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Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar

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Celebrating the axe that turned the guitar world on its axis.

This is where it all began: in 1951, Leo Fender released the Telecaster, the world's first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar. Renamed from "Broadcaster" that was introduced in 1950, it's has a simple, yet enormously useful design”borne out of Leo's experience with electrifying Hawaiian steel guitars”that has been embraced over the years by guitarists from a wide range musical genres, and copied by guitar builders all over the globe.

Just like the original, this 60th Anniversary Telecaster has the features that set the template for solidbody electric guitar design: an ash body provides the basis for the storied twangy sound, a revolutionary one-piece bolt-on maple neck”until the Tele, bolt-on necks had only been used on banjos, the classic string-thru-body bridge, and dual single-coil pickups with the treble pickup mounted on the bridge plate”a coupling that helps characterize the Tele sound. From crisp signature sparkle at the bridge to warmth and fullness at the neck, the 60th Anniversary Telecaster gets its rich depth, definition and dynamics from dual American
Vintage Telecaster single-coil pickups.

Controls
Volume, tone and pickup switching”that's it. Now as then, the controls are elegant in their simplicity and solidly reliable in their effect on the sound. Two knurled "chromedome" knobs are mounted on an original-style chrome control plate. The one knob on the Tele features the Delta Tone„¢ system, in which a detent at the "10" position eliminates all the tone control circuitry and delivers the pure, direct sound of both pickups.

FEATURES
Body Material: Ash
Neck: Modern "C" Shape
Neck Finish: Lacquer
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" Radius (241 mm)
Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Truss Rod: Bi-Flex Truss Rod System
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series Nut
Pickups: American Vintage Tele® Single-Coil Bridge Pickup
American Vintage Tele® Single-Coil Neck Pickup
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge
and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Special Electronics: Delta Tone No-Load„¢ Tone Control
Hardware: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Bridge: American Tele with New American Standard Bent Steel Saddles
and Stamped Brass Plate
Control Knobs: Chrome Knurled Style
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
Strings: Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
Incl. Accessories: Fender/SKB® Case, Cable, Strap, Polishing Cloth
Unique Features: Thinskin Lacquer Finish, Vintage Style Pickups, 60th Anniversary
Neckplate, Five-Screw Mounted Brass Bridge Plate for Sonic
Stability, Bent Steel Saddles, Tinted Neck, Rolled Fretboard
Edges, Staggered Tuning Keys
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Fender60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Happy birthday!

This thing is gorgeous! The workmanship is flawless. The frets are perfectly dressed, and the neck feels great. The pickups sound awesome (the neck pickup is a little weak, but I guess...Read complete review

This thing is gorgeous! The workmanship is flawless. The frets are perfectly dressed, and the neck feels great. The pickups sound awesome (the neck pickup is a little weak, but I guess that's a stock Tele). I cannot find one blemish, and believe me, I am fussy. The only complaint is the above-mentioned string height adjustment screws. It's an easy fix if I can find the correct set screws in a hardware store, but Fender should correct the problem. This is my favorite electric guitar. Besides, I HAD to have it. Telecaster just celebrated its 60th birthday, and so did I...
It's a Tele. What features? There is beauty in simplicity, and this guitar has been doing it right for 60 years. I actually prefer the ashtray bridge, but it is nice to be able to fine-tune the intonation. Why didn't I get the reissue? I had one, but I really like the modern switching, bigger frets, tuning machines, and neck radius of the new Teles. And the finish! The nitro is beautiful. The ash wood grain has streaks of blue in it. I changed out the pickguard for a white one. Nice!
The quality is top notch. I do, however, have a problem with the overly-long string height adjustment screws. They are 4-48 thread x 3/8". They need to be 5/16" long. As is, they dig into the palm of my hand when I play. I contacted Fender, and they told me that they have had dealer complaints about this, but they advised that they don't offer replacement screws. I looked into new saddles, like the ones that come on the American Deluxe model, but those saddles are offset, and won't work with this bridge.
This is a killer guitar, but when compaired to the American Standard (ash model), it is a poor value. Unless, like me, you are willing to pay extra for the color and nitro finish. There is some advertizing confusion with the pickups, but a call to Fender confirmed that they are indeed the same. And the anniversary neckplate and hype? Just that, I'd hate to have to wait for this guitar to be collectable. It's just an American Standard...

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60th anniversary tele

Overall, its a great guitar. YOu will be pleased. And unlike most, I found the case to be very sturdy. If you can justify spending the money, you will love it....Read complete review

Overall, its a great guitar. YOu will be pleased. And unlike most, I found the case to be very sturdy. If you can justify spending the money, you will love it. Great for rock, modern alt rock, funky stuff and of course all the country and folk you can throw at it. Versatility at its finest, moreso than a strat if you ask me.
Typical telecaster features, esspcially considering that I don't particularly care for the delta tone circuit. Gets very, very harsh with the high end all the way up there. These pickups are really really great but my one complaint is that the highs get out of control. I tend to keep the treble on my amp at about 8 oclock, bass around 4 oclock... and the tone on my guitar about halfway. sounds great right there. still bright. but any more on that tone knob and it'll leave your ears hurting.
Quality at its finest! the finish is superb. There was a dark spot in the neck on mine that most people would probably frown upon but I saw it as character!
Ehh... I don't know what to say here. Is it really worth the 1400? I found that it was a great guitar and I love "HAVING" a 60th anniversary tele. Just a great thing to be a part of... but i returned it and got a 72 tele with tremolo, swapped for single coils... So i gained a tremolo, finish is just as pretty, neck is less sticky and I saved about $800. So thats up to you I guess, but I couldn'y justify keeping it! BTW, the finish on this 60th anniversary is UNREAL. PERFECT blend of yellow and natural to make it the best blonde I've ever fallen for.

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy birthday!

By Jimmyjuju

from Northeast

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Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This thing is gorgeous! The workmanship is flawless. The frets are perfectly dressed, and the neck feels great. The pickups sound awesome (the neck pickup is a little weak, but I guess that's a stock Tele). I cannot find one blemish, and believe me, I am fussy. The only complaint is the above-mentioned string height adjustment screws. It's an easy fix if I can find the correct set screws in a hardware store, but Fender should correct the problem. This is my favorite electric guitar. Besides, I HAD to have it. Telecaster just celebrated its 60th birthday, and so did I...
It's a Tele. What features? There is beauty in simplicity, and this guitar has been doing it right for 60 years. I actually prefer the ashtray bridge, but it is nice to be able to fine-tune the intonation. Why didn't I get the reissue? I had one, but I really like the modern switching, bigger frets, tuning machines, and neck radius of the new Teles. And the finish! The nitro is beautiful. The ash wood grain has streaks of blue in it. I changed out the pickguard for a white one. Nice!
The quality is top notch. I do, however, have a problem with the overly-long string height adjustment screws. They are 4-48 thread x 3/8". They need to be 5/16" long. As is, they dig into the palm of my hand when I play. I contacted Fender, and they told me that they have had dealer complaints about this, but they advised that they don't offer replacement screws. I looked into new saddles, like the ones that come on the American Deluxe model, but those saddles are offset, and won't work with this bridge.
This is a killer guitar, but when compaired to the American Standard (ash model), it is a poor value. Unless, like me, you are willing to pay extra for the color and nitro finish. There is some advertizing confusion with the pickups, but a call to Fender confirmed that they are indeed the same. And the anniversary neckplate and hype? Just that, I'd hate to have to wait for this guitar to be collectable. It's just an American Standard...

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This guitar has vibe to spare!

By charles mckillip

from salem indiana

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Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Overall this guitar is a real work of art, It has vibe to spare.I was disappointed with the static on the pickguard mentioned earlier and the two peice body not being single solid slab of ash.But I truly cherish this guitar,I'll say it the third time It has vibe to spare!
While the 60th anniversary tele is pretty basic,it has the exact features you want in a telecaster.One piece maple neck/fretboard,vintage sounding pickups,string through ash body,lacquer finish and carefully updated parts.Comes with a hard case,strap, some picks and a good cable.
Actually this version of tele is just about perfect. I did say " just about"because there is some static in the middle and neck pickup positions not related to the fact that they are single coils.When my fingers rub against the pickguard I hear static being generated and bleeding into the signal. Other than that this guitar has the exact sound and feel that I was hoping it would have.It feels so good sitting in my hands and it is beautiful.The neck has just a little bit of flame and the ash body has an almost opaque limed shellac-looking finish.Of coarse its nitro lacquer,and it is nice.The sealed Fender tuners are smoothe and they function flawlessly.The chrome plating on all the metal parts is applied heavily and looks deep like you want it to.I have bought a bunch of guitars over the years,this one came set up as well as I could ask for. I do all my own luthery work and I usually figure I'll have to do a set up as soon as I get a guitar home.Not so with this guitar.It sounds fabulous, if you buy an American made tele you know what its supposed to sound like,the 60th Ann. does so under any playing circumastance..When I purchased this guitar, I thought by the description,it was a one peice ash body..The Fender ad said "we started with a single, solid plank of ash",sadly it is a two peice body.
The 60th Ann. tele costs just a little more than a standard American tele, I dont know if its any better though,so it is little pricey.In any case you do get a really nice guitar for the money.

(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

60th anniversary tele

By Sloan1132

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Overall, its a great guitar. YOu will be pleased. And unlike most, I found the case to be very sturdy. If you can justify spending the money, you will love it. Great for rock, modern alt rock, funky stuff and of course all the country and folk you can throw at it. Versatility at its finest, moreso than a strat if you ask me.
Typical telecaster features, esspcially considering that I don't particularly care for the delta tone circuit. Gets very, very harsh with the high end all the way up there. These pickups are really really great but my one complaint is that the highs get out of control. I tend to keep the treble on my amp at about 8 oclock, bass around 4 oclock... and the tone on my guitar about halfway. sounds great right there. still bright. but any more on that tone knob and it'll leave your ears hurting.
Quality at its finest! the finish is superb. There was a dark spot in the neck on mine that most people would probably frown upon but I saw it as character!
Ehh... I don't know what to say here. Is it really worth the 1400? I found that it was a great guitar and I love "HAVING" a 60th anniversary tele. Just a great thing to be a part of... but i returned it and got a 72 tele with tremolo, swapped for single coils... So i gained a tremolo, finish is just as pretty, neck is less sticky and I saved about $800. So thats up to you I guess, but I couldn'y justify keeping it! BTW, the finish on this 60th anniversary is UNREAL. PERFECT blend of yellow and natural to make it the best blonde I've ever fallen for.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

60th Anniversary Tele

By Fenderlead2

from Cocoa, FL

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Flawless
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar when they first came out on a pre-order through MF. I have not regretted anything about purchasing this Tele. Right out of the box it was in tune and ready to play. The UPS person hung around the next day, after I let it sit for the required 24 hrs. He was blown away as was I. I was playing through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with the matching bottom cabinet, and this Guitar sounded AWESOME. The finish, and streaking on the body and neck, give it real class. The staggered tuning keys are a nice touch and gets rid of one string tree. I love the bridge, so I don't have the hassle of the strings coming thru from the back, so changing string takes no time. The Delta tone circuit is cool, and the tone thickens up well as you roll it back. This is my first Tele, so I've had to get used to the volume being so close to the P/U selector, but it's worth it.I've had a few high end guitars, and this one is in a league of it's own. The SKB case and accessories, were OK, but the supplied strap was a bit too short for me, easy fix. This Tele is the best playing guitar I've ever had. Thanks to Fender and MF.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first Tele...

By Alex-wQTRy

from Houston, TX

Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I've been wanting to get a Telecaster for a couple of years now, but never found enough reason to spend money in one, so I always backed off from getting an American Standard. The other day, I came across this model at MF and instantly fell in love! From what I saw in pictures, I figured it would be an instant classic. I decided this would be my "gift to myself" for my upcoming birthday. Last weekend, I went to a local guitar shop, and they had only one of these hanging on the wall. This guitar looks stunning in pictures, but pictures don't make justice to it. I was so infatuated that I bought it the very next day. The lacquer finish is stunning, especially on the neck. It?s an amazingly finished and very fine instrument, very beautiful and comfortable to play. The sound, oh, the sound ? probably not as versatile as a Strat I have, but definitely full of personality. After playing this guitar, I finally understood why people praise the Tele so much. This has to be my new favorite guitar! Get one while you can, after all, it?s not every day that a classic turns 60!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Im in love

By Gigglywinks

from Melbourne, Australia

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Slight string buzz
  • Too much neck laquer

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Profession and versatile
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Musicians friend is easy to use, good customer service, fast delivery, accurate description of 2nd hand item, good pricing. No complaints from this Australian buyer, glad to have found your site and collection.

Now the guitar - 60th anniversary fender telecaster. My first electric after playing 2 years acoustic.

I have had this guitar for 1 month now and am in love with it. I play iit everday, love the way it feels in my hand, think about it when i'm away, and sometimes even bring it to bed. It arrived to Austrlia in 7-10 days, delayed bit longer due to customs.

The guitar is built solid, and is basically the same as the American standard tele which you can get a bit cheaper. But i bought the 60th because i like my tele blonde (and it was jeff buckley's blonde tele from the siné albums that started my tele love affair so of course i wanted the same color). It has a commemorative neckplate and a few other minor features that distinguish it, and its always nice to own a limited run of an item. My only complaint is that it has too much lacquer finish on the neck (slows down fast neck playing, and im a slide-kinda guy). Also the 4th string had some buzz to it which im still trying to adjust, but other than that its a flawless machine that i expect to outlive even me. With the right amp and the right reverb, i found the sound i was always looking for. I doubt if i will ever buy another guitar, defo in love with it.

(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

To Good For What I Do

By Tellie1000

from Michigan

Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar and fell in love with it the first time I played it. It has a lovely sound on the neck pickup and as bright a sound as any I have played on the bridge pickup. It has perfect action and is a pretty a Guitar as I have ever played or seen. The problem is it is all due to the Lacquer Finish and I remember my older guitars with Lacquer finishes and the way the finish would crack and pull away from the wood. Now I buy my guitars to play and I must be able to transport them without worrying about what temp changes they are going through and how it will effect the finish. If I could afford to j ust put it in a humitified glass case and look at it and only play it once in a while and be careful with it all the time, I would definitely have kept it because it is that good. But unfortunely I can't so I had to return it although it tore my heart out to do it. This Guitar is a collector idem and should be sold as such.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Sound - Love it!

By Jay Piedmont

from Undisclosed

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I have only had cheap guitars for the longest time, and after being inspired by reading an online review with Tom Hess (Rhapsody Of Fire guitarist)I finally felt inspired enough to make a big investment. So I purchased this guitar..and I have not regretted one cent I spent on it. Great sound, (I love the sound of fender) and plays really well. If you haven't purchased a high end guitar before, I think this would be a great start.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar

    By J.W. Mayfield

    from Bedford, Texas 76021

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    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    see my comments above
    Although I have only owned this guitar for a short time, so far it has lived up to its expectations. It is a great guitar and plays extremely well. The features described about it are correct and true. I also own a 1989 Fender Stratocaster guitar and this new guitar plays ever bit as well as my Strat, and has a great sound quality too. I was expecting a different "shade" of blonde on this guitar but am well satisfied with the present color too. Overall, I am very well satisfied about my purchase. Thank you, Musicians Friend for offering this guitar at the great price. I have yet to have a single complaint about any of the musical equiptment I've ordered from Musicians Friend over many years of purchasing. I am happy to know that you guys are there in the event I need something.
    see my comments above.
    see my comments above.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Triumph of Tele-60th Anniversary Guitar

    By Wes

    from Northern California

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    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar to relearn the instrument after a hiatus of many years. Even though I played extensively before, the action and playability enabled me to eclipse my old technique in a few months. Straight chords, bar chords, high on the neck, fingerpicking...everything I want to do I can do with this guitar. This is a great guitar, period. I can find nothing bad about this guitar--no complaints. That says a lot.

    The real issue is what you get for your money. If you want a tele, single coil pickups, great sound, and good looks that you will be proud of forever, there is no need to go farther than this.
    If the price is too high, get a Mexican standard for less money (I have one as a backup--see review). Be prepared to send it back if everything isn't right. If you are strapped for cash and you like Stratocasters, buy the Squire Bullet--my wife has one that plays great.

    Make sure you play this guitar into a good amp to see it shine. Mine sounds best in a Class-A tube amp--I recommend the small Fender or the Gretch Electromatic Compact for small venues. I also use Fender bullet strings because they fit right into the back of the guitar and have enough length that i never run out of at the top of the peghead when changing strings.

    All this critique assumes you want an instrument to make great music. If you just want to pretend you're some rock star, copy other people's riffs, or show off gee-gaws that don't add to playability or sound quality, look somewhere else.
    General tele features. The Delta-Tone switches off the tone control and the coloration it can add to the sound. All frets are easy to reach. The pickups are smooth and don't hum in my experience. Sounds great out of the box. Mine came with a cleaning cloth and a cable. The case is great--much more insulation from bumps and heat than my Gibson case.
    Body, finish, fret dressing, all perfect. The neck was straight as a country road in Texas.
    Are you kidding! Compare the sound, playability and finish with an equivalent Gibson electric--Tele is way out of the park. I managed to get a 60th anniversary with a natural finish. Everyone who sees it oohs and aahs.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    This Was A Fender?

    By NotRoyBuchanan

    from Los Angeles

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    Pros

    • Great From A Distance

    Cons

    • Not So Great Close-up

    Best Uses

    • Firewood

    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    This may not be true of others' experience, but Fender rolled out a lemon with this one: minor manufacturing flaw at the neck pocket; two nicks around the body's edge; sticky, uncured lacquer on the neck.

    In spite of the flaws, I had intended to keep the guitar since this model might be the last of the reasonably-priced lacquer models. But after a week or so I noticed that the body finish was so soft that my clothing was leaving impressions on the surface.

    The guitar came to me in a factory-sealed carton, so none of this was MF's fault. In fact, Musicians Friend provided the best customer service yet on this one. The guitar was returned of course, and MF did the right thing without so much as a whimper.

    Not wishing to sound like the picky geezer that I am, once upon a time buying an American-made Fender was a sure bet for quality. I hope that day returns.

    Two words, Fender: Quality Control.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    60 th Anniversary Telecaster

    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    For the price it is well made and sounds great. The action is good all the way up the neck. I think I got a great deal on this.
    Action is great, sound is great. Sounds a lot like my Strat. I am still tweaking the twangy country sound I was looking for.
    Overall quality seems high. My first Maple neck. I like how it sounds and plays.
    I like the case. I think it is probably the best guitar case I have and probably offers the most protection of all the cases I have seen.
    I bought this as used and I really would be hard pressed to find anywhere that it was used.
    I did find a blemish but it would have been a long time finding it had I not been deliberately looking for it.

     
    5.0

    Great Tele all the way

    By Tucson Guitar

    from Tucson AZ

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I've played guitar for over 50 years, all brands, styles and type of instruments and I always come back to the Telecaster. I was lucky enough to find a used 60th anniversary tele, in perfect condition. The vintage pickups have much richer tone than my MIM tele and the delta tone feature is useful for that extra shimmery sound when you need it. What impresses me with this guitar is when I dial tone back about 1/4 of the way is still keeps the mid range and volume, does not get muddy at all. with this setting and a touch of distortion I get a nice, mellow sustain similar to a hollow body -- though the tone is still tele, just mellower.

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