60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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This is where it all began: in 1951, Leo Fender released the Telecaster, the world's first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar. Renamed from "Broadcaster" that was introduced in 1950, it... Click To Read More About This Product

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This is where it all began: in 1951, Leo Fender released the Telecaster, the world's first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar. Renamed from "Broadcaster" that was introduced in 1950, it's has a simple, yet enormously useful design”borne out of Leo's experience with electrifying Hawaiian steel guitars”that has been embraced over the years by guitarists from a wide range musical genres, and copied by guitar builders all over the globe.

Just like the original, this 60th Anniversary Telecaster has the features that set the template for solidbody electric guitar design: an ash body provides the basis for the storied twangy sound, a revolutionary one-piece bolt-on maple neck”until the Tele, bolt-on necks had only been used on banjos, the classic string-thru-body bridge, and dual single-coil pickups with the treble pickup mounted on the bridge plate”a coupling that helps characterize the Tele sound. From crisp signature sparkle at the bridge to warmth and fullness at the neck, the 60th Anniversary Telecaster gets its rich depth, definition and dynamics from dual American
Vintage Telecaster single-coil pickups.

Controls
Volume, tone and pickup switching”that's it. Now as then, the controls are elegant in their simplicity and solidly reliable in their effect on the sound. Two knurled "chromedome" knobs are mounted on an original-style chrome control plate. The one knob on the Tele features the Delta Tone„¢ system, in which a detent at the "10" position eliminates all the tone control circuitry and delivers the pure, direct sound of both pickups.

Features
  • Body Material: Ash
  • Neck: Modern "C" Shape
  • Neck Finish: Lacquer
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" Radius (241 mm)
  • Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Truss Rod: Bi-Flex Truss Rod System
  • Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series Nut
  • Pickups: American Vintage Tele® Single-Coil Bridge Pickup
  • American Vintage Tele® Single-Coil Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge
  • and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Special Electronics: Delta Tone No-Load„¢ Tone Control
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: American Tele with New American Standard Bent Steel Saddles
  • and Stamped Brass Plate
  • Control Knobs: Chrome Knurled Style
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
  • Strings: Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
  • Incl. Accessories: Fender/SKB® Case, Cable, Strap, Polishing Cloth
  • Unique Features: Thinskin Lacquer Finish, Vintage Style Pickups, 60th Anniversary
  • Neckplate, Five-Screw Mounted Brass Bridge Plate for Sonic
  • Stability, Bent Steel Saddles, Tinted Neck, Rolled Fretboard
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Fender60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super Ultra Fantastic!

Mine arrived today at 2PM. It is now 9PM and I have been in a complete bliss playing it! It really is a time zone (Twilight Zone?) guitar. It arrived already set...Read complete review

Mine arrived today at 2PM. It is now 9PM and I have been in a complete bliss playing it! It really is a time zone (Twilight Zone?) guitar. It arrived already set up perfectly. I'm not going to have to take it to my tech to have it set up, which is good because I really don't want to part with it. If it weren't for having to take a break to get something to eat I wouldn't even be writing this review! The finish is smooth and perfect. Especially on the neck. It feels almost like playing on bare wood, but there is finish on it. I can't begin to describe how it sounds. The range goes from buttery smooth to dirty twang. I can already tell that I will very rarely take it out of the "Delta Tone" mode. In that mode the pickups are so expressive that by simply altering my playing/picking technique it is like having an extra tone control. An out of this world tone control at that! I am completely in love with this guitar. The only thing that could possibly make this guitar better would be if John 5 signed it for me. Hmmmm, maybe I'll become a stalker until he does! -Ron

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

60th anniversary tele

Overall, its a great guitar. YOu will be pleased. And unlike most, I found the case to be very sturdy. If you can justify spending the money, you will love it....Read complete review

Overall, its a great guitar. YOu will be pleased. And unlike most, I found the case to be very sturdy. If you can justify spending the money, you will love it. Great for rock, modern alt rock, funky stuff and of course all the country and folk you can throw at it. Versatility at its finest, moreso than a strat if you ask me.
Typical telecaster features, esspcially considering that I don't particularly care for the delta tone circuit. Gets very, very harsh with the high end all the way up there. These pickups are really really great but my one complaint is that the highs get out of control. I tend to keep the treble on my amp at about 8 oclock, bass around 4 oclock... and the tone on my guitar about halfway. sounds great right there. still bright. but any more on that tone knob and it'll leave your ears hurting.
Quality at its finest! the finish is superb. There was a dark spot in the neck on mine that most people would probably frown upon but I saw it as character!
Ehh... I don't know what to say here. Is it really worth the 1400? I found that it was a great guitar and I love "HAVING" a 60th anniversary tele. Just a great thing to be a part of... but i returned it and got a 72 tele with tremolo, swapped for single coils... So i gained a tremolo, finish is just as pretty, neck is less sticky and I saved about $800. So thats up to you I guess, but I couldn'y justify keeping it! BTW, the finish on this 60th anniversary is UNREAL. PERFECT blend of yellow and natural to make it the best blonde I've ever fallen for.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This Was A Fender?

By NotRoyBuchanan

from Los Angeles

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great From A Distance

Cons

  • Not So Great Close-up

Best Uses

  • Firewood

Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This may not be true of others' experience, but Fender rolled out a lemon with this one: minor manufacturing flaw at the neck pocket; two nicks around the body's edge; sticky, uncured lacquer on the neck.

In spite of the flaws, I had intended to keep the guitar since this model might be the last of the reasonably-priced lacquer models. But after a week or so I noticed that the body finish was so soft that my clothing was leaving impressions on the surface.

The guitar came to me in a factory-sealed carton, so none of this was MF's fault. In fact, Musicians Friend provided the best customer service yet on this one. The guitar was returned of course, and MF did the right thing without so much as a whimper.

Not wishing to sound like the picky geezer that I am, once upon a time buying an American-made Fender was a sure bet for quality. I hope that day returns.

Two words, Fender: Quality Control.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a must have!!!!!!

By Dennis McCarson

from Kannapolis north carolina

Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I am a player of 45 years off and on, now spending hours enjoying the music I seam to muster up. I have a GREAT Army of guitars which include gibsons 335 with a bigsby, Les Paul, PRS Johnny Hiland, fender lone star strat, Takamine all are great guitars to say the least.I was still missing the twang of a telecaster! After the long proscess of reveiwing ever guitar I choose the 60th telecaster. WooW I can tell you that this guitar is not only stunning to look at but the playability is sweet sound that comes from this baby is so dramatic. If you are a player you will keep coming back for more! Don't think twice play it for ten minutes at a store near you load it take it home before their all gone! Enjoy a life time of one of Leo's greatest. thanks world famous tarheel gambler . ROCK AND ROLL BABY

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

60th Anniversary Tele

By Fenderlead2

from Cocoa, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar when they first came out on a pre-order through MF. I have not regretted anything about purchasing this Tele. Right out of the box it was in tune and ready to play. The UPS person hung around the next day, after I let it sit for the required 24 hrs. He was blown away as was I. I was playing through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with the matching bottom cabinet, and this Guitar sounded AWESOME. The finish, and streaking on the body and neck, give it real class. The staggered tuning keys are a nice touch and gets rid of one string tree. I love the bridge, so I don't have the hassle of the strings coming thru from the back, so changing string takes no time. The Delta tone circuit is cool, and the tone thickens up well as you roll it back. This is my first Tele, so I've had to get used to the volume being so close to the P/U selector, but it's worth it.I've had a few high end guitars, and this one is in a league of it's own. The SKB case and accessories, were OK, but the supplied strap was a bit too short for me, easy fix. This Tele is the best playing guitar I've ever had. Thanks to Fender and MF.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Im in love

By Gigglywinks

from Melbourne, Australia

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Slight string buzz
  • Too much neck laquer

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Profession and versatile
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Musicians friend is easy to use, good customer service, fast delivery, accurate description of 2nd hand item, good pricing. No complaints from this Australian buyer, glad to have found your site and collection.

Now the guitar - 60th anniversary fender telecaster. My first electric after playing 2 years acoustic.

I have had this guitar for 1 month now and am in love with it. I play iit everday, love the way it feels in my hand, think about it when i'm away, and sometimes even bring it to bed. It arrived to Austrlia in 7-10 days, delayed bit longer due to customs.

The guitar is built solid, and is basically the same as the American standard tele which you can get a bit cheaper. But i bought the 60th because i like my tele blonde (and it was jeff buckley's blonde tele from the siné albums that started my tele love affair so of course i wanted the same color). It has a commemorative neckplate and a few other minor features that distinguish it, and its always nice to own a limited run of an item. My only complaint is that it has too much lacquer finish on the neck (slows down fast neck playing, and im a slide-kinda guy). Also the 4th string had some buzz to it which im still trying to adjust, but other than that its a flawless machine that i expect to outlive even me. With the right amp and the right reverb, i found the sound i was always looking for. I doubt if i will ever buy another guitar, defo in love with it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Sound - Love it!

By JP

from New York City

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I have only had cheap guitars for the longest time, and after being inspired by reading an online review with Tom Hess (Rhapsody Of Fire guitarist)I finally felt inspired enough to make a big investment. So I purchased this guitar..and I have not regretted one cent I spent on it. Great sound, (I love the sound of fender) and plays really well. If you haven't purchased a high end guitar before, I think this would be a great start.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Triumph of Tele-60th Anniversary Guitar

    By wes burgess

    from Venice, CA

    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar to relearn the instrument after a hiatus of many years. Even though I played extensively before, the action and playability enabled me to eclipse my old technique in a few months. Straight chords, bar chords, high on the neck, fingerpicking...everything I want to do I can do with this guitar. This is a great guitar, period. I can find nothing bad about this guitar--no complaints. That says a lot.

    The real issue is what you get for your money. If you want a tele, single coil pickups, great sound, and good looks that you will be proud of forever, there is no need to go farther than this.
    If the price is too high, get a Mexican standard for less money (I have one as a backup--see review). Be prepared to send it back if everything isn't right. If you are strapped for cash and you like Stratocasters, buy the Squire Bullet--my wife has one that plays great.

    Make sure you play this guitar into a good amp to see it shine. Mine sounds best in a Class-A tube amp--I recommend the small Fender or the Gretch Electromatic Compact for small venues. I also use Fender bullet strings because they fit right into the back of the guitar and have enough length that i never run out of at the top of the peghead when changing strings.

    All this critique assumes you want an instrument to make great music. If you just want to pretend you're some rock star, copy other people's riffs, or show off gee-gaws that don't add to playability or sound quality, look somewhere else.
    General tele features. The Delta-Tone switches off the tone control and the coloration it can add to the sound. All frets are easy to reach. The pickups are smooth and don't hum in my experience. Sounds great out of the box. Mine came with a cleaning cloth and a cable. The case is great--much more insulation from bumps and heat than my Gibson case.
    Body, finish, fret dressing, all perfect. The neck was straight as a country road in Texas.
    Are you kidding! Compare the sound, playability and finish with an equivalent Gibson electric--Tele is way out of the park. I managed to get a 60th anniversary with a natural finish. Everyone who sees it oohs and aahs.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar

    By J.W. Mayfield

    from Bedford, Texas 76021

    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    see my comments above
    Although I have only owned this guitar for a short time, so far it has lived up to its expectations. It is a great guitar and plays extremely well. The features described about it are correct and true. I also own a 1989 Fender Stratocaster guitar and this new guitar plays ever bit as well as my Strat, and has a great sound quality too. I was expecting a different "shade" of blonde on this guitar but am well satisfied with the present color too. Overall, I am very well satisfied about my purchase. Thank you, Musicians Friend for offering this guitar at the great price. I have yet to have a single complaint about any of the musical equiptment I've ordered from Musicians Friend over many years of purchasing. I am happy to know that you guys are there in the event I need something.
    see my comments above.
    see my comments above.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    60 th Anniversary Telecaster

    By Jeffrey Kyff

    from Midwest

    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    For the price it is well made and sounds great. The action is good all the way up the neck. I think I got a great deal on this.
    Action is great, sound is great. Sounds a lot like my Strat. I am still tweaking the twangy country sound I was looking for.
    Overall quality seems high. My first Maple neck. I like how it sounds and plays.
    I like the case. I think it is probably the best guitar case I have and probably offers the most protection of all the cases I have seen.
    I bought this as used and I really would be hard pressed to find anywhere that it was used.
    I did find a blemish but it would have been a long time finding it had I not been deliberately looking for it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Where have I been all your life???

    By GREGORY NELSON

    from Bryan, Texas

    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I can't believe it..... I've been playing for 34 years, am a full-time musician and have had all the best guitars on my wall.....EXCEPT....this one until now. I've been missing out for all these years! I fell for a stereotype of this guitar that is obviously false. This guitar is multi-dimensional. The TONE. Oh, the strat will now sit idle. The neck pu on this Tele is superior in warmth and character. Not as biting as I've always assumed. My bad. The `57 gibson LP gold top will never be sold, but won't be played nearly as much, given the bridge pu can deliver a tasty gritty spunky overdrive sound that isn't so round and common. I roll the tone knob back a bit and you'd never guess I was playing a tele. The Gretsch? Already sold it. A duessenburg, too. This telecaster is now my every day guitar. It's simple elegance has me infatuated with it. My band mates have all commented on the awesome sound of this guitar. No genre of music is outside it's reach. If you'll not be afraid to experiment with the volume and tone.... so much control from so few controls. Brilliant.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Happy birthday!

    By Martinman

    from Northeast

    Comments about Fender 60th Anniversary Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    This thing is gorgeous! The workmanship is flawless. The frets are perfectly dressed, and the neck feels great. The pickups sound awesome (the neck pickup is a little weak, but I guess that's a stock Tele). I cannot find one blemish, and believe me, I am fussy. The only complaint is the above-mentioned string height adjustment screws. It's an easy fix if I can find the correct set screws in a hardware store, but Fender should correct the problem. This is my favorite electric guitar. Besides, I HAD to have it. Telecaster just celebrated its 60th birthday, and so did I...
    It's a Tele. What features? There is beauty in simplicity, and this guitar has been doing it right for 60 years. I actually prefer the ashtray bridge, but it is nice to be able to fine-tune the intonation. Why didn't I get the reissue? I had one, but I really like the modern switching, bigger frets, tuning machines, and neck radius of the new Teles. And the finish! The nitro is beautiful. The ash wood grain has streaks of blue in it. I changed out the pickguard for a white one. Nice!
    The quality is top notch. I do, however, have a problem with the overly-long string height adjustment screws. They are 4-48 thread x 3/8". They need to be 5/16" long. As is, they dig into the palm of my hand when I play. I contacted Fender, and they told me that they have had dealer complaints about this, but they advised that they don't offer replacement screws. I looked into new saddles, like the ones that come on the American Deluxe model, but those saddles are offset, and won't work with this bridge.
    This is a killer guitar, but when compaired to the American Standard (ash model), it is a poor value. Unless, like me, you are willing to pay extra for the color and nitro finish. There is some advertizing confusion with the pickups, but a call to Fender confirmed that they are indeed the same. And the anniversary neckplate and hype? Just that, I'd hate to have to wait for this guitar to be collectable. It's just an American Standard...

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