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Classic style with compound profile neck and updated electronics.

Infusing the esteemed semi-hollow design with Fender’s latest innovations, the American Elite Telecaster Thinline is for the 21st-century guitarist who embraces innovation in both instrument design and their own playing. Genuine and amazingly flexible Thinline tone, the latest technologies and classic Fender style work in harmony to create an easy-playing instrument you won’t want to put down.

The foundation of the American Elite Series sound, the new 4th generation Noiseless pickups, combine authentic, vintage-style sound with hum-free performance. The pinnacle of Fender’s noiseless pickup designs, they generate glistening cleans and fat, overdriven tones that scream with pure rock ‘n’ roll power. The new Elite Suspension Bridge with three intonatable brass saddles is a unique design engineered specifically for the Thinline Telecaster—a screwless mount increases the vibration transfer, driving the top for nearly endless sustain and lively response.

Engineered for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck with a 9.5”-14” compound radius fingerboard is ideal for all playing styles. A modern “C”-shape at the nut, the profile morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of comfortable support for fret hand antics. Locking, all short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the bone nut for buzz-free performance. The truss rod wheel is positioned at the butt end of the neck for easy accessibility when adjusting neck relief.

Fender is renowned for head-turning style, and this guitar is no different—from the lightweight, highly resonant Thinline semi-hollowbody design to the black chrome headstock logo and large pearloid fret markers this instrument will dazzle the audience with elegant style. The American Elite Telecaster is a bold new addition to the Fender family tree, a top-notch performer that can handle whatever music you might you throw at it. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Ash
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Modern C to D
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: Compound
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: Yes
  • 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: New Eilite suspension bridge
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast locking
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: New Modern String Tree, Asymmetrical Neck Heel, Black Chrome Fender Headstock Decal
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Strap locks, Deluxe leather strap, Cable, Pop-in tremolo arm, Adjustment wrenches
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Elite Telecaster Thinline Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
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(13 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good Guitar but overpriced

By Marshall Advocate

from South Carolina

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Odd & unique parts
  • Poor bridge quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    I picked one up at the local store and immediately noticed the 3-saddle bridge, which was a terrible design from day one. Except Fender thought that this time they would be clever and split each of the saddles so the strings could be intonated individually. Good idea, but bad implementation. Most of the strings lay across a screw or right in a split where the saddle halves join, making them impossible to intonate and that bridge will be a huge source of string buzz. Owners will be looking to buy new a new bridge, which is totally unacceptable on a guitar of this price. Unfortunately Fender also installed an odd size bridge on it so you can look forward to having to drill holes in your guitar to install a new bridge. Also unacceptable.

    I give this guitar a thumbs down.
    Overall it's not a bad guitar. It played well and the neck felt just like a Tele should. It sounds like a Tele, looks like a Tele so we must conclude that it is a Tele. But it's just another Tele. I found nothing special about it to warrant the high price tag or to even entice me to buy one over a US standard or even the MIM Tele. Nothing on this guitar stands out as exceeding other Fender models. My conclusion is that is a nice guitar but seriously overpriced, and you can do better buying a cheaper model.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is a fine guitar

    By Fenderbender

    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        I was looking for something special. I wanted something cool and a little different so I went out and played everything. Nash, Suhr, Fano, Duesenburg, Dunable, Bilt, Collings and Novo. (I already have Strats and PRS's). I liked Novo and Duesenburg best out of that bunch, but I also played this new Tele Elite Thinline. I liked it the most. Some of those guitar cost twice as much, some are around the same price. It was right up there with everything. I liked it better than a couple of Custom Shop guitars I played. I spent 3 weeks looking at guitars and I made sure I didn't jump too soon. Sure, they all were nice and each one had things about them I liked. But I really wanted to play the Tele Thinline Elite more after I put it down. It has nice new features so it's not just another Tele. It really seems more like a special custom made boutique guitar (like the others). Different neck, different bridge, different pick ups, S1 switching and super lightweight. (6.8 lbs). Neck is really incredible. The compound radius is nice and this neck is superfast. The back of it is a satin finish and i never felt a slicker faster neck ever! (plus it's got some subtle flame). Also, it's friggen beautiful. All in all, I'm super happy with it and do not regret not getting one of the others. It's a step below Custom Shop but I think it's right there in quality. The mystic blue is stunning. Much better than in photos. I do wish they had more colors. (only 3 colors in the thinline). Got a good deal and as usual I feel good about this purchase from MF.
        Plays great, feels great, sounds great!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome guitar, the guy who criticized the bridge is a fool

        By Cali

        from Orlando

        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 American Elite Telecaster Thinline Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is perfectly awesome. The bridge intonates well. I am leaving this review because the reviewer who picked this guitar up for two minutes and left a 2 star review is an arrogant fool who is wrong about the poor bridge design. They should really take his ill-informed review down in my opinion. I love this guitar and there's literally nothing I'd change about it.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Improvements for Traditionalist

          By TexasEarl

          from DFW

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

          Have played in night club bands of up to 450 people. Have had teles for thirty yeas. The American Elite Thinline with the S1 switching give a wider vocal range of the thinline. All three saddle bridges have some intonation issues. The compensated saddles of the Elite get closer to true intonation than any other three saddle bridge guitar. Love how I can expand on the sound with the noiseless 4 series pickups with S1 Switching. Love the neck. the transforming from a c to a d Locking tuners.

          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar. Lighter than regular Tele.

          By Jim

          from Houston

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

            It is a Fender and noticeable lighter. Great sound.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Would definitely buy again.

            By shane

            from undisclosed

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            Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

            Love the guitar!

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