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Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard  

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Overview

  • More comfortable solid alder body
  • Popular C-shaped neck with gloss maple fingerboard and smooth satin back
  • Clearer tones from Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $1,729.99 - $1,949.99
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  • New Starting At:
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  • Black Maple Fingerboard

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  • Mystic Red Maple Fretboard

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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

  • More comfortable solid alder body
  • Popular C-shaped neck with gloss maple fingerboard and smooth satin back
  • Clearer tones from Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups
  • Delta-tone no-load circuit for more midrange and hotter output
  • Includes Fender Tolex case

Get a guitar that can do it all. Order today.

 

American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard Specifications:

  • Comfortable contour body
  • Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups
  • Deluxe hardware
  • Solid alder body (black, 3-color sunburst, candy cola, and blizzard pearl) or ash body (2-tone sunburst, natural, crimson red transparent)
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with rich, deep neck tint, glossed neck fretboard with satin back and rolled edges
  • Delta-tone no-load circuit
  • Highly finished frets
  • Detailed nut work
  • Bent steel Fender saddles
  • American Standard Tele Bridge Plate (steel saddles and brass plate) for improved resonance
  • Thinner undercoat for improved body resonance
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • Staggered machine heads
  • Includes Fender Tolex case
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FenderAmerican Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (14)
    • Practicing (14)
    • Rock concerts (8)
    • Recording (7)
    • Small venues (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (5), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    2012 American Telecaster

    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...Read complete review

    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

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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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    5.0

    Everything I had hoped for!

    By Craiger

    from Brainerd, MN.

    About Me Experienced

    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:

      An affordable American made Telecaster! My dream Tele is all that I hoped it would be...and more!

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      5.0

      Ticks all the boxes

      By Peter

      from Brisbane, Australia

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        The factory set string height was a little high for my liking so I had it lowered, but that was the only set up needed. Nut and frets were fine. Once adjusted, a thoroughly enjoyable guitar to pick up and play. Good looks, good sound and good value for money.

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        5.0

        sweet and punchy tele

        By strat98

        from baltimore, maryland

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Classic tele tones-yet not overly shrill in the bridge position. Neck pickup is warm and throaty-similar to a strat. Stays in tune and intonates very well. Easy to adjust, super sturdy.

              I had it set up with 10s and had some slight refinement done on the nut by a professional guitar repairman. As a lifelong strat player, this guitar is the perfect transition into "teleland". Glad I finally got one!

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              (3 of 5 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.

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just perfect

              By pete

              from sydney australia

              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 Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

                Bought as used. It is brand new with the tags removed, absolutely perfect,handsome guitar.

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                (3 of 5 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.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love it! It's Unique!

                By Crow

                from High desert

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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.

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                  5.0

                  A modern day classic

                  By PJ

                  from Hull, Québec

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

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

                    A classic Telecaster, with a comfortable cut-out that just makes the 2012 Standard Telecaster outstanding to play. Great fit and finish as is expected of a American Telecaster. The custom shop pups add a great flavour using a blues junior NOS tweed amp. Great growl from the bridge and smookey smooth tone from the neck. Lots of love for this guitar!

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                    (6 of 7 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.

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                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    My First Tele

                    By onecuwldood

                    from Southern, KY

                    About Me Novice

                    Ask me a question

                    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!

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