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The Modern Player Telecaster Plus HSS is that rare bird among Telecasters-a triple-pickup model with a mini-toggle coil-split switch for the Modern Player humbucking bridge pickup. That's a lot of ele... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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The Modern Player Telecaster Plus HSS is that rare bird among Telecasters-a triple-pickup model with a mini-toggle coil-split switch for the Modern Player humbucking bridge pickup. That's a lot of electronics and variety of tone packed into one guitar that's already know for being able to cover a lot of musical ground. This unique model is further distinguished by a pine body whose grain offers a warm look and feel.

Other features include C-shaped maple neck, maple fretboard with 9.5" radius and 22 jumbo frets, Modern Player single-coil Telecaster neck pickup and Modern Player Stratocaster middle pickup, five-way pickup switching, three-ply pickguard, knurled "chrome-dome" control knobs, vintage-style Stratocaster string-through-body six-saddle hard-tail bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Pine
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C standard
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HSS
  • Neck: Modern Player Tele
  • Middle: Modern Player Strat
  • Bridge: Modern Player Humbucker
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way and mini coil selector switch
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle vintage-style
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
Specifications
  • Series: Modern Player
    Body Shape: Telecaster
    Body Material: Pine
    Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
    Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
    Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester Fretboard: Maple Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
    Frets: 22, Jumbo
    Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
    Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
    String Nut: Synthetic Bone
    Pickups: Modern Player Humbucking Pickup (Bridge) Modern Player Strat Pickup (Middle) Modern Player Tele Pickup (Neck)
    Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
    Aux Switching: Mini-Toggle Rear Coil Selector Switch
    Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
    Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
    Tuning Keys: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
    Bridge: Vintage Style 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Hardtail Bridge
    Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome Dome
    Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
    Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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FenderModern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 75 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (24)
  • Good feel (23)
  • Good tone (19)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)
  • Poor pick up (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Jamming (19)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolute Satisfaction!

A solidly built and beautifully finished instrument that has a perfect 'feel' and is incredibly playable!! Seven different pick-up settings provides a fantastic array of sounds. As I frequently play a lot...Read complete review

A solidly built and beautifully finished instrument that has a perfect 'feel' and is incredibly playable!! Seven different pick-up settings provides a fantastic array of sounds. As I frequently play a lot of classic alternative music (I'm a huge fan of Johnny Marr), a clean, slightly chorused/delayed, sound is incredibly important to me - and this guitar sounds beautiful on all settings! With this Tele and my Standard Strat, I feel confident in saying that I have every tone I could ever hope to produce, and that I have no interest in ever buying another guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fender Jumps The Shark on this One!

I love Telecaster's and over the years have bought about two dozen of them. This is by far the worst one I ever bought (or for that matter worse guitar ever). Once I...Read complete review

I love Telecaster's and over the years have bought about two dozen of them. This is by far the worst one I ever bought (or for that matter worse guitar ever). Once I returned it I saw a second one in the store and played it and it was every bit as bad. The only positive thing I can say about this guitar is the finish looks great (made in China no EPA to deal with!). At its price range I was not expecting it to be the greatest telecaster in the world but I was expected to be at least as good as the Squier telecaster I got (made in Indonesia). In First of all the playability was poor so I had to adjust the neck and the intonation (not a complaint). Once I set it up though I realized it still played horribly and the reason was the angle of the neck to the body was not even correct! I was going to have to re shim the neck which was beyond my skill level. Even on the cheapest guitars they don't normally mess that up. Next was the sound, the best way to describe it is if you had a presence knob on your amplifier and instead of it going from 0 to 10 it went from zero to -10. This guitar makes any amplifier sound like it's presence control is on a -7 or 8! Regardless of which pickup you select it is flat out the thinnest and most sterile sounding guitar I've ever played in the last 35 years. I didn't even think it was possible to make a humbucker sound thin but somehow they were able to do it. They talk about it being made of pine (the cheapest possible wood available) like it's a big deal, there is a reason guitars are not made out of pine it's not like no one ever thought of it. If you own a bar or restaurant and want to buy a guitar just to hang up on the wall and look cool this is it. But if you are even slightly serious about playing guitar you could not pick a worse one even if you tried.

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(17 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Fender Jumps The Shark on this One!

By Robert Kalberer

from Boulder, Co

Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

I love Telecaster's and over the years have bought about two dozen of them. This is by far the worst one I ever bought (or for that matter worse guitar ever). Once I returned it I saw a second one in the store and played it and it was every bit as bad. The only positive thing I can say about this guitar is the finish looks great (made in China no EPA to deal with!). At its price range I was not expecting it to be the greatest telecaster in the world but I was expected to be at least as good as the Squier telecaster I got (made in Indonesia). In First of all the playability was poor so I had to adjust the neck and the intonation (not a complaint). Once I set it up though I realized it still played horribly and the reason was the angle of the neck to the body was not even correct! I was going to have to re shim the neck which was beyond my skill level. Even on the cheapest guitars they don't normally mess that up. Next was the sound, the best way to describe it is if you had a presence knob on your amplifier and instead of it going from 0 to 10 it went from zero to -10. This guitar makes any amplifier sound like it's presence control is on a -7 or 8! Regardless of which pickup you select it is flat out the thinnest and most sterile sounding guitar I've ever played in the last 35 years. I didn't even think it was possible to make a humbucker sound thin but somehow they were able to do it. They talk about it being made of pine (the cheapest possible wood available) like it's a big deal, there is a reason guitars are not made out of pine it's not like no one ever thought of it. If you own a bar or restaurant and want to buy a guitar just to hang up on the wall and look cool this is it. But if you are even slightly serious about playing guitar you could not pick a worse one even if you tried.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Least Expensive Guitar I own

By Ronald Carignan

from Tampa, FL

Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

I have all American made higher end guitars and many of them. I have been playing guitar for 40 years through many styles and playing levels. I say all that just to qualify my review. I initially bought this guitar because I wanted a playable inexpensive guitar to try different pickups on. However I really like this guitar. It is Chinese and that's a little embarrassing for an old guitar dog, but I'll get over it in this case. This guitar surprised me. the neck is nice and straight, the frets are crowned and finished, no sharp edges. The setup is reasonably good although I'll dial the setup into my playing style. the color looks nothing like the online pic's. it is almost black only showing the dark brown wood grain when looking close under light. Playability is very good right out of the box. I like all the pickups setup and sound. the coil tap produces a very thin sound when switched on and IMO is the only tone the guitar makes that for me is not useable. over all for me this was an A+ purchase. If you like having double coils and single coils on the same guitar, this guitar does that much better than the price indicates. unless you are an American made guitar snob, you really can't go wrong with this guitar.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile, inexpensive, and fun!

By Gregory Anderson

from Hooterville, SD

Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

I have wanted a Tele for a very long time but life just kept getting in the way of saving enough to buy one. When I read that Fender was coming out with this guitar I thought I would have to check it out. I've only had it 3 days and outside of my 30 some year old Yamaha SHB400 it is my favorite guitar already! With the 3 pickups and split coil bucker in the bridge you can get traditional Tele tones, Strat tones, and LP tones with one guitar. Seriously, this is one versatile guitar. Fit and finish is just wonderful, say what you want about Chinese guitars, this one is definitely a keeper. I thought I would immediately replace the tuning mechanisms with Fender locking tuners, but the originals are pretty nice, stays in tune quite well even with some heavy duty string bending. I will replace the pots with CTS versions, and might replace the single coil pups with Fender Noiseless, and perhaps a Seymour Duncan SH-11 in the bridge, but in the meantime the pups are good enough. If you didn't look at the back of the neck to see the label stating made in China, you would be hard pressed to tell this one from a much more expensive model. Thanks Fender, you made a winner!!!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolute Satisfaction!

By Shinypants

from Durham, NC

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

    A solidly built and beautifully finished instrument that has a perfect 'feel' and is incredibly playable!! Seven different pick-up settings provides a fantastic array of sounds. As I frequently play a lot of classic alternative music (I'm a huge fan of Johnny Marr), a clean, slightly chorused/delayed, sound is incredibly important to me - and this guitar sounds beautiful on all settings! With this Tele and my Standard Strat, I feel confident in saying that I have every tone I could ever hope to produce, and that I have no interest in ever buying another guitar.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best value for the money!

    By Mathew

    from Westminster, CO

    Site Member

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing for 35 years, in a variety of different styles, and on a variety of different instruments. I've played Fender, Squier and Fernandez Strat and Tele style instruments for much of my professional life, and can say, that this inexpensive, versatile instrument is simply the best electric guitar I've ever owned. Cosmetically, it's just lovely--I bought the charcoal finish and it just glistens. The finish on the neck doesn't inhibit playing speed, and gives the neck a kind of burnished, aged look. The maple neck, medium frets, and relatively flat fretboard make oblique and pedal-steel type bends effortless. The action as purchased was low and smooth, making playing fast single note lines a breeze. Comping required almost no finger pressure. The pickups are slightly smoother sounding than on a standard Tele, but even that is a plus. You get the basic character but without the potential harshness. The Strat pickup and the humbucker sound great, and the addition of the 5-way switch and a coil tap allow a player to get tones almost identical to the 'notched' sounds one can get with a Strat. This guitar is affordable, and sounds better than the current Fender instruments coming from Mexico. It sounds as good as its American counterparts, and if you can accept that the purchase of an American Fender is more about prestige than any appreciable difference in quality, you'll get a terrific instrument for half the price.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Suprisingly well built

    By WILLIAM BURTON

    from Mount Vernon, NY

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing guitar off and on for about 10 yrs. now, and I recently traded in a Squier Vintage Modified tele for the modern player tele thinking it would be about the same since they both have 3 pickups with a 5 way switch, and thinking the Squier is more or less a low price Fender. I plugged up the Fender Modern Player tele in the store, and from the minute i started playing i could feel the difference in the body and neck. The pickup arrangement is very usable, you still get that warm tele sound from the neck pickup, and for the more heavy rock sounds you have the strat and humbucker pickups in the middle and bridge positions. The maple neck on this guitar is so smooth and the body feels strong and well built you won't be able to put it down. I bought the Charcoal Transparent about 3 months ago, and haven't stop playing it since. I don't care where this guitar was made the craftsmanship is unbelievable, and the sound is true tele with an added twist.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really nice guitar

    By Herbert Hartley

    from Sims NC

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

    I ordered this Tele and it arrived today. I unpacked it... very well packed for shipping. I plugged it up after tuning and played for a while. The guitar has a nice playing neck. The 3 PU's all have that classic Fender sound. The dual coil and split switch really has a nice sound in both positions. The Tele & Strat PU both sound good. The finish is absolutely gorgeous. I have the Honey Maple finish. I was a bit concerned since I never bought a guitar before that I had not played in a store. No one had this guitar in stock. Based on the price and the features, I decided to take the chance and have no regrets about buying it sight and sound unseen. I have been a Gibson SG player and wanted to get a decent but not necessarily top line Fender. I believe I have made a good choice and have a solid working Fender.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Disapointing.

    By Johntron

    from Las Vegas, NV

    Verified Buyer

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      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

        Purchased this guitar a local Guitar Center store. They had to order it and shipped it to my home. Whole order process was disorganized and unprofessional. I received the guitar and was very disappointed. It was either and open box item, or shame on the Fender company. The protective plastic on the pick guard was all marked up. The humbucker pickup was completely detached on one side; just laying inside the mount. String heights were all out of wack. And the strings had small dark spots on them; they looked corroded. The humbucker pickup had to be reattached and the guitar needed a complete setup. Also worth mention are the tuners on this guitar. Very sloppy; difficult to tune. Sorry, just not a good experience for me all the way around.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolute Hellraiser!

        By Ryan S

        from Greenville, SC

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

        I'm a chicken picker/western swing player. I love this guitar so much! A friend of mine owns an American Telecaster Plus from the 90's and this import makes that American look and sound like a cheap guitar. This guitar, IMHO is the best buy for the money. It has a plethora of sounds, it plays amazing, stays in tune, and beats the hell out of any American Fender that I've owned. It's the best money you'll ever spend. Wow!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By Michael Stanton

        from Miami, Fl

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar:

        This is a great guitar for the money. You can't go wrong. I don't care where it's made, the craftsmanship is excellent. It sounds and plays great. I got mine in the charcoal. It's absolutely beautiful. Yes, it looks black, not brown, and I love it. The wood grain is pretty and is visible up close. At a distance it has a black lacquer finish look to it. Love the tele and humbucking pick ups. Great guitar at this price.

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