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Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar

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Fusing classic Telecaster style with modern sound and features, the American Elite Telecaster is the original solidbody electric guitar reimagined for the modern guitarist who needs more from their instrument. With its stunning style, easy-playing performance and flexible sound that matches any playing situation, this Tele® was made to tear it up o...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Fusing classic Telecaster style with modern sound and features, the American Elite Telecaster is the original solidbody electric guitar reimagined for the modern guitarist who needs more from their instrument. With its stunning style, easy-playing performance and flexible sound that matches any playing situation, this Tele® was made to tear it up on stage or in the studio.

Featured on all American Elite instruments, the new 4th generation Noiseless pickups are only available in this series, and represent a quantum leap in pickup design. Combining authentic, vintage-style sound with effectively noise-free performance, these are the pinnacle of Fender’s noiseless pickup designs, generating sparkling cleans and fat, overdriven tones that scream with pure rock ‘n’ roll power.

Engineered for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck with a 9.5”-14” compound radius fingerboard is ideal for all playing styles. A modern “C”-shape at the nut, the profile morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of comfortable support for fret hand antics. Locking, all short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the bone nut for buzz-free performance. The truss rod wheel is positioned at the butt end of the neck for easy accessibility when adjusting neck relief.

Fender is renowned for head-turning style, and this guitar is no different—from the refined ergonomic rear contour that hugs the player’s body to the black chrome headstock logo and large pearloid fret markers this instrument will dazzle the audience with elegant style. The American Elite Telecaster is a bold new addition to the Fender family tree, a top-notch performer that can handle whatever music you might you throw at it. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument.

Features

Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Modern C to D
  • Neck wood: Rosewood 
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: Compound
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive electronics: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: S-1 switching, No-load tone control
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle American Tele with chromed brass saddles
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Strap locks, Deluxe leather strap, Cable, Adjustment wrenches
  • Country of origin: United States
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FenderAmerican Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fender Tele Elite - So Awesome! This thang rocks!

I Love this guitar! It is a pro version. I added a leather pick guard and matching leather strip. Feels, sounds, & looks great! The case is cool. my bandmates are...Read complete review

I Love this guitar! It is a pro version. I added a leather pick guard and matching leather strip. Feels, sounds, & looks great! The case is cool. my bandmates are jealous, I let them play it for a while, just to see (and hear) what she looks like in someone else's hands.
The pick ups have great tone, the color is amazing

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Returned 2 already, about to be on my 3rd

Okay, let me start by saying this, the feel, make, and tone of this guitar is awesome. All the new things Fender has implemented on the 2016 teles are great, from the...Read complete review

Okay, let me start by saying this, the feel, make, and tone of this guitar is awesome. All the new things Fender has implemented on the 2016 teles are great, from the S1 switch, Noiseless pickups, tapered body, etc.

Now, the reason I'm giving it only 3 stars (and I feel I'm being generous) is because I've bought, returned, bought and now am about to return again two of these telecasters already. Specifically the 2016 Fender American Telecaster Elite in Tobacco Sunburst.

The issue on the past two Elite's I had were the same. The Neck Pickup. First Elite I had, it didn't work at all, returned it. Second Elite got shipped in, and I opened it up right in the store, and again, neck pickup not working. Gave it to the guitar tech on hand and some how with his magic fingers he managed to get sound out of neck pickup. Took it home and not more than a week later, neck pickup is cutting in and out again, to the point of being unplayable really.

I'm just really upset that Fender is selling these for close to $2000 and they can't even get the quality assurance people or whoever checks these guitars out before shipping them to make sure the pickups, particularly the neck, are working properly.

And on top of all that, I work for Guitar Center. How am I supposed to pitch these guitars to my customers when I myself got two of them that were not working properly?

Anyways, I'm about to return the 2nd one again, and I hoping the third one will be the charm. But beware, CHECK THE NECK PICKUP before purchase.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Returned 2 already, about to be on my 3rd

By Julien

from Woodland Hills, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Distorted Neck Pick Up, Cutting In and Out
  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Check

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

Okay, let me start by saying this, the feel, make, and tone of this guitar is awesome. All the new things Fender has implemented on the 2016 teles are great, from the S1 switch, Noiseless pickups, tapered body, etc.

Now, the reason I'm giving it only 3 stars (and I feel I'm being generous) is because I've bought, returned, bought and now am about to return again two of these telecasters already. Specifically the 2016 Fender American Telecaster Elite in Tobacco Sunburst.

The issue on the past two Elite's I had were the same. The Neck Pickup. First Elite I had, it didn't work at all, returned it. Second Elite got shipped in, and I opened it up right in the store, and again, neck pickup not working. Gave it to the guitar tech on hand and some how with his magic fingers he managed to get sound out of neck pickup. Took it home and not more than a week later, neck pickup is cutting in and out again, to the point of being unplayable really.

I'm just really upset that Fender is selling these for close to $2000 and they can't even get the quality assurance people or whoever checks these guitars out before shipping them to make sure the pickups, particularly the neck, are working properly.

And on top of all that, I work for Guitar Center. How am I supposed to pitch these guitars to my customers when I myself got two of them that were not working properly?

Anyways, I'm about to return the 2nd one again, and I hoping the third one will be the charm. But beware, CHECK THE NECK PICKUP before purchase.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

pickup problem

By wolfbyte

from los angeles

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      very disappointed..only neck pickup works..and not that well..switch in middle does not work S1 cuts in and out and no bridge pickup sound at all..will return it..

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender Tele Elite - So Awesome! This thang rocks!

      By Party Pete

      from Inner Earth, Saint Leo, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Looks awesome
      • Plays great

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        I Love this guitar! It is a pro version. I added a leather pick guard and matching leather strip. Feels, sounds, & looks great! The case is cool. my bandmates are jealous, I let them play it for a while, just to see (and hear) what she looks like in someone else's hands.
        The pick ups have great tone, the color is amazing

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        History is made! Fender Tele Elite!

        By Party Pete

        from Inner Earth, Saint Leo, FL

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Has great sound!
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Stained scratch under clear coat

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Rock, Country, Blues, Funk
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        This Tele has all the coolest features, the best of all worlds. The C to D shaped neck, short posts, N4 pickups, S1 switch, and cool colors. Sounds great running through a tweed Blues Jr. 15w. It's got twang, growl, plus the classic "chicken pickin'." sound! Looks great, plays great, all my bandmates are green with envy. I love the wood grains and the Tobacco Burst finish. The Rosewood fret board has light and dark striped natural wood grains running in it. I think it looks really cool, very unique, one of a kind.

        The hard case is super cool! TSA ready. Looks like a bazooka carry case with lock! Plus, case is stackable for when I start adding to the Elite collection. This is as good as it gets and to me worth the extra coins. I have ordered a custom leather pick guard (+1 C-note), this thing is going to be a one of a kind gem.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Second Tele Elite - bad pickups AGAIN

        By wolfbyte

        from los angeles

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

            Update to previous comment..I had GC order a replacement Elite Telecaster..went today to see it..plugged it in...No sound from neck PU..this time..had the store mgr examine the guitar to be sure it was not an external cause..I requested a refund and the manager processed it. I will contact Fender corporate and hope they will address the problem. I really wanted that guitar.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Top notch guitar - great improvements

            By AA Media Music

            from McLean, VA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording

              Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

              I purchased this guitar for recording purposes and I'm extremely impressed with it. So far, it's the best guitar I own and I've decided to upgrade my Strat to the elite series version as well. I find all the claims made by Fender to be accurate. It wasn't cheap, but it's well worth the expense. No flaws what-so-ever and looking fantastic is a plus maybe I didn't need, but is very welcome.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Simply the best Telecaster ever.

              By Drfatz

              from Mattawan MI

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Pick Up
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording

                Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                I have several high end guitars. I've owned four telecasters in the past. This one is light in weight and the sculpted body is comfortable to play standing or sitting. Craftsmanship is superb. The pickups are dead quite but still have classic sounds. S1 switching in middle position increase loudness which is nice for lead playing. The guitar is stunning in its looks and has many sonic options. Overall this guitar is outstanding. The case is rugged and classy.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Guitar!

                By Evil Steve

                from Tennessee

                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
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                  Great Tele, and exactly what you would expect... with a few cherries on top that is! 4th gen pickups are as noiseless as advertised, and this guitar sounds great! I'm so pleased with the purchase as well as the enhancements for 2016. I must admit though, not sold on the parallel/in series on-off option for the middle position on the switch. I can't really tell a drastic difference, and wonder if it could be an additional point for electronic failures further down the road. Paranoia aside, great guitar and would buy again without a 2nd thought!

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Broken Tele- a repair story

                  By Tyler

                  from San Diego

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                    I bought this guitar from GC back in December, it sounds amazing, when it works. Unfortunately, this guitar has been plagued with hardware issues. As I write this, I'm at my wits end as it yet again needs to be repaired. Fender won't assist me, and at the time I bought it, I refused to buy pro gear for a $1800 on a new guitar. I'm going to bring it back in to the shop for the 4th and final time before shipping it back to Fender. I guess the only thing is to buy pro gear.....

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Felt like "my" guitar the first time I picked it up

                    By Jpramac

                    from Albuquerque NM

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                      I went to Guitar Center to make a final decision on a new passive pickup guitar: It was (oddly enough) between an ESP E-II Reindeer Blue and this Telecaster Elite. They didn't have a rosewood fret board Tele, so I played the maple fretboard. I chose to order the Tele. I love it and would do it again if I had to do it again.

                       
                      5.0

                      The Fender Elite guitars are all fantastic

                      By Robert

                      from undisclosed

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful binding
                      • Great Action

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                        Once I got an "elite" Stratocaster, I wanted an elite telecaster... and once I had one of each, I wanted more. this guitar I ordered because it matches my sunburst Strats. I love it. Unless you go Custom Shop, the Elite is the best available Fender guitars, period.

                         
                        5.0

                        Another Fender Hit

                        By Robert

                        from undisclosed

                        About Me Novice

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                            You will be glad you picked it up!

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