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Fender American Original '50s Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar Butterscotch Blonde

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From its original release, the Telecaster rapidly became a favorite of country, blues and early rock and roll players. It even made a space in heavy ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get back to the roots with this period-accurate Telecaster

From its original release, the Telecaster rapidly became a favorite of country, blues and early rock and roll players. It even made a space in heavy metal and jazz, thanks to the incredible versatility of it's pared-down-to-the-basics design. The American Original '50s Telecaster captures all that early Fender vibe with period correct hardware and pickups, but adds modern switching and neck radius for an ideal "old-meets-new" sound and playability.

  • Solid ash body with gloss nitrocellulose finish
  • 21-fret, nitro-finished '52-U maple on maple neck with 9.5" radius
  • Period correct Pure Vintage '52 single-coil pickups with copper-plated steel base plates
  • Vintage-style through-body string mount bridge with three brass-barrel saddles

Own the original, ultimate blue-collar guitar

  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood:
  • Body wood: Ash
  • Body finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck shape: '52 U
  • Neck wood: 1-piece Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Truss rod: Yes
  • Neck finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5 in.
  • Fret size: Vintage tall
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65 in. (42 mm) Bone
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: Pure Vintage '52 single-coil Tele
  • Middle:
  • Bridge: Pure Vintage '52 single-coil Tele
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Parallel
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics:
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split:
  • Kill switch: No
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 3-saddle vintage-style string-through
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: 1-ply phenolic pickguard
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Original '50s Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar

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My first T-style guitar

By Bill

from FL Keys

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone


    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender American Original '50s Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Received this guitar last week. It was listed as "blemished" but the finish was perfect, so I assume it was marked as such because it was an "open box" item. This is my first tele. I primarily play acousic, but I have owned several strats, a PRS, and a Les Paul. I had not played this model prior to ordering it (I trust Fender's quality control, unlike a certain other company that begins with 'G'); I had simply compared this model with the American Professional model via online videos. I ultimately went for the vintage appointments, the 'mellower' (to my ears) pickups and the vintage appointments modified with the important modern design elements (9.5 fretboard radius and modern switching).

      Again, out of the box, the finish was perfect and the setup was fine. It tuned-up fine and tune was stable. The intonation was pretty close -- it is a tele with the original brass saddles. The 50's U-shaped neck is big, but ultimately I found it comfortable. I was concerned after playing the short-scale LP for a few years now that I would have difficulty with James Burton-esque moves, but these proved comfortable. I really love the frets. I believe Fender calls them 'vintage tall'. They are smaller than the Strats I have owned, but bending and chording was easy, especially playing above the 12th fret.

      So, most importantly the tone. I play through a tweed Blues Junior. I haven't yet played with the EG extensively yet, so the jury is still out. But, my first impression was the bridge pickup was indeed mellower than many telecasters. Personally, this is what I was looking for. I set the treble at about 5, and it 'twangs' just fine, but pleasing so, not with the shattering glass treble of some teles I have tried. It may indeed do that if I were to dime the amp's treble, I just haven't tried that yet. The neck pickup is, well, a classic tele neck pickup. I find it usable, especially slightly overdriven for blues, but this pickup is typically not why you play a tele.


      Best Guitar Ever!

      By Kabukibob

      from Texas

      Verified Reviewer


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


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          Comments about Fender American Original '50s Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

          This guitar makes all the sounds I hear in my head. It's loud and crunchy and cleans up nicely. Through my Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue, it goes from clean chicken pickin' to Zepplinesque growling and skwank, a la "Heartbreaker - all with no effects in the loop. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. It arrived safe and sound. The tweed case is sweet, too.

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