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A special run tele with a set mahogany neck and EMG humbucking pickups.

The Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups has tonal versatility and looks that make it welcome in any venue at a price that makes it a real Tele value. Mahogany body and set mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and 6-saddle string-thru-body hardtail bridge provide great resonance and longer sustain. Cast sealed tuning machines keep tuning spot-on while stunning transparent finishes let the brilliance of the maple figuring shine through. High-output tones are produced by EMG 81 and 85 humbucker pickups.

EMG-85
Although the EMG-85 pickup has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses two Alnico magnet-loaded coils with a wide aperture to maintain a beefy low end and a fatter top end. Because of a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy. It's a perfect choice as a rhythm pickup in combination with an 81 in the bridge.

The midrange has great definition and doesn't get foggy or muddy in the rhythm position. The EMG-85 works best if you like the natural distortion that comes from overdriving the front end of your amp. Under any condition, the humbucker responds accurately to your technique.

EMG-81
The EMG-81 pickup is a high-output pickup designed especially for the lead guitarist. The 81 is at its best for high volume overdrive and amps with a master volume. Whether you're playing power rock 'n' roll, or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack, and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing. If you're looking for exceptional qualities in a rock pickup, the EMG-81 is the one.

Distortion during lead passages is consistent, sustain is long and the breakup fades smoothly. The ceramic magnet in combination with wide aperture steel poles lend a quick attack but the tone stays nice and fat at the same time. Perfect if you're the only guitarist in the band, and need to switch from rhythm to lead and still keep the band moving. Another great thing about the EMG-81 humbucker is it's quiet. If you're playing at really high gain the last thing you need is noise.

Features

  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard, 15-3/4" radius
  • EMG 81 Humbucking bridge pickup
  • EMG 85 Humbucking neck pickup
  • 3-position toggle

Enjoy powerful sustain with this Hard-Hitting tele. Order today.

 
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FenderFSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups
 
4.6

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (9)
    • Jamming (8)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (6)
    • Small venues (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A leap off the tele diving board

    This is not a tele its a telecaster shaped guitar.
    It does not feel nor sound like a tele.
    Don't cry ya big baby this is a nasty wonderful
    Guitar that...Read complete review

    This is not a tele its a telecaster shaped guitar.
    It does not feel nor sound like a tele.
    Don't cry ya big baby this is a nasty wonderful
    Guitar that covers all ground a-z. Tele spank no.
    tele rip your face off and knock birds out of the sky yes.
    If your a fender head who can't play or like Gibson's this
    is for you.The neck is bound fat flat feels like a vintage Iceman or ibanez artist neck.This guitar rocks hard dirty or clean. If you need a jolt to your playing get it extra jumbo frets perfect heel.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Small Neck

    The Guitar has a small neck you need to be aware of. The EMG pick ups are the best I've ever heard. The workmanship is great, although mine came with loose tuning nuts,...Read complete review

    The Guitar has a small neck you need to be aware of. The EMG pick ups are the best I've ever heard. The workmanship is great, although mine came with loose tuning nuts, but that was simple to fix.I did have to send mine back because it was just so small at the nut that I couldn't finger most open cords. If You like a small fast neck this is the guitar for you.

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    5.0

    A non-typical telecaster

    By Michael Kowis

    from Heber Springs, Arkansas

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    Pros

    • Attractive Appearance
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good quality
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

      The unplugged tone is excellent. The EMGs make the tone unusual and interesting. I've considered some Seymour Duncan active pickups to accentuate the jazz tone, but it seems like it would be such a shame to compromise the exceptional tone it has.

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      4.0

      fills the bill and then some

      By Desert Fox

      from in a box

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

        My guitar checklist goes as such:

        Black
        Set or through neck
        EMG 60/81 combo or 85/81 combo
        Thin
        Light weight

        Not too many that fit this criteria besides this one. If you are looking for the old fashioned Telecaster twangy sound, this one isn't you. However if your criteria list shadows mine, then you might just want to grab one of these.

        Black: The only non-black on mine is the binding and mother-of-pearl inlay dots on the fretboard. The neck glossy black and fast. I know a lot of folks do not care for finished necks but I don't care one way or another as I tend to go entirely by feel. Headstock is black.

        Set neck: There are 3 or 4 options for Telecasters with a set neck including the Jim Adkins, one similar to this EMG model but with Dimarzio passive humbuckers, and a
        Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH.

        EMGs: Some love em, some hate em. If you are not in my camp, pick one of the others mentioned above.

        Thin and lightweight: This thing feels like it is floating. It is so light.

        This one is quickly becoming the guitar I grab. Would purchase again. As far as I can tell, this is an Indonesian made Cort done for Fender.

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        3.0

        Small Neck

        By LHH2000AZ

        from Scottsdale Az

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

          The Guitar has a small neck you need to be aware of. The EMG pick ups are the best I've ever heard. The workmanship is great, although mine came with loose tuning nuts, but that was simple to fix.I did have to send mine back because it was just so small at the nut that I couldn't finger most open cords. If You like a small fast neck this is the guitar for you.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Guitar, Depending on Price

          By TrevorSlattery

          from New York

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Sharp String Saddles

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

            I scored this guitar for only 399 on a Presidents Day sale. For that price, it is an unbelievable deal. At full price, maybe not so much.

            It feels great, looks great, and there were no sharp frets or glaring flaws. There are some minor finish flaws near the binding. Nothing that an audience would ever notice, but the player with the keen eye might be bothered.

            The guitar actually has good weight despite being thinner than a regular Telecaster, and the neck is very comfortable with great access.

            If you're a fan of EMGs, well, here you go. Stock in the guitar. If you're not, well, this guitar is not for you. I do use EMGs regularly, so this guitar works for me. The 81 is great as usual, with all the bite and cut you expect. This guitar does not sound thin by any means. The 85 has never impressed me. It's adequate, but unspectacular and not memorable in any way. I'll be replacing it with a 60 or a 66.

            If there is one flaw with the guitar, it is the stock string saddles. They are not rounded on the top, and are very sharp and will dig into your palm. If you're a wild player, you just might even cut yourself on them. I'll be replacing mine with some that are rounded down on the top.

            In summary, for a cheap price, this guitar is a steal. For full price, you may want to do some comparison shopping.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Tele.

            By anthony stasi

            from Ky

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

            A quality built, great sounding guitar. Plays extremely well, sounds beautiful on a clean amp setting on the neck pickup. The bridge pickup sounds great on clean but really sounds awesome with plenty of distortion! Extremely light guitar, a real pleasure to play! Has some fret buzz because of the jumbo frets but no big deal. I am 100% pleased with this Tele.

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            5.0

            perfect out of the box

            By ryno

            from Rankin Ill

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

              awesome guitar great tone good price

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              my new favorite!

              By BrianJ

              from Port Chester, NY

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

                one of the best guitars that I have picked up and played, after one day of playing it has become my favorite guitar

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Black Beauty!

                By Donny K

                from Pottsville, Pa

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

                  First let me say I was very nervous about buying a guitar that I did not play first. The guitar looks to be very well made. My only problem was the action was pretty high and I noticed the neck had a slight bow. I freaked! I called Musicians friend and the Customer Service guy Justin was great. He give me 3 options, return the guitar for a refund, get another one, or get it fixed. I had the guitar set-up and I'm now in love! It plays and sounds awesome. I play a lot of different styles of music and this tele works for most! Thanks for the great Customer service Musicians friend. I would definitely purchase from you in the future.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The New Black Beauty

                  By Tucknfoldman

                  from West Palm Beach, Florida

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Quality Control
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great looks
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • No Gig Bag
                  • No Paper Work
                  • No Warrantee Card

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

                    I have looked for this guitar at a reasonable price and I got it for a steal. The neck, hardware, pup's, setup, and playability are top notched. It is simply a great sounding, feeling and playing axe. Fender is too cheap to include a Gig bag. The is a drwaback as well as dealing with acticve electronic PUP's. It is one more variable to deal with but the pup are great sounding so I keep extra 9 volt batteries with me. It is a great guitar for those who like tele's with more grit and growl. You may want to buy it before they disapper or get more expensive

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                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Value and Noiseless Tone

                    By JamOn

                    from Ohio

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Fender FSR Custom Telecaster HH Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups:

                      This is a lot of guitar for the money. I bought this to use as a slide guitar and was highly impressed with the action, build and especially the 'SILENT' EMG pickups. I put 11's on it and have been playing slide with great success.

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