The Telecaster is the Fender guitar that started a musical revolution. So simple, yet so incredibly versatile. Since its introduction in the early '50s, professional guitarists of all musical genres h... Read More
The Telecaster is the Fender guitar that started a musical revolution. So simple, yet so incredibly versatile. Since its introduction in the early '50s, professional guitarists of all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster for its powerful tone and smooth playability. This Fender Standard Tele incorporates the best of the old and new with a fast-action maple neck, cast/sealed machine heads, 2 classic single-coil pickups, and 6-saddle/string-thru bridge all built upon an ash body.
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Good for the price
I got an ash FSR in Nov '07 and let's start with what's not listed: it actually has a tortiseshell pickguard (not white), it has a 3-piece body, and it doesn't...Read complete review
I got an ash FSR in Nov '07 and let's start with what's not listed: it actually has a tortiseshell pickguard (not white), it has a 3-piece body, and it doesn't come with a gig bag (unlike the other standard teles). That said, it weighs a ton but sounds quite good. With the mexis, there is more variation in quality than the americans, so check you neck-body gap and neck well, but all in all its a great guitar. If looking for a vintage look you could easily throw on a fender vintage bridge, saddles, strap, and black pickguard and have a really nice fifties look. Highly recommended!
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Hit And Miss Quality
Was looking to be a Standard MIM Tele and then saw this beauty. I compared the two and the lite ash tele sounded great. Brought it home and started going over the...Read complete review
Was looking to be a Standard MIM Tele and then saw this beauty. I compared the two and the lite ash tele sounded great. Brought it home and started going over the "if it's a keeper" test. Took it to band practice: The finish and fret work is very good. The bridge pup screams, The neck pickup is a bit muddy. Guitar intonation off. Then looked at the bridge to neck relationship and, bummer; pocket not tight; bridge misaligned enough to have it go back. GC salesguy got me another one. While the neck pocket and alignment were better, the guitar sounded like a tin toy, and being also maple, was a lot lighter than the first. The volume pot was all jacked up and it seems like they tried to do a quick fix but it sat a lot higher than the tome pot. New ??? Maybe the third one will be a charm? Not holding my breath. Too bad as the price and overall vibe was real cool. Qulaity control is real subject though.
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I purchased the Fender Standard Telecaster, Natural Ash with Maple Fretboard just a couple weeks ago from GuitarCenter.com. I was even able to obtain a coupon for my purchase. Kudos to Guitar Center, as other online retailers did not offer coupons for Fender products. Anyway, this guitar has a super smooth neck and the action from factory set up is on the low side (like I like it). It stays in tune even after I leave it hanging on the wall for a few hours. The natural wood is gorgeous and the tortoiseshell pickguard it matches nicely. The gloss isn't too bright and doesn't take away from the natural finish. I should also mention that the neck does not have a gloss finish but a satin finish, which is very smooth. The quality of this guitar is spot on! I did, however, have to reattach the Tone control knob because it fell off when taking the guitar out of the plastic. No big deal and a quick fix with a small flathead screwdriver. I played several guitars prior to purchase such as a Squier Classic Vibe and the Fender Modern Telecaster. The feel of this Tele is exactly what I was looking for. I personally don't think you will be disappointed with this guitar. I have played acoustic guitar for 12 years and only recently began playing electric, so the transition was quite surprising. This Tele is very easy to play in comparison.
I was in the market for a new guitar and I wanted something more vintage looking so I did some online shopping and came across this beauty! I went to my local store and there she was hanging on the wall waiting for me! I bought it almost sight unseen and I am 100% satisfied with the performance! I been playing guitar for over half my life and until now I think I found the perfect guitar at a perfect price! I play blues, rock, gospel, jazz and funk and this guitar gives me what I need for each genre I play! I'm happy...She's a keeper! Looking forward to many years with this one!
The Guitar looks feels and sounds like a much more expensive guitar with a case. no wonder I can't find one on the shelf at GC they want to sell the more expensive ones. Guitar is a keeper so far stays in tune pickups seem adequate MIM whatever I have had great luck with all Fenders reguardless of where made sure I would enjoy a more expensive one but I can feel the tone soaring from the Ash and a sweet vintage look.
I bought this babe like 2 months ago and my wife begs me to put it down. I told her a I still love her, but not like I love this guitar. Hahahaha!!! She is jealous! It looks as good as the tone sounds. I was hoping to change the pickups, but the factory ones sound great. It is an addictive guitar and I treat it with respect. If you don't have one you better get one. You can play all styles of music on it. The neck is very nice and the colors are well put together.
As others have mentioned, they can be a little heavy - mine is 8.4 pounds. That's the only downside. The guitar only needed the smallest of setups for intonation and a bit of nut filing to accommodate the 10-42's I prefer. Frets were close enough to perfect that I decided to leave 'em alone. Pickups are perfectly fine as is - you'll get plenty of classic Tele twang and spank. I've already added a Duncan SH-1 in the neck position for a bit of the Keef vibe. To my surprise, the stock bridge pickup holds it's own pretty well against the SH-1. In any case, at this price almost anyone can afford to mod it to their tastes without fear of dumping a ton of cash into it. This is a good value Tele for just about anyone though you'll have to buy a case or gig-bag separately.
This week, i went to Guitar Center just to look around, see what i would like to purchase for maybe the future. I have been playing for about 4 years. This guitar caught my eye as soon as i walked through the door. It has an amazing finish. I tried it out and it sounded perfect to me. I bought it as it has an amazing price. This guitar is great for any type of music. Classical, rock, metal, jazz, etc. Also, this guitar stays in tune perfectly. My fingers feel like they can move perfectly down the neck, and it feels like it is very well built. This is an amazing guitar for the price. I have 3 other electric guitars and this is by far my favorite. You will not be disappointed with this guitar!
Although tempted, I did not buy the natural ash version of this guitar. I bought the FSR version of this guitar in butterscotch blonde ash. The one thing I liked about this version was the faster satin neck versus the gloss neck on the FSR. Ash although heavier than alder is an excellent tone wood and is the original wood used in making telecasters. This guitar just sings. I noticed it first when playing it unplugged. Way to go Fender in making a really nice guitar at an affordable price. As far as quality control goes, I believe buying a guitar is best done in person. I compared the one I bought to an American version in alder, the fit looked the same, I liked the sound of the MIM model in ash better.
I have many guitars including a Blackout Telecaster which I love. While I was in the store, I bought this on a whim, brought it home and compared it to my other guitars. I was pleasantly surprised. This guitar has a lot of range. It is warm and rich. It is also bright and twangy on the bridge pickup. This guitar has more range personality than the more expensive "noiseless" version. It is a keeper.
I just purchased this guitar and must say i am astonished at how good it is, I was looking to get a Strat but after trying numerous guitars several times, through different amps, this Tele went home with me. Many mention the weight of the guitar, but I normally play a Les Paul, so the weight is no issue here, it is still notably lighter in weight than my Les Paul. the only issue I have is where the pickup selector switch and volume knob are located on Tele's I tend to hit them with my pick hand. Playability is great, tone is great, this is likely to be my main guitar from now on...or until I find something I like better.
I was looking for a vintage butterscotch blond tele, but "settled" for this. Glad I did. Saved a bundle and got a great sounding, easy playing nice looking slab o' wood. You definitely want to play first though. The Gtr. Center I went to had two; first one was a little off. Probably the biggest knock on the MIM Fenders is quality control, so just like buying lumber at Home Depot, dig through the pile until you find one that looks good and plays straight. As others mention, the ash body makes this thing HEAVY. I haven't weighed it, but it feels like a P bass. I don't mind, but keep it in mind if you're sensitive to weight. Nutshell: classic tele design/tone/feel with great looks at an amazing price point.
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