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  • Contoured alder body in a gloss finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with 22 jumbo frets
  • Texas Special Tele pickups produce midrange chirp, crystal highs and tight bass
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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

  • Contoured alder body in a gloss finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with 22 jumbo frets
  • Texas Special Tele pickups produce midrange chirp, crystal highs and tight bass
  • Vintage-style Tele bridge with three brass saddles
  • Includes gig bag

Own this American-made Fender Telecaster for a great price. Order today.

 

American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Series: American Special
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Modern C shape
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Radius: 9-1/2"
  • Frets: 22 jumbo
  • Pickups: 1 Texas Special Tele Pickup (bridge), 1 Texas Special Tele Pickup (neck)
  • Controls: Master volume, master Greasebucket tone circuit, (rolls off highs without adding bass)
  • Pickup switching: 3-position blade: Position 1-bridge pickup; Position 2-bridge and neck pickup; Position 3-neck pickup
  • Bridge: Original vintage-style Tele bridge with three brass saddles
  • Machine Heads: Fender standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-ply black/white/black
  • Width at nut: 1-11/16"
  • Unique features: Greasebucket Tone Circuit, 3 Texas Special Pickups, large '70s-style decal, black pickup covers and plastic parts, brass bridge saddles, black dot position inlays, "barrel" switch tip
  • 9-1/2" radius
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • 25-1/2" scale length
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FenderAmerican Special Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 35 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (9)
    • Jamming (8)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (4)
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    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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    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

    Vintage Blonde American special

    By GCW

    from BRCC

    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 love this guitar, only thing I needed to do was drop some locking tuners on it.. Nice finish, plays well, sounds better than the AV 52 RI I had.

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      5.0

      Exactly what I was looking for

      By I-Man

      from Detroit, Mi

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        Alright, I spent quite a bit of time searching for a guitar that my daughter could utilize for learning and playing. I also wanted it to be a guitar worth owning for a lifetime. I ultimately, after looking at similarly priced guitars from other manufacturers, chose the American Special Telecaster. The ease of playing on a maple neck with jumbo frets was important. Also, the time tested electronics and build quality was a big selling point. The tone created by the Texas Special pickups is exactly what you would expect from a quality Telecaster. The finish is great, and the playability out of the box was very good. I am satisfied that my daughter will have a great guitar that she can play for many years to come. Bottom line, its a great guitar, made in the USA, at a great price.

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        5.0

        American Special Telecaster = Superb

        By guitarguy423

        from Upstate, SC

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Reviewer

        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 Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I am extremely happy with this guitar. I got a better deal at a small family owned music store. They had this particular model in 3 color sunburst, but sitting in the store for a few years, the deal was for a few hundred less and a hardshell case thrown in. Played it and had to buy! Don't let the price tag fool you! I enjoy playing this just as much, if not more than my new 2013 American Standard Strat I bought recently from MF. This model is built very well, very fun to play, and sounds great! I love it!!! The price tag is very nice.

          The only con I can see is having the older 3 saddle bridge design, I could see how intonation won't be as accurate as the new 6 saddle design, but still, the 3 saddle has been a Tele thing for many decades, so it works great. Again, I am just stating one thing I could see as a potential issue to some people.

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          5.0

          THIS GUITAR IS AWESOME!

          By guitarguy423

          from Upstate, SC

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Excellent Price
          • 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 Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I have this guitar, and more recently picked up an American Standard Strat, which cost me about 500 more. I play this Telecaster more, and find myself reaching for it over the Strat more often than not. Very fun to play, neck is awesome, and I am HAPPY at the guitar I rec'd for this price.

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            5.0

            Excellent guitar

            By Stratman26

            from El Paso, Tx

            About Me Experienced

            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:

              Great guitar for the price. I am an avid collector, and this guitar ranks right up with the best of my collection. The neck feels great in my hand, is a comfortable weight, and from the little time I had her plugged in, she has good tone. I wish that it came with a case, or if they had the option to swap gig bag out for a HSC, but I guess thats one of the ways Fender keeps the price down, will be buying a case later on to protect my new baby!

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great purchase!

              By Kstar

              from indianapolis

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                Bought this guitar for my husband as a birthday present - his reaction was priceless! thank you for the quick delivery.

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Tele

                By Dzhumanazarov

                from Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

                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:

                  Texas Special Bridge seems to me too abrupt sometimes, even considering that it's a Tele. However, the guitar is great.

                  Comment on this review

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Worth it's salt and them some..

                  By Gtrdancer1

                  from Abingdon, Virginia

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • 22 Big Jumbo Frets
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • High Gloss Finish
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Well Manicured Nut

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                    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. :)

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome Axe!!!!

                    By DBD

                    from Wall, NJ

                    About Me Novice

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                      I have been playing for a couple of years and I practice everyday. I started with the Gibson line of guitars. I have a SG, Les Paul (Standard), and a 335.

                      I picked up a strat (American of course) and loved it. I still use the Gibsons, but I prefer the Fender guitar.

                      So I went to guitar center and picked up every Tele in the store. And I have found the maple neck is a must and this Tele sounds the best for my purposes. Highly recommended!!! My point is... It has a awesome tone, great feel and I play it everyday!!!

                      Comment on this review

                      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best Bang for Buck Tele!

                      By Derek R

                      from Rockwall, Texas

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                      Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                      Of all the Fender guitars I have owned over the years (at least 2 dozen or more), this is the best, Tele or Strat. The price is what got me to look and ultimate buy, but the quality and tone is what keeps me playing it. If you are looking for a quality Tele, American or not, definitely check this out.
                      This guitar has all the twang and spank one would expect from an American Telecaster.
                      I am rating high on Quality. I can not get enough of this guitar. The weight is perfect, neck is smooth and fast and the paint is gorgeous. Yeah, the paint! I bought the white (really a cream color). I can see the "orange peel" dimples in the paint. It looks amazing.
                      The "Special" line is an awesome value. In the case of the Tele, the bridge and hard shell case are sacrificed to keep the cost down. I love the brass bridge though. There is no comparison between this Tele and my Road Worn Strat. The RW Strat is cool, but this is a much nicer instrument and at the same price. This is no-nonsense, quality guitar.

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