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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... Read More

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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.

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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FenderAmerican Special Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

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Amazing guitar!!!!

This guitar is amazing. After spending weeks reading reviews and trying out guitars, I decided that this guitar was to become my third guitar. Everything about it is just so perfect: the neck...Read complete review

This guitar is amazing. After spending weeks reading reviews and trying out guitars, I decided that this guitar was to become my third guitar. Everything about it is just so perfect: the neck is slim, but not to slim, this with the jumbo frets make it a dream to play. The best things about this guitar are the pickups and the tone circuit. The pickups are incredible and work well with almost any type of music. The neck pickup is my favourite, it can best be described as sweet! I love my new American Special Telecaster; I will never get rid of it.

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Pay a little more and get the American Standard

I bought this guitar and played it about a month before taking it back. I kept feeling like something was missing, and I realized it was when I coughed up 200 extra dollars and...Read complete review

I bought this guitar and played it about a month before taking it back. I kept feeling like something was missing, and I realized it was when I coughed up 200 extra dollars and went with the American Standard Telecaster. The Texas Special Pickups in combination with the Greasebucket tone really limit what this guitar can do. If you primarily play country or blues, you may like this guitar, but, I would suggest you pay a little more and go with the American Standard. The bridge on the Standard, and the American Standard pickups really add some dynamics to what you can play, and really help to sustain the tone. Plus, the Standard comes with a case, valued around 110 bucks, and this guitar only comes with a 35 dollar gig bag (I paid 100 more out of pocket for a fender hard case when I bought the American Special). Also, The American Standard comes with a Fender Guitar Strap, and a Fender instrument cable. After you add all that up, the difference in the two guitars is only around 100 dollars, instead of 250. Go with the American Standard. If you like the black pickguard on the American Special, you can buy one for 34 dollars, and they are really easy to put on. Don't settle with this guitar just because you think it is the best value for an American Fender Tele... Thank goodness I took mine back and traded up before the 30 days were up.

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5.0

"Perfect Model for Hard Rock Players"

By David P. Makowski

from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Alnico V Pickups
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Sustain
  • Made for The Harder Rock Guitarist
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Static Electricity

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I posted before when I purchased my first Fender Am. Spec. Tele back in 2011. I just wanted to day that Fender has done a fantastic job of creating a slew of Telecaster models to suit every type of player. This one works great for me as I have large hands. The "Jumbo" frets work for me. The Texas Specials have Alnico V Magnets and are higher output. Love the traditional bridge. If you like 70's hard rock like me, then I strongly suggest checking out this model Tele.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you're wanting a Tele, this is the one to get!

By Danny

from Branson Mo.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Big Venues
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    This isn't my first Tele but it's as good or better than any that I've had. The first thing when buying a guitar is do you like the looks and feel. If I don't like the looks I won't pick it up to play, pretty simple I guess but it's true. I've always liked maple fret boards and the color choices made it hard to pick. I've always liked sunburst but the blond has a special lure that I couldn't resist. I've always liked simple guitars, simple controls (ie..I've blocked the trem on my strat) and the Tele is just that, a simple, easy, no frills guitar. Once I've found a guitar that is pleasing to my eye the next thing on my list to check is the tone it puts out. This American Special Tele has tone in spades! The bridge pickup has the twang that everybody wants without being too thin and tinny (a problem I had with other Teles). When doing a lead it'll cut right through the mix. When in the neck pickup you get that nice glassy tube sound that everybody loves and is searching for. And when in the middle position it's just a perfect mix of the two. Pretty simple stuff here but it's all that you need. The next thing that I look for when buying a guitar is how the neck feels. Some teles have necks that feel like you're holding the big end of a baseball bat. Some may like this but I don't. I always compare necks to the neck on my strat and this Tele is close. It's not super thin but it's no ball bat. I have passed on guitars that the neck was just too big. Another thing to check on the neck is to make sure the frets are finished with no sharp edges, and this one passed that test. I've heard so many player say their "go to" axe is the Tele and in my mind this American Special Tele is as good as it gets. There are more expensive Teles but dollar for dollar, they aren't any better. Sure, you don't get a case but a case for a Tele isn't hard to find and you do get a nice gig bag. If you're looking for a Tele this is the one I'd suggest

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Modern Telecaster

    By David P Makowski

    from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I purchased my 2011 Fender American Special in Olympic White on Christmas Eve. I have been playing guitar for 37 years and along the way I have owned just about every model and brand of guitar. I usually play Les Paul's but the idea of owning a Telecaster started to make me wonder if I would like it as a different type of feel/sound. Well, I love this Telecaster. The fit & finish are "dead on" perfect. I think most have 3 piece bodies but mine appears to be one piece. The neck is super comfortable for rhythm and lead playing. The guitar balances correctly when playing standing up with a strap. The "Texas Special" pickups sound really great for single coils. I really like the old school 3 brass barrel bridge saddles and it stays in tune perfect. I would say for the price, the features and the build quality this Fender American Special is a jem.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I don't need 30 days to decide...

    By Ron Cormier

    from Windsor Ct

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    When I went to my local GC to check out this guitar as I have always wanted an American Tele, and reading so many glowing reviews on the internet, I was disappointed that they did not have one in stock. The sales rep, suggested that I order one and play it for 30 days and if it did not meet my expectations, it could be returned for a full credit. Well, it did not take 30 days for me to decide- This is one beautifully made machine! great attention to detail (right down to the nut being dyed tan on the fingerboard side to match the maple neck)--Love those Texas special pups ! The frets were totally deburred and polished smooth on the ends, and the finish on the neck is smooth as silk making it a dream to play. It does have some slight fret buzz, but that's not a big deal as I have a trusted luthier set up any new guitar for me anyway. Like another reviewer has said "just get it-you will be happy"- to paraphrase-- Also check out a youtube video review of this guitar by gregsguitars to hear what it can sound like in capable hands!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Great Americn made Telecaster.

    By Donald M Whitesel Jr

    from Lancaster, PA

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    It's been a long time since I took the time to write a guitar review. Since this beautiful Fender Telecaster is such a great guitar I wanted to let others know just how good it is. I bought the three tone sunburst but, actually could just as easily decided on the vintage butterscotch blonde as well. This guitar looks and sounds awesome and what's even better the price! It's affordable and still has that great Fender quality. The Texas special pickups sound fantastic. If your Playing blues, blues/Jazz fusion, country, or rock this guitar will do it all. The maple neck is another favorite of mine because it's fast and very comfortable to play. I wish I could give this guitar ten rating! Check out the Fender American Special Series Telecaster and Stratocaster at your local Guitar Center and get ready to have some fun playing.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great American made Fender guitar at an affordable price!

    By Donald M Whitesel Jr

    from Lancaster, PA

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    It's been a long time since I wrote any reviews but, felt this guitar is worth talking about. First off I'm a big fan of the Fender American series in both the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars. Fender really gives the guitar player a lot of bang for the buck. The Texas Special pickups in the Telecaster are a little hotter pickup and perfect for playing everything from rock, blues and even blues/jazz stuff. The maple neck is fast and doing bends is a lot easier which makes it a lot of fun to play. The traditional brass saddles gives this Telecaster added twang which in my opinion adds some character or variety to my sound. I bought the three tone sunburst and the pictures don't do it justice. This guitar looks as great as it sounds! The butterscotch blonde is another color that I'm growing more and more to like so it wouldn't surprise me if I talk myself into buying a second one in that color. Check out your local Guitar Center today for the Fender American Series Guitars and Telecaster!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Its perfect

    By Bonnie Couch

    from Flint Michigan

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    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.

     
    5.0

    American made; beautiful and the true vintage tele tone...

    By BILL BRICE

    from Phila, PA

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    What an opportunity it is to own the legend of 60 years...an american tele. I bought the triple sunburst after not really thinking the white did the shape justice. Pure tele tones and jumbo frets make playing a joy. Just go out and buy one; cannot go wrong and GC gives you 30 days if you do not like it. I changed mine out to locking tuners by fender and added the Schaller strap locks...a must, no drops. Enjoy.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A definite buy for tone, feel, and quality at value!

    By Raymond Wood

    from Vallejo, CA

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    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!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My do-it-all guitar!

    By Kaleb Romero

    from Orlando, FL

    Comments about Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    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 :)

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