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Fender Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar

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The Fender Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar is the guitar that started a musical revolution. So simple, yet so incredibly versatile. Since its int...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Telecaster tradition starts here.

The Fender Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar is the guitar that started a musical revolution. So simple, yet so incredibly versatile. Since its introduction in the early '50s, professional guitarists of all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster for its powerful tone and smooth playability. Today's Standard Telecaster incorporates the best of the old and new with a fast-action maple neck, cast/sealed machine heads, 2 classic single-coil pickups, and 6-saddle/string-thru bridge.

FEATURES
  • Traditional Telecaster poplar body
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Standard Tele pickups (neck & bridge)
  • 3-position blade controls
  • Master volume, master tone
  • 3-ply white pickguard
  • Standard Tele bridge with 6 saddles
  • String-thru bridge
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4.7

(based on 195 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid Affordable Guitar

Standard MIM Tele - Agave Blue. Got a discount on a customer return that was pretty scratched up, with a couple of good dents and finish chips. Other than the damage, the fit...Read complete review

Standard MIM Tele - Agave Blue. Got a discount on a customer return that was pretty scratched up, with a couple of good dents and finish chips. Other than the damage, the fit and finish were good -- not great, but good. The tuners slip a bit, the fingerboard surface could have used some more buffing, and the frets aren't quite level in a couple of spots. It needs a little work to be what it should be. Still, this is a good basic guitar, and one that will certainly be improved with a good professional setup. As is, it plays fine -- action a little high for my tastes but not uncomfortably so. Hardware is of acceptable quality. But really none of that stuff matters so much.... the real question is... "how does it sound?"Well, it sounds great. It is very responsive to nuances of picking style, pick angle and attack. Much more so than my Stratocaster... you want the volume up? Play harder. Seriously, you can really coax some great sounds out of this guitar. For that glassy clean Fender sound I prefer the tone the Stratocaster... but dirty things up a bit and this Tele really shrieks -- in a good way. The pickups are a little noisy, but man -- this thing will really sing and wail, and the harder you push it the better it sounds .... it just drips with tone. I am loving it -- would urge anyone to go buy one of these.... it's a crazy wicked good guitar for the money.

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Mediocre Mexi slab guitar

Had 1993 tele mexico. Kind of liked it at first. Enjoyed the tele - sound for a while. Action was OK, but had very annoying buzzes and rattles. I tried everything to...Read complete review

Had 1993 tele mexico. Kind of liked it at first. Enjoyed the tele - sound for a while. Action was OK, but had very annoying buzzes and rattles. I tried everything to isolate the source, but seemed like all of the hardware rattled and buzzed in unison. Traded it for a cheapie Epiphone Les Paul. The Epi kicks the Tele's butt in all respects, but does not have the Fender twang. For same $$ as the Tele, I would buy the Epi LP standard. I have also an Epi SG Custom, and a 73 Les Paul Standard. The Epi custom plays very close to the Gibson LP, not quite the sustain of the Gibson.

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5.0

WOW

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar has it all, AWESOME twangy cleaness, SWEET distortion sound, GREAT tone, and VERY easy to play. It's so easy to move around on. And it's great for the money. I got the brown sunburst (which is an awesome color) and play it through a Marshall MG30DFX. It's a very comfortable guitar. It's just all around awesome

 
4.0

Nice guitar

By Cowboy singer

from Michigan

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Okay, I bought the Telecaster and love the playability. I was warned by some pros that Fender doesn't worry too much about little things..and they were right. I have owned this guitar a week and have had to order completely different output jack assembly. I could return the guitar, but it's the engineering of the assembly. A retaining clip to hold the jack in place? What ever happened to a couple of screws? I'm sure when this issue is resolved I'll be pleased. Hey Fender, you can do better.

 
5.0

A Classic for a Reason

By TeleFL89-zzoFS

from PALM HARBOR, FL

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This guitar just plays so smooth. The neck is lightning fast, and the pickups sound great for any style. It has a perfect neck for rythym, and it sounds clear as a bell when strummed, and a great biting lead sound. The finish is flawless. The arctic white has a great vintage creaminess to it. I love it, and will play it until I die.

 
5.0

an amazing guitar.

By Daniel-JVO0r

from oceanside, california

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i bought a standard tele kindof on the spur of the moment because i had some money i wanted to blow. i had no idea i was in for such a treat. the tele is so versatile and easy to play that it makes the strat almost look bad. i plan on buying another one soon and customizing it to no end.... wonderful guitar.

 
5.0

I'll take a Tele any day

By TeleologyMike

from Nashville, TN

After playing on a Gibson SG for a while, a higher tone can be pretty enticing compared to the SG's low-end punch. That's when I would pick up a Telecaster to satisfy my craving for that strong tone. With such a smooth sound, the Telecaster delivers a wholesome goodness that every guitar player needs occasionally. Hey, I'd take one any day!!

 
4.0

this is a good guitar

By telemele06

from lubbock TX

this guitar is perfect for every thing. the only bad thing is the buzz when the distortion is all the way up, not that big of a deal. It plays smooth it all most has that SRV sound that every one loves

 
5.0

Very Good Guitar

By Rancides335

from Allentown PA

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I just purchased this tele recently and i am very happy with the results. It had alot of buzz at first but raising the action made it almost non-existtent. I play really hard so i need the action to be high to avoid the buzz, so if you play soft, you may not even need to adjust it. The guitar sounds great for everything but high gain sounds. You can get a good rock sound just dont expect to be able to play slayer or metallica unless you have a distortion pedal. The worst thing about it is that the low E string sounds really bad at many spots. There is probably a way to fix it but i havent found it yet. Overall, its a great instrument for most kinds of music.

 
5.0

Fender Standard Telecaster

By SafetyNSolitude

from Chandler, AZ

I got this guitar for my 12th birthday, and I've played it so much I can't imagine playing anything else. The neck is perfect for me, and I set the action really low with no fret buzz at all. I play mostly Blues and Rockabilly, and this guitar is totally perfect. A great buy for anyone looking for a solid electric who doesn't want to settle for a Squier. It's also very easy to dial in and get just the sound you want. Simply put, this is a great guitar that you'll play for years and years.

 
5.0

A Great Tele For Starters

By Acousticplayer10

from Bemidji, MN.

I bought my Fender Standard Telecaster (Brown Sunburst) a few months ago, and I just love it. It's a great sounding, looking and playing telecaster. I plan on buying a Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster sometime in the future. I'am influenced by the following guitarist's Eddie Van Halen, Richie Sambora, Jimmie Vaughan, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley.

 
5.0

Great Everyday Guitar

By Arizona Ken

from Arizona

Got this guitar in April, and feel it is a great value. The workmanship of this MIM guitar is just fine, and the sunburst finish is good-lookin. Stock pickups are a bit noisy so I replaced them with Fender Noiseless pups and all my problems were solved. The action and set-up out of the box was very good. It plays well. If you're looking for a really nice Telecaster and don't have the $$ for the American models, you can get a great playable instrument with the standard model.

 
5.0

Beyond Pleased

By Rocky1

from New Rochelle, NY

I always wanted a Tele, but I was always under the impression that the only one worth buying was the American one, and we know how much they cost. I took a chance on this one, and boy am I happy! The neck plays superbly, and that patented tele sound really comes through when soloing. The only problem I found is that the b string is tough to keep in tune, which can be corrected. Other than that, great value, and very gigable.

 
5.0

Rocks

By teleplayer101

from ashburn, VA

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this is a great guitar. I bought it after playing a strat and a tele, and i prefered this cuz of its tone. the notes are clearer then those of a strat, and it the pickups are more versitale. buy one today!

 
5.0

BUY IT NOW!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is the holy grail of my collection that wont bust my wallet, my teenage son could afford this one, in the shop it looked liek a cheapie but when i plugged it in to my ibanez amp it just tore the house down, it sounds mellow and jazzy on clean, and awesome hard rock tone on dirty BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

 
5.0

A True beauty

By Dro0

from malta

What to say... First of all i got mine 2nd hand its 6 years old still plays like a dream the neck is perfectly straight and frets look brand new. The pickguard was replace with a white perloid one instead of the white one that comes standard but thats a personal preference. This guitar sounds soooo sweet clean, it has a beautiful tone which is full and rich yet softer when you want it to be. The distortion is very ranchy ( in a good way). Produces a bit of hum, not much compared to other single coil guitars. Overall great guitar, cant complain...

 
5.0

A really great guitar

By Shakazulu!

from Chicago IL

This guitar is positively great. It is my main electric, the body is very comfortable and the neck is as well. The neck is a tiny bit thick, but a perfectly comfortable width and the radius of the fingerboard is perfect as well. The sound of is surprisingly good and has a great range of tones. I replaced the stock neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan one, and it's one of my absolute favorite guitars for smooth solos now. It's also a pretty good guitar for comfortable rhythm playing.

 
4.0

SWEET

By Punkplayer41

from Undisclosed

I play punk, whch usually would be nice with a humbucker or two. Not with the telecaster. I can go for straight up distortion or those classic, pretty, tele sounds that everyone's craving for. Great guitar.

 
5.0

An awesome guitar

By JayMar

from Southeastern North Carolina

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I am so glad I bought this guitar! You cannot buy a better guitar for the money, anywhere, period! I went to a guitar store and played a Fender tele that was three time the price of this tele but I needed an amp so I ordered the this standard tele instead. Boy am I ever glad I did. Mine is Artic white with a maple fretboard that is as smooth as butter! I bought an acoutic Martin D-15 last Fall from here and both guitars are great. THANK YOU!

 
5.0

this guitar is awesome

By selur rednef

from redlands, Ca

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i have had my tele for about two years. and i think it is better than all of my strats. it is really high quality and it stays in tune for me. the only problem i've had is the thing where you plug into keeps coming loose.

 
5.0

most versatile guitar ever...and affordable, too

By lobotomyactivist

from Pennsylvania

I bought my Standard Telecaster just 3 months ago. I had wanted one in Vintage White but the store was out (let it be known, I am an active buyer of this site, but I like to try instruments out in store a quality varies) so I ended up with a gorgeous Wine Red one. The maple fretboard is classy as hell, the finish is spectacular, the action is good (despite some fret buzz) and the pickups sound fantastic. With just two knobs and two pickups, I can play anything from country to higly distorted covers of classical songs(I mean, like, dimed distortion on my Cube 30's rectifier model and also on my Boss OD pedal).Get one, and compliment it with a good amp, please!

 
5.0

Great, Depends on your style though

By Dan Kearsey

from Cleveland, OH

i bought my telecaster a couple years ago. at first i was dissapointed in it because it wasn't giving me the sound i wanted. i wanted a hard rock sound but realized that if you mess around with it and use the right stuff you'll get the sound you want from it. it's very nice to play with a smooth neck. it is a bit heavy but it plays beautifully. i would reccomend this guitar for anyone who is into playing anything from rock to blues.

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