Fender American Deluxe Series Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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The Telecaster is an undeniable force in all styles of guitar-based American music and the Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar is the top of the Tele chain! It offers stunningly accurate... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Telecaster is an undeniable force in all styles of guitar-based American music and the Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar is the top of the Tele chain! It offers stunningly accurate noiseless vintage sounds through two Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups, as well as new variations through the versatile S-1 switching system. Its highly detailed fret and nut work make it incredibly easy to play. Other features include a bound-top alder body with a comfortably contoured back, abalone dot inlays, and aged plastic parts.

S-1 Pickup Switching
Fender's trademarked pickup switching system that allows the guitarist to keep single-coil sounds while eliminating the noises. On most Strat models, when the guitarist selects pickup position 2 (neck and middle pickups) or position 4 (middle/neck), the two pickups are combined with parallel. This parallel wiring produces the "in-between" tones that Strat guitars are famous for. (see in-between tones). With S-1 pickup switching, a guitarist can place pickups in series by using the push-pull switch located in the crown of the master volume knob. Wiring two single-coil pickups in series produces the sound of a humbucking pickup with reduced high frequencies and more midrange. Positions 2, 3, and 4 also include a capacitor that further cuts the high frequencies for an even fatter, rounder humbucker sound. For example, position 2 with the S-1 switch down has the neck pickup wired in parallel with the capacitor and in series with the middle pickup.

Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups

It's no secret that pickup designers have been striving to develop the ultimate noise-free single-coil replacement pickup. In pursuit of as little 60-cycle hum and extraneous noise as possible and the classic bell-like tones and fidelity of the original Fender designs, Fender has poured their energy into discovering a world-class pickup for the ages. With open minds and a willingness to seemingly question everything, Fender partnered with legendary pickup designer Bill Lawrence. The pickup that was birthed from this extraordinary partnership is the Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickup. It has no hum, no microphonics, close to zero magnetic interruption of the string path, and the widest sonic parameters possible -- from Fender classic single-coils to tones not yet imagined. Truly a revolutionary design in guitar pickups.

  • Premium bound alder body
  • Deluxe modern C-shaped neck with satin finish and comfortable, hand-rolled edges
  • Stainless steel bridge with chrome-plated brass saddles
  • 2 Fender Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups
  • S-1 switching system
  • Fender/Schaller deluxe staggered cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Classic knurled chrome knobs
  • Abalone dot position inlays
  • Bound top
  • Contoured back
  • Highly detailed fret and nut work
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
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Timeless Guitar!

I just picked up this American Deluxe in the sunburst. The abalone inlays, the binding, s-1 switching, tuners, everything on this guitar blows my mind. I have to tune it...Read complete review

I just picked up this American Deluxe in the sunburst. The abalone inlays, the binding, s-1 switching, tuners, everything on this guitar blows my mind. I have to tune it ONCE, before a jam, and thats a country-jam mind you, meaning im bending those strings every song. Anyways the tone is incredible, i play through a VOX AC-15 and it rocks. It has a bite on the high-end but all teles do, i just roll off the high on my eq. Now, the volume knobs are also great, you can roll off and not worry about messing up your tone, which is really helpful for effective dynamics throughout your song. Overall, this is the greatest investment i've ever made. And its a guitar i know i wont give up, its timeless. Fender makes some great products, you just have to find the right ones, the ones that will last... the American Deluxe Tele has changed my life musically!! Honestly my technique and confidence as a musician have grown simply because of the amazing playability of this guitar!!


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Hey Fender, what happened!!!

A beautiful guitar. As I inspected all of the features I discovered the 1st string to be closer to the edge of the fretboard and the 6th string further from the edge of the...Read complete review

A beautiful guitar. As I inspected all of the features I discovered the 1st string to be closer to the edge of the fretboard and the 6th string further from the edge of the fretboard. Looking from the 1st fret up to the 22nd the uneveness was obvious. The detailed fret work needed some more polishing on some frets. The wood was not one-piece body which I've been informed the American Deluxe should feature. Unlike Fender guitars not made in the U.S.A. that use the two or more piece of wood bodies. I love fender guitars and amps,and own four American Deluxe stratocasters,one chinese squier strat,and four fender pro tube amps etc. I was looking forward to using this guitar on my gigs, but the flaws I found in relation to the price was unacceptable. Sorry Fender you all need to check your quality control. The Louie V. Experience.

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mr guitar Sumner, Ia.

By Mr Guitar

from Sumner, Iowa

Ive had this guitar now for about a month. I have to say its tge best guitar that t own. The S-1 Switching Gives the guitar a real meaty sound in the middle position. I can use this guitar for all the variety music that I play The neck and fret work is flawless and plays like no other guitar and i own some of the best. The antique cherry sunburst is stunning to say the least. When Im not playing it I love to just look at it. Its that beautiful. Its a real quality guitar and I would recommend it to anyone to buy one You wont regret it.I have a James Burton tele and this guitar is superior to it. Cant say enough good things about it. Thanks Fender, you guys got it all together on this one. And thank you to this site!

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from Frisco, Colorado

I just got this guitar a few days ago and still cant get over the sound. This guitar is easy to play and sounds amazing. Even on a cheap peavy amp like mine it sounds good. I would recomed this guitar to anyone


One Word: Versatility!

By voxfan-mQ4bc

from LA

I've had this baby for almost a year, so its about time to let the world know what I think of it! Features are what drew me to it in the first place. Its got all the trademark twanginess of a Tele, with the added bonus of the S-1 switching system. Bridge is bright and twangy, middle has a jazzbox type vibe, and neck is dark and bluesy. Click in the S-1 and you've got a humbucker-like tone in the middle position. All of this, combined with truly noiseless pickups make for a one sweet, and very versatile guitar.I picked mine up at a music store in town, and setup was nearly perfect, but I don't know what it would be like from an online shop. Action was nice, maybe a little low, but I raised it without any trouble. The neck is one of the most comfortable I've ever played, very soft and easy to reach every single fret. I got mine in the cherry burst, and its even more beautiful than it looks like in the pictures. Pearloid pickguard and silver foil Fender decal on the headstock just adds to the look, without looking too garish. I can't imagine wanting to own one with a gaudy gold pickguard, but to each his own! It's super classy, inside and out, but not so pretty that I can't use it live. It is definitely my workhorse guitar, and it matches up perfectly with my AC15.


The Best Guitar Ever!!!

By Telemaster33

from Cabot Pa

This guitar is the best guitar that I have ever had the privilege of playing. If you want the best playability and the best twangy sound out of a beautiful guitar then the American deluxe Telecaster is the best guitar you can buy. I really enjoy the fact of the action of this guitar. i have been playing for 7 years now and this guitar is the best i have ever played.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


So far I'm lovin' it

By Aaron

from Woodstock, IL

Got the aged cherry sunburst with rosewood neck. So far, it's my new favorite guitar, though part of that is cause it's new. I really like the crafstmanship and tone. The look inspires me to pick it up and play (man does it look good!), and the tone is sparkly without being to treble/harsh. This is my first Tele, and I think it's a little less sparkly than classic Tele's due to the noiseless pickups, but for me I think that's desirable. I can still dial in a pretty nice Telecaster tone, even on my Marshall combo amp, and I can warm it up a bit using the S-1 pickup switch. I expect it to sparkle more on my Fender amp, but I didn't get that far yet!


Set-up, Set-up, Set-up.

By Tele-Guru-11BB

from Virginia

I just received my American Deluxe Tele 4 days ago, and I couldn't be more please with the Aged-Cherry Sunburst, and the Maple Neck. This thing plays like butter. On the other hand I am disappointed with the set up "Out Of The Box", the innotation is horribe ,but nothing a quick $30-$40 dollars won't fix, but what can one expect. My expectations were very high on this guitar, becase I had bought an American Deluxe Strat in 2004, and it was absolutely superb. I play through a 1969 Fender Twin Reverb. All and all in my 17 years of playing I think the American Standard has more of that authentic "twang" of classic and modern country, if you like that kind of thing. Great product from Fender, and Musicias Friend.

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Excellent Guitar

By 2nd Coming

from Bumpus Mills, TN

I have had my American Deluxe Telecaster for a little over a year now. I love the feel of the neck and the versatility of the sounds I can get. I look forward to every time I get to play my tele. Not only does the cherry sunburst look great, the S-1 switching is fabulous. This guitar is a must have for any musician.


You cant beat USA made

By StratMan56-7BbFW

from Elizabethton TN

I bought this guitar for my collection,and all I can say is WOW ,this guitar is the BEST of all my fenders or gibsons,great neck and the sound is just one of a kind ,keep it up FENDER crew with the good job your doing.


Still the best i have ever played

By Matthew Rice

from pascagoula, ms

I bought this guitar about a year and a half ago. Cherry burst with maple neck. Absolutely one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever seen. The sound and tone are just as beautiful. I also have an american deluxe fat stratocaster, and though I love my strat, I have not been able to get a better tone out of it. It is a dream to play and I highly recommend this guitar. Worth every single penny.


Still grinnin from ear to ear!

By lunatikjim@hotmail.com

from Little Rock, AR

I have owned my American Deluxe telecaster for 6 months and I love it. I play through a Line 6 Duoverb, a Trainor combo, and a GDEC most of the time. I have 12 other guitars that sit in shock because I spend so much time with my deluxe tele. This is the best value for buck without the hype. My Gibson les paul, Baker and PRS sit idle in cases beneath the bed. I do pull the Baker out occasionally, but for the most part this tele has been the guitar of choice.I own 3 teles. I have a Mexican, a Japanese 69 thinline and this american made deluxe. This guitar has the best neck I have ever played.I pick it up strum a few chords, play a lead or two and thank God for the day I brought it home.Over the last 40 years I have had the luck to own what were touted as the best guitars, but they never brought me as much pleasure as this tele. I can't help but smile every time I play my aged cherry deluxe. Looks Gorgeous! Sounds great clean and distorted. I love the HB sound I get out of the center position with S1 engaged. This guitar sustains well and even sounds great unplugged. Please..before you buy any other guitar give this tele a whirl..If your a player, you will love this guitar!

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