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Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster Maple Fretboard Butterscotch Blonde

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The Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster features the best of the old and the new: a butterscotch blonde finish, a fast-action maple neck, cast/sealed machine heads, two classic single-coil pi... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster features the best of the old and the new: a butterscotch blonde finish, a fast-action maple neck, cast/sealed machine heads, two classic single-coil pickups, and a 3-barrel string-thru-body bridge. Since its introduction in the early '50s, guitarists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster guitar for its powerful tone and smooth playability. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Body: Ash
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape, (Gloss Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple,
  • Fingerboard radius: 9.5" Radius (241mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickups: two Hot Standard Tele Single-Coil Pickups (Neck & Bridge)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching:
  • 3-Position Blade:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Standard 3-Barrel String-Thru-Body Bridge
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Strings: Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042), p/n 073-0250-003
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Introduced: 11/2008
  • Case sold separately
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FenderSpecial Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster
 
4.7

(based on 140 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (113)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (74)
  • Fun to play (73)
  • Good tone (70)
  • Good pick up (59)
  • Solid electronics (57)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (67)
  • Practicing (65)
  • Recording (53)
  • Small venues (46)
  • Rock concerts (36)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (62), Professional musician (14), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I like this thing!!!

To be fair, I bought this, to have some fun... Swap out the pickups and do some rewiring/switching.. That said, when I opened the box, and strummed it, a...Read complete review

To be fair, I bought this, to have some fun... Swap out the pickups and do some rewiring/switching.. That said, when I opened the box, and strummed it, a bit, I decided... NO! I will not do it!... This thing plays, and sounds fantastic, as is! Stock pickups are chimey, clear, bright and twangy, but offer some nice bottom, as well!! I will swap out the switch, with a Fender-super 5-way, which will maintain the original tones, but add more. I think, originally, it came with .09s, and the original set up felt fine, if that's your taste, but I prefer heavier strings, so reset it, with .13s, and it's great. My only regret, is that I bought the Butterscotch blonde color, and would have preferred the Orange (something different)... The 2 piece Ash body, meets PERFECTLY, in the middle...Nicely matched, Looks like a single board, from the front (...and from the back, for that matter). No weird 2 seams in the finish... meets right on the strap button and skunk stripe. I like the 3-saddle vintage-style bridge, maple board, and the single-ply black pickguard.. This is a true vintage-style guitar, without being a reissue. Fantastic tone, and playability! Not too heavy, not too light...I was a bit put-off by the lack of any form of case or gig bag. The single coils have the 60 cycle hum, especially when using overdrive. This is a great value, and will give many years of use... Enjoy!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Standard Tele with Ash Body nothing more

The positives...this is a standard tele with an ash body
This has the nice butterscotch color. Smells full of tradition
The negatives ...this is a standard MIM...Read complete review

The positives...this is a standard tele with an ash body
This has the nice butterscotch color. Smells full of tradition
The negatives ...this is a standard MIM tele w/o gig bag or special pickups, and cost quite a bit more than the MIM standard tele. Why because they can charge more. But the better buy is the G & L ash body tele for half the coin. Is Ash a better wood? Better is an opinion,,,,,No! Ash is a heavier wood this is a fact. and your back will vouch for that. I like Fender but I like G & L a little better, but it is also a Fender company out of Indonesia instead of Mexico. If you must have a tele okay this is a cool one. But check out G & L

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4.0

Mine is Fine

By Carlos

from Temple, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good help in a bar fight
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Personal flotation device
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    I've owned Strats for 50 years and this FSR is my first Tele. I've played and borrowed (My strat for your tele for awhile? Sure!) friends Tele's over the years though. In comparison to those, I couldn't be happier with this one. You have $1k or more to spend and looking for an American Tele? Great. But try this if you will: Go to your store, play a few American Teles but please try this one as well. It gets interesting when you realize you might be able to take home TWO of these for the money. I play a right handed guitar left-handed (upside down, no string changes), and even the cutaway doesn't hinder, thumb off the neck, go for the notes and all is good.
    The very subjective downside is dialing out some of the highs when at times it is too piercing but that can be the case on some Strats as well. But you've got that headroom if you want it. That said, I'm staying stock and very much enjoying my FSR. Go. Buy. Play. Smile. Simple as that, this is a good one!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Standard Tele with Ash Body nothing more

    By Guitar Guy

    from Deutschland

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • more expensive
    • No gig bag

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    The positives...this is a standard tele with an ash body
    This has the nice butterscotch color. Smells full of tradition
    The negatives ...this is a standard MIM tele w/o gig bag or special pickups, and cost quite a bit more than the MIM standard tele. Why because they can charge more. But the better buy is the G & L ash body tele for half the coin. Is Ash a better wood? Better is an opinion,,,,,No! Ash is a heavier wood this is a fact. and your back will vouch for that. I like Fender but I like G & L a little better, but it is also a Fender company out of Indonesia instead of Mexico. If you must have a tele okay this is a cool one. But check out G & L

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great addition / Great edition

    By JD in SD

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

      This is my 2nd GC FSR purchase. Back in 2013 I finally got my GC FSR Fender Stratocaster in Honey Burst and I love it, sow hen I saw this offering I was interested. About 5 years back a good friend picked up a Squire Affinity tele that played like butta. Since then I've tried all the models, the American Deluxe, the Standard and, and, and... This axe, Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster Maple Fret-board Butterscotch is a solid guitar that has tone, it has tone for days and then some. We can agree that I'm not a 7 or 8 string fanned fret kinda guy, haven't turned to the dark-side yet, so this fine instrument feeds my needs. Anyone could use this guitar from beginner to pro, for funk to chicken-pickin, from jazz to rock. Get it? Got it.

       
      4.0

      Great addition / Great edition, 2nd GC FSR purchase

      By JD in SD

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

        This is another excellent GC FSR. I had finally bought a Fender Stratocaster in 2013 and love it, so yes I was interested when I saw this offering. About 5 years back a good friend picked up a Squire Tele that plays like butta. Since then I have tried the Deluxe, the American, the Standard, even bought a competitor Tele which was returned the next day. This model, Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster is a solid axe that has tone, It has tone for days and then some. We can agree I'm not a 7 or 8 string fanned fret kind guy, haven't turned to the dark-side yet, so this fine instrument feeds my needs. This Guitar is tried and true so anyone could use this guitar, from beginner to pro, from funk to chickin-pickin to jazz to rock. Get it? Got it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        They say once you play her you wil never let go

        By Cliff Niesen

        from Miami FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Great Blues Hendrix, Comfort, she wil b played
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

          I have owned many. Went though many. I love this one mor than my Les paul Gipson. She is light and the maple neck is smooth to sllide and let my finger do the walking. I find this guitar hard let put down. . Now it's at least hundred bucks less. If you are looking for a guitar for Rock N Rol of Blues this is it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One of the best out there! :)

          By Mike

          from Olton TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues
            • Talent Show

            Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

            This guitar has just has some of the most amazing sound around

             
            5.0

            One of the best guitars I've ever played

            By Ryan

            from NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Incredible Pickups
            • Perfect Action
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                I've been playing guitar for a while now, and this is one of the best guitars I've ever played. Bought it at GC on a whim and took it as-is. The action is perfect, the pickups are great (especially the rhythm -- best rhythm sound I've ever heard come out of a guitar.) Truly an amazing instrument. I prefer this guitar to a lot of American tele's.

                 
                5.0

                Awsome Guitar!

                By Doctor Dan

                from Michigan

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                  I bought this Guitar a few weeks ago to use while I rebuild my 1972 Tele. After 5 minutes of playing with the band at practice, I have decided to send my other Tele to a very good Guitar builder friend, and tell him to take his time! This is one sweet Guitar, Great sound quality on both High's and Low's, Very finger friendly and the action is Great! I LOVE it and if you like to Play, Get one! :)

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best Value in a Telecaster

                  By Bubbacaster

                  from Rocky Mountains

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Almost everything

                    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                    I've been playing for a very long time but since I'm not a fan of country music I was late to the Telecaster appreciation society and was more in the Strat and Les Paul camps. But I liked what I heard when Keith Richards played them, and Jimmy Page, Steve Cropper, Danny Gatton, Muddy Waters, Albert Collins... etc. It was clear from all the old recordings that a good Tele could cover just about any style of music and do it very well.

                    In the 20+ years since I became a fan I've had a number of decent Tele's, but I've kept two that I thought were *great* ones: a '51 Custom Shop Nocaster, and *this* one. It's that good. It sounds better than either the Am Std or '52 Reissue Tele that I owned and traded away some years back. The Am Std was very well built and played very nicely, but had a kind of blah low-twang tone. The '52 Reissue improved on the American Standard, tone-wise, but I never loved its 7.5" radius and thin vintage frets. Finally I found a terrific '51 Nocaster a few years ago that is just about perfect and became my favorite guitar. So I went looking for an inexpensive backup to use as a "beater"... and found this. Wow!... great guitar at about 1/4 the price. No, it's not quite up to the standard of the Nocaster; the neck is not as perfectly finished, the pickups may be a touch less tasty, and the ash in the Deluxe Mexi is heavier... but this special run Mexi-Tele absolutely in the same neighborhood. Good pickups, playable neck, medium jumbo frets, 9.5" radius, ash body... a great sounding/playing bargain!

                    While most of these special run Ash Teles seem to sound pretty good, I've seen some inconsistencies in the finish. When I shopped around I found two that I liked very much, tone-wise. I finally chose the one that was lighter in weight. But it had a kind vomit-brownish finish that finally got on my nerves enough that I returned it to GC and swapped it for the nicer-looking heavier one. I've had it for two years now. It's not leaving.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sounds like a Tele, plays like $1000 Tele.

                    By Evan

                    from undisclosed

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming

                      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                      Good solid MIM tele ready for pickup upgrades, or keep them in.
                      Neck is polished and is easy on the hands.
                      Advice: get a hum eliminator to rid mix of 60Hz noise if your AC is dirty and check all grounding; i.e. may need a bit of copper shielding tape to clean up the hum.
                      Get it while it's on sale!

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