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Fender Special Edition Lite Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar   

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The Fender Lite Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar couples the tonality of ash with a pair of Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro pickups for the firepower dema...Click To Read More About This Product

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Weighs less than 8 pounds for lots of resonance.

The Fender Lite Ash Telecaster Electric Guitar couples the tonality of ash with a pair of Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro pickups for the firepower demanded by modern music. The birdseye maple neck has 22 medium-jumbo frets and abalone dots. Its nicely equipped with chrome hardware and a chrome bridge with brass barrel saddles. 3-way switching and tone/volume controls round out this tidy Tele package.

FEATURES
  • Light ash body
  • Bird's-eye maple neck
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • Chrome hardware
  • Chrome bridge with brass barrel saddles
  • Dot abalone inlays
  • Pickups: Seymour Duncan: APTR-1 Alnico II Pro (neck), APTL-1 Alnico II Pro (bridge)
  • 3-way pickup switching
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4.7

(based on 62 reviews)

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    (53)

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    (4)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Paul G

I felt that someone needed to review this guitar that doesn't actually own one. I've been looking for a good Tele for a while now to fulfill my Country addiction and after reading review...Read complete review

I felt that someone needed to review this guitar that doesn't actually own one. I've been looking for a good Tele for a while now to fulfill my Country addiction and after reading review after review about how great this guitar is for the money I went out and played one. I tried the model with the natural finish, it does look quite nice, but not nearly as nice as the pictures online. Before you buy it online I would go to your local store so you can at least see it first. Appearances aside, this guitar does play quite nicely, mostly due to the birdseye maple neck. Although it doesn't compare to the birdseye neck on my Music Man (the MM's neck is much faster and smoother to play). Of course, there is a $1000 difference between these guitars ;>. The first thing I noticed when I picked up this guitar was that it felt cheap. I can't describe what I mean by that, it's just intuition. The neck joint looked like garbage compared to my American Strat. Soundwise, the SD's did not do it for me. They just sounded too weak, perhaps they just needed to be adjusted. After playing this guitar for about 30 minutes I picked up a Highway 1 Tele (made in USA). Sorry guys, I don't know how you can say the Lite Ash rivals the quality of an American Tele... it's just not there. And I don't even think the quality of the standard American Series Fenders are that good to begin with. But, for about the same price, you can get a Highway 1 Tele that feels like a much more solid guitar, with a better sound (more twangy, which many people may not like as much). Bottom line, you have to try this guitar out beside a Highway 1 before you decide to purchase.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lite they aren't

This # 026 Special Edition model is manufactured in South Korea. The wood in the necks is very attractive, and Seymour Duncan Pickups are installed. But the guitar shares little or no components...Read complete review

This # 026 Special Edition model is manufactured in South Korea. The wood in the necks is very attractive, and Seymour Duncan Pickups are installed. But the guitar shares little or no components with any of the North American Telecasters. It is manufactured at the same facility where the Koa capped Special Edition Tele and Jimmie Eat World Thinlined Tune-O-Matic bridged Teles are/were made. But there's something terribly missing on the Lite-Ash. Leaves me cold. Every one I've played, natural, blonde, or black.This site suggests your guitar will weigh under 8 pounds. I understand that the first guitar to sell once it comes out of the box will be the lightest one, but this Lite Ash Tele and its sister the Lite Ash Strat are mega heavyweights. Even more so than almost every Classic Player Baja (of which I have seven 'fairly' light ones, yes). Don't be upset with the staff here when the guitar shipped to you is seriously heavy. Maybe 10 pounds. Yup, seen 'em.These guys sent me a gorgeous Classic 60's Palo Escrito earlier this year, under 7 pounds so don't treat 'em wrong.

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5.0

Great tone

By J

from Bristol, TN

Great tone. Great price. Great feel.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good Guitar!

By Steven R Fisher

from Salem. OR

Love this guitar and do not regret buying. Use it mainly for practice and travel but a good guitar overall. Love the pick-ups and the overall look (own the natural Birdseye maple). Lightweight, good looking and a doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Great sound although not to thrilled with the neck (used to playing thinner style with jumbo frets) but a great buy overall.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I was looking for

By sore fingers

from Texas

The Fender Lite Ash Telecaster is the first guitar I've ever purchased. When I started looking at guitars, I wanted something that was easy to play and versatile. With this guitar I can definitely say I got both. The Seymour Duncan pups can handle just about anything I want to play and sound great through my Vox VT30. The build quality is very high. I haven't had any of the problems that others have had with import tele's-scratchy pots, loose cable jacks, knobs falling off, etc.Overall I'd say that this guitar's strong point is definitely its versatility. For a beginner wanting to try a little bit of everything like myself, this guitar is perfect.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid Rock

By Speedreid

from Poconos PA

Great value. Though a Mexican Tele, plays and sounds like the American. Great low action and super fast. Bottom end overdrive is lacking (like most Fenders) but passable. I use it often and love it. Has a lot less noise through the amp than most Mexican Teles. I have never been a Fender guy, but this one changed my mind.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By Gibson Owns

from New York

I just got this guitar today and let me tell you , its incredible. The Sound is the clearest out of all my guitars and I own a stratocaster , SG and a les paul. I play metal mostly and it even sounds great on that style. Its a beautiful look, especially the lamented body and un-lamented neck which makes going up and down the neck easier. The only disappointment that means absolutely nothing is that the headstock only says Fender, no Telecaster, BUT! the Seymour Duncan pickups give it a great sound and overall tone. In The end its an amazing guitar ....DEFINITELY worth the money.

 
2.0

Lite they aren't

By Bubbanov

from Katrinatown

This # 026 Special Edition model is manufactured in South Korea. The wood in the necks is very attractive, and Seymour Duncan Pickups are installed. But the guitar shares little or no components with any of the North American Telecasters. It is manufactured at the same facility where the Koa capped Special Edition Tele and Jimmie Eat World Thinlined Tune-O-Matic bridged Teles are/were made. But there's something terribly missing on the Lite-Ash. Leaves me cold. Every one I've played, natural, blonde, or black.This site suggests your guitar will weigh under 8 pounds. I understand that the first guitar to sell once it comes out of the box will be the lightest one, but this Lite Ash Tele and its sister the Lite Ash Strat are mega heavyweights. Even more so than almost every Classic Player Baja (of which I have seven 'fairly' light ones, yes). Don't be upset with the staff here when the guitar shipped to you is seriously heavy. Maybe 10 pounds. Yup, seen 'em.These guys sent me a gorgeous Classic 60's Palo Escrito earlier this year, under 7 pounds so don't treat 'em wrong.

 
5.0

Great All Around Axe

By Texas_Telecaster

from Spring, TX

I use this for both rhythm and lead sounds and it does BOTH very well. There is a little bit of hum at high gain levels, but c'mon it's a Tele... The SD pups far exceeded my expectations. The bridge pup is tight and bright and if you want lots of twang it'll dish it out. The neck pup is very warm but not muddy. I easily get well rounded jazzy sounds. All positions respond well with or without a pick. Very natural tone. The birdseye maple is gorgeous and the vintage white is very pleasing. I have had many comments on the guitar everywhere I have taken it. It took some time setting the action, intonation, angle, etc... BUT that's to be expected. Smooth neck great for small or large hands. GREAT BUY. If you can't buy one, at least do yourself the favor and play one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent guitar

By Gass

from Pennsylvania

Great guitar. Solid feel when playing. Nice fretboard, beautiful look. Excellent pickups, and it has that classic tele tone. This guitar has become my primary axe when recording everything from grungey metal to clean blues, and beyond (I even used it on my recent album of traditional Christmas songs).

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MIM Standard Telecaster

By Drunkinminer

from Winnipeg, MB

Bought this Guitar a few months ago and let me just say it in my opinion it's one of the best guitars stock for the money out there today. I've recently done some mods on it more so to get the look I wanted like vintage three saddle bridge, vintage knobs, F neck plate, and vintage tuners. neck is one of the best I've played. Finish looks great. Pickups sound great stock. Anyone that gets a chance to should get one you won't be sorry.

 
5.0

Very nice guitar for little cash!

By WriggedMusician

from NH

This is a guitar that can deliver anything from a nice clean reverb to a all out heavy metal scream. I was playing a worn out standard strat, and frankly, my band and I were getting sick of it. I hesitated about getting this guitar, but playing it once for about 30 minutes in a local shop changed my mind instantly. It doesn't get any better for the price. This guitar sounds great in a basic amp, and it sounds AMAZING in a tube amp. The duncan pups are also an awesome edition. I recommend this guitar to anyone who has been playing anywhere from 4 years to 20 or more!

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