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Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fingerboard  Natural Rosewood 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 best of yesterday and today in one amazing Tele.

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 Rosewood 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: Rosewood
  • 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 Rosewood Fingerboard
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Best Tele Yet

The new pickup combination produces a wide range of tones, from bell like cleans to classic Tele twang. The Delta tone pot bypasses the tone cap delivering unfiltered sound from the pups to the...Read complete review

The new pickup combination produces a wide range of tones, from bell like cleans to classic Tele twang. The Delta tone pot bypasses the tone cap delivering unfiltered sound from the pups to the amp. The satin finished neck and the rolled fingerboard edges make for smooth and effortless moves up and down the scale. Hardware and electronics look and work well, though the tuners feel a little rough. I'll see how they are after the first string change.

This is a beautifully finished instrument; three piece ash body with a transparent red (crimson) dye and a nitrocellulose gloss lacquer top coat; rosewood fingerboard on maple neck. Personally - I hear NO difference in tone between the maple and rosewood fingerboards- so for me it came down to pure aesthetics. This new Tele has the body contour cut out similar to the Strat and the Tele Deluxe - I think it's a good improvement.

Out of the box I had to raise the action on the bass side to eliminate some minor fret buzz.

I also have a '78 classic Blonde/maple, and while the old one gets some "vintage" points, this 2012 is so much better. It's a joy to play, hear, and see. I've traded out several other Tele's too - this one is definitely a keeper.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beware rosewood fretboards

I bought this through local shop. Had to exchange the sunburst/rosewood due to a permanent forward bow in the neck (from factory..w/ 9's!). I've had bad experiences with...Read complete review

I bought this through local shop. Had to exchange the sunburst/rosewood due to a permanent forward bow in the neck (from factory..w/ 9's!). I've had bad experiences with rosewood fretboards in the last few years on different guitars. Starting to wonder about the density or quality of rosewood on guitars. On this particular guitar, there was an extremely tight truss rod that couldn't adjust the forward bow properly, even after 4 attempts by 'stronger' arms. :/ Other than that, the guitar sounded and felt great. I was sad to have to send it back, but I did. I got one with a maple neck and the truss rod turned smoother and like butter. :) "Bad apple" neck, I guess. My customer service experience with Fender (directly) was fantastic. Very helpful and fast resolution. No complaints. Both guitars sounded/sounds great. the replacement had an ash body (crimson). The black pick guard had a very slight, barely noticeable warp on the top side. Also, there was some static pop on the pick guard. I intend to switch it anyway and shield it better. The neck pickup sounds great, esp clean. Nice for jazz or anything really. Very versatile sounding in every position. Guitar weighs in at 7.5 lbs. The guitar is not too neck heavy. Good balance. The body appears to be a 2 pc, joined at centre, but Fender can and does use up to 3 pc bodies depending, even on US standard models. The sunburst was 2 pc joined offset. They save a lot of money and waste less wood that way. Still sounds good and resonates nicely. The nut on either guitar was cut well. 6th string slot was for .046 so if you play 9's, you might get some buzz. Stamped saddles are actually nice on the Tele. I might still switch for solid steel, tho, for a more even, less twangy tone. Edges of fretboard and frets were smooth. Great guitar. Case latches felt a little cheap. They don't 'click' solidly or feel totally secure. The deluxe case has better latches. I might get it replaced.

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5.0

Great Guitar

By Sam

from Fort Worth, TX

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    This is a well made fun to play guitar. The time is outstanding. Also, hats off to Musicians Friend for great customer service.

     
    4.0

    Great guitar that needed work when it arrived

    By Scott

    from Philadelphia

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

    I bought this as an open box item. As such I didn't expect perfection. Surprisingly, the esthetics were about perfect. The set up, however, was awful. As if no one actually looked at the guitar after it came back. Slight neck bow as well. These problems were easily fixed and it was still a good deal. But it was all kind of a PITA. I expect to have to tinker with guitars when I order them mail order however I do expect them to be playable out of the box.

     
    5.0

    I am extatic over this guitar and purchase experience!

    By Jiffster

    from Ypsilanti, Michigan

    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 Rosewood Fingerboard:

      This guitar was a "Blemished" guitar from Musicians Friend and I was hesitant to purchase sight unseen. I read about people's experiences on several forums regarding buying blemished guitars from MF and they were all positive so I decided to go for it. Let me just say I will not hesitate to do this again!

      The guitar was perfect. Flawless. Like any guitar you purchase from a factory, it did need a set-up in order for it to play like it should. If your not very experienced with guitars, you likely wouldn't even recognize this.

      I have several very high end guitars, one being a Suhr Custom Modern built to my specs, so I know when a guitar plays and sounds good or not.

      This Tele is awesome! It plays and sounds so sweet. I wish I hadn't waited so long before getting one.

      The pickups sound better than I thought they would. You can get the single coil Tele twang out of it all the way to a very humbucker like rock/metal tone. It will really do it all. The neck pickup is very capable of achieving that Strat neck tone. The mid position can achieve a great balance that gets you into Strat bridge territory if that's what you want. Very versatile.

      The neck feels fantastic too. I do prefer Jumbo frets but the Medium-Jumbo's will do just fine.

      If you're looking for a great, versatile, well made guitar, this is it.
      If you're considering a "blem" but have concerns... just do it!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Beware rosewood fretboards

      By Gtrdancer1

      from SW Va

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great finish work
      • Stays in tune

      Cons

      • Rosewood neck had forward bow
      • Truss rod too tight on rosewood neck

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Most recorded guitar in rock
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

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

      I bought this through local shop. Had to exchange the sunburst/rosewood due to a permanent forward bow in the neck (from factory..w/ 9's!). I've had bad experiences with rosewood fretboards in the last few years on different guitars. Starting to wonder about the density or quality of rosewood on guitars. On this particular guitar, there was an extremely tight truss rod that couldn't adjust the forward bow properly, even after 4 attempts by 'stronger' arms. :/ Other than that, the guitar sounded and felt great. I was sad to have to send it back, but I did. I got one with a maple neck and the truss rod turned smoother and like butter. :) "Bad apple" neck, I guess. My customer service experience with Fender (directly) was fantastic. Very helpful and fast resolution. No complaints. Both guitars sounded/sounds great. the replacement had an ash body (crimson). The black pick guard had a very slight, barely noticeable warp on the top side. Also, there was some static pop on the pick guard. I intend to switch it anyway and shield it better. The neck pickup sounds great, esp clean. Nice for jazz or anything really. Very versatile sounding in every position. Guitar weighs in at 7.5 lbs. The guitar is not too neck heavy. Good balance. The body appears to be a 2 pc, joined at centre, but Fender can and does use up to 3 pc bodies depending, even on US standard models. The sunburst was 2 pc joined offset. They save a lot of money and waste less wood that way. Still sounds good and resonates nicely. The nut on either guitar was cut well. 6th string slot was for .046 so if you play 9's, you might get some buzz. Stamped saddles are actually nice on the Tele. I might still switch for solid steel, tho, for a more even, less twangy tone. Edges of fretboard and frets were smooth. Great guitar. Case latches felt a little cheap. They don't 'click' solidly or feel totally secure. The deluxe case has better latches. I might get it replaced.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Twang-O-licious Tele!

      By Twangmeister

      from Placerville, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • no cons

      Best Uses

      • Blues
      • Country
      • Jamming
      • Recording

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

      I got the 3 Tone Sunburst. The setup was good out of the box with .09's, sounds very good on all pickup positions. I'm amazed at the variety of tones this guitar will put out, I had always thought the tele's only had one slightly variable tone, not so! The go-to twang of the bridge pickup with all treble is unmistakable. The neck pickup with a darkened tone setting is also nice for rhythm playing. Great with my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and Excelsior amps. The contoured back is comfortable, I like it. Fit and finish are all good.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great buy

      By roeboy56

      from roe ar

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        I bought this guitar as restock.It is a great instrument.Like one of the other reviews wish I had bought this one first would not have bought the 3 others I own.I have bought all my guitars from musicians friend and will continue to buy there.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent

        By Jimmy

        from Helena,Ga.

        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

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

          I have played country/Southern rock for over 30 years.All this time I played a Gibson Les Paul,which is a great guitar.It is a heavy guitar,which led me to getting a Fender Telecaster,which is much lighter in weight.Guess what? I simply love this Tele.I couldn't be more satisfied in all phases.Musician's Friend personal couldn't have been nicer...totally pleased !!!

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          awesome piece of intrument

          By ChetanV

          from Newark NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Contour Heel
          • No Forearm Cut

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

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

          Very well balanced Instrument both in terms of weight and tonality. Didn't find any flaw in it. very well priced too.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          OUTSTANDING!!

          By RESPLENDENT62

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Great quality. Excellent sound. Shipped safely and required little to no setup. Buy one!

              (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Very Fine Instrument

              By Bop Kit Bill

              from In front of my amps

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Recording

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

                I've owned a number of Tele's over the years.
                These retain all of the ingrediants that make Tele's great plus a just a few very special tweaks that take the guitar to the point of perfection. In my opinion and for my needs the current American Standard Tele is the ultimate incarnation of the breed -and- I always get excellent service from Musicians Friend! And I'm very very picky and not always the easiest customer to deal with....but if there is something wrong - they (MF) always make it right.....
                PS ..I never do reviews but I've been doing good buiz with these folks for so many years and this particular fender is such a great instrument - And DEAL- That I felt i should finally leave some long overdue feedback.

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