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    A groundbreaking new instrument that pairs the iconic Telecaster with Fishman Aura Technology.

    This Fishman undersaddle piezo pickup effectively generates the resonance and complexity of a full-bodied acoustic within the familiar platform of the Telecaster. The incorporation of a rosewood bridge, a chambered body, and Twisted Tele neck pickup result in an incredibly versatile Telecaster!

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Model name: Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster
    • Series: Deluxe series
    • Body: Ash with spruce wedge top
    • Finish: Polyester
    • Neck: Maple, modern C shape
    • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12" radius
    • No. of frets: 21 medium-jumbo frets
    • Pickups: Twisted Tele, neck; Fishman Undersaddle piezo, bridge
    • Controls: Fishman Aura Preamp model selection with 3-way switch
    • Bridge: String-thru-body rosewood bridge with compensating saddle
    • Pickguard: Brown shell
    • Pickup switching: 3-way blade: Position 1: Neck only; Position 2: neck and piezo; Position 3: Piezo only
    • Machine heads: Fender vintage-style tuners
    • Hardware: Chrome
    • Scale length: 25.50" (648 mm)
    • Width at nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
    • Accessories: Deluxe gig bag, stereo Y cable
    • Unique features: Magnetic/piezo pickup combination, Fishman Aura System, rosewood bridge plate, mono/stereo operation,
    • chambered ash body

    A fusion of electric and acoustic guitar realms.

     
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    FenderAcoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar
     
    4.1

    (based on 21 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (5)
    • Good feel (4)
    • Good tone (4)

    Cons

    • Craftsmanship (3)

    Best Uses

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

     

    ACOUSTIC WITH A TWANG

    Overall I am glad I bought this guitar. Can't say how many nice acoustics have gone south with weather changes, heat and cold. This does not by any means sound like a flat...Read complete review

    Overall I am glad I bought this guitar. Can't say how many nice acoustics have gone south with weather changes, heat and cold. This does not by any means sound like a flat top but it gets the job done nicely regardless. The Fishman gives a nice even full sound. Almost sounds like it has a bit of chourus going on. I would probably use my regular Tele in a band setting. But this is really nice for acoustic combos or solo playing no sweat.
    To start I am an acoustic palyer first. Telecaster player second. Amps used with this guitar is a Fender Acoustasonic Ultra Lite, and a Blues Junior. This guitar takes some time to get your personal sound. Which mostly involves what strings are going to work for you. The guitar came with nickel wound 11s. I didnt like those acoustic wise so i put on Phosper Bronze light guage acoustic strings. Thinking they might be to heavy took them off and put on some new NW 11s again and went to the gig. I did not like the 11s at all the sounded thin and no guts. Not much I could do for that night. Got home put PBs back on. The acoustic pickup sounded great but no volume on the neck pickup as the PBs are not good on magnetic pickups. Took them off. How many times is that now? Put on a set jazz nickel wound light guage strings 12 to 52 . Heavier than the 11s but lighter than the PB acoustic lights. NOW we are talking turkey here. Tightened up the truss rod and a whole new sound. Pluged in my American Tele to compare sounds. The Acoustasonic is deep and rich. This will be now my main acoustc giging guitar. I like the #3 Dreadnaught setting so far. Mixed with a little neck pickup from time to time. Using two amps is too much to drag around to a gig but its pretty amazing playing with the seperations of sounds. I thought I might swap out the pickup for a standard tele pickup but the twisted tele sounded better with the Fishman. (At least for now). The guitar is too nice for a gig bag. I had a nice case for it.
    I did not get to test drive one of these before I bought it on line as no one carried them I could find so took a shot in the dark and order it on line. I half expected the Mexican brand to be not so hot. The finish on the body and neck was very nice. The body did not look like it was thrown together with floor scraps. The neck has a bit darker tint on it so its not maple white. The 12" radius neck is perfect for this style of guitar. The fret edges were finished fine. I'm not sure I like the split tuner posts. I may swap them out for standard tuners. They seem to stay in tune OK. The neck pickup sits a little slanted. I will mess with it the next time I change strings.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    acoustasonic telecaster-woulda, coulda..

    So far, a great disappointment. Received instrument in good condition, surpassing my expectations. After about 5 hours use over less than a month, lost acoustic side of stereo output.
    Contact...Read complete review

    So far, a great disappointment. Received instrument in good condition, surpassing my expectations. After about 5 hours use over less than a month, lost acoustic side of stereo output.
    Contact support, told that extra warranty not applicable, take to authorized service center. Nearest one 80 mile round trip. No big whoop, told by tech it is a jack problem, but part is proprietary, needed instrument for upcoming shows, jack arrives week or two later, finally find time to trek back to repair shop, jack installed, tested at shop after repair, played for an hour or so at home, all is good. Plugin next day for woodshedding, totallydead!!! Check cables, battery, amp, get aggravated, do next show w/old axe, call shop.
    Make time to haul up there again, tuns out piezio pickup connection failure, fixed again, tested at shop again, use for rest of summer gigs with some success and enjoyment, at first November rehearsahl, dead again, both outputs. Second time contacting manufacturer, told to bring back to shop again. Instrument was purchased NEW after a good deal of research from a REPUTABLE dealership for less than retail, but still to me ALOT OF DOUGH.
    This COULDA been a great guitar if they WOULDA
    put it together properly & professionally. This third trip to the warranty shop equals about 240 miles of travel,
    in a 20 mpg vehicle, and only because i find the tool to work so well for this particular group, i'm gonna give it another try, and hope that before a year is out, as i've only had it 8 months, i'll be able to get thru a couple three shows & rehearsals without any more aggravation.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Liked it until it quit working

    By Old Guy

    from Seabeck, Wa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Useful Tool For Gigs

    Cons

    • Eats batteries
    • Questionable Electronics

    Best Uses

    • Gig Requiring Acous Ele
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Needed set up to make it playble. I didn't get along with the twisted tele pickup. Noisy and harsh. Changed for a Barden neck pickup. Improved. Played it every weekend for two years and then halfway through a gig one evening the volume suddenly cut to about half and got real thin. Took it to an authorized dealer and after about a week they called me and said the circuit board was bad and a new one is five bills. Got a pretty sharp electronics guy working on it now to see if it can be salvaged. Not too happy with it right now.

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    3.0

    Great Idea - Poor Craftmanship

    By Hopeful

    from New Mexico

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    So...here's the thing. I love the idea of this guitar. I love the look, I love the feel, I even love the tone of both the acoustic and electric pickups. I love that I can plug into two amps and go stereo, incorporating acoustic tones with and underlying electric feel. I love all of this about this guitar. However, it is poorly constructed. The first one that I received had a popping in the stereo mode when I wiggled or moved the guitar cable...I sent it back to Musician's Friend and they sent me a new one. The new one seems to work pretty well. I plugged the acoustic side through another preamp, and the pickup went dead...However, it works fine when run direct or through an effects pedel. BUT...the electronics panel has a gap (no big deal, but cheap looking) AND the battery stays engaged constantly with this one. The electronics are supposed to shut off when a guitar cable is removed from the guitar...mine stays on all of the time - so I have to remove the battery after use or it will drain. Overall....it sounds good - great idea-- bad execution. Sorry Fender, I wanted to love it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    By Mark-KJk8H

    from Santa Clarita, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Could Be Great Sound
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great looks

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
    • Serious Electrical Issue

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Here's the scoop: I just received my sunburst Acoustasonic Tele. Beautiful out of the package--great wood grain, excellent fit and finish. Action was good, not great but playable. Neck pickup sounds very good--custom shop twisted tele has a warm but meaty sound with just a sparkle of tele twang. Very versatile. Switch to the Fishman bridge pickup and this is where everything went south. While the acoustic sounds are fantastic (best hybrid sound short of an expensive PRS), this one had a massive grounding hum. Not a hum like from a single coil pickup but a really loud grounding hum. It largely went away if I touched anything metal on the guitar--neck pickup, volume or tone controls. Because I'm not into being electrocuted (and the loud hum is a significant drawback to the sound quality), I sent the guitar back to MF for an exchange. That was another major hassle--had to call three times because the call kept being disconnected. Received a pre-paid return shipping label (that's good) and was told by MF to insure the guitar for its value but UPS said I couldn't insure the guitar because the shipping was pre-paid. To insure it, I would have to pay for the shipping. Mixed messages, to be sure. When I get the new guitar, I'll update my review.

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    5.0

    Pretty & versatile

    By Mark r

    from Burlington ct

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Pretty Awesome Hybrid
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Cheap Gig Bag

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Nice little guitar, great looks & versatility

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    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    acoustasonic telecaster-woulda, coulda..

    By steelstring

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    So far, a great disappointment. Received instrument in good condition, surpassing my expectations. After about 5 hours use over less than a month, lost acoustic side of stereo output.
    Contact support, told that extra warranty not applicable, take to authorized service center. Nearest one 80 mile round trip. No big whoop, told by tech it is a jack problem, but part is proprietary, needed instrument for upcoming shows, jack arrives week or two later, finally find time to trek back to repair shop, jack installed, tested at shop after repair, played for an hour or so at home, all is good. Plugin next day for woodshedding, totallydead!!! Check cables, battery, amp, get aggravated, do next show w/old axe, call shop.
    Make time to haul up there again, tuns out piezio pickup connection failure, fixed again, tested at shop again, use for rest of summer gigs with some success and enjoyment, at first November rehearsahl, dead again, both outputs. Second time contacting manufacturer, told to bring back to shop again. Instrument was purchased NEW after a good deal of research from a REPUTABLE dealership for less than retail, but still to me ALOT OF DOUGH.
    This COULDA been a great guitar if they WOULDA
    put it together properly & professionally. This third trip to the warranty shop equals about 240 miles of travel,
    in a 20 mpg vehicle, and only because i find the tool to work so well for this particular group, i'm gonna give it another try, and hope that before a year is out, as i've only had it 8 months, i'll be able to get thru a couple three shows & rehearsals without any more aggravation.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Two guitars in one

    By RockerDuck

    from Marietta, Ga.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for a couple of years. Playing acoustic gigs as well as regular band gigs. I play Beatles tunes and I swap between acoustic and electric with ease. I can play acoustic loud with this guitar that you absolutely cannot do with a standard acoustic-electric. It sounds amazing.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Do everything guitar?

      By rickster1

      from Great Lakes State

      Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I wanted to like this guitar and played it in the store several times checking out the sound with various amps. In the end I bought a Taylor T5 Classic. It's made in the USA and the quality IMHO is a few steps above this Fender, a few steps up in price too. The Fender tele pickup is too hot and harsh for my ears, the acoustic sound is muddy, as one reviewer said, like chorus. The main problem with these dual purpose type guitars is that you have to use electric guitar strings, in order to use magnetic pickups, instead of acoustic strings and that hurts the sound if you want a true acoustic tone, there is no natural reverb either, like on a true acoustic. Bottom line is it's wishful thinking that you are getting 2 guitars in one. The dilemma of amps also throws a monkey wrench into the equation. You need a high frequency speaker to produce acoustic tone...The new fender acoustasonic amps address that problem.
      fishman acoustic pickup and a tele pickup covers allot of ground.
      made in Mexico

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      ACOUSTIC WITH A TWANG

      Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      Overall I am glad I bought this guitar. Can't say how many nice acoustics have gone south with weather changes, heat and cold. This does not by any means sound like a flat top but it gets the job done nicely regardless. The Fishman gives a nice even full sound. Almost sounds like it has a bit of chourus going on. I would probably use my regular Tele in a band setting. But this is really nice for acoustic combos or solo playing no sweat.
      To start I am an acoustic palyer first. Telecaster player second. Amps used with this guitar is a Fender Acoustasonic Ultra Lite, and a Blues Junior. This guitar takes some time to get your personal sound. Which mostly involves what strings are going to work for you. The guitar came with nickel wound 11s. I didnt like those acoustic wise so i put on Phosper Bronze light guage acoustic strings. Thinking they might be to heavy took them off and put on some new NW 11s again and went to the gig. I did not like the 11s at all the sounded thin and no guts. Not much I could do for that night. Got home put PBs back on. The acoustic pickup sounded great but no volume on the neck pickup as the PBs are not good on magnetic pickups. Took them off. How many times is that now? Put on a set jazz nickel wound light guage strings 12 to 52 . Heavier than the 11s but lighter than the PB acoustic lights. NOW we are talking turkey here. Tightened up the truss rod and a whole new sound. Pluged in my American Tele to compare sounds. The Acoustasonic is deep and rich. This will be now my main acoustc giging guitar. I like the #3 Dreadnaught setting so far. Mixed with a little neck pickup from time to time. Using two amps is too much to drag around to a gig but its pretty amazing playing with the seperations of sounds. I thought I might swap out the pickup for a standard tele pickup but the twisted tele sounded better with the Fishman. (At least for now). The guitar is too nice for a gig bag. I had a nice case for it.
      I did not get to test drive one of these before I bought it on line as no one carried them I could find so took a shot in the dark and order it on line. I half expected the Mexican brand to be not so hot. The finish on the body and neck was very nice. The body did not look like it was thrown together with floor scraps. The neck has a bit darker tint on it so its not maple white. The 12" radius neck is perfect for this style of guitar. The fret edges were finished fine. I'm not sure I like the split tuner posts. I may swap them out for standard tuners. They seem to stay in tune OK. The neck pickup sits a little slanted. I will mess with it the next time I change strings.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yes, it sounds like an acoustic

      By Nick

      from Baytown Texas

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      Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      When I bought the Fender Acoustasonic I was looking for an onstage authentic acoustic sound that was easy to play with arthritic hands and this guitar delivers. Eveyone who plays or hears it is impressed. Most often, I play in mono mode direclty into the board. When I need both sounds, I put the acoustic jack directly into the PA and the electric jack into the amp de jour with what ever bells and whistles I am toying with at the moment - but the primary use of this guitar is as an acoustic; I string it as such so it is a little heavy for all the bending and fretboard tricks that I would use with a typical electric. If you are playing rhythm all night it's nails. If you are doing a lot of lead you still might want to drag along two guitars. I love it.
      Amazing versatility
      Mexican manufacture
      worth the money

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender Acoustasonic Tele

      By FenderBrad

      from Idaho

      Comments about Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      Bottom line, the Fender Acoustasonic is a quality instrument. Most will love this guitar if planning on running the acoustic cable into a P.A. or similar amp. The twisted Tele pick up does not shine with all pedals. Sounds great with the right ones. The pick up sounds like a tele bridge pick up when plugged strait into my Fender Vibrolux or Fender Deluxe. I think this is what Fender was going for with this pick up. This guitar is like having several acoustics, but plays better. Stomp on a pedal and drop in a lead. Huge wow sound with the right set up.
      This is a fantastic guitar with the right set up. My best set up in the stereo setting running the acoustic channel in my Boss Looper and strait into my PA. The electric cable goes to a Vox Saturator pedal and a Boss DD5 delay, then into my Fender hot rod deluxe. All I can say is wow! My wife gives me the put the guitar down, or I will send it back look.
      When I plugged the guitar into my Marshall JMD -50, this was a major ship wreck. With work I can make this guitar sound ok. Not acceptable to me. The Twisted Tele pick up hates this amp with this guitar. When I turned up the amp, the feed back was not musical or happy in any form. If you plan to use this guitar with an amp such as this I would guess you will be very unhappy with this guitar.
      This guitar with my Fender Vibrolux is nice. Take the acoustic cable and plug into the Normal channel and the Electric cable and go into the Bright channel. I exchange the Vox Saturator and replace it with the Ibanez 808. This set up also puts a big smile on my face.
      The guitar, I love the neck but the radius is right for me. My other guitars are Gibsons and a Fender Eric Johnson Strat, all have the same radius. Feels like an expencive guitar. The tuners keep my guitar in tune with full tone bends. The guitar is a little sharp at the 12 fret, no way to fix problem with the bridge. Still better then any acoustic I have ever owned. This guitar is very light unlike my other tele, not a deal killer for acoustic players. Guitar sounds loud and good when not amplified. Remember to pull cable out of guitar or it will cost you in batteries. Over all - happy with the quality of the instument, good job Fender.

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