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Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar
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USA-made Telecaster with popular features at an import price.

Fender rolls out the American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar that delivers a healthy combination of modern and traditional tones at a price that won't drain your wallet. But don't let the stripped-down price fool you into thinking it's a stripped-down guitar.

It starts with an alder body, offering strength in construction and clarity in tone. The unique pickups on the Fender American Special Telecaster provide distinguishing sonic characteristics. The Texas Special single-coil Tele neck pickup delivers a full and meaty tone, the Texas Special Tele bridge pickup delivers that familiar Tele bite with a touch of warmth, and the Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off the highs without adding bass.

The subtle 9-1/2" radius maple neck, maple fingerboard, and jumbo frets make this Fender guitar very finger-friendly. Other features include an original-style Tele bridge with three brass saddles, an oversized '70s-style decal, and black pickup covers, plastic parts, and dot position inlays.

Includes a gig bag.

Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar Features:

  • Body
    Body shape: Single cutaway
    Body type: Solid body
    Body material: Solid wood
    Top wood: Not applicable
    Body wood: Alder
    Body finish: Gloss Urethane
    Orientation: Right handed
    Neck
    Neck shape: C modern
    Neck wood: Maple
    Joint: Bolt-on
    Scale length: 25.5"
    Truss rod: Standard
    Neck finish: Satin Urethane
    Fretboard
    Material: Maple
    Radius: 9.5"
    Fret size: Jumbo
    Number of frets: 22
    Inlays: Dot
    Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
    Pickups
    Configuration: SS
    Neck: Texas Special single-coil
    Middle: Not applicable
    Bridge: Texas Special single-coil
    Brand: Fender
    Active or passive: Passive
    Series or parallel: Series
    Piezo: No
    Active EQ: No
    Special electronics: Greasebucket tone circuit
    Controls
    Control layout: Master volume, tone
    Pickup switch: 3-way
    Coil tap or split: No
    Kill switch: No
    Hardware
    Bridge type: Fixed
    Bridge design: 3-saddle vintage-style
    Tailpiece: String thru body
    Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
    Color: Chrome
    Other
    Number of strings: 6-string
    Special features: Pickups
    Case: Gig bag
    Accessories: None
    Country of origin: United States




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  • My do-it-all guitar!

    As reviewed by Kaleb Romero on 11/8/2011

    My guitar is the one with the tortoise shell pickguard on the User Photos, and to me that just makes this guitar even more beautiful! This guitar feels great in your hands and sounds SOOOOOO good...I play many different styles, but to me this guitar shines in blues and rock. The tone is gorgeous. I own a Fender American Standard Strat and a Gibson Les Paul Classic and if I had to take only 1 guitar to a gig, it would be this guitar. I can cover a lot of tonal ground with this one. The neck pickup is warm and full, while the middle will give you a strat-like twang which I love (still full by the way), and the bridge will give you that classic rock bite. The tone circuit is fantastic as well as the volume. I can easily dial in exactly the same tone I have in my head on the fly. I play through a 90's Peavey Classic 30 (with the black speaker, not the blue marvel one) and the sound is incredible. This guitar even came perfectly setup! I took it to Guitar Factory in Orlando, FL and those guys are pros at what they do, the best in Orlando, and the guys were surprised at how well this guitar was setup, specially since it has a 3 saddle bridge system. Guys, this guitar will not disappoint you. It's more affordable than most teles and it sounds incredible! Seriously, don't think too much about it and get it...you wont regret it :)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • A definite buy for tone, feel, and quality at value!

    As reviewed by Raymond Wood on 12/29/2011

    I bought this guitar new just over a year ago and have continually been impressed. The tone is incredible as is without going through effect. However, running the Texas Specials through a B.K. Butler overdrive alone opens the world up on warm yet crunchy tone (a touch of Butler overdrive in any of the p/u positions will land you on the Allman Bros. tone in "Ramblin' Man" or "Melissa" as an example without having to search). The tone pot is quite responsive. I have the Olympic White and thought it looked a bit plain when I purchased (GC did not have black), but it just grows more beautiful to me every time I play it. I actually was looking for a '72 Custom (for the single/humbucker mix), and then I played this. I would put it down and go play other guitars, but I kept going back to this because this guitar (tone and, more importantly, feel) was just such a pleasure to play. It really is a guitar that makes you want to play more and more. The neck is very fast and feels like playing butter when bending and you hear the tone. The weight and balance are great, and the set-up from the factory was surprisingly dialed in (I still have not changed it, SERIOUSLY! That was how good mine was, though that may be different on yours). The sustain won't be the same as a humbucker on a Les Paul, but it will last as long as you need (particularly with just a touch of good overdrive). Even without it's versatility in incredible tone (from twangy bite on the bridge to warm fuzzies on the neck) this guitar would be great to play (to be honest, even low quality guitars set up right can just about get whatever sound you want will all the various effects and computer modeling you can throw on these days), just because it feels so great in your hands and makes you want to play more. That increases playing time and practice which increases your skills and makes a better player. My playing has improved beyond what I would have thought in the last year simply because I love playing this guitar so much (did I mention it's so EASY to play?) that I play much more and try things I normally wouldn't. The problem is that I now tend to neglect my other guitars. I know I am gushing, but while this may not be the most expensive (or best, by typical classic standards) guitar I have owned, it is the most fun to play and matches any others for both warm and bite in tones. Now, two bad marks. First, I would rather have the p/u switch up high (like on the '72 Custom) or just somewhere else so it doesn't interfere with the right hand. Second, within a month of having it, the top strap button stripped out from just normal use. I thought an AMERICAN Fender should have higher quality control than that. I called Fender about it and the guy on the phone gave me real attitude about it, so Fender's customer service can use a real overhaul in my view. However, an easy fix myself, and the guitar is a great value for the price!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • Its perfect

    As reviewed by Bonnie Couch on 10/31/2012

    There is only one way to describe this guitar. Magical. I plugged it into my Vox ac15c1, tuned it to a open G, flipped the toggle to rock, and this guitar came alive. She started vibrating all throughout the body to the neck and was putting out pure rock and roll power with a voicing straight from heaven. Fender kicked it with this guitar. Ten Stars Fender. Good job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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