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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
  • Unique Features: Tinted Maple Neck, 3 Pickup Configuration, 5-Way Switching, Black Dot Positions Inlays
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FenderDeluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 43 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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(7 of 7 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.

(5 of 5 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.

(4 of 6 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..

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Something different

By Zagatron1

from DC

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I got this axe, and I loved it right out of the box! Bottom line, it works for me, as I am not a "headstock hero". I like it 'cause it's different. When I tried the guitar, I was pleased with it. That's what counts. It's "MIM", so what?If you can play, it doesn't make a difference where it was made! To some of you...., don't blame a guitar for your inadequate ability to play!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really solid / Fantastic Value

By Telefan

from Kansas City Metro

Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I've had this Tele for about a week or so now and have played it extensively. Honestly, I can find nothing wrong with it and everything right about it. Really it takes the standand Tele twang and adds a new dimension to it with the addition of that 3rd PU and the 5-way switch. I did, fairly quickly, switch the bridge PU out for a SD Little '59 that I had used in another Tele I own. It didn't NEED it but it made it all the better. Really superior electronics inside. THAT may have been the biggest surprise of all. Just a fantastic guitar that plays like you would expect a Tele to play and sound. My favorite guitar is a Tele that cost at least twice as much and this one is nearly it's equal! I'm really blown away by the value and the price. You should probably stop reading and just go buy one...

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

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

By olderthanu

from Maine

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

High-Voltage Blackout

By Miami-Ace

from Miami, FL

Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Hey, this is an excellent guitar. The three-pickups with the five-way switch give it fantastic versatility. You can pretty much have your classic, twangy Telecaster sounds -- but also have the extended range provided by that middle pickup. It's like having a Tele and a Strat in one guitar. The build-quality was very good, although I had a little bit of fret buzz on the G string at the second fret. I raised the string via the saddle, still had a very slight buzz ... then solved that with a little gentle massaging with a fairly fine whetstone. No other problems. It's easy to adjust and tune. It tends to stay solid in tuning, even if you do a lot of bluesy string bending.I like the pickups and controls, it's a very cool looking axe, and it's built like an armored car.BTW, I run mine through a Pandora PX4D processor, plugged into a Marshall MG 15-watt amp setup. That combination gives you sounds ranging from classic rock, the blues, acoustic-sounding stuff, clean jazzy stuff ... and any weird-sounding astrospace effects you might crave (I don't use them much).In summary, this is a fine guitar for the money. I have a decent Fender Strat, which has a tremolo, but I actually like the Blackout Tele considerably more. I'd rather bend than trem.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Price + Versatility x Tone =

By Jemathy

from New Mexico USA

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this Tele about 2 months ago taking a chance. I had never played one and did not know anyone who had but I liked the setup and my mind wondered off thinking about the possibilities of three pickups and a 5 way switch... Bottom line; The best damn deal I have ever come across. This is a must for any player or collector. I play through a Fender HotRod DeVille 2-12 and will most likley change to lace censor pickups because the stock pu's are a little noisey, but that's all.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SAWEEET!!!

By GuitarMan924

from Southeast, Missouri

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I traded my epi les paul and sg in for this thing jist the other day and man was it worth it. This thing is a tone monster as far as the music I play goes. I play this through a TS-9 strait into my Marshall Valvestate VS102r. This guitar has a very bright tone on all 3 pickups. The neck pickup is great for country rythm and blues. Neck and middle together are my favorite. This setting is good for Lynyrd Skynyrd esque rock and heavy blues. The middle is a good rythm pickup for country, blues and rock. The middle and bridge together give you a very bright sound good for country, rock solos, and Ted Nugent kinda rock. The bridge pup is pretty much country. All in all you can get just about any sound you want from this thing with the exception of metal. This is a freakin sweet axe.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

The more I play this guitar, the more I can make it sing. It's got that nice alder body, maple neck, and the loss of the ridges on the ashtray bridge. Mine is VERY heavy, about 12 pounds...close to the weight of my Les Paul!, but I like it-Mass/Density=Tone, and LOTS of it. It's a very bright guitar, and very versatile.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Want a Tele??...don't look anywhere else

By TeleLover

from Someplace, IL

Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This is the first decent guitar that i owned and man let me tell you this beast is a tone master!!!the suspension is super great - i just have to make the strings touch the frets and the sound just rings out. when i first lifted it out is felt pretty heavy (12 pounds) and that is the awesome part of it - sound/mass=tone

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

bosslegendddrinker

By TelecasterBlackoutrocks

from Okinawa, Japan

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I was looking for a new guitar and was intrigued by the reviews about the telecaster's clean sound. Looking at every telecaster with my budget, I ended up with the blackout. I purchased this guitar a month ago at MF without even playing the instrument. For some reason, I trusted all the fellas who wrote their reviews here and I must say, their reviews here are dead accurate. I have no regrets whatsoever. Out of the box and that nice gig bag, the action was perfect though I did do a little adjustment but that was it. I plugged it in my Line 6 spider II and it sounded great. This guitar is very versatile and there is no need to change the pickups. In the outside, the guitar is beautiful and built solid. I didn't find anything that I didn't like so I highly recommend this guitar! You will not regret it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great tone and playability

By Rich the Ripper

from Johnson City, TN

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I was knocking around in my local music store playing various fender guitars and trying to decide whether I wanted to buy a tele or a strat. As I'm strumming on a standard tele one of the sales guys comes up to me and suggests I play this tele they had just got in. He tells me that it is the best playing tele in the store. After ripping on it a little while, I forgot how to even say stratocaster. This thing plays like a dream and has an amazing, rich variety of tones thanks to the five-way switching. Great Buy!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Buy.

By Maniac

from Denton, TX

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar last weekend at a local guitar shop, and I like it better than my friend's highway one strat. The neck is solid and thick, and the body is as such. I like the Alder body and the maple neck combo, it makes for a bright, twngy sound in the bridge positions and a warm, clear tone in the neck. overall, I find it to be a very solid guitar.I like the lack of the ashtray garbage and the better tuners as compared to vintage models. The black on black pickguard is very clean.Great buy,

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow...Just Wow...

By TeleAddict

from Earth, Milky Way

Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I saw this guitar online and I thought that it was a rip off. I went to the store, looking for a new guitar, about 3 weeks later, ask whats new and cool, and they recommended this. I was AMAZED at the sound quality! The knobs and the 5 way blade are not flimsy, the stock pickups are reasonable, and the neck is fast. This is one HOT guitar!!! I fell in love with it and it is now in my "arsenal" of guitars. If you buy it, you wont be able to put it down!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

pretty good

By scott66

from illinois

Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar about 6 months ago from a local store. I love the sound through a clean amp, especially my little epi tube amp. I like the vintage pickups, but the bridge pickup is a little bland. It sounds great with the drive about half way up playing blues or rock.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Comfortable, Capable Guitar

By Forgiven Son

from Lexington, NC

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I bought one of these 3 weeks ago and am finally ready to review. it is versatile with the added middle pup. The amazing thing about that is no matter what position the pickup selector is in, the sound is fantastic. The guitar feels like a quality instrument. When I pulled it out of the box, I was surprized by how heavy it was (not a bad thing). The neck shape lends itself to easy chording and the frets are far enough apart to make it easy to move around accurately. I did alot of research on several guitars before I purchased this one. I own several nice humbucker guitars (no need to list a bunch of gear to brag about) and wanted something with single coils for clean work. I tested the following.Several Shecters with coil tapping, Roadhouse and Lonestar Stratocasters, Standard Stratocaster, Standard Telecaster,and several Michael Kelly models with coil tapping. The Blackout Tele beat them all hands down. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to branch off from humbucker guitars and explore something different.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Tele!

By Mad Mike-DpCJv

from TN

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Blackout Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I recently acquired this guitar through a trade...after doing a full setup & putting 10's on it, it's very nice! I also have a semi-hollow body with humbuckers, I only need to roll the tone pot down a bit with all the same amp settings...very good "strat" tones, great tele country spank, nice Stevie Ray neck tones....this thing is very close to being as nice as a $2000 tele, after doing some nice setup work.

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