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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... Read More

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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 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Good pick up (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Time for another review of the Hammer of the honky tonk gods

Quality, feel, looks, reliability. Twang, rock, country, blues, jazz, punk rock, metal or whatever you play. Simplicity of design since 1949. A real working mans guitar and girls even...Read complete review

Quality, feel, looks, reliability. Twang, rock, country, blues, jazz, punk rock, metal or whatever you play. Simplicity of design since 1949. A real working mans guitar and girls even play em too. The FSR Telecaster will first throw you a curve ball with reverse controls. Ever hear of a tune called HOT ROD LINCOLN by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen? This is a tribute, in a way to the KING of Dieselbilly, Bill Kirchen, one of my guitar heroes. This is a cool guitar. This model is my favorite. It is a Telecaster and it gets the job done. Everything you need in a guitar and this is straight up a real deal tool of the trade. Yes it is a Telecaster but the reverse controls have become something I like after having owned this model. As many years as I have played music, since 1968,age 5. I have had more than a few Telecasters in my hand. Been looking for a '52 reissue but you are bucks down? THIS is the guitar you may want to go for. It is basically a '52 with reverse controls. I love this set up for volume swells. These are great pickups in this guitar. Don't like em? You can change em out and the caps too if you feel the need. I like the pickups in this guitar but there are other option available. These are basically "52 style pickups as rumor has it. Lots of great players like those pickups. I owned this guitar and toured with it and got into a bad situation and had to pawn it and lost it but I have a custom back up set up in a similar way. I will have another one. Telecasters are a go to guitar for me because of how versatile they are and many pro players will say the same. This FSR Telecaster has all the right stuff for me. The vintage bridge is another favorite of mine. You can get compensated saddles if you really need to have those installed. I am an old school guy and the stock bridge just fine. I like to do the fine sandpaper treatment to the neck followed up with some 0000 steel wool, pool-Que style to get it nice and smooth and fast. I also like to roll the edges on the neck and check the edges of the frets. That is how i like to do mine. Your tech can dial in your Telecaster and if you don't have one Guitar Center usually has one available. This is a guitar that challenges you and it is the one guitar that is like an extension of you. Do a good set up on this guitar as with all guitars. I do the Bakersfield style with the slight twangy buzz that some teles are known for. I see a lot of things written how the neck pickup is so quiet. That was how the guitar was originally designed. That is supposed to be that way on a telecaster. That is for rhythm playing, the bridge pickup for lead the middle position for other stuff. Listen to some players that play a Telecaster. New players will not like this at first but once you become a Tele player, you will keep coming back to it. Lots of guitar heroes play a Tele. How you have it set up is your deal. i am sharing what i do and it may not be right for everyone but it is right for me. Out of the box this guitar is very nice. This is the most affordable Dieselbilly guitar you will get at this price but if you knew the music of Bill Kirchen and want a guitar like his this is it. I love the reverse controls so I don't keep smackin' the pickup switch. And when i need some volume swells or have to back off the volume after a lead part. I have better control. Its a Fender and Fender does a Telecaster right. Just make sure to have it set up before you start playing unless you are good at doing that part. A VERY good tele for the arsenal. It is the hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods. Get one while you can. so many models to choose from but once you get used to the FSR you might set up all your telecasters like it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice guitar but beware of these new ones for 2013

Just bought one of these from Guitar Center in March 2013 because I was told that they were a re-issue of the earlier ones that Guitar Center had made a few years ago and sold...Read complete review

Just bought one of these from Guitar Center in March 2013 because I was told that they were a re-issue of the earlier ones that Guitar Center had made a few years ago and sold out of fairly quickly. I wanted one to play, but mainly to own due to the short run FSR status. What they sent me was a decent MIM guitar but I immediately had a couple significant issues. The butterscotch finish is not like the earlier ones - it's really just like the natural ash finished MIM guitars, not really a semi-transparent creamy butterscotch like the earlier ones. Also, the back of the headstock does NOT carry the FSR decal and stamping indicating a special issue from Fender. It does have the reversed controls, tinted neck, brass 3-piece bridge and thick single ply pickguard. It plays OK, decent action, decent intonation considering.

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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!

     
    4.0

    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 Non

        from Miami

        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.

           
          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 Texas Transplant

                    from San Jose, CA

                    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!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love this guitar!!!!

                      By Uncle Ben

                      from Oahu, Hawaii

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Reversed tone/select plate
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • A bit heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

                      Shopped for a Tele for months this is the one !!! Great color, polished maple neck, great picks, love the feel if the neck

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