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Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster  Maple Fretboard Butterscotch Blonde

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A classic electric guitar that is so simple, yet incredibly versatile!

The Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster features the best of the old and the new: a butterscotch blonde finish, a fast-action maple neck, cast/sealed machine heads, 2 classic single-coil pickups, and a 3-barrel string-thru-body bridge. Since its introduction in the early '50s, guitarists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster guitar for its powerful tone and smooth playability. Timeless.

FEATURES
  • Body: Ash
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape, (Gloss Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple,
  • Fingerboard radius: 9.5" Radius (241mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickups: 2 Hot Standard Tele Single-Coil Pickups (Neck & Bridge)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching:
  • 3-Position Blade:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Standard 3-Barrel String-Thru-Body Bridge
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Strings: Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042), p/n 073-0250-003
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Introduced: 11/2008

Get a classic today in butterscotch blonde.

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FenderSpecial Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster
 
4.8

(based on 49 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (42)
  • Good feel (41)
  • Good tone (37)
  • Good pick up (34)
  • Solid electronics (30)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (43)
  • Jamming (42)
  • Recording (32)
  • Small venues (28)
  • Rock concerts (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I like this thing!!!

To be fair, I bought this, to have some fun... Swap out the pickups and do some rewiring/switching.. That said, when I opened the box, and strummed it, a...Read complete review

To be fair, I bought this, to have some fun... Swap out the pickups and do some rewiring/switching.. That said, when I opened the box, and strummed it, a bit, I decided... NO! I will not do it!... This thing plays, and sounds fantastic, as is! Stock pickups are chimey, clear, bright and twangy, but offer some nice bottom, as well!! I will swap out the switch, with a Fender-super 5-way, which will maintain the original tones, but add more. I think, originally, it came with .09s, and the original set up felt fine, if that's your taste, but I prefer heavier strings, so reset it, with .13s, and it's great. My only regret, is that I bought the Butterscotch blonde color, and would have preferred the Orange (something different)... The 2 piece Ash body, meets PERFECTLY, in the middle...Nicely matched, Looks like a single board, from the front (...and from the back, for that matter). No weird 2 seams in the finish... meets right on the strap button and skunk stripe. I like the 3-saddle vintage-style bridge, maple board, and the single-ply black pickguard.. This is a true vintage-style guitar, without being a reissue. Fantastic tone, and playability! Not too heavy, not too light...I was a bit put-off by the lack of any form of case or gig bag. The single coils have the 60 cycle hum, especially when using overdrive. This is a great value, and will give many years of use... Enjoy!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice, but not satin

This is actually a very nice guitar at its price point. However, there is nothing satin about the neck finish. I prefer satin finishes on necks, when combined with the ash body,...Read complete review

This is actually a very nice guitar at its price point. However, there is nothing satin about the neck finish. I prefer satin finishes on necks, when combined with the ash body, I thought I hit an ideal combo at a bargain price. Unfortunately, the very glossy neck was a deal breaker for me.

To top it off, MF botched up the exchange I wanted to do as well. Unfortunately, they've probably lost a customer over it, too.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best guitars I've played.

By 

from Owasso, OK

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    This is just what I expected and always wanted. I've had an American strat and this guitar feels and sounds just as good. I play it everyday and it's never let me down. I didn't have to set it up or change the action or anything. I have been playing it since I got it out of the box.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    good bang for the buck

    By 

    from central new york

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • hey its a tele'

    Cons

    • 3way switch knob is loose

    Best Uses

    • Having fun

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    its a tele'! Frets and NECK = no sharp edges on frets all smooth and rounded off. the frets claim to be medium/jumbo and expected my fingers to get stubbed but, my fingers glide quite easily on them ( i preffer vintage frets). the neck contour is about the same as a standard mim maybe slightly D shaped (my opinion).
    other than that the neck is spot on with a perfect relief and string height right outta the box. all i hadta do was tune it up a few steps and i was ready to go.
    no fret buzz anywheres.
    Body = the craftsmanship on this axe is really pretty dang good, i like the reverse plate, first tiime i tried one, so i will leave it.
    Bridge = gotta love the original tele 3 saddle bridge style!( really gives it that sound) i will keep them, tho i sorta preffer the gotah style 6-saddles, cant stand the new bent steel ones.
    Controls = the pots are fine and actually have volume control just about all the way thru, while the tone cuts off the treble nicely. THE BIG COMPLAINT is the pickup selector switch KNOB is loose. almost fell off the switch when i pulled it outta the box? (i will maybe lightly glue it or buy anothe one, probably a strat style).
    TUNERS = alright, guitar stays in tune really good. i pick it up the next day and it stays in tune! maybe a higher ratio gear would be nicer but these are fine for what i do.
    Pickups = i dont know what pickups are in this they have a close vintage sound but not quite!? (one spec says "classic" and another claims "hot standard tele pickups"?) thought i mite trade em out for some tele original vintage, 51 nocaster, or vintage noislesses but, after playing it a few times i think i will forget about it. i think they may be overwound standards or something?
    this will be my workhorse from now on. after playing this the extra 100 beans over a standard mim tele is worth it.
    and like any tele, its fun to play

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    5.0

    About time

    By 

    from Sunny Florida

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    Pros

    • A Joy To Play
    • Beautiful Instument
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Factory Pickups
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

      Control set up is preferred. This guitar feels so right, balance, weight, etc. I can't believe how good it sounds.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Better then I expected

      By 

      from York, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

        I've wanted to add a Tele to my collection for a long time but wasn't ready to invest in an American Standard so with the 45 day return policy from Musicians Friend, and all the positive reviews I've read here figured I couldn't go wrong. I had a Mexican Strat twenty years ago that was a complete piece of garbage that I promptly traded on an American Standard. Boy, how the times have changed, I am extremely impressed with the quality of this guitar. It did need to be set up but I expected that much, once to my likings I haven't been able to put it down - I like it that much. Quality wise I liken to my American Strat, though purist would probably argue that but it only has to satisfy my ears and hands. Stock pickups and electronics seem to be of good quality, frets though not perfectly finished on the ends are certainly acceptable with a minor clean up. Overall very satisfied with it and finding it my new favorite go to. If you really want a Tele and don't want to invest in an Am. you won't be disappointed with this one. It's a keeper for me.

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        5.0

        YES!

        By 

        from Montreal

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

              Purchased online 6 months ago and wanted to play this for awhile before reviewing. Great guitar, great price, I have been leaving my sweet PRS and two very good Strats at home while completely enjoying this FSR Ash Tele.

              I would prefer the original orientation of the control plate. However, internal routing on this FSR does not allow the flip-around without modification to the control cavity and I'm having too much fun playing it to stop for a mod.

              The beautiful grain showing in the stock picture is not quite as nice on mine with some variation in wood color beneath the stain but not a problem. Still a keeper.

              Gigged a Santana lead (neck pickup, Tube Screamer + echo, switch to rear pup) followed by a clean tone CCR (middle position), Hendrix Red House lead(neck pup, TS + echo), then rhythm & accents in a 4/4 rocker (bridge + TS). Really nice tone on all, balanced, classic, all the sustain I wanted through a 2 x EL84 amp Celestion 12" loaded. Heard well in the band mix without overpowering I'm VERY happy with this model.

              Tips:

              Don't try to overdrive it too much, less is more with a Tele. Use your ears.

              Slip that black pickup switch button off and fill the void around (not in) the slot with epoxy or a metal ring or whatever. An exuberant flip of my switch sent it flying across the practice room, the plastic is weak around the shaft slot.

              Cold dry weather made the fret ends poke out a little, perfect time to dress them gently.

              I love this guitar it is far more than I expected it to be and easily fits right in with my higher end axes as a new and very musical addition.

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              (2 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Nice, but not satin

              By 

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                This is actually a very nice guitar at its price point. However, there is nothing satin about the neck finish. I prefer satin finishes on necks, when combined with the ash body, I thought I hit an ideal combo at a bargain price. Unfortunately, the very glossy neck was a deal breaker for me.

                To top it off, MF botched up the exchange I wanted to do as well. Unfortunately, they've probably lost a customer over it, too.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Hot Rodded

                By 

                from Pilot Point, Texas

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                  I bought this one to hot rod. Replaced the stock saddles with compensated brass saddles, bought the chrome bridge cover, replaced pickups with Texas Specials..Added a leather embossed rose and vine 2 tone pick guard.. This thing is a monster now. Became my number 1 axe over my 95 Strat. The action is great, the tone of the wood is awesome. Was a great guitar before the modifications. But put 300 more into it. It's Amazing.

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very satisfied

                  By 

                  from Minnesota

                  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
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                    My first electric guitar was a 1977 Telecaster that I bought new as a teenager. I would say this is actually a better guitar than my original. I was nervous about the weight but it is lighter than my old one. The set up is fine. I put 10s on it. I had to adjust the string length. It could probably use a turn on the truss rod. The 9s that came on it are not usable to me. I love the feel of this guitar. It looks great and sounds great. I will know more about the quality of the pickups when I get it in a larger venue. A great bargain!

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                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    special edition tele

                    By 

                    from Davenport Florida

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Ease of Use
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Like
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                      Love this tele my best purchase ever.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My favorite so far

                      By 

                      from Dallas, TX

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                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful finish
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics
                      • Unique Features

                      Cons

                      • A Few Sharp Frets

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                      I've had this guitar for several years now and I love it. I've always been a sucker for BSB teles and the finish on this one is beautiful, with the wood grain showing through nicely. The single-ply black pickguard sets it off nicely. Even the headstock logo looks really cool--better than the plain black Fender logo on some of the standards.

                      Another thing that attracted me to this particular Tele was the unique features it offers. Specifically, the reversed control plate is awesome! It's so much more comfortable for me with the volume knob closer to the playing position. I also dig the vintage style bridge and brass saddles. Better for the tone, in my opinion.

                      People want to know about the pickups. They are ceramic, but they sound great. Some people from the online forums who got these were planning on switching the pickups out but changed their mind once they heard how good the stock ones sound. They're not really "vintage" sounding, so if that's what you're looking for, you might want to switch them out. But, I find that they are great all-around pickups that sound beautiful clean and have enough punch for more distorted stuff. They definitely have loads of that Tele sound and character.

                      Really, the only negative that I can find with my particular guitar is a few of the fret edges are a bit sharp. Not bad, but noticeable. That's pretty easily fixed though by a good guitar tech. Also, be aware that the neck is glossy. Some people like that, some don't. I think it feels nice, but I have been tempted to knock some of the shine off for a more satin feel. Either way, the guitar feels good.

                      I would absolutely recommend this guitar. If you're a fan of BSB Telecasters and like the features that this one comes with--you really can't go wrong.

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