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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 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (33)
  • Fun to play (32)
  • Good tone (32)
  • Good pick up (31)
  • Solid electronics (29)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (26)
  • Practicing (26)
  • Recording (18)
  • Small venues (18)
  • Rock concerts (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), 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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5.0

Great Tele

By Sam

from Fort Worth, TX

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:

    There is not much left to say about the outstanding quality and workmanship of the Fender American Standard series. However, I will say, in my opinion, the custom shop twisted Tele - Broadcaster pick up combination is the best sounding set of pick ups Fender has ever put in a Tele. These pink ups deliver a great range of killer tones.

     
    5.0

    American Standard Telecaster

    By Tony F

    from Long Isalnd, NY

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    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:

        The new american standards have the feel of a hand made guitar. Play this guitar with no amp and you won't believe the sound acousticly . Awesome pickups as well, the bridge pickup with the tone rolled back just a tiny bit gives a P90 ish tone but still tele like. With other tele's I owned I had to roll the tone back almost half.The twisted tele neck pickup is cleaner and more articulate than most. Awesome guitar!

         
        5.0

        Buy it again

        By Neil

        from Flushing

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        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 Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

          Fun to play

           
          5.0

          yes

          By Lou the man

          from gallatin tn

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

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

            I use it to play mostly blues and western. My wife says it has a beautiful crisp tone. It's a keeper.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect!!

            By Ray

            from Boston MA

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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
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

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

              I KEPT GOING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN BUYING A MIM AND AN AMERICAN. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY WORTH SPENDING THE EXTRA MONEY FOR AN AMERICAN STANDARD.
              GREAT GUITAR! JUST BUY ONE..YOU WON'T BE SORRY

               
              5.0

              Fender Standard Tele Natural/Maple

              By Petewells55

              from PA

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Great Finish
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

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

                I use this guitar in the studio and for gigs. The tone of this guitar is beautiful. It can give you great tone when played clean, with crunch, or overdriven. I got the natural finish and its one of the nicest guitars I've seen. Everything on the guitar is built well and it played great right out of the box.

                 
                5.0

                Excellent guitar

                By Jim B

                from Huntsville, AL

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Plays and sounds great!

                     
                    5.0

                    attention to guitar

                    By mountain guitar

                    from western dakota

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • rock and country club jamin

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

                        great attention to detail, the neck has two different finishes; fret board is glossy, back of the neck is satin, truly amazing. the challenge of every guitar maker is to meld two dissimilar elements (maple and fret wire) of the neck into ONE element; Fender really created a flawless neck. Fender really created an absolute winner on the American Standard.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Uniquely it's own guitar

                        By zzzrain

                        from wisconsin

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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 Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

                          I wanted to wait a few months prior to writing my review. This was a MF replacement for a Fender/Roland G5 I had to return. I bought the guitar as an open box but honestly, I'm sure it was NOS because it was virtually unplayed in the original packaging but a 2013 model. There was a bit of fret buzz at first but I took it in and they got the buzz out, so now it plays great. Just a little buzz on the D string around the 15 - 17th fret but in my experience and even with my own Fenders, maybe 1 out of 20 Fenders don't have any buzz at all no matter how well you set it up so this is quite acceptable.

                          Feel - The guitar feels and weighs perfectly. Mine was an alder body so a little bit lighter but its the sound I was going for anyway. The back of the neck is satin and the fret side is glossy so I did like that. I am hoping the gloss prolongs the life and looks of the natural maple and the satin allows my hand to slide freely.

                          Electronics - The pickups sound great and the electronics are solid. The neck pickup does sound like a strat and compared to all my other guitars, the bridge does have a bit of a twang to it. However, when the guy who set up my guitar said these new hybrid teles aren't really teles, I was curious so I had him play mine and his so I could "hear" the difference and indeed there was not as much twang. But to me who never owned a Tele, it has just enough twang not to be too harsh and can be a bit more versatile. I "might" change out the pickups but honestly, with my expensive guitars I have always left them stock.

                          Looks - The guitar looks great, I got the black one which will eventually show signs of scratches but it is well built and looks great.

                          This is a great guitar for the price. Its weird to me when people always say you can buy this guitar and that and put the same pickups or better in and it will be better than a Fender or a Gibson, but honestly, it isn't the same. If it's a Fender or a Gibson you want, I always say just get it.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great guitar

                          By 2oldman

                          from E WA

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Beautiful
                          • 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:

                              My brand-new red Tele arrived in perfect condition, set up and ready to play right out of the box. Nice black case too.

                              I would have never bought one except for the fact I fell on the neck of my old one and busted up the headstock pretty good. Soo... I had a bit of money lying around so I thought I'd see what Fender has been up to the last 50 years. I was tempted to by a cheaper model, but, the caveat "you get what you pay for" is always a loud voice in my head.

                              I love the finish on the blonde neck.. soft as satin on the back. I forgot what it's like to play with actual working frets.. feels nice and is easier to get around on the neck. Pickups sound great and aren't a bit noisy. The guitar cord socket is quite stiff, perhaps that'll keep me from pulling out the plug on gigs. The intonation was dead on from the factory. I haven't played live yet so I'm not sure if this guitar has the same country twang as my old one.. we'll see. So far in practice it sounds great.
                              The one downside to me is the weight. This guitar is about 8.5lb, where my old one is 6.5. That's a big difference. I bought a new wide strap to help with that. There's a bit of string buzz on the open D, but I suppose all Teles have a bit of that. I'm not concerned.

                              Fender has done an amazing job on this model. The fit and finish are beautiful and I just love looking at it! I think my audiences will like it too.

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