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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 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (66)

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    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (24)
  • Good feel (24)
  • Good tone (24)
  • Solid electronics (19)
  • Good pick up (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (22)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Recording (13)
  • Rock concerts (12)
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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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(30 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BUY THIS !!!!!!!!!!!

By dave biggs

from Dave, Dayton Ohio

Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

Ok fellow pickers here it is, I ordered this on black Friday and i got it the next Wednesday.It came in a plane cardboard box with very little wraping an it was flawless. I haven't order a guitar online before, i always play them first. I took a chance on this and I was not disappointed. This tele plays like butter. The neck is straight,fret work is good and the body is butterscotch blonde flawless. I build guitars so I knew I wasn't going to leave it along, I gotta HOT ROD it, but I knew I was going to do that anyway. Fender vintage noiseless pickups a 4 way switch and Gotoh bridge later it's a beast.It seems like alot to do to a brand new tele, but even with the original price and the add-ons i am still under 1000.00 bucks for one awesome tele. One last thing, DO NOT let the MIM (made in Mexico) put you off.This is a very nice guitar. Just remember get the ash wood tele, the MIM painted tele's are alder wood, not bad, but the tele sound is ash wood. This is an FSR (factory special run)the control plate is reversed and the volume is in front,plus notice the head stock decal. Very Cool!!! I own eleven guitars and this one just got moved to the front. I've had this for less than a month and i can't put down....

(20 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value and Tone

By Northof50

from PA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    This is the second Guitar Center Special Run guitar purchased. Excellent value. When purchased, I played an American Standard Tele, MIM tele and Squire Infinity. The FSR was the loudest with or without amp. I preferred the satin finish neck of the American Standard, but the overall tone [IMO] was better on the FSR. With some 00 and 0000 steel wool, it now has a beautiful satin feel.

    I have had this tele for 1 year. I have no issue with intonation or the brass saddles in general. I like the "Bill Kirchen" reversed control plate. I prefer the 9.5degree radius neck over the 7 degree of the '52 reissue. The neck pickup is full with a good bottom end. The bridge p-up is fantastic; much more usable than my American Strat bridge. Great with a Soul Food or Maxon overdrive. There has been zero issue with staying in tune. At rest, it has a bit more buzz than my Fat50 Strat, but it has about 6db more output.

    Overall, I couldn't be happier with this Special Run and believe it represents an outstanding value. I was actually looking for a Classic Vibe. If they didn't have the Vibe [and my store didn't], I would have went for the American Standard in red [which they had], as I love my America Standard Strat. But, after playing a variety of Tele's I could not justify the extra $700 on the American. It has been a great Tele so far. No regrets. No desire to "upgrade."

    (18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

    By Raymond L

    from Beloit, WI

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    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.

    (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Spectacular!

    By David Myers

    from Cleveland, Tennessee

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    I've been wanting a Tele for a long time now, and finally bought this one. I am very satisfied with my choice. It has a really nice finish and sound. A very high quality product. Of course I would like to have an American, but for the price this is much better for me, since I'm not a professional musician...just a weekend warrior. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I Love It, But....

    By Christopher Hughes

    from Dallas

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    I feel bad giving this thing four stars. First, it is an awesome guitar. The color, the feel, the retro look of it all combine to make it an eye catcher and fun guitar to play. Let me start with the good. This neck feels awesome. I have not been playing long, but I can tell you that the neck lets my hand slide up and down faster because of the finish on the back of it. It is smooth as glass and feels like silk. The frets are done nicely, not perfectly smooth on the ends, but nothing to complain about. The pickups sound great. The bridge pickup gives a nice twangy sound and the neck pickup mellows out a bit, still giving you that tele feel without the strong twang. I haven't had it that long (a couple of months), but it seems to stay in tune just fine. I'm a relatively new player but I do a lot of bends, so I feel that it tests the guitar well in the tuning department. The bridge with the brass saddles does add some serious sustain with distortion. A lot of sustain. So now the bad. The first one I got I ordered it and I had Guitar Center do a setup before I even picked it up. I got it home and the low E-string would buzz, very badly, when picked open, and the A-string would buzz no matter where you fretted it. (The A-string did not buzz when open) So I took it back to the store and let another tech look at it. After half an hour of fiddling with it and changing the strings, he said I should get a new one. Luckily they had just gotten one in, fresh out of the box. So I took that one after the tech had played with it a little and said it was much better. I took it home and the action was a little high and it had a few buzzes, nothing as serious as last time. So this time I took it to a different Guitar Center for setup. The guy took some time and really looked at it, sanded the nut a bit, adjusted the action, replaced the strings, and adjusted the truss rod. That got rid of most of the buzzes, but it made the D-string rattle a bit against the brass saddle. Played through an amp you can't hear it or any of the buzzes. Being a perfectionist, I wish I could get rid of those little things, but when playing through an amp and hearing only the music it makes, I can live with them. So, what's my final verdict? I realize it is a rather inexpensive tele that has all the features I was looking for. Ash body, vintage bridge, twangy pickups, and I also like the reversed pickup switch and volume/tone controls. It sounds great, really great when played well. It is affordable! It gives me tons of customization options for the future. And let's just say that with it's little buzzes and quirks it has personality! If you are thinking of getting one, do it. I love playing the thing and all my friends want to jam on it when I bring it out.

    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Guitar!

    By JAMIE STARLING

    from Chapel Hill, NC

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    This guitar is the best value on the market. I spent a few years trying to find the perfect Tele at the right price, and this is the one. Trust me. I ordered it online without playing it after hearing so many good things about it. It was a gamble, but I knew I could return it within 30 days if I didn't like it. I loved it! It looks almost identical to the 52 Tele and sounds just as good, in my opinion. The difference is that this guitar plays better. It's hard to believe until you play it, but on the 52's, the neck is a little bigger and gets very hard to play when your hands get sweaty. The finish is just a little too much on there. This guitar has a slightly smaller neck and, while it has a nice finish, it is not coated so heavily as to prevent sweaty hands from playing. It sounds great, plays great, and looks great. Trust me. You will not go wrong with this guitar, and the service I got at GC was amazing. Thanks to Kenny at GC Durham and his staff for taking care of me.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just What I Wanted

    By Philip Maxwell

    from Galloway, Ohio

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    I looked at many Telecasters before deciding upon this one. This was to replace my FSR Ash Tele, which was stolen in a home burglary. Heartbreaking. Anyway, I really liked the look of the butterscotch blonde. I had at one time owned a Squier Affinity Tele in butterscotch with a maple neck. It had been upgraded with a Seymour Duncan in the bridge, and a Fender logo on the headstock. I put a set of Fender locking tuners on it. I'm still kicking myself that I had let it go in a trade for an Epiphone LP, only to discover that I'm just more of a Fender guy. Anyway, this guitar has some features which I liked. In fact, I had been planning to upgrade my now-stolen guitar with the vintage 3-saddle bridge and single-ply black pickguard in order give it that '50's look which I really enjoy right now. The store didn't have any in stock when I was there. Well, they did have one, but it had already been sold. Apparently these guitars sell just as soon as they arrive at GC. They ordered one from their distributor, and it arrived three days later. I had never gotten a guitar in its original box, although I had bought several over the years. A quick inspection in the store for obvious defects yielded none, so I took my new treasure home. I tuned it up and played it, and immediately found that it was in dire need of a good setup. The truss rod was out of adjustment, the action was high, and the intonation was way off. After a half hour or so on my workbench, it it was ready to go. Every guitar is different. Even though this is very nearly the same as my old guitar which was stolen, it somehow feels different (not in a bad way), but honestly, that's probably all in my head. It sounds the same as my old guitar coming through my amp. (I'm currently playing through a Fender Acoustasonic Jr.) It has the signature Tele twang, perhaps even a bit more so. Could it be the vintage saddles? Shortly after I bought the guitar, I purchased a bridge cover (ashtray). During my first practice, I realized why you don't usually see guitarists play with the bridge cover on: it is nearly impossible to palm mute without distorting my natural reach. Oh well, now I have something else to put in the compartment of my case. Overall, I'm pleased with the guitar. It came as the result of losing a guitar which I really, really liked, but the more I play it, the more I realize that this is the guitar I had wanted in the first place.

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best telecaster around 500 bucks!

    By lucas lima

    from Malden, MA

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    I always had stratocasters, but recently, i decided to give a chance to a telecaster. What a good shot! I am extremely satisfied with this telecaster, the more i play the more i like it! If you are trying to find a very good telecaster paying an acceptable amount, this is your best shot! Believe me!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Telecaster!

    By Dennis

    from Pacifica, CA

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    I have always wanted a butterscotch telecaster, with the three brass saddle bridge, reminiscent of the first ones manufactured from 1950 on. I saw this one advertised in a GC mailer, and was instantly drawn to it, especially as the pickup switch was placed in the bottom position. Went to my local GC and bought it new out of the box. Set up is perfect, intonation great, playabiity is the best. It sounds fantastic, stays in tune, and has a truly classic tele "twang". I would definitely recommend this model to anyone.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice axe!

    By J. Hergert

    from Dallas, TX

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster:

    I purchased the FSR Ash Telecaster recently because of the playability and the quality of construction. The body, neck, frets and butterscotch blond finish were flawless. It played great off the shelf but I had it professionally set up, installed Van Zandt True Vintage pickups and reversed the controls back to where they were suppossed to be, with the pickup switch in front. Now it is an amazing axe. I really believe that it sounds better than the '52 reissues that cost 3 times as much. This Tele has become one of my favorite guitars and I highly recommend it.

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