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Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar  

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Gorgeous carved flamed maple top and 2 chunky humbuckers.

The Fender Custom Telecaster FMT Electric Guitar has tonal versatility and looks that make it welcome in any venue at a price that makes it a real Tele value. Mahogany body and set mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and 6-saddle string-thru-body hardtail bridge provide great resonance and longer sustain. Cast sealed tuning machines keep tuning spot-on while stunning transparent finishes let the brilliance of the maple figuring shine through. Fat tones are produced by the Seymour Duncan SHPGP-1B Pearly Gates Plus bridge humbucker and Seymour Duncan SH-1N RP '59 Reverse-Polarity neck humbucker that can be switched from double to single-coil mode via a push-pull tone control.

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FEATURES
  • Flamed maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard, 15-3/4" radius
  • Seymour Duncan SHPGP-1B Pearly Gates Plus bridge humbucker
  • Seymour Duncan SH-1N RP '59 Reverse-Polarity neck humbucker (coil-splitting activated via push-pull tone control)
  • 3-position toggle
  • Case sold separately
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FenderSpecial Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 116 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (95)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

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This is not your standardTele...

Please stop comparing it to a classic Telecaster. This guitar was never designed to be a standard Tele, it was designed to be Fender's alternative to Gibson's Les Paul. I've had both, and...Read complete review

Please stop comparing it to a classic Telecaster. This guitar was never designed to be a standard Tele, it was designed to be Fender's alternative to Gibson's Les Paul. I've had both, and I love this guitar! For the money this is a beauty... carved top, thin contoured body, set neck, bound neck and body, humbucker pickups. It feels more like a Gibson than a Fender. I have many guitars and this one has become my go-to for songwriting, practicing, and recording. The neck feels great, the heel is unobtrusive, the fretboard is more Gibson-style than Fender Tele/Strat style. If you're looking for a classic Fender Telecaster, don't buy this guitar. If you're looking for a great playing and sounding guitar at a great price, I highly recommend this guitar!

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I wanted to love it...

I tried many of these before I gave up and realized there were inherent flaws with this guitar.

First of all, I'm not exactly sure what the one reviewer on here is...Read complete review

I tried many of these before I gave up and realized there were inherent flaws with this guitar.

First of all, I'm not exactly sure what the one reviewer on here is saying about this guitar not coming with Seymour Duncan pickups. Every model i tried had Seymour Duncans in it. Not all Seymour Duncans are silk screened with a logo on it. The only way to tell is to pull the pickup out and look at the back.

Secondly, this guitar is heavily over priced for what it is. The body of this guitar is incredibly thin. Thinner than any guitar I have ever played, hands down. If you're expecting a chunky Tele type body, this will not deliver. If you're expecting a resonant body, this guitar will not deliver.

It is cheaply made. On every guitar I tried, the frets had some oxidation or rust on them. The truss rod hole was filled up with laquer which made it impossible to set up without drilling out some of the laquer. The pots were loose and the bridge saddles were loose and crooked.

For the price of this guitar, none of the mentioned items above should be a problem. I don't expect the guitar to be perfect, but the areas mentioned are amazingly obvious to any human quality assurance checker before it is boxed up. The oxidized/rusted frets are incredibly concerning to me as every single one I tried out (4 total) had this same problem. What are they using for fret wire on this thing?

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Underrated Telecaster

By MasterBlaster

from Carolina

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Coil splitting
  • Fantastic Pickups
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Lightweight
  • Solid Electronics
  • Unbelieveable Flame Top

Cons

  • Made in indonesia

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

The reviews on this guitar are the biggest bunch of misinformation ever! From complaints about the pickups are not Seymour Duncan, they are, to the tight spacing of the strings. The strings are about 1/20 of an inch tighter than my other teles. That is so small it just doesn't matter. Divide it by 5 spaces and you have 1/100 of an inch difference between strings. Rust and oxidation? This guitar finish is impeccable no oxidation at all on mine. The light weight and the beautiful sounds from these pickups are unbelieveable. Big frets, smoked hardware which does tarnish so wipe it down sweathogs. With binding and huge abalone dots, nice saddles that don't have setscrews digging into your hand, super smooth tuners, it plays amazing and feels good. Now they moved the mfg. from Korea to Indonesia so mines a 2012 and it is Indonesia, but looks like the same level of quality as the Korean which is top notch. Buy this guitar! It's amazing!

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5.0

My new obsession.

By DDP

from MO

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • May Require Saddle Adjust

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

Light weight, Awesome action, Beautiful finish, and even better sound. The coil select is hands down the best feature, giving you the traditional crisp fender sound in single coil mode, and a more gibsonesque sound in humbucker mode.
Despite what others have said, mine came with the Seymore Duncan pickups. I did have to adjust the saddles a bit, but overall I am very satisfied with my purchase.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Beware the Fat Fingered Player!

By Rogue1

from Colville, WA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Killer Finish
  • Light Weight

Cons

  • Atypical Neck

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

This guitar has many nice features and the light weight is the first thing I noticed when picking it up. I bought this guitar based on the information that it is a Telecaster Special Edition; key word, Telecaster. Little did I know that the nut on this guitar would be the narrowest Telecaster ever to my knowledge. I expected a Telecaster nut width in the neighborhood of 1.675"-1.685". This guitar has a nut width of 1.625" and that is just too narrow for average man fingers. My bad for not checking this little detail but I expected something typical of the Telecaster name. An important departure from the Telecaster beyond cosmetics, pickups and controls should have been covered in the overall description. Live and learn! BTW: this guitar feels and plays nothing like a Les Paul as some mentioned in a review. But then it's not like a Telecaster either.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All the axe I'll ever need

By CenlaBlues

from Alexandria, LA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Looks
  • Value
  • Workmanship

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

    I received this guitar used as a Christmas present in 2005. This is a 2002 or 2003 model I believe, it came with the Fender humbuckers. Great craftsmanship in a Korean guitar, I played it as is for a couple of years with no issues, on a whim I had a set of boutique pickups wound for it and so glad I did, it gave it a whole new spectrum of tone. Sadly, I haven't seen this guitar for about a year now, I loaned it to my uncle who has many guitars, and he uses this one for recording.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't have it its mine.

    By nomorepaulsforme

    from Austin, Tx

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Tricky Setup When Needed

    Best Uses

    • everything

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

    This guitar opened the gateway to telecasters for me. Was always a les paul and sg guy. Jammed for hours on them in guitar shops. Got enough money together for a new guitar. First brand new one. Saw this one hanging on the wall, played it, bought it and never looked back. Pups are not super hot, which I like, but not vintage souding either, which I also like. Finally got around to setting it up after a few years, yes it was that good (and i got better sooo...)and the saddle screws were locked up with oxidation. Little penetrating oil and off we go. Took a few trys to get the action right, and the bridge shows some oxidation, but i treat my gear like hell and this thing just will not stop. Dropped, dragged, left outside, stepped on. Scraped up banged up and every chip and ding makes that finish look even better to me. Almost bought a les paul recently. Put new strings on, played a few pauls and sg's, changed my mind. This is it for me. Duncans sound great, even when split (volume lowers but we should all know that already) through my marshall tsl and my fender 100 solid state (high mileage backup ;)). Not a traditional guitar, isn't supposed to be and I say play one first. It'll suprise you. Oh mines red if it really matters.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Spectacular

    By Timmy

    from Belfast

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

      I have been playing one of these guitars for 7 years and I must say it is simply a fantastic guitar. I have played strats, les pauls, explorers, and full body teles and I would choose this over any of them. I play a lot of long gigs and even longer practices, the thinline body definitely helps with my shoulder!

      The sound this guitar can generate makes me smile every time I play and I'm constantly complimented not on how I play but the tone I get from this thing. If you don't have one already, get one. You won't be dissapointed.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      nice guitar but needed fret work

      By Hybrid

      from sioux falls,sd

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Looks
      • Playability
      • Sound

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Fret Issues

      Best Uses

      • everything
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

      I had to send the first one back as it had bad fret issues. Received the second and it wasnt as bad but had it worked on and covered by factory warranty for fret issues. Plays and looks great.

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      (0 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Nothing Special but good PUPs

      By Tucknfoldman

      from West Palm Beach, Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

      this is a tele with Seymour Duncans for a LP sound with the bosy and neck and 25.5 Fender style. The instrument is good looking and simple but the premium price stopped me from buying this guitar. I can buy a Gibson MIA LP for the same money!

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is not your standardTele...

      By PCou

      from Lexington, SC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

        Please stop comparing it to a classic Telecaster. This guitar was never designed to be a standard Tele, it was designed to be Fender's alternative to Gibson's Les Paul. I've had both, and I love this guitar! For the money this is a beauty... carved top, thin contoured body, set neck, bound neck and body, humbucker pickups. It feels more like a Gibson than a Fender. I have many guitars and this one has become my go-to for songwriting, practicing, and recording. The neck feels great, the heel is unobtrusive, the fretboard is more Gibson-style than Fender Tele/Strat style. If you're looking for a classic Fender Telecaster, don't buy this guitar. If you're looking for a great playing and sounding guitar at a great price, I highly recommend this guitar!

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        I wanted to love it...

        By deanproxy

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Pick Up

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Incredibly Thin Body
        • No Resonance
        • Poorly Made
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rusting Frets

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

          I tried many of these before I gave up and realized there were inherent flaws with this guitar.

          First of all, I'm not exactly sure what the one reviewer on here is saying about this guitar not coming with Seymour Duncan pickups. Every model i tried had Seymour Duncans in it. Not all Seymour Duncans are silk screened with a logo on it. The only way to tell is to pull the pickup out and look at the back.

          Secondly, this guitar is heavily over priced for what it is. The body of this guitar is incredibly thin. Thinner than any guitar I have ever played, hands down. If you're expecting a chunky Tele type body, this will not deliver. If you're expecting a resonant body, this guitar will not deliver.

          It is cheaply made. On every guitar I tried, the frets had some oxidation or rust on them. The truss rod hole was filled up with laquer which made it impossible to set up without drilling out some of the laquer. The pots were loose and the bridge saddles were loose and crooked.

          For the price of this guitar, none of the mentioned items above should be a problem. I don't expect the guitar to be perfect, but the areas mentioned are amazingly obvious to any human quality assurance checker before it is boxed up. The oxidized/rusted frets are incredibly concerning to me as every single one I tried out (4 total) had this same problem. What are they using for fret wire on this thing?

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