is sure to satisfy all by delivering good sound. It is commendable when plugged with any amp. Handling the Telecaster is easy and does its job well.

Colour and Finish:

The Fender Jim Adkins Thinline JA-90 comes in bright crimson (0262350538), ebony (0262350539) and natural (0262350521) transparent finish. The body has a neat and glossy finish of urethane bringing a satisfaction for the player playing this instrument.

Warranty Details:

Fender gives the Thinline JA-90 a warranty period of 1 year from the original date of purchase which is purchased from any authorized dealer of Fenders. Validation of the warranty is applicable only under proper proof of the sales receipt.

In a Brief View:

The Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster is a guitar with good features which is much better than the older version. The design and finish is cool for a guitar of the price it is available. One of the disappointing things is that the Fender Telecaster does not carry any case to store it safe. Otherwise as for the reliability and life it does not let any player down.

Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Electric Guitar – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Fender
Guitar Name Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster® Thinline
Series Artist series
Available colours Crimson Red Transparent (026-2350-538)
Ebony Transparent (026-2350-539)
Natural (026-2350-521)
No of strings 6
Body Construction Semi-Hollow Ash, Telecaster
Body Finish Urethane finish
Neck material Rosewood
Fret board Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays Pearloid Dot Inlay Position Markers
No of frets 22
Fret size Medium Jumbo
Controls 3-way toggle switch
Two knobs Volume and Tone
Bridge Vintage Style Adjusto-Matic Bridge with Anchored-
No of pickups 2
Bridge Pickup Type Seymour Duncan SP90-3B Vintage P-90
Neck Pickup type Seymour Duncan SP90-1NRWRP Vintage P-90
Neck wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Modern “C” Shape
Scale 24.75″ (62.9 cm)
Nut Width 1.650” (42 mm)
Hardware Chrome
Pickup Configuration S/S
Features Reliable
Matching painted headstock
Knurled Dome Knobs
Oversized Straps
Jim Adkins Signature behind the Headstock
Accessories Included No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year