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Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar  

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Overview

  • Warm-looking and distinct-sounding pine body
  • Comfortable C-shape neck with jumbo frets
  • A diverse collection of Modern Player Humbucking, Strat and Tele pickups
Description & Specs
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    $559.99
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    - $160.00
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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.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Warm-looking and distinct-sounding pine body
  • Comfortable C-shape neck with jumbo frets
  • A diverse collection of Modern Player Humbucking, Strat and Tele pickups
  • 5-Position pickup switch and seperate mini-toggle rear coils selector switch
  • Vintage style 6-saddle strings-thru-body hardtail bridge
  • Case sold separately

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

 

Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar 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
 
4.7

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (48)
  • Fun to play (47)
  • Good tone (42)
  • Good pick up (35)
  • Solid electronics (34)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (41)
    • Jamming (39)
    • Recording (32)
    • Small venues (22)
    • Rock concerts (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (34), Professional musician (15), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best money I've spent on a new 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...Read complete review

    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!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    backorder?

    the idea you guys would catalog a guitar that takes 3 months to get is just bad business.... as easy as you can click a guitar in or out of a catalog...Read complete review

    the idea you guys would catalog a guitar that takes 3 months to get is just bad business.... as easy as you can click a guitar in or out of a catalog layout; you could also put a note about the backorder in there too....

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    5.0

    Fathers day gift for my 70 year old dad

    By Daddy's Girl

    from Alvin Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

      I selected this item as a gift for my 70 year old dad who had hinted around that this is what he wanted. I did a lot of research on price, color and style. I can't say enough about Musican's friend and their helpful staff. Every thing I ordered they helped me select and my father and I are elated to say the least. I got the guitar, fender amp and cord for the price everyone else had for just the guitar alone. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE

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      (1 of 1 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.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My new #1 axe

        By SteeringWheelSpotlight

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Needs Pickup Adjustments

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

        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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        5.0

        Great Buy

        By Rod

        from NC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

          This is a great guitar, I can find no flaws in the craftsmanship and it sounds great. It plays easily and stays in tune very well.

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          4.0

          Great Tone Options/Poor quality - Ironic

          By grimster

          from Magnolia, AR

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Great Tone Options

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Electronics

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar and had to immediately return it because there was crackling in the neck and middle pickups and the input jack only worked intermittently. I received a fast replacement from MusiciansFriend. The replacement was fine for a couple of weeks, but then the 5-way selector switch came apart on the inside (i.e. the switch became extremely loose and made it difficult to switch). Instead of getting a new switch for free, I opted to purchase a 5-way switch from Fender. I also have a 1983 American Tele and have never had any problems. So, for me, that's the difference in quality. You get what you pay for.

          Having said all of that, I love this Modern Player guitar and for the price, you might expect less quality in the electronics. I plan on playing it "as is" for a while and then upgrade the pickups eventually. The tone is good, but I prefer the Texas Special tone.

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          5.0

          Just an amazing guitar

          By k9

          from NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • 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:

            The guitar is awesome...I have been playing it for a month and still can't get over how good it sounds...

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice Guitar For The $$$

            By rockinstephen

            from So. ME/Central FL

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

              Although I don't own this guitar, my friend just bought one. I played it today and was very favorably impressed. The fit and finish appeared to be first rate. The action was low and this didn't look or feel like a cheap guitar in any way. With a 5 way switch plus a coil splitter this is a very versatile guitar that should work for most musical styles. If you need a Tele that can cover a lot of ground and won't break the bank, don't overlook this one...

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              beautiful

              By jd

              from florida

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                high quality ..plays great, wonderful action, stays in tune...excellent fit and finish..incredible...played 35 hours on it so far..not one thing I can complain about..great tones...this is a 1st class pieace. nothing about it is cheap or inferior...can't believe how good it is... mine is honeyburst modern player tele,,,fine maple neck with good frets..009 strings.. fantastic grain, under a durable poly finish...this
                guitar...chimes...rings...jangles...and resonates with sustainability!!! it's Stunning!!! I'm shocked....thank you Fender...

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very Nice Guitar

                By rumplysteelskin

                from Idaho

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Modern Sound
                • Nice neck
                • Qaulity Craftsmanship
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Made in China

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                I like this guitar for what I was able to get it for. First made in China guitar, and it's passable, playable, and enjoyable for home use. Would really have to torture the guitar over long use to give valuable assessment for professional use.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Deal!!!

                By Eric

                from Copperas Cove, Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

                  If you don't like this guitar, then you must have played that one guitar that slipped through the cracks during inspection, if that ever happened. The quality is excellent for the price I paid! The pick up packs a punch compared to other Telecasters I have played with a bigger price tag.
                  Pine has a great tone and they have not used pine in a good while concerning Telecasters.

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