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Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard   

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From the garage to the club to the stadium, the American Standard Telecaster is the same great best-selling go-to guitar it always has been, and now ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The amazing Tele gets an even more comfortable body and improved electronics.

From the garage to the club to the stadium, the American Standard Telecaster is the same great best-selling go-to guitar it always has been, and now it's upgraded with a comfortable new body contour and classic-sounding Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups. The latest incarnation of a truly timeless classic, it rings more fully, brightly and crisply than ever.

The look, sound and vibe of the Telecaster resonates throughout the history of popular music. From orchestra pits to mosh pits, small clubs to stadiums and garages to recording studios, its signature sound is everywhere. The American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard has hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Custom Shop pickups, staggered tuning machines, improved bridge with bent steel saddles mounted to a stamped-brass bridge plate for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple fingerboard, satin-finished neck back, thinner finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, and Fender Tolex case.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Ash
  • 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: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: Twisted single-coil Tele
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Vintage-style single-coil Tele
  • Brand: Fender Custom shop
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: No-load tone control
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Separate 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: Die-cast sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Strap, cable, cloth and owner's manual
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard
 
4.9

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (35)
  • Good tone (34)
  • Fun to play (33)
  • Good pick up (32)
  • Solid electronics (31)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (27)
  • Practicing (27)
  • Small venues (19)
  • Recording (18)
  • Rock concerts (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (7), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid instrument with good sound in ash

I've been playing a 2011 natural fender telecaster for a year now so here is what I honestly think about these new Fender teles:

The good:

The Neck:
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I've been playing a 2011 natural fender telecaster for a year now so here is what I honestly think about these new Fender teles:

The good:

The Neck:

Absolutely amazing. I picked out the best tele I could find within my budget when I went to the store and this was something I really needed, a good neck that feels good the play on with frets that don't buzz. The neck and tuners provided seem to be top notch.

The body:

When I first started playing teles I noticed they sounded "thin" until I tried one made of Ash and suddenly the tone became a lot fatter. Make sure you get one of the transluscent/parent finishes like sunburst or natural. I recommend natural because they seem to give pretty good cuts of wood so the guitar looks absolutely beautiful natural with a black pickguard. The sound difference between an ash and non ash tele is quite noticeable, but I can tell you would have to be insane to call one of these ash teles "thin" sounding. The tele body itself is really great to play on if you are a les paul player but want something a bit lighter and with single coils. The tele body seems to give you more sustain and an overall better sound than a strat body because there is more wood on the body since there is no comfortability cuts. So the instrument is less comfortable to play than a strat but it has more sustain because of the body.

Electronics / pickups:

First the electronics are perfectly placed on a telecaster so you hand won't ever hit them by accident. I find that happens to me sometimes playing a strat and using a tele has really remedied that problem. Using the volume and tone knobs will make a significant difference on this guitar and they should be used often since sometimes the treble can be too much with a tele.

The pickups are quite good. The neck pickup sounds just like a strat neck pickup. But the bridge pickup, this bridge pickup, is why you should get a tele. This thing is an absolute monster and i've played everything from clean country to borderline metal tones on this pickup (only reason I say borderline is because modern metal has some seriously insane tones with the advent of active pickups). The sound of the bridge pickup alone is enough to get this guitar, if everything else about it was bad I still would have gotten it because of this thing.

The Bad:

- String Ferrules can easily fall out and get lost while restringning. You can replace them with countersunk ones to avoid this from happening but apparently they make you lose a bit of tone so I put up with the stock ferrules.
- The neck block (where the neck meets the body) can get in the way, but I put up with it because it improves sustain.

The bridge:

The bridge they give you on these new teles is not good. When you first play it at the store you won't notice the flaws because of how great the rest of the instrument is. But these bridges don't belong on telecasters. These are 6 saddle poorly designed strat style bridges that can easily break your strings. While the bridge intonates well, the problem is that the strings are allowed to slide freely around the tiny little bridge saddles. Occasionally what happens when you play is the string can slip over the screw that keeps the saddle elevated then snap because of the sharp edge of the screw. To get around this you have to keep all your saddles low enough so the screws stick out up higher than the strings. Doing this will probably mess up your action, so I'm just getting a new bridge at this point. Apparently 3 saddle bridges improve sustain and you can get compensated saddles from companies like Glendale so it can still intonate like a 6 saddle. I don't understand why fender doesn't just put 3 saddle bridges with compensated saddles on these new teles, apparently a significant amount of the tele's signature sound comes from this style of bridge.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Guitar of a lifetime (almost)

The fit and finish on mine (3 tone sunburst) was wonderful. The pickups are insanely great. I'd highly recommend them. This is probably the best SOUNDING guitar I've ever played. Unfortunately,...Read complete review

The fit and finish on mine (3 tone sunburst) was wonderful. The pickups are insanely great. I'd highly recommend them. This is probably the best SOUNDING guitar I've ever played. Unfortunately, the action/setup from the factory was on the poor side. I had a luthier look at it and he couldn't get the action to play comfortably without fret buzz around the tenth to twelfth fret (which drove me banana sandwich), so unfortunately, I had to return it. I'm a tele-addict, so I'm sure I'll try again at some point.

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(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid instrument with good sound in ash

By Mike

from San Jose, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Ash Body In Some Colors
  • Bridge Intonates Well
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Stays in tune well

Cons

  • The Stock Fender Bridge

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

I've been playing a 2011 natural fender telecaster for a year now so here is what I honestly think about these new Fender teles:

The good:

The Neck:

Absolutely amazing. I picked out the best tele I could find within my budget when I went to the store and this was something I really needed, a good neck that feels good the play on with frets that don't buzz. The neck and tuners provided seem to be top notch.

The body:

When I first started playing teles I noticed they sounded "thin" until I tried one made of Ash and suddenly the tone became a lot fatter. Make sure you get one of the transluscent/parent finishes like sunburst or natural. I recommend natural because they seem to give pretty good cuts of wood so the guitar looks absolutely beautiful natural with a black pickguard. The sound difference between an ash and non ash tele is quite noticeable, but I can tell you would have to be insane to call one of these ash teles "thin" sounding. The tele body itself is really great to play on if you are a les paul player but want something a bit lighter and with single coils. The tele body seems to give you more sustain and an overall better sound than a strat body because there is more wood on the body since there is no comfortability cuts. So the instrument is less comfortable to play than a strat but it has more sustain because of the body.

Electronics / pickups:

First the electronics are perfectly placed on a telecaster so you hand won't ever hit them by accident. I find that happens to me sometimes playing a strat and using a tele has really remedied that problem. Using the volume and tone knobs will make a significant difference on this guitar and they should be used often since sometimes the treble can be too much with a tele.

The pickups are quite good. The neck pickup sounds just like a strat neck pickup. But the bridge pickup, this bridge pickup, is why you should get a tele. This thing is an absolute monster and i've played everything from clean country to borderline metal tones on this pickup (only reason I say borderline is because modern metal has some seriously insane tones with the advent of active pickups). The sound of the bridge pickup alone is enough to get this guitar, if everything else about it was bad I still would have gotten it because of this thing.

The Bad:

- String Ferrules can easily fall out and get lost while restringning. You can replace them with countersunk ones to avoid this from happening but apparently they make you lose a bit of tone so I put up with the stock ferrules.
- The neck block (where the neck meets the body) can get in the way, but I put up with it because it improves sustain.

The bridge:

The bridge they give you on these new teles is not good. When you first play it at the store you won't notice the flaws because of how great the rest of the instrument is. But these bridges don't belong on telecasters. These are 6 saddle poorly designed strat style bridges that can easily break your strings. While the bridge intonates well, the problem is that the strings are allowed to slide freely around the tiny little bridge saddles. Occasionally what happens when you play is the string can slip over the screw that keeps the saddle elevated then snap because of the sharp edge of the screw. To get around this you have to keep all your saddles low enough so the screws stick out up higher than the strings. Doing this will probably mess up your action, so I'm just getting a new bridge at this point. Apparently 3 saddle bridges improve sustain and you can get compensated saddles from companies like Glendale so it can still intonate like a 6 saddle. I don't understand why fender doesn't just put 3 saddle bridges with compensated saddles on these new teles, apparently a significant amount of the tele's signature sound comes from this style of bridge.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Fender

By Artie

from Cary, NC

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

    Over 40 years, I've had the opportunity to play many different guitars. In my opinion, there is just something very comfortable about the feel of the Telecaster that sets it apart. You just KNOW when something feels right. You also have to figure that there must be some very good reasons that it has become a classic and remains as popular as it has. The Tele design itself is no nonsense and simple (in a good way). It doesn't have a bunch of gimmicks and extraneous electronics that many, if not most, guitar players probably won't use or need. It sounds great and plays great. There is a distinctiveness to it's sound. There are numerous models and permutations of Telecasters out there with different necks, bridges and pick-up configurations. Of course, they are all at different price levels. If you play enough of these guitars you'll probably notice some subtle as well as distinct differences. That said, the American Standard is a classic and well worth having. If you can only own a few guitars or just one, this is an excellent consideration.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    well worth it

    By Weekendgigger

    from Rockford. Illinois

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

        Had the guitar for three months now. Purchased the Crimson Red with the Maple neck. The finish was flawless, the action was spot on! I am the lead guitarist and we mainly play rock n roll, blues and country, and this guitar does it all well! I have been playing Les Pauls for 30 years and wanted to try something different and this guitar has far surpassed my expectations! It's clean and bright and you can get a good rock n roll sound with it as well. It cuts through the mix as well as any other guitar I have ever owned. The pick ups are powerful and quiet. It's very light but still sounds great. I play through a Marshall half stack and this guitar rocks. Well worth the purchase.

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My First Tele

        By onecuwldood

        from Southern, Ky

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

        Always loved the tone of Telecasters and knew I had to have one. I've played off and on for 30+ years, mostly acoustic but the past couple of years I've been searching for a great electric guitar. I've played a few cheaper guitars and some good ones, solid and hollow/semi. I love everything about my Telecaster, maple neck, Crimson Red transparent finish and the awesome playability! Smooth as they come. Stays in tune forever. I do not know anything bad to say about this guitar. Get one, don't wait, if you've always wanted one, don't hesitate any longer.

        And Musicians Friend is always great!

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        2012 American Telecaster

        By livingroompicker

        from san Francisco, ca

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

          I was very happy with my purchase, my guitar arrived quickly, very nicely packaged and almost in tune out of the case. I will not hesitate to buy anything from musician'sfriend in the future

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Guitar of a lifetime (almost)

          By mek0620

          from Lake Saint Louis, MO

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          Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

          The fit and finish on mine (3 tone sunburst) was wonderful. The pickups are insanely great. I'd highly recommend them. This is probably the best SOUNDING guitar I've ever played. Unfortunately, the action/setup from the factory was on the poor side. I had a luthier look at it and he couldn't get the action to play comfortably without fret buzz around the tenth to twelfth fret (which drove me banana sandwich), so unfortunately, I had to return it. I'm a tele-addict, so I'm sure I'll try again at some point.

          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My Tele USA

          By ForeignFlicksleadman

          from El Paso, Tx

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • All Uses
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

          Not sure why it took me so long to own one. Can't put it down.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love it! It's Unique!

          By Crow

          from NM

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          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 Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

            This guitar is different, But I knew that. It's not a typical Tele. Some say if you want a Strat buy a Strat, I don't think this is a wannabe Strat at all. I love the contuor on the back,that's one reason I bought it. I think its about time. I wouldn't mind if Fender shave a littl of the front for my forearm, it still wouldn't be a Strat, just a more comfortable Tele. I don't have anything bad to say. It stays in tune, the tones are unique, not strat, not particularily tele, but it has twang, and it has sweetness. It is what it is, a beautiful, great sounding, great playing guitar. It came set up perfectly. A nice low action just like I like. The finish is beautiful, the wood grain showing through the Crimson is Gorgeous. I prefered a parchemnt pickguard, so I changed it out. Just my preference. I put my favorite strings on it,and I'm good. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind change. It's got sustain all day, the pups are sweet and have plenty of punch. If you aren't a purist Telcaster man, take the step foward. it's a very nice guitar. And it's a telecaster.Just unique as Tele's go.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A classic with updates

            By Steve

            from Middleboro MA

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

                Very smooth neck & frets. No rough edges. Comfortable body contour. Great tone at any volume. Switch is a little too close to knob in bridge position.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Perfect Guitar

                By Bushrat-nJdII

                from Tiger country

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Just Plain Sweet
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Nada

                Best Uses

                • Any Gig Anytime

                Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

                The quality is superb. The feel is perfect. If I would have bought this guitar first, I would own only 1 instead of 7. nuff said.

                I can't put it down.

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