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Fender Artist Series Muddy Waters Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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    A must for the blues-loving guitarist.

    The Fender Muddy Waters Artist Series Telecaster Electric Guitar embodies the classic look and tone of Muddy's Tele and is now available in this new standard production artist model. The essential specs and spirit of Waters' electric guitar are lovingly re-created, and its tone is as big and unique as its namesake's. Features include an ash '50s Tele body, a maple '62 Custom Tele neck with rosewood fretboard, vintage-style machine heads, 2 U.S. special vintage pickups, 3-way switching, and an American Vintage '52 Tele bridge with brass saddles. Like Muddy's guitar, it has 1-10 Fender amp knobs and Muddy's signature engraved on the neckplate.


    Own the guitar that powered some of the 20th Century's most revered electric blues. Order today!

     
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    4.7

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    Dissappointed

    I had planned on purchasing an American Telecaster. After reading the reviews on the "Muddy Telecaster", on here, I decided to purchase one. When it arrived , it was packaged...Read complete review

    I had planned on purchasing an American Telecaster. After reading the reviews on the "Muddy Telecaster", on here, I decided to purchase one. When it arrived , it was packaged very well.It comes with a very nice padded gig bag. Upon further inspection, the vintage tele bridge was mounted crooked.The pic guard is bubbled up near the neck pickup, it doesn't lay flat, because it only has 9 pick guard screws, when it really need the tenth one just under the bottom corner of the neck, to draw the guard tight against the body, also the pick guard neck pocket fits to tight, adding to the raised bubble.The coating on the bridge pickup is wrinkled. Also, the neck pickup sits too low, and you have to remove the pick guard to adjust the hieght of the pickup, because there are no external adjustment screws to do that.I should have spent a few hundred dollars more and got a better fit and finish. The American vintage pickups sound good though, and the neck feels real smooth.It won't win any beauty contest, but it pumps out the sound.Next time it'll be an AMERICAN Tele!

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    Play before you buy

    I waited for 2 months to get mine. Paint is Flawless. Neck is Flawless as well. That is the end of what I liked about it. The Action was over 1/4 inch...Read complete review

    I waited for 2 months to get mine. Paint is Flawless. Neck is Flawless as well. That is the end of what I liked about it. The Action was over 1/4 inch at the 12 fret. The knobs were not lined up (at max volume was at 10 Tone was at 5 when looking down at guitar). The Pickguard (thought it is authentic to "Muddy's") needs another screw in it at the neck - or some two sided tape under it.*** The Sound - not very Spanky, twangy, "teleeey" nothing like the Fender site claims it will be (I have two Fender amps and a Marshall) or the Muddy Water's sound I expected. Maybe it's because the pickups are nothing special and they were install at an angle (and the front can't be adjusted only shimmed AFTER you remove the pickguard). Poor workmanship for a FENDER, I don't care what country it is made in (Mexico by the way).I spent $85.00 to have it set up (you must remove the neck to adjust truss rod). Overall the guitar is much better but unfortunately it is not the "new favorite guitar" I expected it to be. Still not spany enough. So I got over $625 in this guitar and it never leaves the case (not included). You get a very nice gig bag, if your like gig bags, I don't.I guess it's an investment, but if Fender puts out more guitars like this one, no one will ever want one.*** I Thought I'd get an extra pickguard and save the original--No one makes a pick guard with this odd hole pattern.I'd say play it before you buy it. I played a Dean NashVegas I loved, but this one was already ordered. If I had to do it again I'd bought two of the Dean's and a Real Case.

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    5.0

    Muddy Water Telecaster Review

    By Mattio1956

    from Seattle, WA

    The one I own is about 3 years old now and it still plays like a dream. I was surprised by the quality of workmanship and setup right out of the box. I play this guitar all the time and it still plays and sounds great since day one.

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    4.0

    Best for the blues

    By Zeewilly

    from Massachusetts

    Best for blues and rock. The pickups don't seem to have that country twang that other Teles have, which suits me just fine. I love the amp knobs - they make it very simple to mess with tone/volume on the fly. I replaced the thin "50s" pickguard with a solid 3-ply one right away (you have to drill a few new holes to accomodate), and switched out the cheap tuners as well. As with all Teles, the beauty of this guitar is its simplicity (one tone knob, one volume knob, and a 3-way selector switch).

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    5.0

    Good Guitar for Price. Some workmanship flaws.

    By Rick Ford

    from Eagle River, AK

    Love the sound. Love the neck action. Had to have it set up because the action was too high for me. Not sure about the gig bag. I prefer a hard shell. I also have a bow (hump)in my pickgaurd. Not too crazy about putting tape under it to correct. I am thinking of upgrading to the pearl, though I may have to have a few different holes tapped in. My Guitar Instructor loves the punch and bluesy twang of the pickups. Overall I like it...I would seriously consider the American in the same color with the rosewood neck if I had it to do over again.

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    5.0

    This tele is amazing

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I keep thinking a more $$$ guitar will be better, but whenever I compare it, this is as good or better than any other production teles.It's the tele I would create for myselfAshVintage BridgeVintage Pups9.5" RadiusPerfectionKills in open tunings!!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Great value with some unique features

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This is a great guitar. The color is stunning. The bridge pickup is wired a little hotter than your standard tele, making it easy to play punchy blues. Pickups do have a slight buzz. The neck is a little fatter, feels great especially if your used to playing acoustics. The pickguard is a thin vintage style that does not add much to this guitar. I replaced mine with a white pearl that really dresses it up. It has a unique hole pattern, making it difficult to find replacements. Warmoth makes one that workes just fine. For the price it is a definite upgrade from a Mexican tele, while not as $$$$ as the American.

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    5.0

    Dave

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This guitar sounds excellent. the bridge pickup is really nice and not too shrill. The other pickup combpnations sound great as well but i just really like the cut through of the bridge. the intonation and action was all perfect even when a swithed from it's stock light strings to Elexer mediums(which are heavier than most mediums). There really is nothing to complaine about except that the neck pickup tilts at an approximate 20 degree angle toward the bridge pickup. I've tried to adjust it and wedge it to get it to stay but it still tilts. I highly doubt that anyone esle will notice and the problem has not affected the sound. This is a great value and i would have paid much more for this guitar.

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    3.0

    Play before you buy

    By E-NRQBq

    from Ohio

    I waited for 2 months to get mine. Paint is Flawless. Neck is Flawless as well. That is the end of what I liked about it. The Action was over 1/4 inch at the 12 fret. The knobs were not lined up (at max volume was at 10 Tone was at 5 when looking down at guitar). The Pickguard (thought it is authentic to "Muddy's") needs another screw in it at the neck - or some two sided tape under it.*** The Sound - not very Spanky, twangy, "teleeey" nothing like the Fender site claims it will be (I have two Fender amps and a Marshall) or the Muddy Water's sound I expected. Maybe it's because the pickups are nothing special and they were install at an angle (and the front can't be adjusted only shimmed AFTER you remove the pickguard). Poor workmanship for a FENDER, I don't care what country it is made in (Mexico by the way).I spent $85.00 to have it set up (you must remove the neck to adjust truss rod). Overall the guitar is much better but unfortunately it is not the "new favorite guitar" I expected it to be. Still not spany enough. So I got over $625 in this guitar and it never leaves the case (not included). You get a very nice gig bag, if your like gig bags, I don't.I guess it's an investment, but if Fender puts out more guitars like this one, no one will ever want one.*** I Thought I'd get an extra pickguard and save the original--No one makes a pick guard with this odd hole pattern.I'd say play it before you buy it. I played a Dean NashVegas I loved, but this one was already ordered. If I had to do it again I'd bought two of the Dean's and a Real Case.

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    5.0

    Very nice guitar

    By TeleCat

    from Wisconsin

    Overall I would say that this is a great guitar, action was perfect right out of the box. The only things I'm not ecstatic about are the pickguard edges are pretty sharp, but this is easily solved my some careful smoothing with a bit of fine grit sandpaper. There are 9 screws in the pickguard, which is different from the usual 5- or 8-hole configuration. That's fine, however, it seems like there should be a 10th screw where the cutaway is. The pickguard seems a bit loose there. Again, that is an easy fix with a carefully added screw. The vintage style bridge is serviceable, but the brass "rollers" could have been more carefully machined. I'll likely cut some light notches to maintain string spacing, as mine have a tendency to move. (I play rough!) Overall, I give it an A-, and like the other fellow said earlier "There's nothing like a red guitar!" It's a beauty!

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    4.0

    Dissappointed

    By Smitty-a5pFX

    from Columbus, IN

    I had planned on purchasing an American Telecaster. After reading the reviews on the "Muddy Telecaster", on here, I decided to purchase one. When it arrived , it was packaged very well.It comes with a very nice padded gig bag. Upon further inspection, the vintage tele bridge was mounted crooked.The pic guard is bubbled up near the neck pickup, it doesn't lay flat, because it only has 9 pick guard screws, when it really need the tenth one just under the bottom corner of the neck, to draw the guard tight against the body, also the pick guard neck pocket fits to tight, adding to the raised bubble.The coating on the bridge pickup is wrinkled. Also, the neck pickup sits too low, and you have to remove the pick guard to adjust the hieght of the pickup, because there are no external adjustment screws to do that.I should have spent a few hundred dollars more and got a better fit and finish. The American vintage pickups sound good though, and the neck feels real smooth.It won't win any beauty contest, but it pumps out the sound.Next time it'll be an AMERICAN Tele!

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By TB182

    from Colon, MI

    I just recently had the pleasure of playing this guitar. Its sound was excellent, neck was fast, and the sustain neverending. It encapitalises everything a telecaster ought to be... amazing!

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