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Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar   (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 a produced by the Seymour Duncan SHPGP-1B Pearly Gates Plus bridge humbucker and Seymour Duncan SH-1N RP '59 Reverse-Polarity neck humbucker.

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

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
  • 3-position toggle
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FenderSpecial Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 129 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (106)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good pick up (20)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Solid electronics (16)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Jamming (21)
  • Recording (20)
  • Rock concerts (14)
  • Small venues (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Underrated Telecaster

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...Read complete review

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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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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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is not your standardTele...

By PCou

from Lexington, SC

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

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!

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Underrated Telecaster

    By Mike the Knife

    from Georgia

    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!

    (6 of 6 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!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yes

      By Anonymous-Igc.h

      from Pomeroy, OH

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

      This is easily the best guitar I have ever played for this amount of money. I was looking for a new, inexpensive guitar at a local music store and here was this beauty just hanging on the wall. I fell in love the instant I held it. I went back to the store the next week and it was gone, but I just had to have this guitar so I ordered it. There is nothing else like it. Then amber finish is absolutely stunning, but that's not the best part. The Duncan pickups have a great tone and in combination with the selector and coil splitter you get a wide range of tones from cutting highs to chunky bass which makes this the most versatile guitar I own. Some might complain that this guitar is lacking in fullness compared to a Les Paul, but that's all made up for in versatility. It played perfectly right out of the box without any setup. The only problems I have ever had with this guitar is that the jack seems to come loose too often, even after multiple tightenings and the black hardware tarnishes quickly if not wiped off after every use. Definitely worth the money (and it plays way better then my friend's $2000 Les Paul.)

      (5 of 10 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.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Guitar, Amazing Price.

      By GM

      from USA

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Reviewer

      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 Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH Electric Guitar:

        I was a bit skeptical when I ordered this guitar, my Strat and LP are American made and I believed the antiquated press that foreign guitars are inferior to American made. So I bought this guitar because it seemed interesting, (and I got a great deal). It arrived within a couple of days and in perfect condition. The pickups can create a very aggressive tone, like a LP growl, great country tones, or smooth jazz. The neck plays smoother and faster than any other guitar I have owned and I have owned all of the major "go to" guitars. I am finding that I get the best tone quality and control without using my EQ pedal, I haven't figured why but why isn't always important. Sustain is also great. Many posts have complained about the fret work, however, what I have found is that these frets will feel rough if you are too forceful. My LP is like that, too. I needed to learn to "float" over the finger board with a very light touch on both guitars. The Strat, on the other hand needs a firmer grip. I would recommend this guitar if you want a very affordable, quality instrument. It is made in Indonesia, so what, my cars are made in Japan, my TV made in Viet Nam, cables from China, etc.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent, Beautiful Guitar.

        By GM

        from USA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Excellent Craftsmanship

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All around good sounding
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

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

          I bought this guitar from another site for a little over 400, brand new. The pickups and tuners were worth that. I was somewhat skeptical, because I have always bought USA Fender and Gibson. However, what a surprise! This thing is beautiful, plays very fast and smooth. The sound and adjustment were also good. I did customize the adjustments for my own tastes. I grew up when guitars were not factory set-up, strung and tuned. I find it funny that some people complain that their guitar arrives, via rough shipment and temp changes, out of tune or the bridge needs tweaked. Good grief, buy a screwdriver!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best-sounding guitar in my pile...

          By Donny Mac

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • People love the sound
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anytime, anywhere

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

            Bought this two years ago from a local music store on Long Island. This guitar sings. I can't find anything wrong with it. It's light and comfortable. I have not had to do anything except change the strings occasionally.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            OK, Really.

            By Walshlaird

            from Detroit

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Does the Job
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Pretty as a Picture
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Any venue
              • Guitar Playing
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

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

              Off the bat, no where on this guitar will you find the name "Telecaster". You will find the word "Fender" however. I don't pretend to know what lurks in the minds of the Fender higher ups but this is my second version of this model and I love 'em both. It's some sort of hybrid that owes more to Les Paul the Leo Fender. The result is a pleasant and somewhat familiar Tele feel and shape with a pronounced "Gibsony" tone and glossy appointments. My first is a Goldtop style with white DiMarzio humbuckers. I bought it used in 2011 so I'm not sure of it's actual age. I just added the Black Cherry Burst with Seymour Duncan's as it appears in this ad. Both are very nicely made with excellent finishes and fit. More reminiscent of a Gibson or Epiphone overall. Mine have flawless electronics unless you consider the slight gain loss when employing the coil split option a flaw. Both are similar in that they have a noticeably brighter tone than any Gibby/Epi I've ever played. I'd say an SG is closest. Bottom line is this guitar is a light, well built, attractive and unique winner that I am proud to do any gig anywhere.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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