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Fender American Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar   

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Based on the ever-popular '52 Tele, The Fender American Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar comes complete with all the features a true Tele enthusiast lo...Read More

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The best in modern vintage design at your fingertips.

Based on the ever-popular '52 Tele, The Fender American Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar comes complete with all the features a true Tele enthusiast looks for. Includes premium ash body, modern one-piece U-shaped maple neck with a 9-1/2" radius, 22 medium-jumbo frets, and string-through-body American Series Tele bridge with steel bridge plate for added sustain and richer tone. Classic biting and ringing tones come standard thanks to 2 vintage-spec pickups and a 3-way switch.

FEATURES
  • Premium ash body
  • One-piece U-shaped maple neck/fretboard
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 9-1/2" fretboard radius
  • 2 Modern Vintage Tele single-coil pickups
  • 3-way selectors
  • American Series Tele bridge with steel bridge plate
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4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

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Best Tele there is

The regular American Series Tele is a great guitar, but you can have an even better one. I've tried the '52 re-issue, but I think this one beats it tonewise and in the...Read complete review

The regular American Series Tele is a great guitar, but you can have an even better one. I've tried the '52 re-issue, but I think this one beats it tonewise and in the looks department. (No yucky butterscotch pudding color here.) The ash body and "modern-vintage" pickups give this guitar an even snappier and twangier tone. I've had this guitar out on 2 country gigs, and it rips! You can cut through without having to max out the volume. Also, the tone control on this guitar really tames the guitar when needed....one of the most effective (and useful) tone controls I've ever had. Get the honey blond model....it looks great, although not quite as yellow-ish as it looks in the picture...it's actually more of a white color than anything. I have 3 Gretsches and 2 Strats which all sound great, but this one beats them all for country music. I'm sure this guitar would do well in most rock outfits, but if you play country like I do, you gotta have one of these!

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blonde

I bought one new in a scratch and dent sale. I have owned only one other tele, which was an '89 I sold that one. I always liked the slightly fatter necks found...Read complete review

I bought one new in a scratch and dent sale. I have owned only one other tele, which was an '89 I sold that one. I always liked the slightly fatter necks found on teles, my '89 had a slight 'V' shape and it played well but I didn't like the sunburst color. I tried 52 reissues but I don't like the way the 7.5 radius neck 'frets out'. A 9.5 or 12" radius is better in that regard.I gave this a little better than average because that's all it is. The pickups are weak, typical for a tele, and it is what it is. On the other hand it rests on your leg quite well, and it is fun to play even if the neck is not 'shred heaven'. I had to put a black pickguard on mine, it looked too 'country' with the white one. The pickups are fine, they get that 'icepick in the ear sound'. This would be a better choice for county guitar playing than rock, also better for blues than metal, mainly because the pickups don't produce that thick gain sound that even a strat pickup will get. The finish is a catalyzed acrylic as opposed to nitrocellulose as on the 52 reissues. I believe the reason mine had some defects (chipouts) was less because of minor 'bumps' produced on the showroom floor, and more due to some finish defect being the underlying cause, maybe the clear coat is harder than the colorcoat. I have the honey blonde. Also, the 'premium body' on mine consists of very heavy 2, or 3 pieces of joined wood (ash). The glue joint is not symetrical (in the middle of the body). When they say 'premium body' it should be a 1 or 2 piece body and the glue joints should be symetrical on a transparent finish, especially on a $*** guitar.The nut is cut so that the high e string is close to the edge of the neck, more so than on other teles I have seen, it does not present a problem.It does have the 'rolled' edges, that is a good improvement over the previous years.

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5.0

This is an amazing guitar.

By Misha Gallegos

from Mexico City

I have many guitars, but the Telecaster 8502 is the best of all. The sound is incredible. I love it.

 
5.0

Best I've Ever Played!

By Jerry A.

from Cambridge City, IN

Just received my Am. Ash Tele (8502) and I have to say, this is the best US Made Tele I've ever owned, or laid my hands on! I've owned several Teles over the years, but this Am. Ash Tele beats them all hands down! At 50 years old, I know what quality is, and this is a first class US Made Tele in all ways. I've never felt a neck as satiny smooth as this one. Your hand just glides over it. The fretwork is just fantastic, and the overall fit and finsih is just superb! It has been a long, long time since I've handled, played or owned a guitar that almost leaves me speechless, but this one does! For the money, I don't think you can beat the value of the 8502 Am. Ash Tele. Leo Fender would be proud of this one! If you can only afford one "nice" Tele style guitar, BUY THIS ONE!

 
5.0

Fender's best kept secret

By Mark Bowerman

from London, UK

Having played many Telecasters of all kinds over the last 30 years I was intrigued by the design brief of the "8502". Could it really do the '52 reissue with a modern twist thing successfuly? Well it does, and some! I think I could have spent years trying to upgrade another Tele to the standard of this one. It has the lot, traditional body feel, a comfy neck, a well thought out take on the modern bridge design AND great sounding pickups, neither too "vintage" dark or too "modern" bland. The no load tone control is just icing but, like all icing, very sweet. Why isn't this Fender's "standard" American Tele? PS: please excuse the low "features" score but I can't in all honesty give a tele high marks for features. It scores a 10 only if you're smart enough to realise it has all you need.

 
5.0

Best Tele there is

By vintagenut

from Ohio

The regular American Series Tele is a great guitar, but you can have an even better one. I've tried the '52 re-issue, but I think this one beats it tonewise and in the looks department. (No yucky butterscotch pudding color here.) The ash body and "modern-vintage" pickups give this guitar an even snappier and twangier tone. I've had this guitar out on 2 country gigs, and it rips! You can cut through without having to max out the volume. Also, the tone control on this guitar really tames the guitar when needed....one of the most effective (and useful) tone controls I've ever had. Get the honey blond model....it looks great, although not quite as yellow-ish as it looks in the picture...it's actually more of a white color than anything. I have 3 Gretsches and 2 Strats which all sound great, but this one beats them all for country music. I'm sure this guitar would do well in most rock outfits, but if you play country like I do, you gotta have one of these!

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5.0

Good guitar.

By Anonymous-VnYy4

from Magnolia, AR

I recently bought one of these guitars and I kinda already knew that it would be a keeper. Still I was nonetheless curious for that confirmation that only comes from seeing and playing a new guitar firsthand. So when it arrived I tried it out and it exceded my expectations about a tele. The tones are vintage of course but they are pure and straightfoward and get the job done nicely. Country and Blues-rock sound really good on this guitar. But hey its a tele, that's to be expected. Out of the eight guitars I own, this one is my favorite now.

 
5.0

Exceeded my expectations

By Teleman-cOEkX

from Temecula, CA

I have to confess, I bought this because I always wanted a honey blond telecaster with a single-ply white pickguard. I didn't know what the modern vintage pickups would sound like, but I figured that I could use the pickups from my beloved-but-wearing-out '96 American Tele if I had to. Man, these pickups blew me away! More guts, slightly hotter, hint of grit, familiar twang, ideal tele sound. And the neck/frets/action is PERFECT! I now own my dream guitar.

 
5.0

Beautiful looks and great sound

By Sparky52

from Carlsbad California

This guitar is not the guitar descibed on the website. It ships with a 9.5 radius neck, not 12".Ships with an 8 hole white pickguard, not vintage 5 hole, and the pick-ups are not new vintage. They're the delta tone pickups. This guitar is not based on the 1952 Fender Telecaster. Be aware. I spoke with Fender customer service and they admitted that the guitar specs were changed, but Muscians Friend was still using the old specs when I purchased the guitar. Having said that the ash honey blond finish is stuning and the guitar sounds great and is well built. Two complaints;the above misrepresentation, and the included cheap case was damaged in transit, but Musicians Friend credited me and I ordered a better case.

 
5.0

A must for tele players

By twangintele

from Southern Illinois

I wish that I could rate this guitar even higher.I've been plating for about 18 years.For the last 2 years Ive been back to playing pretty steady and I've been searching for that one guitar that just "has it".I've been through 2 Gretsches,1 Les Paul,and several different tele's.Well,I'm proud to say that my search is over.This guitar blows them all away.I've never been so pleased with the playability and sound in a guitar as I am with this one.Beautiful finish(honey blonde).The neck pick-up has the fullest blusiest tone you could ask for.The middle position is evened out nicely .The bridge is awesome.You can really spank those twangin licks without piercing ears.Great country tone. Love it!

 
5.0

Fashioned after the legendary '52 Tele!

By John Constantinides

from Athens, Greece

This American Series guitar combines the old with the new. It's basically an upgraded American Vintage '52 Tele, loaded with all the American Series features and appointments: from the hand-rolled edges to the detailed nut/fret work, the American Series Ash Tele also featured the innovative Delta-Tone pickup system combined with a hot bridge pickup and a no-load tone control. The 22-fret flatter-camber neck is smooth and fast, while the new, staggered die cast sealed tuning machines offer a better string response, so there's no longer needed to put a second string tree to hold the A and D strings.

 
5.0

Love this Guitar!

By Justin.

from Kalamazoo, MI

first off I'm not really a "fender guy"... I never thought I'd ever own a telecaster. For fun I picked up a "light ash" telecaster at my local music store... surprizingly I really liked how the guitar looked and played. Well the light ash was good... so I decided to try out the american ash tele... and man oh man. I knew from that moment I needed to buy one! Then I got my tax refund... and it was time. I purchased a used one to save some bucks... This guitar is now rivaling my rickenbacker as my main guitar. I play experimental hard rock/indie/punk. Great guitar... a little noisy... but well worth it! This guitar is super musical!!!

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