Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar  

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The Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar is a pro player's axe that delivers authentic Tele vibe. American Series pickups and deluxe hardware with original '52 ash or alder body dimensi... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar is a pro player's axe that delivers authentic Tele vibe. American Series pickups and deluxe hardware with original '52 ash or alder body dimensions deliver more resonance and tone. The maple neck has a modern C shape with rolled edges and highly finished frets for easier playability. The detailed nut eliminates rattles and improves tuning stability. Custom staggered tuning machines eliminate the need for one of the string trees. Staggered pole pieces in the pickups provide balanced output across all strings and especially improves tone for the G-string.

The return of the American Standard Series Telecaster continues Fender's tradition of commitment to the people who play Fender instruments out there in the real world. Today's American Standard Telecaster guitars are worthy heirs of their revered ancestors”mindful of player needs and taking full advantage of modern advances, yet remaining completely true to the elements and spirit that made these instruments legendary in the first place. They feature excellent bridges, neck and body finishes, and a Fender-exclusive high-tech molded case. Still there are the beloved hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Alnico V pickups, and staggered tuning machines for tone and stability guaranteed to last a lifetime (with its limited lifetime warranty)! So make history with the American Standard!

American Standard Tele Bridge
Gives sought-after tone with modern improvements (6-saddle adjustability, no ashtray edges). Redesigned plate features a classic styled Fender stamp on chrome-plated brass. Brass and steel are the secrets to the Tele sound!

Bridge Component Specifics:
'American Standard saddles - The original vintage-style Fender bent steel adjustable saddle is one of the components that give vintage Fenders their tonal 'mojo'. Fender conducted tone comparison tests, and fell in love with them all over again. They have a wider tonal range and more character many other saddles. Then Fender improved them; narrowing the spacing to afford more room (and complement the bigger frets and rolled edges), and also elongated the string slot to reduce friction and string breakage, while improving the string break angle over the primary contact point.

Bridge plate

The combination of steel saddles with a brass plate harks back to the magic combination of the most sought-after vintage Tele guitars (which had steel plate/brass saddles). The plate also features two extra mounting screws to improve resonance and body contact (as well as eliminating 'squeals'), and a stylized Fender logo to class up the instrument and nod to the design of '60s era Fenders (like Jaguar and Mustang bridges).

Neck Gloss and Tint

Seemingly a small or less important feature, this is a major feature. The old necks were satin all over primarily for the feel of the back of the neck. On these American Standards Fender kept the satin neck back, but still gave the rich tint and luster of a gloss finish to the fretboard. When looking at the old and new side by side in comparison, there is no arguing that these necks look classier and more detailed and 'finished'.

Thinner Body Undercoat
An undercoat serves to give the paint a smooth surface to adhere to so you have a nice looking finish. The thicker the undercoat, the more glass-like the finish, but the more constricted the guitar's body wood, which could affect tone. Fender switched to an undercoat that is thinner, and that allows the body to flex and resonate more, while retaining the cosmetic advantages of an undercoat.

Fender SKB Case
The case is a true advancement in guitar presentation and protection. It is stackable, it balances perfectly, it is TSA-lock-equipped, and has glass reinforced nylon trigger latches and a killer form-fitted plush interior.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

  • Alnico V pickups
  • Deluxe hardware
  • Solid alder body (black, 3-color sunburst, candy cola, and blizzard pearl) or ash body (2-tone sunburst, natural, crimson red transparent)
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with rich, deep neck tint, glossed neck fretboard with satin back and rolled edges
  • Delta-tone„¢ no-load circuit
  • Highly finished frets
  • Detailed nut work
  • Bent steel Fender saddles
  • American Standard Tele® Bridge Plate (steel saddles and brass plate) for improved resonance
  • Thinner undercoat for improved body resonance
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
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FenderAmerican Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar

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(110 of 124 customers found this review helpful)


Now's the time, the time is now!

By Red Cape Man

from Roseville, CA

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

This is the new 2008 model, and it's the best telecaster I've ever played...ever. Everything about it was perfect, and it's the shiniest telecaster on the planet (in a good way). Sound's like every awesome telecaster sound I've ever heard, if you know how to tweak the knobs. Chicken pickin' sounds amazing on it, and strumming full open chords sounds beautiful, while the power chords are nice and tight. And the sustain...Fender will be rivaling Gibson's Les Paul soon if the sustain gets even the tiniest bit better-hit a note, go to the bathroom and come back, and the thing is still ringing! There were NO faults at all with this guitar, it had the epitome of Fender quality craftsmanship in it. If you've been waiting to get a telecaster, (or just barely missed the 60th anniversary model, like me) now is the time to scrounge up the money and get into guitar center!

(36 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


The Time To Get an American Tele!

By Indiechild

from Portland, Oregon

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

Before I played this guitar, I didn't even think twice about getting a telecaster, I didn't like the tone or playability of the highway one telecaster, and the others were too expensive. When I picked it up, I was amazed at the playability and tone, the new bridge is a lot better than the the old three saddle one (to me, some of you say otherwise). The finish (three tone SB) is extremely shiney and I can't stop glancing at it and the maple neck is fast and buttery.

(28 of 28 customers found this review helpful)


My new favorite guitar

By Les Paul 25-50

from Fort Myers, FL

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I've been a Les Paul player since the 80's but this is the guitar I should have had as well. Played all the tele's they had in the store and this one stood out as the brightest. I record so quiet is important. No AC hum unless I put the pickup right in front of my equipment. VERY versatile sounds. Goes from hard rock to country and back. LOVE IT... THNX Fender!!!

(26 of 41 customers found this review helpful)


The Perfect Jimi Hendrix sound

By Lonely Schoolboy

from Maple Grove, MN

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I'm going through a phase right now of Jimi Hendrix music. It's good, and I thought that a Strat would give me that sound. I was wrong, this telecaster delivers. It sounded exactly like Jimi at the store. Not to mention that the bridge pickup is also hot. This is great for any and all blues.

(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


Love the Tone & Versatility

By Steve

from San Antonio, TX

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

My recent purchase is in the natural ash finish. This guitar looks, feels, and sounds great! The wide range of tones is incredible, and the neck size/shape is perfect for me. You have to try this guitar. I can't put my new tele down!

(16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


Buy American

By J.B. Hendrickson

from Ft. Worth, Texas

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

The Fender American Standard Telecaster is a quality musical instrument. This Tele is easy to play and sounds, well..like a Tele. I've played every model, copy and clone of the Tele but none measure up to the American Standard. Glad I waited on Fender to upgrade this model. They have done an excellent job!

(9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


Always a classic, still the standard

By Adam Thurston

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I've owned no less than 5 Teles (and an equal number of Strats and Les Pauls) and they are still my go-to guitar for nearly any scenario. They are just so consistantly built that you can grab on off of the wall at any G.C. and go gig that night with it. Sound wise, plenty of punch but very little grit. I've been known to drop a Little '59 by Seymour Duncan into them for some thicker, humbucking tones. Looks wise, I love the simple style. Classic yet not boring. the best part of all, these babies are tough. You can hammer nails with one and then go gig. I've been known to be VERY rough on my guitars (throwing them, dropping them, pouring beer on them) and they just don't break. Not happy to see the price climb so much on them lately but still a safe purchase.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Fender American Standard Telecaster (2009)

By nic V

from niagara falls , Canada

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I never did like fenders. i played a les paul copy with very fat and warm humbuckers. But, i am a sucker for a guitar with a natural finish so i thought i might as well try out the natural telecaster hanging on the wall at a local music store. my perception on fenders instantly changed. i bought the fender a week later. this guitar will not disapoint. when i picked it up, it felt like it was built like a tank. the sustain is crazy, and the sound is incerdible. my favorite part is the neck, its the most comforale neck i have ever played and the satin finish is very smooth. ive played everything from jazz to metal (yes, the tele plays metal) and it rivals every guitar ive played. it also comes with a skb case witch is very nice and a strap, cable, cloth and a trillion different allen keys. all you need now is an amp to blast it through!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Incredible Tone and Feel

By Zelig504

from New Orleans, LA

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I was never a Telecaster fan - always preferred the Stratocaster and many years back the Gibson SG but while shopping for a Strat, well I made the mistake of playing it - mistake being that I bought it on the spot. The feel of the neck is perfect - it rarely if ever goes out of tune and the tone the bridge pup produces is full throated but piercing. This has become my go to instrument. In other words, if I have to play a gig and can only bring one guitar, this is the one I'd use. For the money, these are excellent guitars and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend that any serious guitar player try one and see for yourself.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great American Telecaster.

By Michael

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar:

I've never really liked telecasters until I got this one as a birthday gift. This tele plays great. The finish on the neck is a big upgrade from the old American Series necks; its not sticky and it actually feels like a guitar neck, not a banana skin. The Alnico V pickup magnets have a nice twang and vintage tone and are good for country, blues and rock. The accessories(case, strap, cable, polishing cloth) are great and been very useful in the short time I have owned this guitar. I will not trade this guitar for anything and I highly recommend you purchase this guitar as soon as possible. Please read my reviews for the '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue and the American Standard Stratocaster.

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