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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, 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, (Tinted Satin Urethane 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
 
4.9

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (35)
  • Good feel (34)
  • Good tone (31)
  • Good pick up (30)
  • Solid electronics (26)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (36)
    • Jamming (35)
    • Recording (27)
    • Small venues (23)
    • Rock concerts (18)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (30), Professional musician (8)

    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!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A Discouraging Word

    Well, I hate to spoil the party but...to be fair, I was used to an early 1980s USA Fender guitar. But it's getting to be a bit too special to take...Read complete review

    Well, I hate to spoil the party but...to be fair, I was used to an early 1980s USA Fender guitar. But it's getting to be a bit too special to take on bar gigs. I was enticed by the sexy look and good reviews of this moderately priced Ash Telecaster FSR. Musicians Friend got it to me quickly and it was well packed. I'm used to setting up guitars although I must say this was the worst example I've ever seen. I got it as good as I could. The tone was country twangy which was OK by me. But I couldn't get past the fat neck and lowish frets. It reminded me of the low frets of an Epiphone compared to a Gibson. I just couldn't get comfortable playing it. MF was good to work with processing the return.

    I've learned something though. Don't go by identical specs. My Squier 60's Strat is a joy to play and that neck had identical specs to this one (medium-jumbo frets, 9.5" radius, modern C profile). It's hard to imagine two more different necks. It seems management went off the Fender reservation when they set up the Mexican specs way back when. There is nothing "jumbo" about these frets so I would call them medium. I'd call the neck profile a "D". I take their word at the 9.5" radius but it felt curvier. The saddles had to be set really curved to follow the profile of the fingerboard. It's not what I expected with a mainstream Fender.

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    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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    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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy another just like it.

      By Tallrunner

      from Kalispell, MT.

      About Me Experienced

      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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        5.0

        A solid purchase.

        By Phork702

        from Las Vegas, NV

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        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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          (2 of 2 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!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tele tone and Beauty at a Great price

            By Zappo D' Cano

            from Collingswood, New Jersey

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

              I kept staring and staring at this Tele deal for a long time. The search is over, and it is a done deal. I have it now at home and I'm glad I did. It's a good looking guitar able to project that classical Tele tone we are all familiar with. I have a Deluxe Strat and I can assure you: this FSR Tele can achieve that desire Tele tone your are looking for.

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              5.0

              Definitely a great guitar for the money

              By Sma528

              from Winchester, Va

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                I bought this guitar as a Christmas present to myself. Upon arrival, I was suprised at how light the box was. I was really expecting a heavy guitar, but it's a light, great feeling body. The neck feels great playing all the way up and down, and it has a great tone to it. This guitar is my new favorite.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Impressed

                By Bhollisster

                from Pilot Point, Texas

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Nice
                • Smooth
                • Solid Electronics
                • Sweet Tone

                Cons

                • Fret Edges

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                I owned an early 80s Tele plus American made that turned out to be a piece of junk. Neck warped past what the truss rod could compensate due to bad wood grain. Neck lace pickup went out twice. This Tele feels and sounds better than that MIA Tele. Tone is definitely Fender Ash, neck is smooth and very playable. Vintage bridge lends a sweet vintage tone that Elvis would be proud of. The only problem I see is the fret ends and sides of fret board could have been smoothed off a little. They seem a little sharp and edgy compared to my American Strat. Overall quality is as good as any American Tele. Blindfolded, you wouldnt know the difference except for the fret ends. Half the price of a MIA, this MIM is a good buy. It is a Fender, may not gain value, but I dont believe it will lose value over several decades.

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                5.0

                The FSR Telecaster is a Very Nice Guitar

                By Bill Telenut

                from Northwest, NJ

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • 3 Saddle Bridge
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Great Tele Tone
                • High Output Pickups
                • Lite Ash Body
                • Lite Weight Ash Body
                • Solid Electronics
                • Solid Good Build Quality
                • Vintage 3 Saddle Bridge

                Cons

                • Neck Is All Gloss

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                Great Guitar, Lot of Sustain, Great Tele Tone,
                The Pickups are a Higher Output Compared to the Regular Standard MIM Telecaster, Nice Ash Body with Poly Finish,
                The Vintage 3 Saddle Bridge Really brings out the Tele Tone, Neck & Frets feel very good

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I like this thing!!!

                By Clem

                from Tacoma, wa

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Case

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                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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