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Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar   

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The Modern Player Telecaster Plus HSS is that rare bird among Telecasters-a triple-pickup model with a mini-toggle coil-split switch for the Modern P...Read More

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A modern Tele with a pine body that's packed with a full array of pickups.

The Modern Player Telecaster Plus HSS is that rare bird among Telecasters-a triple-pickup model with a mini-toggle coil-split switch for the Modern Player humbucking bridge pickup. That's a lot of electronics and variety of tone packed into one guitar that's already know for being able to cover a lot of musical ground. This unique model is further distinguished by a pine body whose grain offers a warm look and feel.

Other features include C-shaped maple neck, maple fretboard with 9.5" radius and 22 jumbo frets, Modern Player single-coil Telecaster neck pickup and Modern Player Stratocaster middle pickup, five-way pickup switching, three-ply pickguard, knurled "chrome-dome" control knobs, vintage-style Stratocaster string-through-body six-saddle hard-tail bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.

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FEATURES Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Pine
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: C standard
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HSS
  • Neck: Modern Player Tele
  • Middle: Modern Player Strat
  • Bridge: Modern Player Humbucker
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way and mini coil selector switch
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle vintage-style
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

Stand out in the crowd with this eye-catching and versatile tele. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar

  • Series: Modern Player
  • Body Shape: Telecaster
  • Body Material: Pine
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester Fretboard: Maple Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Frets: 22, Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Pickups: Modern Player Humbucking Pickup (Bridge) Modern Player Strat Pickup (Middle) Modern Player Tele Pickup (Neck)
  • 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
  • Aux Switching: Mini-Toggle Rear Coil Selector Switch
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Vintage Style 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Hardtail Bridge
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome Dome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
  • Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)

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FenderModern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (69)
  • Fun to play (66)
  • Good tone (60)
  • Good pick up (52)
  • Solid electronics (49)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (58)
  • Jamming (53)
  • Recording (44)
  • Small venues (37)
  • Rock concerts (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (52), Professional musician (18), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My new #1 axe

I've played about 4 of these guitars, and I finally purchased a Condition 1 model in the sunburst finish from MF. All of these that I've played have been pretty much identical in regard...Read complete review

I've played about 4 of these guitars, and I finally purchased a Condition 1 model in the sunburst finish from MF. All of these that I've played have been pretty much identical in regard to the things I've noticed.

They all play like much more expensive instruments. For a guitar made in China, this guitar plays like at least a Mexican Tele, maybe even better than that. The sunburst is dynamic and gorgeous, the pine body looks great through the finish as well. Great overall tone, sounds great no matter what kind of tone you want (within reason), I've played through Marshall combos, Marshall stacks, and Vox combos and gotten brilliant tone through all of them. The pickups are fantastic on this guitar, I won't be replacing them.

That said, on all 4 of these that I've played, the humbucker has been set remarkably low, much lower than the middle single-coil, making that middle pickup much more powerful before adjustment. After raising the humbucker in to a more normal position, I get great grit (say that 5 times) from it, it drives extremely well.

If you have the dough, I would not hesitate to grab one of these. You will not regret it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

Got this guitar a couple of weeks ago. The set up was terrible! Action was way to high, fret buz, hut groove for the high E string was not filed out enough,...Read complete review

Got this guitar a couple of weeks ago. The set up was terrible! Action was way to high, fret buz, hut groove for the high E string was not filed out enough, therefore the string did not have a full open sound when played! I took it to a Fender Dealer to have adjusted 2 times and still not fixed. Then I found out that since this is a Japanese made model, you can not swap out the original tuners with locking tuners w/o having to drill new holes in the headstock. Which I do not want to do on a new guitar! Seems like a poorly made Tele. I am thinking about sending it back to MF and exchanging it for a MIM model. That way I can swap the tuners and not have to drill new holes in it. Why is it when I buy a guitar from MF that has good reviews, I always get one that has things wrong with it or is set up bad??? My Martin was the same way that I bought from them! It would be nice if Fender offered there MIM Tele's with locking tuners. Just a thought.

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5.0

Must have if fender fan.

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from Sherwood arkansas

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

    Ok so I go to my local guitar store that I've been shopping at for years and I see this Beautifull Fender modern tele plus. I personally have never seen one or played one before so I was of course curious about how it felt and peformed. I plugged the tele into a Fender Champion 100w amp and the sound is just incredible for a inexpensive guitar. I had 5 guitars. fender strat, laguna le122, peavey evh wolfgang special, sahan acc/elct , and a fender concord. so I was not hurting for another guitar. but after just 5 minutes of playing this gorgeous honey burst tele, I was absolutely in love. I like to play all kinds of styles ranging from Rock,country,blues, and metal so I of course tested these out on this guitar....its not much for metal that's for sure but the other styles it plays wonderfull in, the split coil, humbuckers, tele pickup to single coil strat pick ups with the 5 way switch and the tone knob there is sooooo much range with this guitar alone. so after much time playing this guitar I decided to trade my evh wolfgang and my laguna for this guitar and a gig bag, and I must say that I am very very happy with this guitar..8 years of playing and I don't think I have ever had this much fun playing guitar. and im going to go back for the fender champion amp someday as well because the sound from that amp is remarkable. to anyone looking to buy this guitar, ignore the negative remarks I've been around guitars my entire life and have been playing for 8 years and this guitar is hands down a nice all around guitar.

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    2.0

    Tele Modern Player is basically a Squier

    By 

    from Tracy, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

      I bought my Telecaster Modern Player about a year ago when I was just starting out. A good beginner guitar to learn chords and scales, but once you start reaching more of an intermediate level you will probably need to get another guitar.

      I just took mine in to get set up for the first time and my Guitar Guru told me this guitar is basically a Squier Telecaster that Fender dressed up a little so they can charge you more money for it. The spacing between the strings is smaller than the Fender American Telecaster, and the machining is a lot less precise (fret buzz). I paid standard retail for it but if I tried to resell it to GC, probably would get less than half for it, because their markup for this item is so high.

      My Guitar Guru recommended that if I wanted to hotrod a guitar to go buy a second hand American guitar. Net net if you are beginning guitar and feel pretty serious about it you probably would be wise to get a quality American second hand guitar that can grow with you than a Tele Modern Player that you will probably have to throw away a year or so later.

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      3.0

      Disappointed

      By 

      from Bloomington, IL.

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

      Got this guitar a couple of weeks ago. The set up was terrible! Action was way to high, fret buz, hut groove for the high E string was not filed out enough, therefore the string did not have a full open sound when played! I took it to a Fender Dealer to have adjusted 2 times and still not fixed. Then I found out that since this is a Japanese made model, you can not swap out the original tuners with locking tuners w/o having to drill new holes in the headstock. Which I do not want to do on a new guitar! Seems like a poorly made Tele. I am thinking about sending it back to MF and exchanging it for a MIM model. That way I can swap the tuners and not have to drill new holes in it. Why is it when I buy a guitar from MF that has good reviews, I always get one that has things wrong with it or is set up bad??? My Martin was the same way that I bought from them! It would be nice if Fender offered there MIM Tele's with locking tuners. Just a thought.

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      5.0

      I'm Hooked.

      By 

      from Wi.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Strat Style Playability
      • Versatility

      Cons

      • Finished Neck

      Best Uses

      • Playing Live
      • Playing Live Versitility
      • Recording
      • Versatility

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

      The details:

      I would refer to this as a Tele/Strat hybrid.
      The split-able coil humbucker and "lipstick" neck pick up do the tele thing that is expected, but it goes beyond that.

      The stock humbucker pushes a bright response through any combination of pedals into my Marshall. Perhaps a tad different response than the Seymour Duncan Buckers I prefer.

      The middle pick up is strat, pleasantly punchy, and allows this instrument to mimic strat tones at multiple settings on the 5-way switcher.

      I was anticipating feedback and buzz in the Neck pick up, but it was minimal at high gain and completely absent through a noise suppressor. The neck pup is slightly less hot volume wise the the other two....Still very tasty.

      Rolling off the volume knob is responsive with any combination and very usable.

      It stayed in tune at an outside gig in changing weather and temperature.
      I have the same vintage style tuners on my favorite strat and find them reliable.

      I am not a fan of the geography of a tele or a refinished neck.
      However, the back is cut away at the top like a strat and being a hard tail, the sustain is remarkable.

      The story:

      I play in a cover band that performs at large and small festivals, and a variety of clubs throughout Wisconsin. 3 to 4 weekends a month. We have a very diverse set list from Rush to Rhianna, depending on the venue.

      I have always looked for the one guitar that covers everything for every tune. My quest continues still.

      However, this instrument is instantly impressive as one that I consider to be a outstandingly versatile instrument.

      After extensive research on the internet and a bit of envy, I ran into a used guitar locally.

      It was in great shape, set up well, and I couldn't let it go.
      I headed home with yet another guitar.

      As a side note, for some reason I thought it started at a higher price point new.
      I'm happy with my purchase and think it's a good buy.
      It feels like a quality instrument.

      I am not a fan of finished necks or Telecasters, but with cautious optimism I thought this would be a good addition to my rig for the summer festival cycle.

      I did not have an opportunity to stretch it out at home so this Memorial Day weekend I tested it live through my full rig: Marshall DSL 2000 100 watt, and a variety of Vox, Wampler, Boss, and MXR Pedals.

      The rain and cold threaten consistently and I reluctantly limited my guitar rack to two instruments to combat any weather catastrophes.
      I usually bring a mix of 3-4 guitars to a show to keep tones fresh, so I was hesitant to substitute something proven with something new.
      In the end, It was this tele and my favorite workhorse strat that I equipped with Texas Specials and and JB humbucker that made the cut.

      I started with this and played it 90% of the show.
      A blast.

      What made it most for me was the way it reacted to my rig.

      I have always been a Les Paul or Strat guy.
      I have never owned a SG and the teles I owned in the past didn't give enough versatility, so they were eventually traded or sold.

      I have read reviews where this instrument could do everything from Les Paul to Strat tones. That is a touch more optimistic that I am willing to go.

      It can do much more Strat than Les Paul. In the end it is still a tele.
      Perhaps a Franken-tele.

      Again, I don't believe in a one and done instrument, which is how I justify owning several different guitars.

      I day dreamed before of buying a Telecaster and then equipping it with the necessary electronics for my taste, (HSS) but this instrument makes that project a tad redundant, or at least self-indulgent. That is not to say I still won't partake in the endeavor.

      This tele will be found in my rig at shows consistently in the future.

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      5.0

      great uitar for the money

      By 

      from central pennsylvania

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

        I was on the fence about purchasing this but im glad I did. ive had about 12 schecters (which are awesome guitars)and wanted something with a little more twangy clean tones. I always wanted a tele but didn't know if id like the feel of it or not. but this thing is great the neck has a good feel and the frets are surprisingly nice. the guitar came setup pretty good out of the box, all I did was adjust the truss rod slightly, lowered the strings and adjusted the inotation on two strings, but the finish was great and the frets were perfect, very good for the price and now it makes me want a real American telecaster. I just wish there were American teles that had this great tonal versatility with the tele, strat and humbucker pickups. if you're comfortable with doing some minor adjustments then just buy it its well worth the price, but if you want something to play out of the box and don't want to mess with it you might have some complaints and this may not be for you. the pickups aren't the best in the world but they're more than good enough for jamming and having fun. A+ from fende for offering an affordable fun guitar

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        5.0

        Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar

        By 

        from Buffalo,NY

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Built Guitar
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

          I can't believe the deal I got on this guitar. The customer support I received was fantastic. They answered all my questions plus gave me additional advice.The guitar itself is solid and the setup was near perfect. Musicians Friend is my first place to shop for all my music needs.

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          5.0

          JHP5150

          By 

          from Columbia, SC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

            Great axe! This is my new go to guitar for recording and writing. No need to switch guitars to record different parts. It's a Les Paul, Strat, and Tele all in one. Also, it looks great and feels great. Well done Fender.

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            5.0

            Fender Modern Player Tele rocks!

            By 

            from Indianapolis

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                This guitar was set up perfectly right out of the box. Extremely comfortable neck and great fret work. Practically plays itself. For a Chinese made Fender, I was impressed! I would put it up against a similar guitar costing two to three times as much! A great value!

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                4.0

                Great Deal!

                By 

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz
                • Poor Pick Up

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                  Picked up the scratch and dent version for cheap, there was significant fret buzz and the neck was warped. Swapped out the tremolo and humbucker and this thing sounds awesome. The neck is really smooth and has a nice wood pattern on the back. As you've probably read, this guitar is BLACK. I wasn't too keen on the brownish color so this was a plus for me. Bottom line, the stock electronics and parts aren't great but this is a fantastic project guitar for the money.

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                  5.0

                  GOOD GUITR AT ANY PRICE

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                  woo. what can I say . this guitar is worth 2 times money. hade it for a week .used it tonight in a show played it all night long .did a great job .

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