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The Telecaster tradition starts here.
The Fender Standard Telecaster is the electric guitar that started a musical revolution. So simple, yet so incredibly versatile. Since the Telecaster's introduction in the early '50s, professional guitarists of all musical genres have relied on the Fender Tele for its powerful tone and smooth playability. Today's Standard Telecaster incorporates the best of the old and new with a fast-action, C-shaped maple neck; cast/sealed machine heads; 2 revoiced single-coil pickups for hot modern sounds; and a 6-saddle/string-thru bridge. Left-handed version also available.
For such a low price, you might as well play the real thing. Put it in the cart.
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Most Liked Positive Review
Versitile, beautiful tone!!!!
I'm a hobbyist (acoustic mainly) who was looking to get back into the electric game years after selling a 72 Tele Custom. I tried several American and MIM Teles and Strats of every...Read complete review
I'm a hobbyist (acoustic mainly) who was looking to get back into the electric game years after selling a 72 Tele Custom. I tried several American and MIM Teles and Strats of every incarnation over the course of a few months and had the opportunity to play many fine examples. One day, I found myself in my local music store, once again looking to kick the tires on several new Fenders. The second guitar I happened to grab off the wall that day was an Arctic White Standard tele. Immediately, I was blown away by this particular instrument! The tone of this thing is just beautiful - It spoke to me and I fell in love. I played only a few notes before I just knew I had found "the one!" Beautiful, sparkling highs - both clean and with drive in the bridge position. Wonderfully smooth sounds from the neck and middle position - it's like liquid tone, a mile deep! I made the purchase, raced home and started experimenting with all the different sounds I could pull out of this thing (I play through a Vox Valvetronix AD15) and I just couldn't put it down!Smooth, straight and fast neck, flawless finish on the body. Set up out of the box was very close to perfect - only needed minor tweaking to suit my personal tastes. The thing stays in tune for days on end. It sustains beautifully. I did notice two minor flaws with my Tele. First, the finish on the headstock is a bit thin so that the end grain of the maple isn't perfectly smooth in one spot. It does not affect playability. Second, my perticular example looks as if the pick guard was placed incorrectly (ever so slightly) since the gap between the pick guard and the bridge is just a bit off parallel. The bridge appears dead on, so this is a cosmetic issue that does not affect tone or playability.For me, price was important but not the be-all, end-all factor in my guitar shopping. I played many fine American Teles and Strats, but the MIM Tele I ended up with chose me - I really believe that. Sometimes you just get that feeling when you pick up an instrument and for me this MIM Artic White Tele just blew me away. It makes me sound better than I should! I really love this guitar as is - with standard pick-ups. I don't envision changing a thing because I would be worried of losing that sweetness! I consider this a fantastic guitar that I intend to keep. It's an unbelievable value, just a ton of guitar for the money!
Most Liked Negative Review
A glorified Squier
I recently purchased a Mexican-made Standard Telecaster and was disappointed at the very marginal difference between that of a Standard Squier Telecaster. First, the pots are cheap and flimsy, and the pickups are...Read complete review
I recently purchased a Mexican-made Standard Telecaster and was disappointed at the very marginal difference between that of a Standard Squier Telecaster. First, the pots are cheap and flimsy, and the pickups are nothing to write home about. Sure, it has the traditional Tele tone, but has the traditional single coil buzz when used with any amount of gain. I realize that an inexpensive set of Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups would cure that, but you should certainly expect better out of the electronics in the Standard Fender, as opposed to the Standard Squier. Having compared them side by side, I see little difference. The neck is just slightly better than what comes standard on the Squier. And I was rather disgusted with the roughness of the fret edges. That kind of quality I could understand out of an overseas rendition, but not stamped with the actual Fender name.The upside is that the tuners are decent, the pickup switch is OK and they look good.
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I recently purchased a new Mexican Tele for a backup rythm guitar. I thoroughly tested the actual guitar I was buying and though it had been played by others at the store, it was already tweaked by the techs and from my experience almost every electric guitar needs some tweaking to be optimum. I found no issues with the electrics, the switches and pots aren't high end but these had no issues to report. I've read that most folks change out the pickups after a short while but this one has a good sound through a 70's Marshall Tube and a later Roland Jazz Chorus and works well for what it will be used for "as is". I also play it through an older BOSS BR8 with tremelo effects and get a real vintage sound with the neck pickup. Tuners seem to hold tune well. I prefer beefier tuners but these are appropriately sized for the smaller headstock. I did notice some variations in the maple necks while looking at several of these new and used guitars and chose one without any dark streaks or knots that I thought may cause issues down the road. I got the artic white because it just looked more vintage to me and I am vintage myself. I wasn't expecting a custom shop tele at this price and played it through several amps before purchasing. My son has the Mexican Strat at the same price and I'd advise you heavy rockers to go with the strat too. I chose this Tele over a Gretsch Pro Jet and a solid body Epiphone that were both around the same price.
I have a 2004 MIM Telecaster. I love this guitar more than anything! I have a Seymour-Duncan STHR-1 pickup in the bridge which gives me a chunky Les Paul tone, and I can still crank out that sweet bluesy tele sound from the neck pickup. With that being said, build quality is a little shaky. Both of my knobs and my pickup selector cap had came off within the first two months of my owning the guitar but I'm not here for aesthetics. This guitar holds a tune no matter what and plays like a dream! My favorite guitar, I'll never get rid of it.
I'm lucky enough to have numerous guitars, including American Fender, Gibson and Gretsch. Hands down, this is my favorite guitar, and the one I pickup and play 80% of the time. I bought mine in Canada 2 years ago, because I was on on the road and needed something to play. In it's original form it was pretty cool, the tone unplugged was realy warm, but when plugged in it wasn't quite what I thought it should be and there was considerable hum. Then I played a Fender USA Hot Rod Tele and loved the tone - that got me thinking. I swapped out the pickups for a Seymour Duncan Vintage bridge and a mini-humbucker for the neck. I copper shielded the entire body cavity and swapped in a new pickguard to accomodate the mini-humbucker. The results were INCREDIBLE. Zero Hum, Tone is fabulous. There was never any issues with the action, I've never touched it, it's been perfect since I bought it. The tuning is the most stable of anything I own. I prefer this over my very nice Les Paul You need to hunt for one with a good neck - lots of variability there, but there are good ones. This thing is AWESOME. I'm ready to buy about three more and set them up with a variety of pickups, etc. Incredible value and with a little work they can be unbelievably good.
I have only had a few electric guitars, but I've had acoustic guitars (Martins) for over 40 years. For the money this is the best deal you'll ever get. The bridge pick up is appropriately bright and the neck pick up can give you the smooth "Stormy Monday" Blues sound. Run it through the right blues driver pedal and the sound can't be beat. I run it through a Digitech RP series pedal and into my amp with a Motion Sound rotary speaker.......Man, the sounds that come from it are unreal...
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I finally purchased this guitar days ago in arctic white. After I had some adjustments made, it played and sounded wonderful. It stays in tune very well, looks beautiful and is well built. I think I'll be keeping this guitar for a very long time.
My standard tele is one of my favorite guitars. The only thing I might point out is that the pickups do not sound bright enough for a telecaster. I would advise anyone who buys this guitar to also buy a good set of tele pickups. Try the 52 reissue pickups, or non humming ones. No matter what the pickups sound like, this is sill a great guitar for the price.
I bought this MIM tele and it is a nice looking and top playing guitar. For the money, it cannot be beat. A lot of pickup changing controversy but tweak yours first, your sound might be there, Finish is decent as is workmanship, frets, hardware. Nice 9.5" radius and user friendly neck. Not bad at all !
My guitar is absolutely, 100% the best guitar I've ever played. It can nail any sound that I need. But anyone who plans on getting this model needs to know that there is always a chance that you will get a crappy guitar, I just happened to luck up and get one of the good ones. The only problem I have is that the pick ups are not that good, they're not awful but they do need to be swapped for a better set. All in all it's a good guitar. It is made of the same parts that the high end fenders are made of so all you have to do is some swap out the pick ups and you can have any kind of tele that you want.
I bought the midnight wine version at a music shop. The most beautiful tele ive seen. Internet pictures do not give it justice. It plays amazing. Very very bright sounding guitar, especially if your playing with the bridge. If something happened to it, i would without a dought buy another one.. I HIGHLY recommend this guitar.