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OVERVIEW

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.

Case sold separately.

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
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 103 reviews)

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    (24)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (84)
  • Fun to play (81)
  • Good tone (72)
  • Good pick up (63)
  • Solid electronics (59)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Craftsmanship (5)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (69)
  • Jamming (64)
  • Recording (53)
  • Small venues (46)
  • Rock concerts (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (62), Professional musician (22), Novice (7)

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Better Out-of-the-box setup than G&L Tribute

Better Out-of-the-box setup than similar price G&L Tribute. This Chinese Fender is lighter and does not have the chunky neck of the Indonesian G&L. The hardware and the finish...Read complete review

Better Out-of-the-box setup than similar price G&L Tribute. This Chinese Fender is lighter and does not have the chunky neck of the Indonesian G&L. The hardware and the finish on the G&L seem superior. The Modern Player will need adjustments. The tuning peg screws were stripped on mine. With new tuners and a new nut, this axe stays in tune all day. It plays nice with .009s on it. Adjust the pickup heights to compensate for volume disparity between pickups. At this price, plus setup, nut, and tuners, you will have six-hundred invested and you can trade it in for three-hundred.

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(42 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beware of color

By Kharloz

from Puerto Rico

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

This is a great guitar if you want to have a Fender Telecaster.
This is a very nice and impressive guitar. The only thing with the Charcoal Transparent color is that actually is almost black. In the picture here you see a more brown color, but it is not so, I repeat, it is almost black. When I got mine, I was a little displease when I saw a black guitar, but I decided to keep it because of its good sound, action and intonation... and for the price...

(33 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best money I've spent on a new guitar!

By CR Guitar Man

from Eastern Iowa

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

I own Telecasters made in the USA, in Japan, in Korea, in Mexico and yes, even in China. This guitar is flat out an unbelievable value and absolutely gorgeous. As far as the pine material, I have no worries whatsoever (and I have been a professional woodworker all my life) about any screws pulling out of this guitar. This is not your lumber yard pine - it's heavy and it's dense and no softer than alder or basswood, so have no fear. The pine body is also part of why I bought this guitar - it's different! Love it!
I've been wanting a Tele with H-S-S pickups for a long time and now I've finally got it. Five-way switching, plus the coil-tap toggle are a nice change from standard 3-way Teles, though the coil-tap is a little weak sounding. The neck is a beautifully quarter-sawn piece of maple and the vintage style tuners work fine. I really like the through-body stringing and the hard-tail bridge, too!
Right out of the box (pre-ordered mine sight unseen from MF) I was amazed at the quality of the trans-charcoal finish and just the downright beauty of this guitar. NOTE: This guitar looks VERY different from the picture on this site and on Fender's site as well - it is much darker and from a distance of six feet or more, you'll have a hard time seeing the grain. That said, this guitar is as well put together as any of the other 9 Teles that I own. If it weren't for the Made In China on the back of the headstock, you'd be hard put to guess where this guitar was made!
My title says it all - the best money I ever spent on a new guitar!

(18 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender MP Tele Plus

By LynnR

from Martinsburg WV

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

BIG HEADS UP HERE!!!!! If you buy this instrument pay in mind the body is PINE! ( A very soft wood- They should have thought of this a little more) THE STRAP BUTTONS WILL RIP RIGHT OUT WITH VERY LITTLE FORCE!!!!! Please remove the strap buttons ( I replaced mine with strap locks) and insert some oak shivs (Toothpicks) and super glue them in and then screw the button back on, Or else drill out the hole to 3/16-1/4 inch and insert an oak dowel superglued in and then drill your screw hole, drive the screw in, then remove it and use thin super glue in the tapped hole. Then screw in the button. Problem solved.
Nice neck. Nice Finish.
For a Chinese Fender (imagine that) it's not bad at all. Seems to be a good quality instrument. After all they've been copying the heck out of American made Gibsons and Fenders for some time. May as well license them and get somemoney back from them.
Good value. for a licensed Fender product these days is doing well.

(16 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value

By oTrLFmXUr

from Florida

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

love it !!!!!
love pick up config. tapped single humb bridge seems a little thinner
than a real tele pick up but is cool with middle p/u
gorgeous finish and color.
Wood looks awesome
great sound overall except a little noisy
beyond great value

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm Hooked.

By jim

from Wi.

About Me Professional Musician

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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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Fender sound for a little $$$

By Bridgedude

from Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Classic Fender Tones
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great looks
  • Low price
  • Solid Electronics
  • Top quality hardware
  • Very versatile guitar

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

    The first thing you notice about this guitar is the great looks.The finish is flawless. The next thing I noticed was the quality of the hardware. The tuners are classic. I have Strats that are 40 years old with the same tuners , and have never had any problems with them, or needed to replace them. The neck pocket is as tight as any of the vintage Fender products that I own.The bridge looks like an American standard to me. The jumbo frets are finished perfectly. The tone and volume knobs, and the pickup switch are "beefy" , not at all like the flimsy ones on the Tele Squire that I bought a few years back.The maple neck is flawless. The nut width is perfect for me, as is the neck shape, radius and width.Most Teles aren't known for big string bends, but this one handles a full step bend just fine. When I think of a pine body , I think of the stack of two by fours at the local lumber yard. The body used to make the guitar that they sent me is nothing like that.Really dense, with a real tight grain. The shaved back makes it a very comfortable guitar to hold. The pickups have a lot of power , and give you a lot of tonal options.The neck pup gives the warm , clean bluesy sounds, the middle pup gives a 70s classic rock sound, and the bridge pup gives you lots of crunch. The bridge pup loses a lot when split, but raising it with the adjustment screws takes care of those issues.I have been playing since G strings were wound, and have been looking for a guitar that I could pack to a gig that would allow me to play anything from Roy Buchanan , to Dire Straits, to Otis Rush, and this is as close as there is. Don't let the "Made in China" sticker scare you. So are smart phones, pads and flatscreens. This is a quality guitar.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice Fender

    By XPJX OCMD

    from MARYLAND

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Low action
    • Very playable

    Cons

    • Color Not Accurate To Pic

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

    Nice guitar. Very versatile. Excellent for home recording where many tones are required but a budget does not allow for many guitars. Actually play this guitar more than my Gibson Les Paul USA MADE because of the neck shape and versatility. Color is really not even close to picture. It's really just black. I was expecting a somewhat "brownish/charcoalish" visible grain thing. Really have to have a bright light on it to see grain at all. "Pretty much black" should be the color title.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy it NOW!!!!!!

    By Lonesome Danny Ray

    from Nashville

    About Me Professional Musician

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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 Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

      I went to a local big market store to find a standard tele for playing out. The neck of the Standard and the American Standard I tried didn't feel like my old tele or my Ultra Strat. I picked up the Modern Player Tele Plus and it felt like home.
      Plugging it in I liked the wide variety that the five position switch and the three very different pickup gave. After two days I gave in brought up Musicians Friend and ordered it.
      The packing in the box was so good that when I took it out I put a tuner on it and it was still in tune. True. I inspected it and found it to be exactly as the inspection ticket hanging on it said.
      Let me tell you about the neck. It is so much like my 1955 tele you wouldn't believe it. Same heavy finish and shape. Even the tuners are exact.
      The body is not your average pine. This is dense and when played without an amp placing your ear to the body has a crisp clear sound like maple or real good ash. Not muddy like a lot of guitars do. I plugged it in and beautiful in every aspect. The setup is do good that you can play from bottom to top with ease.
      I truly believe that Fender will up the price on these beauties they are better than any MIM and a few of the American Made guitars. I will play this stock on stage with anyone.
      I consider this the best value for a guitar in many, many years. Don't wait.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Fender Telecaster for the money.

      By JosephFelice

      from Hollister, California

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      Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

      Sweet, really. I was able to get this after the long wait for the china factory to fill the orders (9 weeks). Well worth the wait!
      Feature wise, this thing is ridiculous. Three p/u option is great, but the bridge humbucker is weak. You will want to replace it. But that's it. The others are fantastic. Because you can split the coils on the humbucker, with a switch already installed, this would be great to drop a seymour-duncan '59 or similar. Quality is amazing. It's Chinease. Go figure. But it has a really great finish. The neck is amazing too, with antique aged yellow, thick maple fretboard coat. Huge frets, super easy to play. Really nice. I can't emphasis enough how nice because the factory must have taken the specs and built it to such a high standard. Pine wood body is beautiful. It is not light though. The wood is very dense and the finish is so hard and thick high-gloss, if that's what you're looking for, then you will be really pleased.
      Previously, I pointed out the bridge pickup is weak. That said, it's the only knock on this guitar. It still is fine, about a medium output, if you don't split it. But it's pretty useless if you do. It doesn't have the clarity and bell-like ring that you would expect. I have two Fender Telecasters that were made in Korea with American made Seymour-Duncans, mind you the Koreans cost twice as much, but other then the humbucker issue, this model is on the exact same par.
      10 - period. I've not seen a tele copy with a no-name maker put this out for twice the money and this is an actual licensed Fender. This was really a smart move on Fenders part to continue to capture this lower end market.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I like every pickup

      By Shred, metal, neoclassical

      from Reno, NV

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fender sound machine

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

        I picked this up at GC on Cicero in Chicago and instantly loved it. It plays like a much more expensive instrument. The pine body gives it more sustain and volume than the usual Alder wood bodies on most new Fenders. I've owned mine for a couple of years and haven't had any quality issues with it. On reading some of the other reviews, looks like some people have had set up problems with it; fret buzz, high action, pickups set to low, etc. I can relate, I picked one up to try out an amp at GC Reno and it was so poorly set up, it was nearly unplayable. Mine plays like a dream, but if it had been set up like the one in Reno, I never would have bought it, although sitting down with a screwdriver and Allen wrenches for half an hour would have solved the problem. A proper setup is required on any new guitar, learn how or take it to someone who knows how.

        That aside, the guitar has my two favorite pickups, the Tele neck pickup and the standard strat middle pickup. I was going to replace the Modern Player bridge pickup but have really gotten to like its tone, not too heavy middle like most humbuckers, balanced and bright with a lot of output.

        I've owned some really nice vintage telecasters back when they were almost new and this guitar is much more versatile for metal and shred. It's not the fastest neck in the world, but the neck looks cool and has a very nice smooth feel with well polished smooth fret ends, rare on a guitar in this price range. The five position pickup switch and in/out phase toggle give it a plethora of sounds. Beware the hum on some of the settings.

        All in all, a great feeling, great sounding very cool guitar for the money - buy it, but be ready to do a little setup work.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best value tele

        By Mike H-xTz6z

        from stockbridge, ga.

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

          plays as good as if not better than my american tele, and has many tone combos with the 3 pickups

          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Value for $$$ Spent!

          By JIMG55

          from Massachusetts

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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

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

            This Telecaster is AWESOME - very fast Maple neck, and multiple tones/sounds as a result of 3 different pickups with 3 very distinctive sounds. I have a small tube amp and this pickup configuration sounds terrific through it. GREAT quality for the price!

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic GUITAR for ANYONE!!!!!!!!!!!

            By rompo420

            from Harrison, AR

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • TONE Multi-Use

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

            This is a fantastic guitar. some people have talked about a bad bucker.....mine sounds pretty great. If you like Fender and want a great guitar ata wonderful value, BUY this.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very versital!!

            By Ailen Rocker

            from Roswell, NM.

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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 Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

              Have never really been a tele guy but had a chance to play this at a local store and couldn't put it down. I have never been big on the "made in" factor, I have had MIA gear that was terrible and MIC that blew them away.
              However, I digress, this tele allows me to play a wide variety of songs from Rush to Johnny Cash. After changing the strings to 10 gauge, a small amount of set up, this axe is sweet as can be. The volume and tone controls have very nice linear response.
              The pickups are clean and articulate. Had to raise the neck pup a hair but no big deal.
              Fit and finish are beautiful, the charcoal is almost black but you can see the wood grain, nice...
              The belly cut is a bonus for me (54 year old and well, you know).
              It's wierd, I have some relatively high end gear but I am finding this tele to be my go to guitar. Have played a few shows with it and it has delivered nicely.

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a bargain

              By ezhands

              from anniston,al

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                I first got an Ibanez Maple because of the fast neck and my fingers slowing down from old age. It was a good guitar but just not for me. Didn't have the sweet tone and flat neck was hard to get used to so sent it back and got this telecater. Oh my gosh! It is so fun to play and sounds so sweet. My wife who hates electric guitar even loves it. And for the price, NOTHING can beat it. With the versality of the pick ups, I can get any sould I want out of it and play it with ease. Also, Musicians Friend was awesome in taking back the other guitar and sending this to me. I got it within 3 days after I ordered it.

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                everything i was hoping for

                By tarnall

                from georgia

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                  I was looking for a versatile tele at a reasonable price and thats what i got. my interest was also piqued by their choice to use pine as the body wood.I believe Pine was the original wood fender used in the beginning before they mostly changed to the harder wood alder. i think it sounds pretty unique.

                  out of the box the set up was very usable. i made a few adjustments but it was pretty close. no fret buzz. no problem with frets and neck. paint was flawless. no problems with tuners. we will see how well the stay in tune.

                  the strat pickup in center position. had staggered poles which gave me pause for concern. but this was very common in fenders past. this is usually dependent on neck shape. in this instance string volume was very even and i will not be adjusting the pole height.

                  this guitar is very versatile. it has plenty of twang for my taste. not quite as much as traditional tele's. the middle position is a very usable single coil strat tone. and the humbucker is very usable too. as others have mentioned. the coil tap does thin the pickup out noticeably but is a usable sound. most coil taps do this. adding a resistor to the coil tap. should ground the inactive side of the humbucker and get a stronger signal on the single coil bridge pu.

                  this guitar is very similar to the Fender Telecaster Deluxe Plus from the mid 80's to 90's which was a very cool guitar. i am happy with the purchase and recommend from beginner to professional.

                  (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good first, second, third guitar!

                  By Wes

                  from Arkansas

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Excellent tone
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Great sustain
                  • Playability

                  Cons

                  • Fret Coners
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
                  • Stock Nut
                  • Vintage Tuners

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar was my third electric guitar purchase. If you are going to buy or have bought this guitar, the first thing I would do is releive tension on the strings and tighten the neck plate screws. Mine still had some slack from the factory.

                  I still haven't set up the guitar fully as I don't have the correct size allen wrench for the saddles, but it seems decent enough from stock.

                  The tone from this thing is pretty amazing through my Peavey Vypyr Tube 60, and even better on the Mesa TA-30 I tried it out on. I've got D'Addario Chromes on it now. I've never heard so many harmonics coming from a clean sound. Rolling back the tone knob sounds like it should and cleans those highs up very nicely. This guitar with these stings sounds like someone plucking a baby grand's strings in a cathedral!!! I really can't believe that the sustain is longer on this guitar than my set-neck prs!!!

                  I tried many different amps and tones from clean to crunchy to metal. Yes, the humbucker can handle drop tunings and diminished chords with ease through the 6505 model on the Vypyr. My favorite pickup setting is middle and humbucker (2 or 4 can't remember) although "quacky" strat sounds are just as easy to conjure. Great classic crunch through OD. I plan on upgrading pickups, but the stock set is just fine. Finding the right string gauge and type, guitar cable, amp, and pickups all play an integral role in how this thing will sound.

                  Playing this guitar is really REALLY fun. One of my only issues are the vintage-style tuning pegs. I've never been a fan of them, though some people say theyre more stable. I can see them being really frustrating for a new player or someone who's not used to the process. The other issue would be the fret corners. They seem slighty sharp when you run your hand up the side of the neck, but you can't really feel them when you play. I haven't noticed any ill-effects yet. Also, you might want to look into a regular tele if you really want the single coil bridge sound. The humbucker is wired lazily, so it's essentially half of a humbucker when split. I plan on upgrading (I always upgrade from stock p'ups) to a certain dimarzio humbucker. It's basically two single coils side-by-side wired in series, truly using one coil when split.

                  Overall a great guitar to play and look at. Might be slightly heavy for some, but I love the fact that this thing is pine and has a humbucker. I do not feel cheated for the price of this great player.

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Sweet Guitar, bargain basement price!

                  By GuitarGeek-NR

                  from North Reading, MA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • No Case

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                  This is an awesome guitar. I am pro who is VERY picky about my equipment. After buying and discarding some cheap guitars, I have usually found that the only way to be satisfied is to buy high end American Fender or PRS etc., AND THEN... spend a few hundred fixing them up.

                  But the reviews for this model were great, the price was right, and I needed another fixed bridge guitar, so I took a chance.

                  Right out of the box with .009s (which I hate), it was actually pretty nice. And after restringing it with strings I like... wow! This is a fine guitar that holds its own against guitars that cost me 5 times as much.

                  The tuners are actually nice enough that I might not replace them, the electronics give a wonderful variety of usable sounds, and the neck is *almost* as nice as it's much more expensive American Brethren. I have four other (more expensive) Telecasters, and this one is already my clear favorite.

                  This is a fine guitar for a pro, at an absolutely astonishing bargain basement price. KUDOS to Fender for making this happen!! If you are looking for a Tele... IMHO, this is CLEARLY the one to buy!

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  50's sound at 50's price

                  By guitarman

                  from Burns Oregon

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Volume Mix Not Balanced F

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                  This has the genuine Fender jangle at a low price. You can get Strat, or Tele tones in one axe. When you switch to the bridge pup be ready to pull off some volume or get your ears ripped off. The switches and pots are smooth and quiet. There are no sharp fret ends. The pine body is dense and solid. The cut away on the back is a nice touch. Don't miss this one.

                  (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good Guitar for the Money

                  By zcarrm900

                  from Washington DC

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                  This is a really good guitar for the money. On the plus side: looks great, good feel, easy to play, surprisingly great tone from pine body, and I like the pick up configuration. Great sound for slightly overdriven garage blues/rock (with both a Marshall CF30 and Excelsior). Fantastic starter or second guitar, however, I feel like a serious musician would want a little more refinement.

                  Only two real complaints, first, the body is pine, which sounds surprisingly good, but is a soft wood and makes me nervous about bumping the neck or strap mounts. Second, I get some minor fret buzz and don't seem to be able to correct it. For a lot of the lofi garage blues/rock I play it's no big deal, but still an issue.

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