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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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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, two 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. Case sold separately.

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: two 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: Black
  • 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
  • Case sold separately

Get a classic today in butterscotch blonde.

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FenderSpecial Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster
 
4.8

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (61)
  • Good feel (60)
  • Good tone (56)
  • Good pick up (50)
  • Solid electronics (47)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (57)
  • Practicing (56)
  • Recording (46)
  • Small venues (38)
  • Rock concerts (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (56), Professional musician (10), Novice (4)

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

 

First Impression...Gave it The Slash...!!!

First of all...I want to thank Musician's Friend for accommodating my concerns...We go way back, even before the internet really took hold. This guitar was just not up to my...Read complete review

First of all...I want to thank Musician's Friend for accommodating my concerns...We go way back, even before the internet really took hold. This guitar was just not up to my expectations in finish or resonate qualities. Grant for the fact that it is not a high end guitar...and I understand that. But I've been way more impressed with instruments out of Asia than this thing. I have an American built Tele... and it pops like one would expect out of a Tele. But this one in my opinion was sonically dead... I don't think a new set of strings would have helped it much.

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4.0

Love it!

By Riney

from Cedar Rapids, IA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

      Good axe

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      5.0

      A screamin deal!

      By BARNEY

      from Upstate NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

        Apparently the blemish was the plastic 3-way switch knob that kept falling off. A drop of glue cured that. Playability and sound are outstanding!

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        5.0

        Fantastic guitar, very pleased

        By Jake

        from Canton, MI

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

            I am definitely a guitar beginner, so feel free to disregard this review...that being said, I'm really loving this guitar. The only other guitar I've ever owned was a Squier strat, the difference in build quality between that one and this one is obviously night and day. I haven't experienced any of the QC issues people often complain about with guitars in this price range (cracks in finish, sharp fret ends, etc.). Not sure how these pickups compare to other Teles, but I'm really enjoying them - I play it with just a little gain and get a great classic rock/blues sound with solid output. No regrets, and I would definitely recommend this guitar to other beginners who are willing to go beyond the really cheap entry level instruments but don't want to break the bank.

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            5.0

            Great guitar for the money

            By player Pat

            from warrensburg,New York

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

              Value wise ,I think fender mims are well worth the money and as close to the real mccoy as you can get.
              This guitar is a real gem.I would reccomend it to both the novice and experienced player.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very nice, top quality MIM Telecaster

              By Eagle44

              from Richmond, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Great all-around Instrument
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                So far this is the best MIM I have purchased (or played). The set-up was very close to perfect for me (just a little tweaking). The reverse switching is a nice touch and allows for easier volume control for Country style (steel guitar emulation) licks. The fit and finish is spotless. The only mod that I made was the pickguard; I prefer the Tortoise Shell pickguard on the blond finish (not that there is anything wring with the black pickguard!). Use of the 9-42 Ernie Ball (#2223) strings seals the deal.

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                5.0

                wonderful guitar

                By gandmother

                from CT

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                  grandson is very excited !!!!!!

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                  4.0

                  Rockin' Tele

                  By Mikjams

                  from New York

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  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:

                    I've developed a telecaster fascination this year, I'd never played one before and now this is my third! I love the classic look of the butterscotch with black pick guard, so I had to add this to my collection when I saw it at a great price. Compared to my American Standard Tele, this MIM Deluxe Ash has more snarl and bite when using distortion. It's not as twangy and bright when played clean, however. It covers all classic tele territory well, but for recording I'd use this for the more rocking tunes and the Am. Standard for soul and countryish things. I like the 3 barrel bridge saddles. I don't have any intonation problems either. Mine was great right out the box. I think my G string was slightly sharp at the 12th fret - no big deal to me. If you have perfect pitch, it might bother you. I've read that this bridge design enhances the sustain. it certainly has great sustain - more than my MIA Tele. Perhaps the pickups are hotter also. The only issue I had with the bridge was that it can cause the string spacing to be uneven. You may have to shift the strings into place, as the saddles don't have slots. I actually exchanged the first one I received because of wood and finish issues - strictly aesthetic, but the replacement was excellent. Finish was flawless and beautiful, and the build quality was excellent. Kudos to Fender and Musician's Friend!

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                    5.0

                    Exceeded my expectations

                    By Slim Whitman

                    from Nashville

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Recording
                      • School Bands

                      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                      These special edition ash Tele's are one of MF's best deals going right now. All the pop and twang you'd expect and hope for in a good one. Fit, finish is just fine. BTW, I opted for an "open box" item and could not tell difference from NIB, saved even more. Maybe I got lucky, mine is a keeper.

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                      5.0

                      Fine Guitar

                      By Pineears

                      from East Texas

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • Pickups to hot for my desired classic country so

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                        Played with no amplification it has a loud sustained woody tone.. The pups were a little too hot for my taste of classic country but sounded great, had me playing blues and rock. The playability is superb. Finish is very good. Don't like the reversed control plate. Reversing it requires some routing in he cavity in addition to soldering. The cavities are coated with conductive paint and grounded to reduce single coil hum. Not too sticky as is, but I buffed the back of the neck with 0000 steel wool which made it very smooth and doesn't even take off the shine. The neck is fantastic for bending and fast licks. I changed the pups to Fender CS Nocasters and I'm very pleased with he sound.

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                        5.0

                        True Grit and more

                        By Skrattar

                        from Aberdeen, WA

                        About Me Experienced

                        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:

                          This guitar is just what I needed. Have been playing a Gibson Les Paul and Fender Strat for years. I felt I was missing a tone until I purchased this from MF a month ago. This guitar fills the void. Great tone, neck, balance and all around feel. I love the bright snappy tones which can be altered to a nice smooth jazz tone or a crunchy bluesy tone. The reverse plate doesn't bother me at all, having not been used to a tele in the past. It's very solid, well made, looks great and plays great. It's a keeper for sure.

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