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Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster Maple Fretboard Butterscotch Blonde

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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, ca...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (38)
  • Good feel (37)
  • Good tone (34)
  • Good pick up (32)
  • Solid electronics (29)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (40)
  • Jamming (39)
  • Recording (30)
  • Small venues (26)
  • Rock concerts (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (33), Professional musician (9)

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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5.0

YES!

By Fangofthetooth

from Montreal

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    Cons

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        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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        (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Nice, but not satin

        By AZ

        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.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hot Rodded

          By Bhollisster

          from Pilot Point, Texas

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          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 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very satisfied

            By Gil

            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 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              special edition tele

              By rod

              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.

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My favorite so far

                By Rook

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Experienced

                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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Had to go back and buy it...

                By Rocking Dad

                from Little Rock

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                  I played this Tele while killing some time at GC. I could not get over how nice it sounded and played. I came back later that day and walked out the door with it. This guitar is an unbelievable value proposition. If you want a solid Tele and cant afford the USA price, buy one before they are gone. Even if you have the money for the USA...don't look at the USA or MIM designation. Just play them both and choose. Mine played better than the USA Reissue. We all know guitars can be setup, but sometimes it's nice to get a good fit right off the rack.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy another just like it.

                  By Tallrunner

                  from Kalispell, MT.

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Feeling Neck Frets

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Nice Sounding Playing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                    I've never been much of a fan of the Mex made Fenders but I am really happy with this FSR that I bought. it sounds just like an American made Tele, came from the factory set just like I like, I never had to do a thing to it except change the strings to the gauge I prefer, I would recommend this guitar to anybody, Novice or Pro. I'm pretty sure you'll be impressed with it. I've been a weekend warrior for almost fifty years and I sure am. one thing I did do, I turned the control panel around so that the switch for the pick ups is in front of the volume knob where it belongs, I just couldn't get used to it being behind them.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A solid purchase.

                    By Phork702

                    from Las Vegas, NV

                    About Me Novice

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                      I chose this over a Squire Classic Vibe. I'm glad I did. As someone else mentioned it is quite heavy. I love the weight, others may not. Factory setup was nice (much better than Squires)

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      FSR Std Ash Telecast is SPECIAL indeed!

                      By mcintalker

                      from Northwestern lower Michigan

                      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
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                        I am really impressed by this FSR Std Ash Tele! I've played the American Special and mine seems just as nice for half the price! I've got 51 years of "pro-player with lots of guitars" and this is beyond what I expected. I am very pleased!

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