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Fender American Deluxe Series Telecaster Electric Guitar

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The Telecaster is an undeniable force in all styles of guitar-based American music and the Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar is the top of the Tele chain! It offers stunningly accurate noiseless vintage sounds through two Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups, as well as new variations through the versatile S-1 switching system. Its hig...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Telecaster is an undeniable force in all styles of guitar-based American music and the Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar is the top of the Tele chain! It offers stunningly accurate noiseless vintage sounds through two Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups, as well as new variations through the versatile S-1 switching system. Its highly detailed fret and nut work make it incredibly easy to play. Other features include a bound-top alder body with a comfortably contoured back, abalone dot inlays, and aged plastic parts.

S-1 Pickup Switching
Fender's trademarked pickup switching system that allows the guitarist to keep single-coil sounds while eliminating the noises. On most Strat models, when the guitarist selects pickup position 2 (neck and middle pickups) or position 4 (middle/neck), the two pickups are combined with parallel. This parallel wiring produces the "in-between" tones that Strat guitars are famous for. (see in-between tones). With S-1 pickup switching, a guitarist can place pickups in series by using the push-pull switch located in the crown of the master volume knob. Wiring two single-coil pickups in series produces the sound of a humbucking pickup with reduced high frequencies and more midrange. Positions 2, 3, and 4 also include a capacitor that further cuts the high frequencies for an even fatter, rounder humbucker sound. For example, position 2 with the S-1 switch down has the neck pickup wired in parallel with the capacitor and in series with the middle pickup.

Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups

It's no secret that pickup designers have been striving to develop the ultimate noise-free single-coil replacement pickup. In pursuit of as little 60-cycle hum and extraneous noise as possible and the classic bell-like tones and fidelity of the original Fender designs, Fender has poured their energy into discovering a world-class pickup for the ages. With open minds and a willingness to seemingly question everything, Fender partnered with legendary pickup designer Bill Lawrence. The pickup that was birthed from this extraordinary partnership is the Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickup. It has no hum, no microphonics, close to zero magnetic interruption of the string path, and the widest sonic parameters possible -- from Fender classic single-coils to tones not yet imagined. Truly a revolutionary design in guitar pickups.


Premium bound alder body
Deluxe modern C-shaped neck with satin finish and comfortable, hand-rolled edges
Stainless steel bridge with chrome-plated brass saddles
2 Fender Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups
S-1 switching system
Fender/Schaller deluxe staggered cast/sealed tuning machines
Classic knurled chrome knobs
Abalone dot position inlays
Bound top
Contoured back
Highly detailed fret and nut work
22 medium-jumbo frets
Schaller strap-lock ready
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(42 of 47 customers found this review helpful)


Timeless Guitar!

By TheHeyday

from Denver, CO

I just picked up this American Deluxe in the sunburst. The abalone inlays, the binding, s-1 switching, tuners, everything on this guitar blows my mind. I have to tune it ONCE, before a jam, and thats a country-jam mind you, meaning im bending those strings every song. Anyways the tone is incredible, i play through a VOX AC-15 and it rocks. It has a bite on the high-end but all teles do, i just roll off the high on my eq. Now, the volume knobs are also great, you can roll off and not worry about messing up your tone, which is really helpful for effective dynamics throughout your song. Overall, this is the greatest investment i've ever made. And its a guitar i know i wont give up, its timeless. Fender makes some great products, you just have to find the right ones, the ones that will last... the American Deluxe Tele has changed my life musically!! Honestly my technique and confidence as a musician have grown simply because of the amazing playability of this guitar!!

(21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)


Why look elsewhere?

By Lamintone58

from Valhalla, NY

A remarkable instrument by any standard, the Fender American Deluxe Series Telecaster is a versatile, extremely well-made, and terrific sounding guitar. I own (and regularly play) a wide variety of guitars (Gibson, Hofner, Gretsch, PRS, Guild, Hamer, and a few you have probably never heard of), but this Tele has become my "go-to" guitar, especially when I'm laying down demo tracks, writing new songs, or just noodling around. The build is by far the best I've seen on a Fender for quite a while: the fret work is excellent, the finish is extremely good, and the factory set-up was, well, impeccable. Kudos to Fender and Bill Lawrence for their Samarium Cobalt pick-ups, which truly are free of that annoying 60-cycle hum. I suspect that Fender has upgraded the original SC pickups, since those on my guitar produce a wider range of tones and textures than I expected - and have a lot of punch. With the right amp (and, of course, the right effects) there isn't too much you can't do with this guitar. If you think that Teles are for Country players only, think again. At the very least, go to your local music store and try one. I think you'll be pleased that you did; and, who knows, you might become a dedicated "Tele-head". Highly recommended.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Best Telecaster Made to date!

By Rocky Stardum

from Rockstarville

I personally own this guitar in Aged Cherry Burst with a maple neck. I found the construction of the guitar to be perfect, like a custom shop. Smooth neck, flawless paint job, and the hardware is excellent. This is the 2006 model which has the 60th anniversary emblem on the back of the headstock. The SCN pickups sounds clean and quiet, but what makes this guitar is the ability of the S-1 Swithing giving you more options and sounds....This guitar also comes with a hardcase and case candy including the strap lock already installed. Definetely a collectors item..The only thing that wasn't perfect about this guitar is the set up...I had to take it to a tech to have the intonation and action set...but that's a given with any guitar...Definetely going to be a collectors item...This is a must buy if your going to be spending $800 on a guitar spend the extra $3-400 and get this won't be disappointed.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

By tele is the bomb

from Minnesota

Wow. Sweet guitar, puts out a great tone through a fender, vox, marshall- u name it, this guitar just sounds great. plays extremely smooth. I would like to price to come down a little...I have the Aged Cherry Sunburst, with ROSEWOOD fretboard...and let me tell you, if you saw a picture of this guitar, you would be sold, it looks amazing. Overall I am very satisfied with my purchase.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


A Very Nice Guitar


from Greenville, SC

This guitar is one of the smoothest guitars i have ever played. It sounds reallly silky and the S1 makes it a very versatile guitar. The downside is the price; however it is one of the nicest tele's and a real gem.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Aged Cherry - Maple

By Tele2007

from Houston, TX

Incredible guitar. I may never play my old one again. Went with the maple neck because it felt smoother to me, but that's just preference. Try one out, and I suggest taking it to a professional shop to have adjustments like the action/intonation set.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Axe

By Guitarguy474

from cali.

I previously owned an Ibanez RG2570 and I was very happy with it, but a year later I found myself wanting something different and new. I know that even though my RG is very versatile, it could take care of the heavier side of guitar, but I wanted something else that could handle the clean side but also be versatile. Thats when I decided to go with a Tele. So I went to guitar center and bought this high end American Deluxe Telecaster and so far I am very pleased and it has exceeded my expectations. The finish is beautiful and the hardware seems like it could last forever. The maple fretboard is smooth and the best part is that it sounds incredible. Im playing this through a Marshall amp and a vox pedalboard and its great. So bottom line, if you want a nice American made Tele and are willing to go the extra dollar for a top notch quality guitar, get it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Most beautiful tele you will find

By SamsDaddy

from CO

I have the aged cherry model and it is gorgeous. The neck plays really well and the action and intonation were setup perfectly from the factory. I haven't made any adjustments. This thing also stays in tune forever. Every time I plug it in I go to tune up and end up not turning any of the tuners. I didn't like the strings from the factory so I put on some 10s and now it is perfect. The S-1 switching in the middle PU position can really get you some nice fat rhythm tones and the bridge PU has that classic tele twang.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Top tele

By Marriott

from Canberra, Australia

Faultlessy made with top-of-line fittings, this tele (aged cherryburst) looks fantastic. Setup needed adjusting with 10s fitted, plays wonderfully. Not light but not particularly heavy either. Sounds great-like a tele should, but with silent pickups. Very happy with it (owned for about 18 months now).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Frisco, Colorado

I just got this guitar a few days ago and still cant get over the sound. This guitar is easy to play and sounds amazing. Even on a cheap peavy amp like mine it sounds good. I would recomed this guitar to anyone

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Top of the Line!!!!

By Jaybo377

from prestonsburg, KY

The Fender American Deluxe Telecaster is truly the top of the line tele. I have played several teles trying to find the right one and the american deluxe is the best. The pickups sound excellent with just the right amount of that classic fender twang. If you play rock, blues or country a good tele is hard to beat. The hardware and finish on this tele are perfect. The neck plays smoothly and feels very comfortable If you are looking for a Telecaster this is the one you definitely want.


the best tele fender ever made ??

By al..

from n. ft. myers

i think this is the best tele that fender ever made .. and thats saying something as i've owned and played more than i can count .. i build guitars too and sell them and as picky as i can be i don't think i've ever built a tele clone that was better . i get real close sometimes but never better . when you hear some guys say they don't build em like they used to believe it .. they build them better .. i'll agree with one of the other posters who said it may need a setup .. but once setup correctly this guitar is just beautiful ..and as another poster said you can tune it once and pretty much play it all nite long .. the pickups are a bit more aggressive than the standard tele fare so if you're looking for that peaceful easy feeling tone it's still there but not as pronounced as say 69 rosewood .. but then i don't think fender was trying to recreate that exact tone .. this one has a bit more balls to it .. and i also love the way they contoured the back of the body to fit you like a strat does .. and the bound top gives it a look of a bit more class along with the cherry sunburst .. i don't know what took fender so long to finally offer that option . and last but not least is the way they changed the neck heel .. it's not a huge change but once you get used to it it will make other tele's seem somehow wrong .. this is just the best tele ever.. i think leo would be proud to see where it is now .. play one yourself and see .. it may cost a bit more but it's worth it .. i play this more than i play my lester


The Best Guitar Ever!

By David

from carrollton georgia

OMG i just got my tele one week ago and im very impressed! it stays in tune really well. it has a great distorted sound and a good clean sound! Great guitar for any Genre of music

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


So far I'm lovin' it

By Aaron

from Woodstock, IL

Got the aged cherry sunburst with rosewood neck. So far, it's my new favorite guitar, though part of that is cause it's new. I really like the crafstmanship and tone. The look inspires me to pick it up and play (man does it look good!), and the tone is sparkly without being to treble/harsh. This is my first Tele, and I think it's a little less sparkly than classic Tele's due to the noiseless pickups, but for me I think that's desirable. I can still dial in a pretty nice Telecaster tone, even on my Marshall combo amp, and I can warm it up a bit using the S-1 pickup switch. I expect it to sparkle more on my Fender amp, but I didn't get that far yet!

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