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Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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    With sleek looks, cool tones and 3 pickups, this isn't your average Tele.

    The Fender Blackout Tele features edgy black and chrome aesthetics, 3 vintage-style pickups, and 5-way switching. It's perfect for Telecaster fans seeking a modern Tele with a wide range of interesting tones. Modern and edgy, the Blackout guitar offers great looks and sounds at a price that is so surprisingly low, you may want to be sitting down when you see it — just in case you Blackout.

    Features
    • Series: Deluxe Series
    • Body: Alder
    • Neck: 1-Piece Tinted Maple, "C" Shape (Satin Urethane Finish)
    • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" Radius (241mm)
    • Frets: 21 Medium-Jumbo
    • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
    • Width @ Nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
    • Hardware: Chrome
    • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping® Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
    • Bridge: Standard 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Bridge
    • Pickguard: 3-Ply B/W/B
    • Pickups: 3 Vintage-Style Tele pickups
    • Pickup Switching
    • 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
    • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
    • Finish: Polyester
    • Strings: Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel
    • Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042), p/n 073-0250-003

    Get your Blackout now with the assurance of our satisfaction and lowest price guarantees!

     
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    FenderDeluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 42 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Guitar (with a little work)

    It's now my favorite Tele, hands down. Not too heavy, and sounds great!
    I own two other Teles and was looking for something that would have the essential Tele (bridge pickup)...Read complete review

    It's now my favorite Tele, hands down. Not too heavy, and sounds great!
    I own two other Teles and was looking for something that would have the essential Tele (bridge pickup) sound with more tonal options, and this guitar does that well. The middle pickup offers nice variations that aren't available on a two pickup Tele. I was somewhat hesitant about the maple 'board, but the finish on this one has a much woodier feel than a couple of the Fenders I used to own from the 70's with that thick poly finish they once used. The tuners have no issues. I'm a little baffled as to why the string retainer was located on top of the "F" on the decal. I moved that back so it was more in line with the A string tuner post, which seems to be the traditional location for it. The guitar is visually striking and comfortable to play.
    The action as set up was way too low, and I thought that the bridge pickup was somewhat wimpy sounding compared to the other two. The neck had to be trussed straight. I couldn't get the bridge saddles high enough to allow enough room for getting a good grip on bends, and I play some slide also. The saddle height screws were just about through the bottom of the saddles to get the action to where I prefer it. An .020" neck shim did the trick, but then I removed the bridge plate to measure the pickup's resistance which was fine. So into my box of parts for a three-saddle (ashtray) bridge. I added compensated brass saddles from Stew-Mac, and the bridge pickup sounds great now, much more sustain. Leo's design can't be beat! I also swapped out the jack cup for an Electrosocket which I also use on the other guitars.
    There's a lot going on here for the money, and I consider it a good buy even when factoring in the parts I replaced and time spent on setup. The included bag is of nice quality also, even though I won't use it.

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    If it just was a little bit better..........

    Pickup positions 2 and 4 are where it's at. The single coil combos are nice and quiet and really sing out. You can't really use any of the pickups solo as the noise is...Read complete review

    Pickup positions 2 and 4 are where it's at. The single coil combos are nice and quiet and really sing out. You can't really use any of the pickups solo as the noise is almost unbearable. I turned my noise gate WAY up because I wanted to use the bridge pickup by itself. It really screams when you use it alone. The noise gate killed my sustain and didn't help with all the hiss I got on the track when recording. Everything else was nice and then turn up the lead track, bang, hum from hell! Truss rod adjustment is a pain. They need to consider the customer when they design these things. I'm sure it's not too much more work to equip all their guitars with the bullet truss rod up above the nut at the top of the neck. Maple fretboard rocks, but not as fast as rosewood. I put .10's on it but may go bigger. For now, they are much better than the tiny ones that came on it. It's built like a tank and really sounds better when you roll down the guitar's volume and beat on it a bit. No body cut, which is fine. Selector switch is a little noisy. Overall,it could be just a little bit better. For the money, it's okay. Not great, but could be an excellent project guitar for the right person.

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    5.0

    Solid Telecaster

    By windjammer

    from chico, ca

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          Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          Great guitar for an extended tele sound. Purchased used from MF in "condition 2" and on fairly close examination, it had no signs at all of wear and tear. Additionally, it had been set up better than out-of-the-box.

          I use this guitar when I want the sheer cutting song of the tele; great for sharp picking. The exteded range of the mid pickup is good, but the 5-way switching should have been extended to include a bridge/neck option, for that particular tele sound.

          Should probably say that in my opinion this is one of the most beautiful guitars made. In the world of industrial design there is something called "form follows function." This guitar looks like everthing it should, without anything extranious; a real study in design perfection. I've talked to a lot of people about teles/strats and I realize there are those who feel that the MIM Fenders are not up to par. Compare specs, listen and take a look. Outside of larger electrical wires, and possible upgrades in pickups, what is the difference? You can pay a lot of money for something that's only in your mind, and a lot less for something in your hand.

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          4.0

          I got lucky, I guess....

          By olderthanu

          from Maine

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                Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                Good to go, out of the box. I did replace the bridge pickup because it was pretty noisy, like most stock Tele bridge pickups. The tone was pretty good, though. Using a noise gate killed the sustain. I put a Seymour Duncan stack in it and it's really more than just a quieter pickup. The tone in the #2 position, with the middle single coil and bridge, is just super. I put heavier strings on (11's) and had to adjust the truss rod just a wee bit, but the thing is just a tone king, now. I usually pick it up first. I have played around with drop D and open tunings and it stays right where I put it. I know it's MIM, but it really has the best of everything and I haven't put much money into it. I am thinking heavily of getting another and just going crazy with some mods.

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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                quality merchandise but shoddy labor

                By andrew teslicko

                from milford pa

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                Sweet sounding pickups.


                Not even close to being set up. Action all over the place.


                End guitar strap screw stripped right out after minimal use.


                Amp cable socket continually loose. The finishing labor on the guitar was just shoddy. None the less i think the sound would rival the American made. With just a Frontman 25w amp, i can send them running for the hills. So 4 stars....but consider just making these in America and i'll throw the extra hundred bucks your way. Shame..

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Guitar (with a little work)

                By Keith Knepfel

                from Wisconsin

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                It's now my favorite Tele, hands down. Not too heavy, and sounds great!
                I own two other Teles and was looking for something that would have the essential Tele (bridge pickup) sound with more tonal options, and this guitar does that well. The middle pickup offers nice variations that aren't available on a two pickup Tele. I was somewhat hesitant about the maple 'board, but the finish on this one has a much woodier feel than a couple of the Fenders I used to own from the 70's with that thick poly finish they once used. The tuners have no issues. I'm a little baffled as to why the string retainer was located on top of the "F" on the decal. I moved that back so it was more in line with the A string tuner post, which seems to be the traditional location for it. The guitar is visually striking and comfortable to play.
                The action as set up was way too low, and I thought that the bridge pickup was somewhat wimpy sounding compared to the other two. The neck had to be trussed straight. I couldn't get the bridge saddles high enough to allow enough room for getting a good grip on bends, and I play some slide also. The saddle height screws were just about through the bottom of the saddles to get the action to where I prefer it. An .020" neck shim did the trick, but then I removed the bridge plate to measure the pickup's resistance which was fine. So into my box of parts for a three-saddle (ashtray) bridge. I added compensated brass saddles from Stew-Mac, and the bridge pickup sounds great now, much more sustain. Leo's design can't be beat! I also swapped out the jack cup for an Electrosocket which I also use on the other guitars.
                There's a lot going on here for the money, and I consider it a good buy even when factoring in the parts I replaced and time spent on setup. The included bag is of nice quality also, even though I won't use it.

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                (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Beautiful but Flawed!

                By e23589

                from California

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                I do not like that I would have had to have spent more money on a professional setup before I could have enjoyed this guitar!
                It just turned me away from it altogether!
                If I find one in a music store that is set up and plays well I would buy it in a heartbeat!
                These guitars are so beautiful with the Black on Black body and chrome hardware, tinted maple neck.
                The sound is amazing. The three pickups give quite a few variations. I wish it would have had a position so I could have played the neck and bridge pickups together!
                The quality of the neck and playability was terrible. The feel of the neck wasn't bad!
                It would have needed shimmed, nut work, and fret work before it would have beed playable!
                I sent two back with the same problem.
                I am surprised that Fender lets their guitars out of the factory in this condition MIM or not!
                Buy the American Telecaster, I did, No Complaints!
                The value would be great if it came playable!
                The body and all it's work is amazing!
                The sound is great!
                The three pickups give some really good options!
                It would be better if it had a way to play the neck and bridge pickups together!
                The neck work drops the value of this guitar considerably!
                I believe that a guitar should be at least playable out of the box!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fender REALLY outdid themselves...!

                By zerogravity

                from Catonsville, MD

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                Fender REALLY outdid themselves...! I fell in love with the tele the moment I played it, but was looking at a different one. I saw this Tele and it blew the other Mexicans away.(this is not a comment pertaining to race)First off, the action is the max, I can slide, bend, and move quickly with ease. The pups on this thing are OK, they work, and they work well. Only prob is they are single coil, so they tend to make some hiss when you have positions 1,3, and 5 engaged. Tuning Machines are smooth, frets may need to be ground down if you buy new(doesn't almost every guitar?) Switches and knobs work well, look great, and they are accurate. Due to the high-gloss color, I get some fingerprints. Just wipe them off. Pickguard is 3ply, blk,wht,blk, giving it a nice pinstripe around the outside. Slightly heavy, be sure not to start swinging an acoustic around.(personal story :) I mainly play Rock and Jazz, and the Rock has a good sharp tone that really makes a statement. The Jazz mellow tone will grab your ear, and will turn heads.OVERALL: It shouldn't be this nice for $600. Really. What are you comparing it too? Whatever it is(unless it's a $2000 American Tele) it won't stand a chance. Get it.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                THIS GUITAR IS AWESOME

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                i play this guitar everyday and i love it! I mostly play alternative and screamo and this guitar is perfect for it. this guitar is also awesome for country and rock. The quality of this guitar i also amazing. It stands up against my friends american-tele. BUY IT!!!!!!!!!

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                If it just was a little bit better..........

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                Pickup positions 2 and 4 are where it's at. The single coil combos are nice and quiet and really sing out. You can't really use any of the pickups solo as the noise is almost unbearable. I turned my noise gate WAY up because I wanted to use the bridge pickup by itself. It really screams when you use it alone. The noise gate killed my sustain and didn't help with all the hiss I got on the track when recording. Everything else was nice and then turn up the lead track, bang, hum from hell! Truss rod adjustment is a pain. They need to consider the customer when they design these things. I'm sure it's not too much more work to equip all their guitars with the bullet truss rod up above the nut at the top of the neck. Maple fretboard rocks, but not as fast as rosewood. I put .10's on it but may go bigger. For now, they are much better than the tiny ones that came on it. It's built like a tank and really sounds better when you roll down the guitar's volume and beat on it a bit. No body cut, which is fine. Selector switch is a little noisy. Overall,it could be just a little bit better. For the money, it's okay. Not great, but could be an excellent project guitar for the right person.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Bought Used.

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                I walked into a local music store and found this bad boy on sale Used for a MAJOR deal! I feel like I straight up stole it after realizing the previous owner had installed a Seymour Duncan bridge pickup and some stellar tuning knob locks. The work put into it alone was almost as much as I had paid for it lol. It is a ridiculously awesome guitar though, highly recommended!!!!

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                5.0

                A Workhorse

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                I bought this guitar almost 2 years ago. I love the finish on the neck. It keeps the maple from warping, yet still offers a smooth and fast feel. I have Thomastik 13-gauge Jazz Bebops on this thing and it sounds fantastic through my AC50. I can play Radiohead or Beck or Joe Walsh or Black Sabbath and it all sounds great. This is a very versatile guitar that will sound great no matter what. I've dropped it, accidentally let it fall, ripped strings off during shows, etc, and this thing just eats it up. It's meant to be played; so if you're a hard player looking for a versatile and reliable axe, then this would be a good fit for you. Sounds good, feels better!

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