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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
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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 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (51)
  • Fun to play (50)
  • Good tone (45)
  • Good pick up (39)
  • Solid electronics (38)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (45)
    • Jamming (42)
    • Recording (34)
    • Small venues (25)
    • Rock concerts (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (37), Professional musician (16), Novice (4)

    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

     

    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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    3.0

    It's ok

    By r. stoner

    from daytona beach, fl

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    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

    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

    Not Bad

    By Rockstar67

    from Placerville,Ca

    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:

      I liked everything about the telecaster except that the tuners were very cheap and no way to tighten them. Replaced them with gold original fender tuners.

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      4.0

      Awesome! But photos are misleading...

      By Steve Perkins

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Misleading Photo

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

      This is a really amazing guitar, and a complete steal for the price! It plays like butter in your hands, the string action is nice and low without any fret buzz. The frets have no rough edges, like you sometimes see in asian Squire models. It's just all-around solid craftsmanship, and deserves the real "Fender" name on its headstock. I was a bit concerned about the pine body, since that's such a soft wood. However, I don't know if it's pressure-treated or what... but it feels as solid and sturdy as an alder body, and the strap knobs are very secure.

      It's also one of the most versatile guitars I've ever played. With the bridge in single-coil mode, you can get close to a traditional Tele twang. The middle pickup sounds just like a Strat. You can make the bridge-and-middle together snarl like a Gibson SG. Using the bridge pickup and the tone knob turned down, you can get a clean sound close to that of a big archtop jazzbox. I bought this thinking it would be a side guitar, but it has quickly become my primary.

      I am writing this review to give people some warning, though. The photographs of this guitar are misleading, it is WAY darker than what is shown. I bought the "transparent charcoal" model, and the picture shows some lightly-stained gorgeous woodgrain. In reality, it's just a black guitar. Literally. If you hold it two inches from your nose in really bright lighting, you can make out faint traces of woodgrain. However, from across the room, the body is the exact same shade of black as the plastic pick guard. I see in some other reviews that people are saying similar things about the "honeyburst" model too.

      All in all, I'm still really happy with this guitar. I had wished that it came with a rosewood fretboard, because I'm not such a fan of the light maple color. So I was pleased to discover that the pictures are misleading about that, too. In reality, the neck is more of a dark butterscotch, which for my tastes is actually much BETTER than the photograph. So it's still a strong recommendation from me... but if you're considering this guitar largely because of the aesthetics of the photos, then you might want to try checking one out in real life first so you don't get "catfished"!

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      4.0

      Great guitar for money spent

      By porthill player

      from Bonners Ferry Idaho

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

        first one I bought, the neck twisted so I contacted MF, they had a new one in the mail before I even sent the first one back. Love the second one, I will replace the tuning machines and put a bone nut on to replace the not so great stock items, other than that, I really enjoy playing this guitar, will use it on gigs when the tuners are replaced...

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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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          (4 of 4 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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            (3 of 3 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.

            Comment on this review

             
            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.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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