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Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar   

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A modernized Telecaster for the 21st century!Fenderâ„¢s American Deluxe Telecaster features an improved compound-radius fretboard for smooth bends all ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Updated with a select alder body, noiseless pickups and soft C shape neck.

A modernized Telecaster for the 21st century!Fenderâ„¢s American Deluxe Telecaster features an improved compound-radius fretboard for smooth bends all along the neck. Staggered locking tuners provide stable tuning for those behind-the-nut bends. Improved N3 noiseless pickups produce shimmering Telecaster tones without the hum. Other high points include S-1 switching for a huge variety of switching options, bound-top body with belly cut and beveled neck heel, and chrome brass saddles for the bridge. Also included is a new molded SKB case with TSA locks, made exclusively for Fender. Fender N3 Noiseless pickups N3 Noiseless pickups offer the best of vintage and modern tones, because they provide that characteristic Fender sound and response without the annoying single-coil hum. Utilizing an innovative stacked coil design, they are voiced for each Tele pickup position, with the insulated metal core of each type differing in materials and construction for improved tone, with an Alnico 5 magnet for the bridge pickup, an Alnico 2 for the middle pickup, and an Alnico 3 in the neck position. Use the drop-down menu above and to the right to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder Select
  • Body finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C soft
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Urethane
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple or Rosewood
  • Radius: Compound
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: N3 single-coil
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: N3 single-coil
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: S-1 switching
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle string through body
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Locking
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Good tone (21)
  • Fun to play (20)
  • Solid electronics (18)
  • Good pick up (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Recording (13)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar

I have had this guitar for well over two years now and have gigged it more times than i can remember (at least 200 plus). Mine is maple neck and Tungsten colour. The...Read complete review

I have had this guitar for well over two years now and have gigged it more times than i can remember (at least 200 plus). Mine is maple neck and Tungsten colour. The build is top drawer, frets are spotless and compound radius is great feature. I can honestly say its the best guitar I have ever owned, I use it all the time and still looks new.

I was always a stratocaster player before I bought this, while I still like Strats alot, this is my best guitar and favourite guitar, which is ALOT (20+ Strats, 10+ Tele's, Gibsons les pauls +20, PRS, Ibanez etc.

Its been well used and thrown about vans, venues, rehearsal rooms and planes. It has never let me down and with the amought of tones avaliable it handles most music styles, I play in a function band 3 times a week so need a guitar to cover most styles. Great for Rock, Blues, Funk, pop, country, folk, etc. You also get a really nice Jazz tone from the neck pickup with the tone control turned down 3/4 way. I think the neck pickup is def strat sounding with tone down slighty but the bridge just twangs like a great Tele should. Middle setting is great for funk and general rhythm type playing. When I need a big tone with lots of gain for rock I pop in the S1 botton and it does a heavier sound really well with plenty bass (I use it with classic rock sounds alot)
I would say mess around with the tone control, something alot of players dont bother with, but it really can make the guitar have a great deal of usefull tones. I found the case a bit dissappointing, same as the one the standard come with but besides that, worth every penny. It NEVER goes out of tune, mine is set up with 11's.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality control ?

I had to send mine back. Beautiful color , which highly resembles the pearl white color on high end vehicles. The one I got had issues with the paint not adhering to the guitar...Read complete review

I had to send mine back. Beautiful color , which highly resembles the pearl white color on high end vehicles. The one I got had issues with the paint not adhering to the guitar body near the neck pocket. The paint around the binding was a little bit messed up as well.
These guitars sound great. It's too bad that Fender doesn't have better quality control.

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Versatile Guitar!

By Joe Kranz

from Wake Forest, NC

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

The American Deluxe Telecaster is a great guitar, and extremely versatile! I had always wanted a tele since I started playing guitar at age 8. When I had pooled enough funds for my "dream guitar" this one seemed to be the best choice! Mine has the 3-tone sunburst finish with a maple neck and I LOVE it! I'm always getting compliments on how pretty my guitar is! I usually play through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp.
The neck pickup is great for bluesy/warm/Clapton type tones, if you want a nice thin tone, mid-way on the selector will get you there no problem. and the bridge pickup is great for solos, and a chicken picker's dream! I generally play with my church band, so there are a good many instruments, but with that bridge pickup, the tele cuts right through the mix! And of course, the S1 system is a MUST! It gives great humbucking type tone for both rhythm and lead.
So in all, if you are looking for a tele, I'd say spend the extra and get this one! my dad had purchased a strat a couple years before I got my tele, and he says if he could do it over, he'd get this tele.
and of course, the best fact: MADE IN USA!!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By guitar123garrie

from Edinburgh, Scotland UK

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Versitile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I have had this guitar for well over two years now and have gigged it more times than i can remember (at least 200 plus). Mine is maple neck and Tungsten colour. The build is top drawer, frets are spotless and compound radius is great feature. I can honestly say its the best guitar I have ever owned, I use it all the time and still looks new.

    I was always a stratocaster player before I bought this, while I still like Strats alot, this is my best guitar and favourite guitar, which is ALOT (20+ Strats, 10+ Tele's, Gibsons les pauls +20, PRS, Ibanez etc.

    Its been well used and thrown about vans, venues, rehearsal rooms and planes. It has never let me down and with the amought of tones avaliable it handles most music styles, I play in a function band 3 times a week so need a guitar to cover most styles. Great for Rock, Blues, Funk, pop, country, folk, etc. You also get a really nice Jazz tone from the neck pickup with the tone control turned down 3/4 way. I think the neck pickup is def strat sounding with tone down slighty but the bridge just twangs like a great Tele should. Middle setting is great for funk and general rhythm type playing. When I need a big tone with lots of gain for rock I pop in the S1 botton and it does a heavier sound really well with plenty bass (I use it with classic rock sounds alot)
    I would say mess around with the tone control, something alot of players dont bother with, but it really can make the guitar have a great deal of usefull tones. I found the case a bit dissappointing, same as the one the standard come with but besides that, worth every penny. It NEVER goes out of tune, mine is set up with 11's.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome !!!

    By Steve

    from Cicero, NY

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    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Well, I've always bought the MIM Teles in the past because I don't use a Tele very often. I'll be playing this one FAR more often because it's the nicest Fender guitar I've ever played! Right from the start, I opened the case and was awestruck by the build quality and appearance of this guitar. I have the Aged Cherry Burst with Maple neck, all I can say is WOW! The N3 pickups are much nicer in the Tele, I didn't care for them all that much in the Strat. The S1 functionality is quite usable on this guitar. Yeah, it's not a cheap guitar. But, if you are serious about tone and quality, this is it in spades! Love this guitar, zero complaints at all! Get yours and see what I mean!

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Everything I hoped for and more

    By Trish Woodruff

    from Blanco, TX

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I told myself a long time ago I would never purchase a mail order guitar, too risky. I have been nothing but pleased with every aspect of this experience. The guitar itself is excellent regarding setup, intonation and playability. The alder body, color and finish are first rate. This is my first Telecaster and I am very happy with the extremely bright tone. I was alittle worried that it would sound thin with the single coil pickups, but with the right amp settings I believe this guitar could even pull off metal style playing. Overall I am exstatic with the looks and sound of this instrument. Fender did a great job!
    The chrome plated brass bridge saddles, S1 switching system, strap locks, and the finish applied to the body are some of the best features associated with this Tele.
    Upon close inspection regarding the wood grain of the alder body, the straight grain maple neck, dressing and polishing of the frets, and the manner in which the finish was applied is top notch. Every detail concerning the assembly and fit is very meticulously done. The alder body is absolutely gorgeous.
    This is one high dollar guitar, it's shame you have to spend this much money to get this kind attention to detail and reasonably good materials. I own several high end instruments (PRS Custom 22 Artist model) and you would think for a high price, Fender would have at least sprung for an Ash body.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMONG THE BEST

    By drbill51

    from Taylor, MI

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for several years and would never part with it. In my small recording studio I have more than 10 that were higher in price than this one. Even so, none of them can replace the sound and looks that comes from this Telecaster. If you place the pick up switch in the middle, then push the button in the middle of the volume knob. This Tele will hang in there with heavy medal if this is your cup of tea. The same can be said when playing country, classic rock, country, or anything else. These quiet pick ups are able to play any sound you wish, and the neck is a pleasue to play on. The finish is beyond my vocabulary, and among the best. This guitar has gone up in price a few hundred dollars since I purchased it. You should take note to this, and make a purchase before it goes up again.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Choice - Great Guitar

      By canthackit

      from Fayetteville, AR

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Excellent fit and finish
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • GREAT sound
      • Plays like a dream
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I bought my first Telecaster 40 years ago. It's a '72 Thinline with humbuckers. I've played and played it and worn it down a little but it's still a great guitar. But because of its age I've been looking for another guitar and had tried so many different brands and styles but there was always something I didn't like about the others. So yesterday I tried a Deluxe American Telecaster with the Cherry sunburst and maple neck and played it. I couldn't believe how good it sounded and how great the neck played. One hour later I bought it. The "Fender Telecaster" logo is in silver on the headstock - pretty nice looking. I also like the Made in USA on the back of the headstock. The finish and hardware are outstanding. I really like the locking tuners and I'm still messing around with the S1 switch. I think I like it because it sounds more like my humbuckers when kicked on. The case that it comes with is real nice and heavy duty but not too heavy with weight. I would recommend this to anyone. I probably won't get to play this one for 40 years, but I have three sons who play and I'm sure they'll want to play this one for years to come.

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WHOA!

        By ngreen91

        from Northeast Ohio

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        This guitar was my first "real" guitar. I got it as a gift and was totally blown away. Any tone is possible with this guitar - from country to metal. The neck of this instrument is like butter, and very easy to play. Every piece of this guitar is top notch, the finish is mind boggling. If you are a serious guitarist and do not have this instrument... you are missing out.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fender American Deluxe Telecaster

        By John Janigan-Mills

        from Nova Scotia, Canada

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        This guitar just BLEW me away!When I think of Telecaster's, I think of a country-exclusive guitar. When I picked this up, all my assumption's where laid to rest. This guitar suits ANY genre! Fast or slow! Hard or soft! I've gotten more tones out of this then a Stratocaster!I've used this ax for playing along with bands like: Soundgarden, Pink Floyd, RUSH, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, Audioslave, Steely Dan and many other's, and it fit's the music PERFECTLY.It has a beautiful BRAZILIAN Rosewood Fretboard, and the paint-job is spot on!The locking tuner's would probably be useless to most people who use this guitar (Seeing they stay in Standard), but for me? They are a god sent! I like to screw around with tunings... A LOT. So tuning each string once is SO much nicer then it was on my old guitar (Ibanez SA260, which I still have). You can easily drop each string on this one, and you'll only have to touch each tuner, like, twice. With the Ibanez, it took FOREVER to go from Standard to Open C.BOTTOM LINE:Buy this guitar!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quality at it's finest!!

        By Terren Lee

        from Markham

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        The Fender American Deluxe Telecaster is one of the most presitgious guitars that Fender has released on the market. This guitar is very versatile in terms of tonal variety. I can literally play rock to some blues, then switch over to metal. The harmonics on these pickups sound amazing. I have the 2009 model so I have Samarium Cobalt Noiseless 2 pickups. I don't have locking tuners either but this thing will stay in tune after a whole lot of bending. I am completely satisfied due to it's features such as the pickups, the S-1 Switching control, the albalone inlays (on the rosewoods) and the finger rolled edges. Amazing buy! I run this guitar through a Marshall MA100H Stack and I've got to say, this is amazing!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Guitar

        By Stratman1

        from Salem, Wi

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        Pros

        • Excellent Neck
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Quite Pick-ups
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I have now had a week to play this guitar and WOW! The feel is fantastic. As I mentioned in my prior review the action was to low and I was experiencing fret buzz out of the box. I had my local shop put a pair of 10's on the guitar and they adjusted the string height. WOW! There is a noticable difference between this guitar and my 2011 American Standard Tele (which is nice as well). The compound radius neck is outstanding. The pick-ups are mellow compared to the standard, but it is nice to have a different sounding guitar in the collection. I am now looking to trade in one of my American Standard Strat's for a deluxe version. Well worth the extra money.

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