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Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar Maple Fretboard Butterscotch Blonde

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A classic electric guitar that is so simple, yet incredibly versatile!

The Fender Standard FSR Telecaster Electric Guitar is a factory special run that features the best of the old and the new: a butterscotch blonde finish, a fast-action maple neck, cast/sealed machine heads, 2 classic single-coil pickups, and a 3-barrel string-thru-body bridge. Since its introduction in the early '50s, guitarists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster guitar for its powerful tone and smooth playability. Timeless.

FEATURES
  • Body: Ash
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape, (Tinted Satin Urethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple,
  • Fingerboard radius: 9.5" Radius (241mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 Hot Standard Tele Single-Coil Pickups (Neck & Bridge)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching:
  • 3-Position Blade:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Standard 3-Barrel String-Thru-Body Bridge
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Strings: Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042), p/n 073-0250-003
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Introduced: 11/2008

Get a classic today in butterscotch blonde.

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FenderFSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (33)
  • Good feel (31)
  • Good tone (29)
  • Good pick up (28)
  • Solid electronics (24)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (34)
    • Jamming (33)
    • Recording (25)
    • Small venues (21)
    • Rock concerts (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (28), Professional musician (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I like this thing!!!

    To be fair, I bought this, to have some fun... Swap out the pickups and do some rewiring/switching.. That said, when I opened the box, and strummed it, a...Read complete review

    To be fair, I bought this, to have some fun... Swap out the pickups and do some rewiring/switching.. That said, when I opened the box, and strummed it, a bit, I decided... NO! I will not do it!... This thing plays, and sounds fantastic, as is! Stock pickups are chimey, clear, bright and twangy, but offer some nice bottom, as well!! I will swap out the switch, with a Fender-super 5-way, which will maintain the original tones, but add more. I think, originally, it came with .09s, and the original set up felt fine, if that's your taste, but I prefer heavier strings, so reset it, with .13s, and it's great. My only regret, is that I bought the Butterscotch blonde color, and would have preferred the Orange (something different)... The 2 piece Ash body, meets PERFECTLY, in the middle...Nicely matched, Looks like a single board, from the front (...and from the back, for that matter). No weird 2 seams in the finish... meets right on the strap button and skunk stripe. I like the 3-saddle vintage-style bridge, maple board, and the single-ply black pickguard.. This is a true vintage-style guitar, without being a reissue. Fantastic tone, and playability! Not too heavy, not too light...I was a bit put-off by the lack of any form of case or gig bag. The single coils have the 60 cycle hum, especially when using overdrive. This is a great value, and will give many years of use... Enjoy!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A Discouraging Word

    Well, I hate to spoil the party but...to be fair, I was used to an early 1980s USA Fender guitar. But it's getting to be a bit too special to take...Read complete review

    Well, I hate to spoil the party but...to be fair, I was used to an early 1980s USA Fender guitar. But it's getting to be a bit too special to take on bar gigs. I was enticed by the sexy look and good reviews of this moderately priced Ash Telecaster FSR. Musicians Friend got it to me quickly and it was well packed. I'm used to setting up guitars although I must say this was the worst example I've ever seen. I got it as good as I could. The tone was country twangy which was OK by me. But I couldn't get past the fat neck and lowish frets. It reminded me of the low frets of an Epiphone compared to a Gibson. I just couldn't get comfortable playing it. MF was good to work with processing the return.

    I've learned something though. Don't go by identical specs. My Squier 60's Strat is a joy to play and that neck had identical specs to this one (medium-jumbo frets, 9.5" radius, modern C profile). It's hard to imagine two more different necks. It seems management went off the Fender reservation when they set up the Mexican specs way back when. There is nothing "jumbo" about these frets so I would call them medium. I'd call the neck profile a "D". I take their word at the 9.5" radius but it felt curvier. The saddles had to be set really curved to follow the profile of the fingerboard. It's not what I expected with a mainstream Fender.

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    5.0

    A solid purchase.

    By Phork702

    from Las Vegas, NV

    About Me Novice

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      I chose this over a Squire Classic Vibe. I'm glad I did. As someone else mentioned it is quite heavy. I love the weight, others may not. Factory setup was nice (much better than Squires)

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      5.0

      FSR Std Ash Telecast is SPECIAL indeed!

      By mcintalker

      from Northwestern lower Michigan

      About Me Professional Musician

      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 Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I am really impressed by this FSR Std Ash Tele! I've played the American Special and mine seems just as nice for half the price! I've got 51 years of "pro-player with lots of guitars" and this is beyond what I expected. I am very pleased!

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        5.0

        Tele tone and Beauty at a Great price

        By Zappo D' Cano

        from Collingswood, New Jersey

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          I kept staring and staring at this Tele deal for a long time. The search is over, and it is a done deal. I have it now at home and I'm glad I did. It's a good looking guitar able to project that classical Tele tone we are all familiar with. I have a Deluxe Strat and I can assure you: this FSR Tele can achieve that desire Tele tone your are looking for.

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          5.0

          Definitely a great guitar for the money

          By Sma528

          from Winchester, Va

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I bought this guitar as a Christmas present to myself. Upon arrival, I was suprised at how light the box was. I was really expecting a heavy guitar, but it's a light, great feeling body. The neck feels great playing all the way up and down, and it has a great tone to it. This guitar is my new favorite.

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            5.0

            Impressed

            By Bhollisster

            from Pilot Point, Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Nice
            • Smooth
            • Solid Electronics
            • Sweet Tone

            Cons

            • Fret Edges

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I owned an early 80s Tele plus American made that turned out to be a piece of junk. Neck warped past what the truss rod could compensate due to bad wood grain. Neck lace pickup went out twice. This Tele feels and sounds better than that MIA Tele. Tone is definitely Fender Ash, neck is smooth and very playable. Vintage bridge lends a sweet vintage tone that Elvis would be proud of. The only problem I see is the fret ends and sides of fret board could have been smoothed off a little. They seem a little sharp and edgy compared to my American Strat. Overall quality is as good as any American Tele. Blindfolded, you wouldnt know the difference except for the fret ends. Half the price of a MIA, this MIM is a good buy. It is a Fender, may not gain value, but I dont believe it will lose value over several decades.

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            5.0

            The FSR Telecaster is a Very Nice Guitar

            By Bill Telenut

            from Northwest, NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • 3 Saddle Bridge
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Great Tele Tone
            • High Output Pickups
            • Lite Ash Body
            • Lite Weight Ash Body
            • Solid Electronics
            • Solid Good Build Quality
            • Vintage 3 Saddle Bridge

            Cons

            • Neck Is All Gloss

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            Great Guitar, Lot of Sustain, Great Tele Tone,
            The Pickups are a Higher Output Compared to the Regular Standard MIM Telecaster, Nice Ash Body with Poly Finish,
            The Vintage 3 Saddle Bridge Really brings out the Tele Tone, Neck & Frets feel very good

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I like this thing!!!

            By Clem

            from Tacoma, wa

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No Case

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            To be fair, I bought this, to have some fun... Swap out the pickups and do some rewiring/switching.. That said, when I opened the box, and strummed it, a bit, I decided... NO! I will not do it!... This thing plays, and sounds fantastic, as is! Stock pickups are chimey, clear, bright and twangy, but offer some nice bottom, as well!! I will swap out the switch, with a Fender-super 5-way, which will maintain the original tones, but add more. I think, originally, it came with .09s, and the original set up felt fine, if that's your taste, but I prefer heavier strings, so reset it, with .13s, and it's great. My only regret, is that I bought the Butterscotch blonde color, and would have preferred the Orange (something different)... The 2 piece Ash body, meets PERFECTLY, in the middle...Nicely matched, Looks like a single board, from the front (...and from the back, for that matter). No weird 2 seams in the finish... meets right on the strap button and skunk stripe. I like the 3-saddle vintage-style bridge, maple board, and the single-ply black pickguard.. This is a true vintage-style guitar, without being a reissue. Fantastic tone, and playability! Not too heavy, not too light...I was a bit put-off by the lack of any form of case or gig bag. The single coils have the 60 cycle hum, especially when using overdrive. This is a great value, and will give many years of use... Enjoy!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Tele for the Money.

            By Howlinwolf73

            from Florida

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            If you are in the market for a Telecaster, you can't go wrong with this FSR Ash Tele. Not only did I get it during a 15% off sale, but it was the best playing, sounding Tele I picked up in the entire store. If you want a something close to an old school Telecaster.... this is the one.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            A Discouraging Word

            By Twanger345

            from South East PA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Poor Set-up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            Well, I hate to spoil the party but...to be fair, I was used to an early 1980s USA Fender guitar. But it's getting to be a bit too special to take on bar gigs. I was enticed by the sexy look and good reviews of this moderately priced Ash Telecaster FSR. Musicians Friend got it to me quickly and it was well packed. I'm used to setting up guitars although I must say this was the worst example I've ever seen. I got it as good as I could. The tone was country twangy which was OK by me. But I couldn't get past the fat neck and lowish frets. It reminded me of the low frets of an Epiphone compared to a Gibson. I just couldn't get comfortable playing it. MF was good to work with processing the return.

            I've learned something though. Don't go by identical specs. My Squier 60's Strat is a joy to play and that neck had identical specs to this one (medium-jumbo frets, 9.5" radius, modern C profile). It's hard to imagine two more different necks. It seems management went off the Fender reservation when they set up the Mexican specs way back when. There is nothing "jumbo" about these frets so I would call them medium. I'd call the neck profile a "D". I take their word at the 9.5" radius but it felt curvier. The saddles had to be set really curved to follow the profile of the fingerboard. It's not what I expected with a mainstream Fender.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Working Man's Ax

            By Guitarzon

            from Villas, N.J.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Tuners Could Be Better

            Best Uses

            • Large Venues
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I am a 74 year old Player & I started playing when the Strat. & Tele's first became popular.
            This guitar brings back a lot of memories. I have had a lot of guitars since then & I still play & teach Professionally. I have my own home studio & I will enjoy the FSR Tele. One of my favorite features is the switch behind the knobs. You can easily switch pick-ups with your Pinky Finger.

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