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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 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.

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

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 90 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (74)
  • Fun to play (71)
  • Good tone (64)
  • Good pick up (56)
  • Solid electronics (51)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (61)
  • Jamming (57)
  • Recording (48)
  • Small venues (39)
  • Rock concerts (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (55), Professional musician (20), 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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It's ok

Fret buzz should be easy to fix. Needs better strings. Excellent finish. Nice electronics. So far needs to be slightly retuned after every play session. I think a good set of elexir...Read complete review

Fret buzz should be easy to fix. Needs better strings. Excellent finish. Nice electronics. So far needs to be slightly retuned after every play session. I think a good set of elexir strings would help.

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4.0

Affordable for the price

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from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • School Bands

Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

I really like the finish, it not looks a cheap guitar despite the fact this is a budget one. I am a Gibson and Ibanez fan so, this is my very first Fender. So, I cannot say if all fenders have the same flat tone but I changed all pickups and electronics to seymour duncan (invader + little 59 + quarter pound and pots 250k).
It looks a very new guitar, warm, hot and versatile for all tones. This guitar turned my preferred one.
All other thing that I didn't like the tuners and I will also change for gotoh locking (not installed yet).

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5.0

Great Guitar with a reasonable price!

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from York, PA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

    My new addition to my Fender guitars. I have a Fat-Stratocaster, Fender 300T-Bucket acoustic, and now my Fender Tele.

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    5.0

    Great, versatile guitar for Fender afficionados

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    from Woodstock, NY

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

        I got this for the variety of tones it offers: humbucker with coil tap, a Strat pickup and a Tele pickup. I'm a lifelong Les Paul player, but I like Tele and Strat tones, too. I thought with the humbucker I could get the best of both worlds. All the PUs and combinations thereof sound great, but you're not going to get that low-end whomp, the thudding drive that you get from a Les Paul. This guitar has a pine body, but I don't know that ash or alder would be any different. The best analogy I can make is if this was an amp, it's got a Vox sound vs. the Marshall sound of a Les Paul. Played through a Marshall you get a thicker sound, of course -- just not all the way into Gibson territory.
        Anyhow, great versatility if this is what you're looking for.

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        4.0

        great guitar built well,fast neck,pickups go from metal-bluz

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        from Oklahoma

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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:

          Overall just a great guitar

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          5.0

          I like every pickup

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          from Reno, NV

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          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.

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            5.0

            Very versital!!

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            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.

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              5.0

              Must have if fender fan.

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              from Sherwood arkansas

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              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

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                from Tracy, CA

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                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

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                  from Bloomington, IL.

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                  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.

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                  from Wi.

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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.

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