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An already distinctive classic Tele cast in a whole new light.

The Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline-throughout its history, Fender has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic, Mustang and Musicmaster models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value.

The Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe casts an already distinctive classic Telecaster model in a whole new light with a full-throated pair of single-coil Modern Player MP-90 pickups. Other features include a mahogany body, C-shaped maple neck, maple fretboard with 9.5" radius and 22 medium jumbo frets, three-way toggle pickup switching, three-ply pickguard (parchment on Sunburst model; black-white-black on other models), four skirted amp knobs (two volume, two tone), vintage-style Stratocaster string-through-body six-saddle hard-tail bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.

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FEATURES
Series: Modern Player
Body Shape: Telecaster
Body: Mahogany, Gloss Polyester Finish
Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
Fretboard: Maple
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Pickups: Modern Player MP-90 Pickup (Bridge)
Modern Player MP-90 Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and
Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge
Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Keys: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
Bridge: Vintage Style 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Hardtail Bridge
Control Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs
Pickguard: (500) 3-Ply Parchment, (539,541) 3-Ply Black/White/Black
Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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FenderModern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 32 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (20)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (7)
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    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (8)

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Excellent beginner's guitar

To be honest, I'm not the most experienced or skillful players around but this guitar definitely is pretty solid, at least for a first guitar.

It looks great, with a thick...Read complete review

To be honest, I'm not the most experienced or skillful players around but this guitar definitely is pretty solid, at least for a first guitar.

It looks great, with a thick gloss finish on the vintage sunburst.

The guitar stays in tune since day one after I got it at the guitar shop and came with excellent strings.

The guitar is quite versatile. The P90 pickup can provide some excellent clean tone. Also, the dirty sounds can be done really well too.

As I've said, my opinion is still one of a beginner. But I'll recommend it to a friend :)

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Modern Player not what i hoped for

I love Telecasters, I have a vintage thinline with a P-90 neck pickup. So I thought this guitar might make an inexpensive replacement to take to knock around gigs. I just did...Read complete review

I love Telecasters, I have a vintage thinline with a P-90 neck pickup. So I thought this guitar might make an inexpensive replacement to take to knock around gigs. I just did not care for the sound, too muddy, no crispness. Played well, looked nice, the black transparent finish was a little darker than the pictures, but still beautiful. well made, good quality. I sent it back, now trying a butterscotch blonde solid body Tele.

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Playable Entry Level Guitar with Plenty of Punch

By The Resonator

from Queens, N.Y.C.

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

Played through my 70's Princeton Reverb, with either both pickups or the bridge alone, this Modern Player Thinline Tele sounds killer. A jazzier sound than the solid body Fenders, but still plenty of bite. I played blues, jazz & some classic rock instrumentals (Guitar Boogie Shuffle & Memphis), and was happy with the sound & action. If people heard it on a good tube amp without seeing it, they'd have no idea it is an inexpensive guitar. And the neck doesn't feel like a cheapo. A pro setup will get you the most out of this guitar.
The pickups are P-90 types, and sound very good with the maple neck, which gives them some needed bite. The string-through feature is adds to the sustain. The transparent black finish really looks like dark brown with big grain patterns, which is nice.The maple neck is well made, & is pretty fast.
The quality is certainly more than acceptable for an entry-level Chinese import. There were no apparent flaws in the construction of the guitar, which means the quality control is good. It is playable out of the box. The ersatz P-90's sound good & aren't noisy for single-coils.With a pro setup w/ 10's, it plays & sounds phenomenal.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Great Value With Minimal Modification

By PopSucks

from Narnia

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Pros

  • Good Fit Finish
  • Good Neck Profile
  • Good pickups
  • Level Frets
  • Light Weight
  • Low Noise
  • Stays in tune

Cons

  • Needed Basic Set-up
  • Poor electronics

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Live Performance
  • Recording

Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

This guitar has pleasantly surprised me. I bought my MP Thinline because the neck felt good and I had been wanting a thinline. The pickups surprised me with a balanced tone and fair harmonics. I considered changing out the pickups but then I discovered that this guitar comes stock with 250k pots and 22uf capacitors. These do not suit P90's well and I replaced them with 500k CTS Pots and Mojo Dijon capacitors. HUGE difference! Now the pickups have very full harmonics, a very hi-fi sound with a very full bottom-end and crisp high-end bordering on conventional tele bite, but with a much fatter sound, plus with the 50's les paul wiring schematic I used I can control my gain with my volume knob and retain all the treble. On top of that the neck has a wonderful feel for me with a medium c profile that isn't too thin or thick and the body and neck balance quite well on a strap. If you get this guitar I would definitely reccomend changing out the pots/caps and wiring scheme. I'm by no means a guitar tech but I performed all of the set up and modification myself for only 45.00 usd. After that I think you will find this guitar very surprising and good!

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent beginner's guitar

By FrancisSG

from Singapore

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Non
  • Not Sure

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

To be honest, I'm not the most experienced or skillful players around but this guitar definitely is pretty solid, at least for a first guitar.

It looks great, with a thick gloss finish on the vintage sunburst.

The guitar stays in tune since day one after I got it at the guitar shop and came with excellent strings.

The guitar is quite versatile. The P90 pickup can provide some excellent clean tone. Also, the dirty sounds can be done really well too.

As I've said, my opinion is still one of a beginner. But I'll recommend it to a friend :)

(8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

You get what you pay for

By iplaydabass

from Seattle, WA.

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

I've owned this for about a month and I don't regret the purchase. I may sell it soon because it's not exactly an inspiring guitar to play, but a good utility player. On par with the Epiphone Casino reissues. They cut a LOT of corners to offer this guitar at such a low cost, but that is to be expected. It's a decent sounding instrument, especially for the money, but it just doesn't truly compare to high-end and well-made guitars.
I love the smaller fret size, the neck shape, string-through, and vintage tuners. I also like that they're trying to offer a decent (affordable) hollow-body design. The input jack is much clumsier than the classic standard Tele's. It's nice and lightweight.
The pickups are okay, but don't expect it to compare to real P90's. The electronics in general (pots, capacitors, switch) are definitely sub-par. The tone controls are unuseable. If you want this guitar to be at its best plan on replacing those parts (which are very inexpensive). Also, mine has MANY slight blemishes, especially around the F-hole cutout. The neck laqure is inconsistent and slightly blotchy in places. The pickguard has a lot of minor imperfections.
I give it a higher rating when you consider its low cost. The sound is not terribly versatile, but I wasn't expecting that when I bought it.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By Kevin

from Arkansas

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

I like Telecasters and already own three others, I bought this one mostly for the P90 pickups and the thinline sound. Man, am I ever glad I did, even though this thing is made in China it is 100% Telecaster! The P90 pickups give it that Tony Iommi SG sound just in a Telecaster body. I am really thinking about getting another one just to set aside for when I wear this one out.

Through my Vypyr 120 tube amp this thing really rocks that old Sabbath sound like War Pigs, N.I.B. and Into the Void.
I bought the transparent black thin-line and the fit and finish is perfect. I pulled it out of the box and tuned it and it was ready to go. This is now may best and favorite guitar, it might not be right for everyone but I love the sound of the P90 pickups.
Not one bad thing to say about this guitar! The quality is outstanding.
I have been looking for a guitar like this for years. The value for the money spent is great! Plays better than much high cost guitars.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet tone.

By CypressOak

from Florida

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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 Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar. I changed strings, tuned up and plugged in. Great set-up out of the box. Vintage tuners mean there is a slot instead of a hole. A YouTube video on the subject will help...First impressions are the great solid feel of the instrument. Very woody tone. Use quality cables and the hum won't be an issue. Straight into a Bogner Alchemist, the clean sounds are fantastic. It's not easy to dial in a heavy distorted sound. But the P-90 p/u are very responsive to pedal effects, more so than any guitar I own. Love the LP style toggle switch on top and I use all 3 positions. First song inspired to play? Sultans of Swing. Also dialed in VH mid scoop cut without any problem. The natural distortion produced by the guitar would be closer to fuzz. I play clean and very heavy rocks tones. The weight is also great. No fret buzz on this model. These MIC Fenders are equal to or better than the MIM models. The 3 tone sunburst is flawless under inspection. Although the F hole is sort of hidden in the darker part of the finish. I can see this guitar being used for anything except shred metal. The bottom end isn't crunchy enough, although this can be cured with the right gain stages and effects. Both Coldplay and Weezer have been using the Fender Thinline as of late and I can see why. You hear the guitar, not just the pickups. Outstanding value.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    It jazzes

    By Half-diminished

    from Texas

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    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

    People think rock, blues, country when they think of Fender.
    This guitar, with two P90s and an f hole, puts out a nice, mellow tone for jazz in any of three amps I've tried in the week since it arrived. I've heard custom-made or high-priced jazz guitars that don't sound any better. I'm beginning to prefer it over two more-costly electrics I own.
    It came out of the box fairly well set up.
    And the sunburst version just looks like it wants to produce a Bb7#11.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Mellow Tele, thats right

    By moJo

    from northeast Tennessee

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Unique Sound For A Tele

    Cons

    • Knobs A Little Stiff

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

    A tele fan found a new misstress! love the 3 way switch, in a familiar place if you use LPs. p90s with the thinline body sound great. don't expect the twang of chicken pickin', has the p90 power that translates picking texture. packs a punch from a lightweight, comfortable to play!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great value; great guitar

    By Brandon Roberts

    from Sacramento, CA

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

    Amazing.
    This guitar is absolutely fantastic. I was initially put of by reading "assembled in China" on the back of the headstock, but to my surprise, this guitar really blew me away. The tones are great, the guitar stays in tune throughout heavy playing, and the action is pretty great. Hammer-ons are easy, the neck is comfortable, and you can really hang on a note for a while when pitch bending too. I highly recommend this guitar.
    Excellent quality. The finish is great and I love the vintage tuners. The guitar stays in tune despite heavy playing.
    The value is probably the best thing about this guitar! I've played several Thinline Telecasters before, and I'd say the Modern Player series is among the best Thinline Telecasters out there. Again, I know the "assembled in China" thing may be of concern, but don't let it fool you. This thing is a quality product!

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice guitar for the money

    By earnhdt3dr

    from Hermon, ME

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    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

    If you're looking for a light weight Fender Telecaster not expecting that classic tele sound this is a good option also for me having a '76 Tele it gives me a nice option for sound. So overall I'm very pleased with the purchase and I can play it around the house acoustically not having to worry about damaging my original Tele.....thanks Fender
    Playability superb....love the tele feel with the maple neck. Obviously different sound with the P-90 style pickups...sounds cool.....extremely light weight
    Overall the body is high end quality & looks, I went with the black transparent and absolutely love it...love the feel of the tele maple style neck however mine came with a slightly lifted fret that was repaired professionally now no problems....as stated in other reviews pods and other electronics are not high end but fit the price wonderfully....still sounds nice....
    Again for the money, a Fender Thinline for this price is a nice value

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for the money

    By Dick

    from Kauai

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    Pros

    • Cheap Price
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good quality
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Anything But Crazy Metal

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

    This is a great combination of features at a great price. Basically control setup from a Gibson Les Paul, as in individual volume and tone for each pickup and a three-way toggle switch. This is the best setup in my opinion. Hardtail bridge and vintage tuners. I think the pickups sounds great. Surprisingly good. I've been playing Gibsons mostly for the last ten years and this is my first venture back to Fender in a while. Very happy about it. Guitars I've owned: 2x Mexican Telecasters, Mexican Strat, Japanese Fender Jaguar, 2x USA Gibson SG, RD Artist, Epiphone 335, Guild s300, Guild x175, Harmony h57, others. Style I play - anything from Barney Kessel to chicago blues to radiohead to Sabbath and Soundgarden. While this Tele will not do the heavy stuff that requires a humbucker, it will do most anything else. I play through a Vox, but I'm sure it would sound amazing through a Fender.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blast from my past!

    By R Beckholt

    from Ohio

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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

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

      Great finish-Neck is smooth-Set up well from the start-pick ups dirty like I wanted and feedback from the cut out hollow a plus for me-This is a keeper!

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet guitar for a rythm player

      By CurlyJackWire

      from Oklahoma

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      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 Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

        I'm guilty of heavy-handed rhythm playing & this guitar suits my style. I love the feel of a Tele, but since I don't play much lead most Teles are too bight for me. Anybody who loves the thick sound of P90s will love this guitar.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Love

        By OrangeTwang

        from Philadelphia, PA

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

        This is a great guitar and far more than the money suggests. The four pots are more reponsive than my les pauls and the p90s go from sparkly clean to muddy fuzz at my whim. Off the rack, my neck needed some truss rod adjustment and I think the bridge is a bit cheap. But the truss rod adjustment is free and the bridge isn't that big of a change.

        (4 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Nice finish, cheap parts

        By peggynight

        from Sydney

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        Pros

        • Beautiful finish

        Cons

        • Not A Players Guitar
        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Knobs
        • Poor Quality Switches
        • Poor Quality Tuning Heads
        • Thin sound
        • Too Light

        Best Uses

        • Posing

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

        For what it is - the price - it's impressive worksmanship. However the appointments are very, very cheap. This guitar needs kitting out w new wiring, pots, pickups, switches & knobs. Expect to spend 3/4 cost of guitar post-purchase.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Guitar

        By Spence

        from Utah

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

            First off, I got this guitar in the sunburst finish, and it is gorgeous. The light finish allows you to see straight through to the grain of the guitar.
            Now to the more important things. The electronics work very well. I love the ability to set two independent volumes on my pickups. The neck feels wonderful. The gloss finish makes it a very comfortable playing experience. The only issue I have is that for some reason, if your hand is not on the strings there will be a small hum, even if you have both pickups selected. A minor issue, however, as it does not affect the playing at all.
            All in all an excellent guitar at an affordable price.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Tele!

            By Monica Nikel

            from Illinois

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            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

            You can get a nice selection of tones from the P90s. Very versatile pickups. This guitar is great as is and really doesn't need any upgrades. Fender hit a home run with these.
            It's pretty straight forward. 2 P90s, 2 volume, 2 tone, 1 switch. I pulled the cover off of one of the pickups. They use Alnico magnets of some type. I'm guessing Alnico 5.
            Well made. The fit and finish is execellent. The quality rivals my MIM Tele Thinline. The neck is a nice C shape. No sharp fret ends. It's ready to play right out of the box.
            It's a nice Thinline Tele Deluxe for $449. Not a bad deal at all. It's even a better deal if you can find it on sale.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Quality at a Good Price

            By GuitarK5

            from Sanjose, CA

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            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Gorgeous Looking
            • P90s Nuff~'~~ Said

            Cons

            • Ditch The Stock Strings
            • Misleading Pickguard
            • Needs Set Up

            Best Uses

            • everything

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

            First off, I want to say that the pickguard in the picture is misleading. I was hoping it'd be pearloid, and after speaking with someone over the phone who confirmed it would be, I was a bit dissapointed to find it wasn't.

            However, I've been enjoying the guitar besides that minor detail. I ditched the strings right off the bat and threw on some D'addrios. It does need a proper set up though (intonation, adjusted, action) I was skeptical about it being "crafted in China" but that dissipated. I dig the P90s, semi-hollow body,fast c shaped maple neck, overall look, feel and price.

            It's not perfect, but with some upgrades I can imagine it being superb. Definitely worth picking up.

            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Seriously Cool Guitar

            By Dennis Gray

            from Boston, MA

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

            The looks are well designed and the sound is not limited but very wide and give a great vibe.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            would buy again

            By denny

            from windermere florida

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            Comments about Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar:

            light with great sustain. pickups sound nice but are noisy (p90's)-going to replace with noiseless p90's.
            neck is great fret work really smooth. played other teles including a $2000 mia thinline. like the neck on this better. even though it's on the thin side it's very comfortable. also have a prs with a wide fat neck but it's easy to adjust to this neck.

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