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Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar Maple Fretboard Butterscotch Blonde (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (21)
    • Jamming (20)
    • Recording (14)
    • Small venues (11)
    • Rock concerts (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (20)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Truly amazing!

    I bought this guitar a month ago as a tier 3 used one. I've spend much time trying to figure out what the issue with guitar was and I still haven't been able to...Read complete review

    I bought this guitar a month ago as a tier 3 used one. I've spend much time trying to figure out what the issue with guitar was and I still haven't been able to find it. So I basically got it for a fraction of its normal price (thx MF). Now, I've been playing guitar for over 30 years now . I'm not a great player by any means, but I have played a load of guitars and I can tell which is what. I bought this one, because I always wanted to have a butterscotch blond tele. I've had a standard tele in the past and I was utterly disappointed by it in every aspect: it played badly, the finish was substandard (I had a black one), the neck felt awkward, it was too heavy etc. So I was a little reluctant when I ordered this one. But I was pleasantly surprised. This guitar differs from a standard like day and night. It's way lighter, the neck feels smooth and fast and the finish is to die for! The sound is equally great (at least for what I use the guitar which is to practice and to jam with friends) and I don't see myself ever upgrading anything. I thought that I might feel like I'd prefer a '52 after I bought it, because of being stupid and wanting a made in USA guitar. But honestly, this guitar feels and looks and sounds so good to me that I cannot justify spending over a grand to replace this one. So, the bottom line, if you like butterscotch blonds (and since you're here you do) or if you're in the market for a MIM tele, get this one and don't even bother with the standard one. You will not be disappointed!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    On the heavy side

    The FSR is (as stated)heavy. I like a guitar that is no more than 7.5 pounds. It may not sound like much (an extra pound), but you can feel it after...Read complete review

    The FSR is (as stated)heavy. I like a guitar that is no more than 7.5 pounds. It may not sound like much (an extra pound), but you can feel it after a short period of time. Other than weight, the guitar has a good feel, and the neck is actually one of the best out of the 2 special lite ash and 2 American Tele's I own. I have always liked the 3 barrel bridge. An OK buy.
    If I had the purchase to do over again, I would not buy the guitar due to the weight.

    Reviewed by 23 customers

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    5.0

    Best Buy Vintage Tele

    By JP

    from San Luis Obispo, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Set-up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • No Case

    Best Uses

    • You name it

    Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Outstanding guitar for twice the money. This is my third guitar from MF and I couldn't be happier. The finish strikes me as "Pumpkin" rather than "Butterscotch", but that suits me just fine. The Alnico V pups are smoother than I'm used to in a Tele, and I may put in a set of III's, but for now I'm enjoying the guitar "as is" after a new set of D'Addario's. The big fat frets and brass bridge really let this guitar sing and sustain. I prefer the reverse switching of this model, as well, and the body is noticeably lighter than my previous "Baja" Telecaster. A very satisfied customer!

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    superbly crafted guitar..

    By Unktron

    from Bloomsburg Pa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      Beautiful ash body..
      Classic Telecaster tone..

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very pleased

      By usaqgi9

      from los angeles, ca

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • A Classic Guitar
      • Fun To Play
      • Neck Feels Great In Hand
      • Sweet Tone

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rocking

      Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      Was hesitant to spend half a grand on a guitar, but I was not disappointed. Now my start has a worthy cousin. Great guitar for the price. Fender rocks!

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Thanks Musician's Friend

      By Johnny

      from Harlingen, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I've been buying from Musicians Friend for over 20 years and never have had any problems. On time delivery and no returns. The FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar I purchased recently is
        no exception. For the money I paid I got a great guitar in my opinion. The quality is right on and the guitar is lighter than a Squire tele I have made out of Basswood. The electronics are nice and work well for blues and rock but since I'm a country player I wanted more twang and so I installed a set of DiMarzio Twang King pickups. I also installed a Glendale bridge and saddles. IMHO
        I now have an awesome country sounding telecaster.
        There is nothing wrong with the pickups it came with I just wanted more snap and twang. Hope this will help who ever is interested in this guitar. Buy it you can't go wrong and the price is right on. One last thing I forgot to mention is that I like the way the control plate is with the volume pot up front. Thanks, Johnny Garcia

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        JUST GET ONE . . .SERIOUSLY!

        By Canyon Kid Bobby Harpman

        from Ironwood, Michigan

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Bridge Saddles

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        This is the first guitar I ever bought from Musician's Friend. Great company to work with!! This Tele was to be the backup to my Strat. I was dubious. Out of the box the guitar was almost perfect. A couple adjustments to the bridge and I was in love with this axe. It plays like butter, has the Tele sound and I couldn't be happier.

        My only critique are the bridge saddles. The strings slide on them. I remedied this by purchasing and installing the slotted saddles. Now the strings are stationary and I'm perfectly satisfied.

        If you want a Fender Tele look no further. I'm amazed this guitar does not cost more. Being made in Mexico the fit and finish is superb. And I really mean that! Just get one . . . seriously!

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ain't Nothing Like A Tele

        By Amos Rudy

        from Scottsdale AZ

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          This is the perfect Guitar for me. I will Not change the pick ups. I play this through a Fender Excelsior and its all good. This one is a real Tele "53 reissue" After buying and selling many guitars this is the one I am going to keep. You can spend more money but "why"

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW Blown away by my first Tele!!!

          By Shnake

          from Mountainhome, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fast neck
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Perfect Setup
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • none yet

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues
          • Worship Rehersal
          • Worship Service

          Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

          Wow where do I start...
          Ok First the instrument came from Musicians Friend PERFECTLY setup. I expected to do about a half hours work on it when it came but after I tuned it, I checked the intonation - Perfect, the action was - Perfect. So I left it...I am guessing once I play it a bit and it has a chance to acclimate to my area I may have to tweak it but Bravo to MF!

          Finish was perfect all around it plays like butter and the neck is SO FAST!!! The finish on the neck is done so well that it feels soft to the touch!

          I have not yet played it through my Marshall (that's at church) but through my sons Fender Princeton 65 it ROCKS!!! The sound is a Tele with really good tone adjustment. There may come a time when I swap out the PUPS CAPS and POTS but that will wait a while. No need to do it now and I am of the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" crowd".

          Not having owned a Tele before I can say I like the reversed switch plate! The volume pot is in a familiar place since I play a Les Paul.

          The brass three piece saddle give a bit more room between the strings which allows me to easily finger pick it as well. I think the brass contributes to the overall sound of this guitar too. I would like to see a compensated saddle which I will probably add later on.

          This is an all around fantastic guitar and I will be playing it often!

          If you have been thinking about getting this guitar think no more lay the money down you will not be sorry!

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent guitar!!

          By Bill

          from Newmarket NH

          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 received this guitar two days before I expected it - the first of many pleasant surprises!! Beautiful finish, feel and sound. I've played but never owned a Tele and now i know what I've been missing. This guitar is worth twice (at least) what I paid for it. I can't imagine needing any other Tele version - US made or not!

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WOW

            By Shnake

            from Mountainhome, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fast neck
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Finish
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              BEAUTIFUL guitar. The setup from Musicians Friend was EXCELLENT! I figured that after receiving it I would have to set the intonation, string height etc.. Nope. Tuned it up and it was perfectly setup, action perfect, intonation perfect.
              Beautiful instrument. If you are thinking about it stop thinking and buy it!

              Comment on this review

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Truly amazing!

              By nicholas

              from Ann Arbor, MI

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                I bought this guitar a month ago as a tier 3 used one. I've spend much time trying to figure out what the issue with guitar was and I still haven't been able to find it. So I basically got it for a fraction of its normal price (thx MF). Now, I've been playing guitar for over 30 years now . I'm not a great player by any means, but I have played a load of guitars and I can tell which is what. I bought this one, because I always wanted to have a butterscotch blond tele. I've had a standard tele in the past and I was utterly disappointed by it in every aspect: it played badly, the finish was substandard (I had a black one), the neck felt awkward, it was too heavy etc. So I was a little reluctant when I ordered this one. But I was pleasantly surprised. This guitar differs from a standard like day and night. It's way lighter, the neck feels smooth and fast and the finish is to die for! The sound is equally great (at least for what I use the guitar which is to practice and to jam with friends) and I don't see myself ever upgrading anything. I thought that I might feel like I'd prefer a '52 after I bought it, because of being stupid and wanting a made in USA guitar. But honestly, this guitar feels and looks and sounds so good to me that I cannot justify spending over a grand to replace this one. So, the bottom line, if you like butterscotch blonds (and since you're here you do) or if you're in the market for a MIM tele, get this one and don't even bother with the standard one. You will not be disappointed!

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