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A Tele with a set neck and Seymour Duncans!

This Custom Telecaster features a set neck and a carved Spalted Maple top on a slim, bound, mahogany body. Seymour Duncan pickups with push/pull coil splitting lets you choose between fat humbucker tone and sparkling single coil.

Fender has really come through for fans of natural finish guitars with stunning wood grain. This gorgeous axe has plenty of power and sound options to back up its sexy looks.

FEATURES
  • Body: Mahogany/ bound top
  • Neck: 1-Piece Mahogany, slim"C" Shape, bound, set (Polyurethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 15.75" Radius
  • Frets: 22-Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut: 1.625" (42 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine Heads: Standard Style Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Hardtail
  • Pickguard: None
  • Pickups: 1 Seymour DuncanĀ® SHPGP-1B Pearly Gates Plus Pickup (Bridge), 1 Seymour DuncanĀ® SH-1N RP '59 Reverse Polarity Pickup (Neck )
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle, Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone/ coil splitting
  • Strings: Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042), p/n 073-0250-003
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FenderSpecial Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 44 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great choice for me

I am a fairly new musician and an extremely weathered audience having spent my fortune and past 20 years on concerts and music travel. I have always visually loved the natural ash body of...Read complete review

I am a fairly new musician and an extremely weathered audience having spent my fortune and past 20 years on concerts and music travel. I have always visually loved the natural ash body of the american standard telecaster with the black pickgaurd. However when I statred playing 4 years ago, I received a mexican standard black telly (like Dylans) as a gift. I have earned what chops I have on it, am attached and know I am undoubtably a "telly girl". So now I am searching for a new guitar and cannot get the natural body telly out of my mind. Do I spend a grand for a guitar that will be close in sound to the one I have grown to love?.......NO dont have to! Found the beautiful spalted maple with the Seymour Duncan pickups. This guitar is gorgeous in sound..bright and expressive--people are gonna listen to you, and simply beautiful to look at--people are gonna look at you(r guitar). ha ha. I am one happy tele owner!! I have two now that offer really really different options for my playing and fill the aestetic of the natural wood look. I did have one problem with the tuner knob being slightly bent. It was corrected in 3 minutes with a little wrench pull,pretty positive it happened after factory in the box. Other than that paid 5 extra bucks and got the guitar in two days. Muscians Friend did a good job of communicating and shipping. As other people have commented on this guitar...ALOT recieved for the price paid.
Read the specs. For me they were perfect and I was right. AND the thing is gorgeous!!!
I was worried as I did not have much information on guitars built in Indonesia. However this guitar is flawless from the laying and finishing of the spalted maple, to the neck connection, to the flame top clear coat to the extra attention paid to the headstock finish. I did have a bent tuner knob that I am pretty sure happened post factory in the box. It was fixed in 3 minutes with a pull of a wrench.
Looked at a lot of tellys, even custom built. Found what I wanted with this one for half the price or more! Honestly, even after endless research, I did have to get past the Indonesian built aspect however glad I did. I also must admit I would have liked a gig bag with it but not sure if thats getting greedy or not.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Best kept secret...

Others have said the same, but it is true - if you buy this guitar, you may find your other instruments gathering dust. No, it doesn't have quite the smooth low crunch as...Read complete review

Others have said the same, but it is true - if you buy this guitar, you may find your other instruments gathering dust. No, it doesn't have quite the smooth low crunch as a Les Paul. No, it doesn't have quite the country twang of a Tele. No, it can't get quite the same bright ring of a Strat in the 2 or 4 position. BUT... you can pick this thing up, and play an incredibly ecclectic mix of music without ever putting it down. Going from an Eagles song, to Iron Maiden to the Police is no problem.

Plus, it is hands down the nicest looking guitar at this price point.
Thin, lightweight body makes for comfortable playing. Coil splitter switch nice, but of questionalbe real value. Nice tuners, bridge. This is not meant to be a complex instrument, so the features fit the concept. Only complaint is that I found myself pulling the high E string off the neck on occasion. Perhaps not quite as much fretboard space as I'm used to.
I think most people will be amazed at the build quality for the price. I've seen way more expensive instruments that are significantly "less playable." Good materials, marquee pickups, nice hardware. Even the glossy finish, which I am not usually a fan of, comes off very nice in person. No complaints.
Amazing. Again, there are a lot more expensive guitars that don't feel this good. Nice hardware and above-standard fit and finish aren't usually found at this price. Sometimes I wonder if Fender keeps this guitar under-promoted because they don't have much margin on it. Who knows. In any case, let the used market be your guide. First, you can almost never find one up for sale and second, if you do find one, the price is often at or above "new." That says a lot.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Get a clue

By Lee-XLF0e

from Seattle

Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

The set neck design is superior than a bolt on neck for sustain. The person who wrote that Gibson uses bolt on necks is incorrect. Gibson uses a set neck design. As far as going out of tune, buy some better tuners and you're set. You should not write a review without knowing what you are talking about.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great choice for me

By kimberly cardinal

from ohio

Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

I am a fairly new musician and an extremely weathered audience having spent my fortune and past 20 years on concerts and music travel. I have always visually loved the natural ash body of the american standard telecaster with the black pickgaurd. However when I statred playing 4 years ago, I received a mexican standard black telly (like Dylans) as a gift. I have earned what chops I have on it, am attached and know I am undoubtably a "telly girl". So now I am searching for a new guitar and cannot get the natural body telly out of my mind. Do I spend a grand for a guitar that will be close in sound to the one I have grown to love?.......NO dont have to! Found the beautiful spalted maple with the Seymour Duncan pickups. This guitar is gorgeous in sound..bright and expressive--people are gonna listen to you, and simply beautiful to look at--people are gonna look at you(r guitar). ha ha. I am one happy tele owner!! I have two now that offer really really different options for my playing and fill the aestetic of the natural wood look. I did have one problem with the tuner knob being slightly bent. It was corrected in 3 minutes with a little wrench pull,pretty positive it happened after factory in the box. Other than that paid 5 extra bucks and got the guitar in two days. Muscians Friend did a good job of communicating and shipping. As other people have commented on this guitar...ALOT recieved for the price paid.
Read the specs. For me they were perfect and I was right. AND the thing is gorgeous!!!
I was worried as I did not have much information on guitars built in Indonesia. However this guitar is flawless from the laying and finishing of the spalted maple, to the neck connection, to the flame top clear coat to the extra attention paid to the headstock finish. I did have a bent tuner knob that I am pretty sure happened post factory in the box. It was fixed in 3 minutes with a pull of a wrench.
Looked at a lot of tellys, even custom built. Found what I wanted with this one for half the price or more! Honestly, even after endless research, I did have to get past the Indonesian built aspect however glad I did. I also must admit I would have liked a gig bag with it but not sure if thats getting greedy or not.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

About my

By Billy C. from PA

from Clarion, PA

Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

Overall very pleased with this guitar. Looks great and sounds great, too. Love the coil tap sound--especially in the middle position. Took some major set-up to make the neck true, though.Liked it so much that I ordered a second one but sent it back because of flaw in finish and minor defect with bridge. Wasn't near as unique looking, either. Have had numerous positive remarks on the great looks and sound when playing out with this ax in comparison to my old strat.Great sustain. Good job Fender--and as always, thanks to MF for being the great company that you are.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Best kept secret...

By Matthew Harmon

from Chicago

Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

Others have said the same, but it is true - if you buy this guitar, you may find your other instruments gathering dust. No, it doesn't have quite the smooth low crunch as a Les Paul. No, it doesn't have quite the country twang of a Tele. No, it can't get quite the same bright ring of a Strat in the 2 or 4 position. BUT... you can pick this thing up, and play an incredibly ecclectic mix of music without ever putting it down. Going from an Eagles song, to Iron Maiden to the Police is no problem.

Plus, it is hands down the nicest looking guitar at this price point.
Thin, lightweight body makes for comfortable playing. Coil splitter switch nice, but of questionalbe real value. Nice tuners, bridge. This is not meant to be a complex instrument, so the features fit the concept. Only complaint is that I found myself pulling the high E string off the neck on occasion. Perhaps not quite as much fretboard space as I'm used to.
I think most people will be amazed at the build quality for the price. I've seen way more expensive instruments that are significantly "less playable." Good materials, marquee pickups, nice hardware. Even the glossy finish, which I am not usually a fan of, comes off very nice in person. No complaints.
Amazing. Again, there are a lot more expensive guitars that don't feel this good. Nice hardware and above-standard fit and finish aren't usually found at this price. Sometimes I wonder if Fender keeps this guitar under-promoted because they don't have much margin on it. Who knows. In any case, let the used market be your guide. First, you can almost never find one up for sale and second, if you do find one, the price is often at or above "new." That says a lot.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Looks great

By BanjoMan-cjdM9

from California

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Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

I ordered this guitar for Christmas, kept it about a week and returned it. The veneer was almost coming lose on the body of the guitar. I was going to have to spend about $60 to have the guitar set up just to decide if I wanted to keep it. The condition in which it arrived rendered the instrument non-playable.
You can read the features online.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Guitar for the MONEY

By Fender34

from Beckley, WV

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Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

Great guitar so get it.
This is a great guitar. I was a bit worried about getting a Indonesian guitar but it is worth it. I can basicly get any sound I want out of this guitar. You can bend the strings all day and they wont go out of tune. You can buy guitars for 3 times the price of this baby and you wont be getting as good of a guitar. It is also very light so its fun to play shows with and not kill you'r back.
The only bad thing is the volume knob is a little bit scetchy on mine but it looks like that happend when it was shipped.
You can't get a better guitar for the money.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Swiss Army Knife of Guitars

By TeleloveMy2ladies

from NC

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Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

I play in a cover band with a pretty diverse set list and I am the designated "tone-clone" of the band meaning the other guy usually handles the straight-ahead Crunch and I have to simulate everything from AC-DC, to Skynard to organ solos. With the right pedals this guitar can do it all! With the coil tap the powerful and hot pickups and solid body w/set neck, this thing is capable of a lot of about anything.

Some comments on palm muting the bridge: at first it is awkward if you are used to other styles of bridge like a Les Paul or standard Tele (like I was) but once I got used to it I prefer it and I PM the crap out of songs like "heart breaker" with this thing.

Oh and it is gorgeous! I have never seen a guitar that I liked looking at as much as this one, the likelihood that some other dude will have one is about nil.

If you are wondering why it is this cheap its only evident in tiny details. My tone knob is a little loose, though the volume has a nice weight to it but I'm sure if I told my guitar guy to do something about it he could at a pretty low cost.

If they made one with a maple fretboard and a tremelo I might buy another and only play these two guitars forever.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A work of art meets function!

By Wayne B.

from Pa

Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

I started playing in 1975. I've been through so many guitars and amps I've lost count a long time ago. I was forced to sell all my accumulated gear 1 yr after losing my left index finger tip in a power saw and not being able to touch the finger from 1999-2003. Throughout all those years, the only guitars I kept for any period of time were an American made Ovation, two custom PBC's and the custom ordered Melancon P90 Artist with LR Baggs piezio.Lately I had the urge to buy a lesser expensive guitar and low watt all tube amp to keep in the LR and play in the A/C for the summer.After months of searching to no avail for a used Melancon I could afford, I finally decided to give this guitar a chance, and I was not by any means a fan of Fender, nor Vox.I now have a fabulous set up consisting of this Fender guitar, the 4 watt Vox tube amp (played at #5 set at .25 watts), the Fulltone Supa-Trem and a Boss/ Fender 63 reverb pedal. I could not be more pleased with the products, all of which were purchased from MF.The guitar is fabulous! The only thing I will change are the strings and will use my Snake Oil Brand instead. The action, intonation, looks, style, playability and function are excellent! I have not one complaint, and that is saying a lot for me. And yes, it even looks better in person than it does on the web site.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the Fender you want!

By Tim of Hitfaced

from Minneapolis, MN

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Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

Wow - that is all I can say. I bought this thing with pretty high expectations. It needed to sound like GOD and play like butter or I was not going to be happy. Fender OVER delivered on this. I don't think I will EVER sell this guitar. It has quickly become my favorite guitar to sit around and riff on. It sounds AMAZING - by rolling off the volume or coil tapping you can get from one side of the tone spectrum to the other...it doesn't matter what you play - you can get that sound out of this! The only reason it doesn't get a 5 over all from me is because I give NOTHING a 5. If I did - this might get it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spalted Fender Tele

By Al-6lFor

from Nebraska

Comments about Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Spalted Maple HH Electric Guitar:

Had this for almost a year, so time for a review. First of all, to agree with everyone else, this thing is BEAUTIFUL! The binding has a nice, aged look, top is striking, stained mahogany back is equally nice. I have done no setup to this and its perfect. Keep in mind that spalted maple varies greatly and yours may not look like the picture. I have seen some very bland ones out there. Some guys have complained about the coil tap, but I love it. I use it for a little boost when I dont want to go full overdrive. Single coil tone is very nice but has a voice all its own, differing from my strat & other teles I have played. Humbucker tone is a monster, especially in the neck position. Lack of sustain? I think not! Neck positon with some overdrive and this beast will scream! Everyone who has seen this can't believe its not an American. Neck joint and fretwork are flawless. Only complaint is noisy selector switch. (easy fix) All in all, an outstanding instrument.

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