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Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar Crimson Transparent  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Case sold separately.

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

You think it's hot in the picture – wait till you get your fingers around its neck. Order NOW!

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FenderSpecial Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 116 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (93)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beware the Fat Fingered Player!

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...Read complete review

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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2.0

Not worth the money

By Jimmy Smith

from New York

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Bad Fret Material
  • Doesn't Stay In Tune
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

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

    I owned this guitar and all I can say is it would never stay in tune. The frets were made of some material that made them wear out at an astonishing rate for as much as I used it. The woods and finish seemed nice enough though. I like the coil taps for clean sound but the humbuckers left a lot to be desired for tone. I was never really happy with the guitar after setting it up as best as I could. To me this would be better suited for a lower price point on this guitar. You don't really get what you pay for in this guitar. It's a fail in my book

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    (2 of 2 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.

    Comment on this review

    (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.

      Comment on this review

      (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.

        Comment on this review

        (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.

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 13 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!

        Comment on this review

        (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

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          I wanted to love it...

          By Dean Jones

          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?

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar and great price

            By EdtheTed

            from Kitchener, ON

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Sound
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

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

              I own 7 electric guitars and they all have unique qualities. This telecaster FMT HH (does anyone know what those letters are supposed to mean?) is a really fun guitar to play and produces many different tones. It has become my "go to" practice guitar.

              I have an American Deluxe Tele which has better "Tele" tones and a wider range of sounds. But it is much heavier. The FMT HH is so easy to just grab and play away on. The thin neck is pretty fast and the pickups are fabulous. Another reviewer said they were not SDs, but they say "Semour Duncan" on them so I think that is what they are!

              I have an Epiphone Les Paul with SD pickups that sound beautiful. The ones on the FMT HH are a bit warmer sounding. When you go to the single coil you have to increase the volume a bit but they definitely increase the number of sounds you can get. My Les Paul gets a jazzy sound that can easily go towards fusion and Santana, the FMT HH gets a jazzy sound that is bouncier and has more of an open "archtop" kind of sound. There are videos on YouTube that do a great job of demonstrating this guitar's sound and versitility.

              I have the yellow/maple model and it's beautiful. I would not buy a guitar based on what it looked like, but this one is an amazing combination of low price, great looks, great sound and fun to play. What's missing? Nothing!

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