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Fender Custom Tele Special Limited Edition Electric Guitar   

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Crafted especially for us, the Custom Tele Special Limited Edition Electric Guitar is a special-edition set-neck guitar with a slim, archtop mahogany...Click To Read More About This Product

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Crafted especially for us, the Custom Tele Special Limited Edition Electric Guitar is a special-edition set-neck guitar with a slim, archtop mahogany body that's carved and contoured for comfort. The smooth-playing mahogany neck is topped by a rosewood fretboard with oversized abalone dot inlays, a graphite nut, and a matching painted headstock. A pair of custom-wound DiMarzio humbuckers are optimized to take full advantage of this axe's scale, construction, and resonance. Controls include a volume, tone with push/pull coil tap, and 3-way pickup switching. String-thru-body hardtail bridge adds resonance and a solid playing feel.

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Mahogany body
  • Custom-wound DiMarzio humbuckers
  • Push/pull coil select
  • 3-way pickup switching
  • Graphite nut
  • 22 jumbo frets

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It's My Gibson-like Telecaster???

After reading all the reviews - I took a chance!The red stain finish is beautiful. Much better than pictured on the website. The wood grain shows through very nice and deep. There...Read complete review

After reading all the reviews - I took a chance!The red stain finish is beautiful. Much better than pictured on the website. The wood grain shows through very nice and deep. There were no flaws whatsoever in the finish, neck joint, binding, etc. Did I get lucky?..Maybe so. I also forgot that the binding goes all the way around the front on the body and up both sides of the neck.The neck seemed to be straight and true as well as the "yaw" pitch on the neck seemed to be adjusted well. The neck seems a little wider and flatter than a regular type Tele neck. There seems to be no curved radius, almost flat Gibson-ish with nice inlay dots up the fretboard. The fret are jumbo wide which might take a little getting used to. I am comparing this guitar to my standard Tele and Gibson(s). The rosewood neck was a little dry and dusty, but after a little while in my hands, it softened up from the natural oils found in my lousy diet and deepened the grain nicely.I bought this guitar to bridge the gap between my Gibson(s) and the Tele twang thing. I got tired of switching guitars in the middle of the show and gambled that this guitar might work.I played it for the last two nights and the pickups took a little tweaking- height/pitch as well as they seemed to be a little hotter overall compared to the standard p'ups in my workhorses. I didn't like the extra "oomf" that most people do and found myself adjusting the signal levels a bit on my rig.The coil-tap is almost "always on" for my liking. I can go from a pretty good "twang" to a rockin and almost Gibson-ish ballad type clean tones (full & meaty) with a flick of the switch.I tell everybody that I have a Telecaster WITHOUT a bolt-on neck! I like the feel, but it takes a little getting used to. I used it for an all-around cheap-but effective work guitar.I am unsure about the tuners. They seem to have good gear ratio, but I found myself tuning more than normal. I had to adjust the intonation for my tuning standard, but in 440=A pitch, it seemed pretty close. I find it a "given" that one must properly set up a new guitar no matter what type or price range. If the machine heads aren't to my liking, I will still keep this guitar and replace them with Shallers or comparable.A buddy of mine told me that the guitars are made here in America, but assembled in Korea. At any rate, I broke down my own wall and decided to try an "offshore" guitar. I don't think you could get a guitar of this quality made completely in the USA for this price. I love the "set neck" and I can play a lot higher up the frets than a standard Tele..or with more ease.This guitar is quite beautiful and so inexpensive that with the free case and shipping deal I took advantage of... I couldn't pass it up. The volume & tone knobs are routed and recessed into the solid mahogany arched top which makes it look really cool. The "gas" on the volume pot seems to be a non-linear taper, but turn smooth and evenly.I really got used to the "Fender" feel of the stanbdard Tele, but playing in a full time house gig cover band...this baby just might work out nicely...if you work with it a little and adjust for your "feel" of the neck.I am happy with it...even if it's not perfect, it's a great guitar and a keeper. This is #17 in a land of Les Pauls, Ricks, Strats, etc... for I have seen it written: "One can not have too many guitars..." - Greg Lawrence


Most Liked Negative Review


Custom shop tele

Let me start out by saying that I was happy that musicians friend offered a free tweed case with this model guitar. I like all of my guitars to be protected. Secondly, I...Read complete review

Let me start out by saying that I was happy that musicians friend offered a free tweed case with this model guitar. I like all of my guitars to be protected. Secondly, I was floored by the almost flawless paint job and the dotted inlay. Upon playing the guitar, I realized that the neck needed to be set up. The action was plenty low, but the truss rod had too much stress on it. I had to put a little more of a bow in the neck. After that I intonated the guitar and presto! a great playing guitar. The pickups are a little dirtier than I'm used to hearing, but it's too much of a difference to even worry about. Besides, if you don't like them, swap them out. The money you save buying this guitar compared to some other guitars out there will more than pay for new pick-ups and or a neck adjustment. I chose to keep the existing pick-ups. They sound great for the songs that I play on this guitar. Overall, for the money, this is a great guitar, but you will have to work on it a little to get it playable.

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Good Guitar

By Dan-hKXrR

from Jersey City, NJ

This is a decent guitar. Use it on all my gigs. Sounds good. Would def. buy again.


Fender Telecaster

By Blind Shopper

from Eugene, OR

Bought the Fender Custom Tele Limited Edition with case & a Shure microphone . The guitar was made in Korea , the case was made in China & the microphone was made in Mexico . For a little more money I could have bought comparable equipment made in America by Carvin . That was a mistake I won't repeat .After a guitar tech does a proper setup on the guitar it should be OK . But overall , this shopping trip was a disappointment & I feel totally "unAmerican".


Blown Away

By BluesJammer-UZ076

from Kiowa, OK

I played a gig a few days after I recieved this guitar. The pickups are great, and a vintage tele sound can be achieved by using the coil tap. The action is low and the neck is very comfortable. Fit and finish of this axe was very good also, I failed to find a single flaw. I don't think you can find a better sound or feel for the money.


exactly what i wanted...

By sara

from Orleans, MA

I am a big tele fan, and i ahve to say ...this guitar is absolutely awesome! It is completely versitile in how you can makeit sound...from bluesy, to twangy, to warm...incredible! Its the best money i've ever spent... Honestly, i am looking for a downside to the guitar, and i cant think of one. Beautiful finish, INCREDIBLE feel, and most importantly : FULL sound. Definatly a great buy!


Pretty good deal

By Ron

from Silverdale Wa

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I bought one of these after owning a Tele FMT a few years back. My desire is to use it for a back up gig guitar. The guitar is lighweight and pickups are pretty hot and sound darn good for the type music I play. This partucular instruiment though has some flaws with the frets ( pinking out 9th fret ) and the set up was bad when it arrived. I had it pro set up apon arrival and found out I have some high and uneven frets, so I'm having it fixed on my nickel , rather than sending it back. I have to aggree with others that have one that the finish is pretty flawless . ( I have the cherry colored one) One I get it back hopely I can start using it more often. The frets are pretty big so that will take some use to. For the price and free cases , you can't beat it . Overall it's a nice guitar.



By Tom Morello is God

from CT

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Nice Neck, Light Weight, Thin body, Flawless finished except the tone volume kind of loose. Di Marzio Humbuckers for me are kind of little bit slightly average.. Most of my guitars euipped with humbuckers pu's so I'm kind of familiarize what really a nice humbucker sounds like. This one is a bit less little crunch. The funny thing is in clean channel when you do some plucking the sounds doesn't really sound like a humbucker with a lot of thickness on it. It sounds like a single coil pu. But in overdrive or gain it work just fine.The fret buzz of this guitar is really annoying but I make some adjustment until I finally got the proper set-up of this axe. The frets are huge also, first time I saw it in a electric guitar. I have a Charvel with "San Dimas" neck a quarter sawn neck. Which I say the best neck I've ever used. It really slim and very comfortable. This one is close to it.Overall this guitar is really nice. The price for this one is a bargain + the hardcase. You really got the better deal. Don't wait until this model will be discontinued or been sold out grab your's now.. Truly Custom Tele


all you need

By B_Funk

from Mitchell, SD

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Had this guitar for about two weeks. A little set up and fingerboard treatment and I gotta' say this thing is a steal for $400. Pickups might get changed but maybe not I can dial in just about any sound with these two humbuckers and the coil splitter. Plays like a dream, looks great doing it. VERY pleased. Thank You Musician's Friend.


you get what you pay for

By Charlie

from SE Coast, NC

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I too was taken by the looks of this ax on the cover of the catalog. After looking at the price and most of all seeing that it was sporting "a pair of custom-wound DiMarzio humbuckers" I decided with this price, it was worth a try.Looks great out of the box. Yes, you will have to do some set up on the strings but that is no big deal. The pickups do a great and meaty job however, I believe these DiMarzio's may not be whay you expect to buy to customize your ax and very well may have been "custom wound" for this Korean Fender. However, I think there is quite a bit of bite and balls here. I like it, but true tele folks may not. Exception would be those that liked the old custom tele that came with humbuckers. Of course, a bunch of tele people did not like those. I think they were the best sounding tele's of all times.Great that it has a graphite nut I guess, but it looks like plastic. Also, it did not come with any kind of paperwork.Lastly, the thing looks pretty darn good, plays well and the sound is better than you would expect at this price. It ain't killer but it is not $1,000 bucks either. You would be hard pressed to get a better sound at this price. Would I do it again? I don't know. Am I sending it back? No! I think I will hang on to it for a while.



By WhoAmI

from Philadelphia, PA

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This is a great guitar. I had the pleasure of trying it out at a local music store and couldn't believe that this was made in a country other than American or Japan. Plays great, sounds good if you like the pickups and sustain of a guitar of this kind. Feels like a Gibson. The neck isn't too fat and isn't too skinny. A great guitar!


Tone that never ends

By aegshjalmer

from Eau Claire WI

This is a great axe, the Dimarzio Tone zone and Air Norton pickups sound great. Plus it has great versitility since you can coil tap the humbucking pickups and get one of the best single coil sounds I have heard out of a humbucker yet. A flawless neck, beautiful finish and binding, great pickups, mahogany body, and infinite playability, all combine to make this an excellent axe.

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