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Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar   

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USA-made Telecaster with popular features at an import price.

Fender rolls out the American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar that delivers a healthy combination of modern and traditional tones at a price that won't drain your wallet. But don't let the stripped-down price fool you into thinking it's a stripped-down guitar.

It starts with an alder body, offering strength in construction and clarity in tone. The unique pickups on the Fender American Special Telecaster provide distinguishing sonic characteristics. The Texas Special single-coil Tele neck pickup delivers a full and meaty tone, the Texas Special Tele bridge pickup delivers that familiar Tele bite with a touch of warmth, and the Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off the highs without adding bass.

The subtle 9-1/2" radius maple neck, maple fingerboard, and jumbo frets make this Fender guitar very finger-friendly. Other features include an original-style Tele bridge with three brass saddles, an oversized '70s-style decal, and black pickup covers, plastic parts, and dot position inlays.

Includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Urethane
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: Texas Special single-coil
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Texas Special single-coil
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Greasebucket tone circuit
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 3-saddle vintage-style
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Gig bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Special Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 44 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Recording (12)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth it's salt and them some..

This Tele is a great instrument from the Fender "Special" line. Mine is a 2012 model (according to serial number). Five yrs ago, I had a bad experience...Read complete review

This Tele is a great instrument from the Fender "Special" line. Mine is a 2012 model (according to serial number). Five yrs ago, I had a bad experience with a Hwy One Strat (another Special line) and did not like the satin nitro finish (thin and easy to mar), the 'one way' truss rod (put 10's on and you're going to have a neck bow to some degree) and the middle pickup was always on and switch gave a bad static 'pop' when switching from position 1 to 2. They must've listened to the PEOPLE this time for real. THIS new "Special" model is just that. Special! I never used to like triple saddle teles because they were never set up well and had all sorts of buzz or the action was too high, etc.. This guitar was set up from the factory right and has renewed my confidence in this type of 'vintage bridge'..They even used real brass for better tone. The attention to detail on this guitar is fantastic for it's price range. I appreciate the high gloss finish, the well manicure nut (no buzz!), stable tuners (tighten the buttons some and it'll be even better), the fairly light weight body (weighed in just about 8lbs or slightly under), neck and body are well balanced..The 25 1/2 inch scale and big 22 jumbo frets give great intonation, even on this so called 'twangy' guitar. It has just the right amount of twang without sacrificing intonation, which I'm very fussy about. I play clean..all the time.. I really know a guitar is great if it holds it's resonance against me while playing ..unplugged, acoustically. I do that with my G&L USA Strat, and I can do that with THIS Tele. Beautiful resonance...that lasts! Once new strings settle, it holds it's intonation very well. This guitar is a pleasure to practice on quietly without plugging in. It has a nice 'acoustic' sound. Pinch harmonics sound great and have a lovely Tele 'whine' (even unplugged). Frets were smooth on edges, too. I polished mine with 0000 steel wool and they're super smooth and 'slides' are fast and every note rings clear up the fretboard. Personally, I may modify electronics, but not because they are 'bad', but only because I'm curious what a different pickup configuration will offer in tone (500k pots, mini hum, orange drop capacitors, etc). I won't comment on the Greasebucket tone circuit, because I simply don't have enough info or experience with it. Great thing about vintage white color is you can get a custom pickquard of ANY type and it'll look fantasmo! All in all a great guitar for the money, I suppose asking for a hardshell case is asking too much, but I picked this one up local and didn't have to worry about shipping it in a GIG bag. If I did buy from MF, I would *invest* in a hardshell case if I could. It's definately worth protecting the investment. Buy with confidence. I am not a Fender or MF employee, btw. Just a woman who's been playing for 31 yrs, gone through 37 guitars in 25 yrs and knows what's good. :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The new American entry tele?

Tried this model out at a large guitar store recently (along with its Strat "brother"). I own a couple very nice Fender guitars, btw. I have to say that,...Read complete review

Tried this model out at a large guitar store recently (along with its Strat "brother"). I own a couple very nice Fender guitars, btw. I have to say that, while the tone in the pickups (Texas Specials, prob. MIM though) is very good, the overall package is underwhelming for me. I somehow get the sense that Fender is realizing how good their Highway One guitars are, so maybe now they are cheaping out on these new entry-level American models to save them some money at a similar price point. The wood & hardware on this and on the strat is definitely lesser than the H1 or the other American models I've handled. Incidentally, the H1 is the baddest telecaster Fender makes imo, so you better grab one while you still can.

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5.0

Incredible value

By JT

from New York, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    The best guitar for the money, period.

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    5.0

    Great Fender Tele

    By Jake

    from Out West

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I have a nice little collection going and a Telecaster is a must for that. Bonus is it's an American made guitar which helps my fellow brothers.

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      5.0

      Best american made telecaster not for the money period.

      By Stanko

      from The land of guns and high taxes. Chicago

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        Aged white. Needed nothing. Still havent changed factory setup

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "Modern Tele With Vintage Touches"

        By David P. Makowski

        from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Needs Pickup Shielding

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I purchased the 2011 with the "60th Anniversary" Neck Plate. I love the high quality gig bag. If that helps keep the price down then so be it. I bought a Fender/G&G Gray Tweed HSC on sale. I guess this way you get a great gig bag and can select whatever hard case you prefer. The build quality is outstanding but I feel that it should be in this day an age. The tone woods are excellent. The body and neck are perfect. The Fender Texas Special pickups sound really good to me. The neck pickup blends real well with the bridge pickup. The jumbo frets, brass barrel bridge saddles, and pickups make this guitar a pleasure to play. My Tele is quiet (minus the static issue below) now, takes pedals well, and has a killer clean tone and a sweet OD tone from the bridge pickup.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Twang for the buck!

        By Nipes

        from Arizona

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          This is the cheapest American-made Tele available, but don't let the low price point fool you. This is an amazing axe. It required literally no set-up (according to my preferences anyway), and had the beautiful craftsmanship you expect from an American-made Fender. It's got plenty of twang, and the Texas Special pickups are solid enough for any use you may need, whether it be jamming, recording, gigging, you name it. If you want a fantastic Tele for a low price, but want something above a Squier or MIM (both great guitars as well), then the American Special is definitely for you! What a bargain!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar at a good price

          By wozz

          from Wisconsin

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I got this guitar from my family for my 60th B Day,,,I have had 2 tele's before this,,I am a Fender man who has played mostly Strats for the past 35 yrs,,,I love this guitar,,sounds fantastic an the controls are very responsive,,not like some that you dont want to use,,the guitar plays super easy,,I love the jumbo frets,,,I played it all night at the gig last weekend and never plugged in a Strat,,which is way out of line for me,sweet sounds,,love the Texas Specials pickups,,they have a great sounding top end,,real sweet,,no ice pick stuff on the ears,,,,I am way happy with this guitar,,,I have been playing over 45 yrs

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Value for a USA-Made Telecaster!

          By FenderGuy53

          from East Coast, USA

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          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited To Three Colors

          Best Uses

          • Jazz-blues-indie-rock

          Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          The American Special Telecaster is today's best value for an American-made Fender Telecaster. Its wide and fast, satin-finished fretboard and jumbo frets, Custom Shop Texas Special pickups and vintage-styled bridge and brass saddles, make the American Special Telecaster an instant classic. If that's not enough to make you want one, then just plug it into any Fender Blackface or Hot Rod amp and get ready to hear the sounds heard around the world since 1953!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice !!

          By Slow Shakey

          from Colorado Springs

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            All I expected. Classic Fender tone in an American classic Tele. Being a loyal Gibson player for many years I just wanted a little variety in tone that Fender offers. I was a bit apprehensive about the Texas Special pickups but not to worry. The Fender tone is built in.
            The guitar build has no flaws, the electronics are smooth and solid, love the maple neck and the feel while playing. The classic blond finish is beautiful.
            I had to do some minor tweaks to the neck, bridge and intonation, but that is to be expected in coming to this dry climate.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GreaNew Tele

            By pop

            from Arkansas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              This is a great guitar.The three tone sunburst is
              beautiful.
              Perfect set up out of the box. The more I play it the better it gets.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Buy This Guitar Now

              By rep2007

              from Auburn, AL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                I bought this guitar because an American Special Telecaster is a great price for getting an American Telecaster. I was a little nervous on the Texas Special pickups, but after playing this guitar for about an hour I fell in love with them. They have a really nice bright sound that goes nicely with overdrive and reverb. I have played several American Telecasters and this is probably my favorite. It has such a nice neck and quality finish to it. I was also a little weary of the Jumbo Frets at first, but after going to a slightly heavier string I love them too. If you have never played on jumbo frets before (as I hadn't) it is extremely easy to bend strings (which is great in its own right). If you are playing a lot of chords or harmonies on your lower strings you can get a touch sharp/flat if you don't watch how hard your pressing (again this can be desired by some) I went up to a slightly heavier string and can't tell the difference now except that the frets are extremely easier in my opinion to press down. BUY THIS GUITAR NOW.

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