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Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar Aged Cherry Burst

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The American Elite Telecaster is the original solidbody electric guitar reimagined for the modern guitarist who needs more from their instrument. With its stunning style, easy-playing performance and ... Read More

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The American Elite Telecaster is the original solidbody electric guitar reimagined for the modern guitarist who needs more from their instrument. With its stunning style, easy-playing performance and flexible sound that matches any playing situation, this Tele was made to tear it up on stage or in the studio.

Featured on all American Elite instruments, the new 4th generation Noiseless pickups are only available in this series, and represent a quantum leap in pickup design. Combining authentic, vintage-style sound with effectively noise-free performance, these are the pinnacle of Fender’s noiseless pickup designs, generating sparkling cleans and fat, overdriven tones that scream with pure rock ‘n’ roll power.

Engineered for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck with a 9.5”-14” compound radius fingerboard is ideal for all playing styles. A modern “C”-shape at the nut, the profile morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of comfortable support for fret hand antics.

Locking, all short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the bone nut for buzz-free performance. The truss rod wheel is positioned at the butt end of the neck for easy accessibility when adjusting neck relief.

Fender is renowned for head-turning style, and this guitar is no different—from the refined ergonomic rear contour that hugs the player’s body to the black chrome headstock logo and large pearloid fret markers this instrument will dazzle the audience with elegant style. The American Elite Telecaster is a bold new addition to the Fender family tree, a top-notch performer that can handle whatever music you might you throw at it. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder (Ash on Butterscotch Blonde and Tobacco Sunburst)
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Modern C to D
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: Compound
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: S-1 switching, Master no-load tone control
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle American Tele with chromed brass saddles
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed/locking
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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FenderAmerican Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible !

By Starr the guitarist

from Northridge, Ca

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

AWESOME Guitar !

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Trade was worth it.

By 5-mile run per day Dave

from Stow, Ohio

Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

I traded two re-issue vintage telecaster's ('52 and 62') to down size my collection (with a few added incentives) to get this incredible guitar. Although I have a re-appointed Jimmy Page LP (c. 1995) and a re-issue '57 stratocaster, This has been my "go to" over the past month. I can get the '52 tone through a tube amp or switch to a humbuker sound with the push S1 option to mimic a LP. The neck took a couple of days to adjust to but now playing on it is like butter. My first tele was purchased in 1982 and I have owned 4 since then. This one is the best and will stay with me for good!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally found the one I have been looking for

By Lemmy777

from Columbus, OH

Pros

  • The cut-away back
  • The neck
  • The tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      I traded a nice MIM Tele a few months back and have kind of been regretting it, so I had kind of been looking around for a new one, but wasn't really in a hurry. Anyway, I walked into GC to buy some strings yesterday and stumbled across this and had to pick it up. I was instantly hooked. The price tag didn't exactly jive with my wallet so I left the store for a while, but couldn't stop thinking about it, so I did some math... sold a kidney and went back! Long story short, I played a 3 hour show a few hours after leaving the store with it and was blown away by how well it performed all night. The tone is fantastic and I was skeptical because I had tried an earlier version of the Noiseless pickups (I believe a lot of people referred to them as "Toneless") and was not very impressed. The N4's sound killer (IMO) and the cut-away on the back made it very comfortable to play for long stretches. If you can afford one, buy it!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow!!

      By Tuck

      from Plymouth, MI

      Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      I purchased mine at the Guitar Center in Canton, Michigan. Prior to purchasing the American Elite Tele in butterscotch, I was the proud owner of an American Standard from 09'. I had no intention of purchasing another Tele when I entered the store. My intent was to demo a Jazzmaster. I saw this American Elite on the wall and I had to give it a shot. If nothing else, I wanted to prove to myself that my seven year old American Standard was basically the same guitar. I was immediately impressed with the weight and the feel. The cutaway was smooth and I liked the feel of the neck. Of course features like locking tuners and strap locks are nice, they are not what sells the guitar. This guitar sold me on feel alone. It fit me far better than I would have ever imagined. I bought it. When I arrived home I plugged it into a Mesa Trans-Atlantic TA-15. I was able to eek out so many different sounds and tones. I rifled through some of my favorite tunes and realized I had hit the jack pot. The pick ups are lively and expressive. Full disclosure, I have only played guitar for ten years. I play in a band and we play at local bars. Some originals, and some covers. I am probably a mediocre guitarist at best, but I am always working to improve. I believe this guitar will move me forward.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not impressed by Fender's top of the line Tele

      By mnb

      from San Jose, Ca

      Pros

      • accessible truss rod adjuster
      • case is really nice
      • nice neck
      • S1 switching for series

      Cons

      • pickups don't sound like a Tele
      • pickups lack character

      Best Uses

      • buy a chinese tele off ebay
      • return it

      Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      I played an elite at a local store, but all they had was the butterscotch. I bought a cherry burst online. I couild swear it's an entirely different model. The neck and frets are ok, but not as sweet as the store model I played. And the pickups are very generic sounding and none of the positions have a classic Telecaster sound.

      The elite Stratocaster is pretty nice. Versatile sounds and sounds like a Strat. But this Tele... they phoned it in. I must have played a dozen YouTubes of this guitar, mine sounds like none of them. I'm probably returning it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      excellent instrument

      By big bill

      from Flint, Michigan

      Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      I can't thank Ryan at guitar center in Flint Michigan enough for his patience with me. I started by playing a 52 reissue. I loved the sound but it didn't meet my playing needs. Ryan then encouraged me to play the elite. Best free advise I have ever gotten.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Phenomenal tone!

      By Graham

      from Central Point, OR

      Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      The best guitar I've ever played! The feel and playability is top notch, and the tone...oh, the tone...its outstanding!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW - unbelievable

      By Working stiff

      from Wilmington, DE

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Clean through a tube amp with light reverb

          Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

          I tried dozens of telecasters over a month's time - looking for the perfect feel for me. I had no intention of spending that much on one, but after I played the elite... anything else would have left me feeling less than satisfied. As I was about to purchase a $1000 instrument (American Professional Tele), I felt that "this will be nice enough" feeling. I just couldn't spend that much and know I would always be wishing for the other. Anyway, I have been playing for 20 years - played an assortment of guitars, but nothing has ever felt a right in the hands or sounded so sweet to the ear. Love this guitar!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Tele!

          By Steve

          from Boston

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

          A Pleasure To Play!

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