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Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar  2-Color Sunburst Maple Fretboard

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A timeless reissue of the guitar that made the '50s so funky.

Accurate to the original in every detail, Fender's 1950s Telecaster is a great grab for collectors and a hot little axe for players. Features an ash body, C-shaped neck, vintage Tele pickups, vintage-style machine heads, and a 3-saddle string-thru-body bridge.

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FEATURES
  • Ash body (polyester finish)
  • 1-piece maple C-shaped neck
  • (gloss urethane finish) 25-1/2" scale length
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 7.25" radius
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 1.625" nut width
  • 2 vintage-style single-coil pickups with alnico magnets (neck and bridge)
  • 3-position pickup switch
  • Vintage=style 3-saddle, strings-thru-body Tele bridge
  • Master volume, master tone
  • Fender Ping vintage-style tuners
  • Knurled chrome knobs
  • 1-ply white 5-hole pickguard
  • Synthetic bone nut
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FenderClassic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 42 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Classic 50's Telecaster

See all above, Fenders' original design, after 60 years in the field continues to prove itself to be just about perfect , it's that simple, or that complicated.
Hmmm I can...Read complete review

See all above, Fenders' original design, after 60 years in the field continues to prove itself to be just about perfect , it's that simple, or that complicated.
Hmmm I can only say that there is a reason you can't find these guitars in the used market....... they are a fantastic value. They are beautifully made, my sunburst finish one is stunning to look at. The pickups seem just right really in spite of some folks saying they are some how less than... what? I don't know?

The only oddity is the the tone & volume knobs are very stiff to turn, not dragging against the control plate just really stiff. The neck is a chubby C shape and beautifully finished. The frets are the old style small ones which some folks say are hard to mange with bends and such, noproblem here.

I you like a straight ahead classic workhorse guitar that sounds like just about anything you want it to & looks and feels classic plus will never let you down then I suggest you first try and find one used and then oreder a new one.
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gotta watch it

I am receiving my 2 tone sunburst classic 50`s telecaster and I am totally taken by the beauty of the ashwood-body and the genuine telecaster-sound which I think only an ashwood-body can deliver....Read complete review

I am receiving my 2 tone sunburst classic 50`s telecaster and I am totally taken by the beauty of the ashwood-body and the genuine telecaster-sound which I think only an ashwood-body can deliver. Finish and action seem to be fine. I play my guitars through a Fender Frontman 212. Next day my son comes for a visit and he is also taken by the sound and its balance but after trying to tune it to an electronic tuner he finds out that the A and D string are not in tune from the 10th and 12th fret. He`s got to really bend them to reach the octave and it is audible. I must admit that my hearing isn`t great anymore. Since these strings are running on seperate riders along with another string each, we are returning the instrument. We just wonder how it could pass by Mexican quality control. After all, this is supposed to be a Fender and we are paying Fender-price. So I don`t get it.. I`ve got 4 Squiers, 2 Classic vibes Strats and 2 Teles, 1 Thinline and 1 Custom II with P 90s and they are made in China and Indonesia and flawless. My son has an American Gibson LP Studio for several years. All Mail-order. My excitement about the Fender Classic 50s Tele has been seriously reduced. Not sure should I try another Made in Mexico...

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic 50's Telecaster

By Gary in Boston

from boston MA

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

See all above, Fenders' original design, after 60 years in the field continues to prove itself to be just about perfect , it's that simple, or that complicated.
Hmmm I can only say that there is a reason you can't find these guitars in the used market....... they are a fantastic value. They are beautifully made, my sunburst finish one is stunning to look at. The pickups seem just right really in spite of some folks saying they are some how less than... what? I don't know?

The only oddity is the the tone & volume knobs are very stiff to turn, not dragging against the control plate just really stiff. The neck is a chubby C shape and beautifully finished. The frets are the old style small ones which some folks say are hard to mange with bends and such, noproblem here.

I you like a straight ahead classic workhorse guitar that sounds like just about anything you want it to & looks and feels classic plus will never let you down then I suggest you first try and find one used and then oreder a new one.
See above

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny

By Nate-NgOZT

from NC

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

There is a reason that the design of the Telecaster has seen very few changes in its nearly 60-year existence, and that reason is that it fulfills the needs of just about every musical niche you can think of (minus heavier rock/metal where humbuckers and active pickups are the norm). I bought this guitar in December, and it plays like a dream (after being set-up like every new guitar should be, of course!). Action out of the box was far too high, but that is an easy fix. Finish, electronics, and everything else was great right out of the box. The stock pickups sound surprisingly good, and they have that great "twang" that only a genuine Telecaster can provide! Highly recommended. Grab yourself one today if at all possible!

(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MADE IN MEXICO

By Tit 4 Tat

from Ireland

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

So I sent it back and received another 2 tone and I didn`t like the grainpattern of the wood of its body. The intonation wasn`t much better than on the first one, so I got the guys to locate the first one again, got the intonation set up by their pro and I am hahaha-happy ever since. Mind you they said that the intonation on these models cannot be set one hundred percent, but I guess they got fairly close. I got a Marshall MG 212 FX since and I find it very hard to put this Telecaster down and come to dinner. Maybe I`m just lucky and found -the one in a million- but as I said before, the tonal qualities and the balance of the ashwood-body are absolutely outstanding.

(3 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Classic Series '50's Telecaster

By Ezekiel-r-VBd

from Mesa, Arizona

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

First off, it's a Telecaster, so that's a plus. Second off, it's an American-made Fender, so that's a plus. Third off, it's single-coil madness, so that's a plus. And fourth off, it's an American-made Fender Telecaster with single-coil madness, which is also a plus! Well, it ain't a Stratocaster, but hey, it's next in line. I'm going to say that this is quite a genius product. For the price it's insane! It's not an American Standard or an American Deluxe but it's darn close. A proffesional overall to say at the least. I don't play country and I still dig this guy. He can put out some crunchy leads for sure! Quite a flexible guitar with a good matching of nearly any playing style (I would have to disagree with any sort of Metal but that's from my point of view). And...it's a Fender, so I don't see what's not to love.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tele

By MikeFairbrace

from Tracy, CA

Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Played this guitar earlier today. All i can say was it was one of the most comfortable guitars i have ever played, finish was amazing (blonde model) and the tone was even better. Only thing i would change is the gaurd because of how heavy i tend to play, other than that it was awesome. Iwould totally buy one if i had the money

(3 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

gotta watch it

By collector

from ireland

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I am receiving my 2 tone sunburst classic 50`s telecaster and I am totally taken by the beauty of the ashwood-body and the genuine telecaster-sound which I think only an ashwood-body can deliver. Finish and action seem to be fine. I play my guitars through a Fender Frontman 212. Next day my son comes for a visit and he is also taken by the sound and its balance but after trying to tune it to an electronic tuner he finds out that the A and D string are not in tune from the 10th and 12th fret. He`s got to really bend them to reach the octave and it is audible. I must admit that my hearing isn`t great anymore. Since these strings are running on seperate riders along with another string each, we are returning the instrument. We just wonder how it could pass by Mexican quality control. After all, this is supposed to be a Fender and we are paying Fender-price. So I don`t get it.. I`ve got 4 Squiers, 2 Classic vibes Strats and 2 Teles, 1 Thinline and 1 Custom II with P 90s and they are made in China and Indonesia and flawless. My son has an American Gibson LP Studio for several years. All Mail-order. My excitement about the Fender Classic 50s Tele has been seriously reduced. Not sure should I try another Made in Mexico...

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

52 tele

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Fender has perfected playability, once you play a 52 tele its tough to play anything else cuz they are not replaceable, this made in mexico version shouldnt let anyone down, its not a perfect piece of furnature guitar like some high priced ones but it has major vibe,

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excelent Tele!

By The guy that lives in my house

from USA

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar about a year ago, and I am very pleased with it. I got the blond color and it is absolutely b-e-a-utiful. I replaced the white pickguard with a black one, thinking that it would look better...and it did look good, but the black guard made it look snow white...so I put the original white one back on...that way the nice blonde finish really looks great...the ash woodgrain shows through nicely. The neck is great...plays smooth and the vintage tint really pops against the blonde body. The pickups sound good, but I'm thinking of replacing them with some Lindy Fralins blues specials...the bridge pickup is pretty trebly, but is sounds great through a tube amp if you roll the treble back on the amp and guitar. The neck and middle positions sound very warm and toasty...but I'm gonna have to mod it out...I like the guitar the way it is...it really sounds good...but I'm just not getting the tone that my twisted little brain is craving. This Mexican made tele's craftsmanship is EXCELENTE!! I personally think that it's built better then my American made strat. It just feels so solid in my hands...and I can't find a flaw in it. If you buy it through mail order, check the truss rod when you get it. Every fender guitar I have ever bought via mail order has had a loose truss rod. As with all midrange fenders (or any midrange guitar for that matter) don't expect it to be "set up" right out of the box. The truss rod will need adjusting and the action/intoation will need to be set...but you'll end up with a very nice, quality made guitar. If you want a 50's tele at a GREAT price...this is the only way to go...Great, great instrument.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a good fender

By fender fan-DI.Jo

from pa

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

fenders are not my favorite guitars, the new strats are not very good, i picked up this tele four years ago and it inspires me to play, the neck and fretboard gets me everytime and it sounds very good. not all teles are good, and you must play a fender in person before you buy one because each models playability can be very different.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

50's telecaster

By Rusty Shakleferd

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

If you like playing blues this is the guitar. It sounds great and looks great. The only problem I had was when I first bought it the neck pickup wasn't working but I got it fixed for free. After that it suprised me so much of a bunch of blues riifs that you can play with this. It belongs in the hands of a blues player no emo or punck bands and all that noise. If you dont play blues and you buy this... die.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a keeper

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I've owned the blonde model for about 6 months. I immediately had some trouble with the neck (kinda crooked, actually!) and Fender replaced it for free after a couple weeks' wait. But I fell in love with my new one instantly. The chunky neck and radius is extremely comfortable, and still handles moderate bending without a problem. I was also able to set the action very very low before there was any fret buzz-- making this one of the smoothest-playing guitars I've ever tried out, much less owned! I LOVE that part! Its hard to put this thing down!More picky: there's a major contrast between the pickups. Though they're described as "vintage style" (and do sound better than the stock MIM pickups in my opinion) the criticism I've heard is pretty right on-- the bridge pup is freakishly bright and twangy and lacks bottom end (almost completely). And vice versa for the neck pickup. You can definitely get classic tones from these pickups, which is cool, but I wouldn't mind having something more well-balanced. This is a case where I can see upgrading to Texas Specials (or whatever you like), since I think that this guitar is a real winner in every other way. If you're thinking of buying ANY tele I think you should try this one before making a decision. Highly recommended.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

50s telecaster

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This telecaster is a great value because it comes with the upgraded vintage maple tinted neck, and its' body is made up of the more expensive "ash" wood for better sustain, a nice light weight for its size. Another consideration in selecting this Tele is the vintage brigde, you can order the chrome bridge cover for this model and it will fit this guitar, strictly cosmetic- but a classic touch if you decide to go with it. This finish on its' maple neck sounds and plays smooth as glass,it isn't grainy or pourous like rosewood so it cleans up and polishes spotless. This classic model is also difficult to find in stores, so you will own a somewhat rare and unique guitar. Its simple tone and volume knobs make it easy to dial in bass and treble, which makes its simplicity is ideal. You won't be dissapointed, the neck has more gloss and tint than the American Telecaster, which makes it an exceptional buy. This guitar brandishes stunning detailed wood grain, not just a flat or dull faded finish. You'll like this up close in every aspect.

 
5.0

Nice for the price

By Grooveman-ioHrG

from McKeesport, PA

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar a little over a year ago.I play the heck out of it almost everyday.It's great, I play it through a Fender deluxe and it sounds awsome.I've taken it in for maintenance twice, both times my setup guy has told me how much he likes this guitar even though its Korean. It doesn't have the twang of an American Tele, but the duncans hold their own. Don't be afraid to add this one to your collection.

 
4.0

An excellent Telecaster for the money!

By Fenderfor life

from Flemington, NJ

Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I love the neck (kind of thick for my big hands), has nice sustain with my Twin and it is an exceptional value!

 
5.0

Best guitar I've ever played!

By Les Paul slayer

from Pensacola FL

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This guitar is the greatest! When I first plyed this guitar I was immediately drawn in by the tone. This is a definite must have.

 
5.0

50's Telecaster

By Steve-5g62s

from Noblesville, IN

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I received my 50's Telecaster from Musicians Friend and I can't believe what a great value this is. The guitar played perfect right out of the box. I didn't have to have it adjusted or setup at all. The finish is immaculate! Not a flaw or imperfection to be found. I highly recommend this guitar.

 
5.0

Amazing

By GibsonMan5000

from Mcdonough GA

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

i bought this guitar not to long ago and i got it for such a good deal. This is the best guitar i've ever owned. I love it the body,the neck,and the pickups are amazing. The only problem i had was the bottom pickup and the strings. i change the strings to 10s and i'm fixing to put a seymour duncan humbucker in the bridge for a little more tone. The neck on this guitar is amazing i've never had a guitar with such a straight neck.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

blown away

By giginthesky

from philadelphia area

Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I bought my blonde MIM 50's tele about a year ago. I own about 70 guitars (most of them vintage fenders) and this is about the only one I'd ever consider keeping stock. Aside from changing the strings from 9's to 10's, I'm blown away by the quality of this tele. It's the only guitar I've ever purchased that didn't need any type of adjustment of any kind. I love this guitar.

 
5.0

Why get a

By Daddy-r9fAx

from Arizona

Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This has the true Tele sound and snap. I added a 4-way switch which gives me a more "Rock" or "Blues" sound. My friend used it for a jazz gig and he was impressed enough that he's looking for one to play jazz on. I also added the ashtray to get a real "50's look. I A-B'ed it with the "52 reissue and the "52 only wins on the Butterscotch finish; dead heat on everything else. These are a little tough to get but they're out there. What a value!!!

 
4.0

Amazing tone and feel

Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

My friend has this guitar, I played it, and I had to buy it. It sounds incredible. It plays fantastic. I LOVE the neck. The white blonde finish is nice but not drop dead gorgeous. Very simple design, nothing high tech. Fit and finish are perfect. NOTHING wrong with this guitar. I am very happy with it.

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