American Telecaster review by Fender

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.5 (120 votes)
Fender: American Telecaster
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Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
This guitar has an amazing sound, the strings don't buzz, it is definetly not loud, and I use this guitar with a 30 watt Fender Champion tube amp. This guitar is good for any style, except maybe for hard rock and metal. I also use a Jim Dunlop Crybaby wah-wah pedal, and it sounds great with that, and I have built in effects on my amp. I play metal, and the distortion is really thin on the bridge, so I just changed the bridge pickup to a seymour duncan hot rails pickup. Other then that, the guitar sounds amazing.

Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is a great guitar, one of the best Fender guitars. I really like the feel of this guitar, and it is good for just about any style of playing.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is great for live playing. The hardware is great. You could use this guitar only, but I bring a backup just in case a string breaks. This guitar is only a little heavy.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar is american, so you know it was set up very well. Everything was put in nicely, and there were know flaws that were clear to see.

Features — 8
This is guitar was ok with its features: 22 medium frets, one tone control, a pickup Switch, and a volume knob. I really like the Telecaster shape though, it's very comfortable. This guitar has two pickups, a single coil in the bridge, and a twisted single coil in the neck.

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    danielrobbyshor wrote: you can pick up a standard Tele for 289 now. mexican made, but still, its a Fender
    So i guess you buy guitars just for the name
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Got the black one with maple fretboard, it's so amazing, put the dist on and stairway to heaven solo is perfect sounding. (Jimmy Page used a tele on the recording fyi). also works great for metal, and pretty much everything, the people who say you need humbuckers for metal probably never heard of Tom Morello
    m2dad
    I have a 76 American Standard Strat, and 86 Les Paul Classic. I just picked up a 2005 American Standard Telecaster. By far the best neck I have ever played on. It is all maple and feels like butter. Is so smooth as I go up and down the neck, and I never catch on a fret. The sound is amazing. I play classic rock, pop, country, and everything in between. I should have bought this guitar first. I can't rave about it enough. Bought on Ebay for just under $800 (U.S.).
    ztikmaen
    I tried this guitar out today at the shop through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. This thing goes so well with it! Extreme bell like sounds in the neck pickup when you're playing at about 12-15th fret. This thing is so versatile but simple! I might just get one. I compared it to a Fender American Deluxe and they compared really quite fairly!
    blue-note
    I love mine,I bought mine new.One of the few guitars i didn't have to take in and get set-up.Action was great.I have a Les Paul and a Strat too.I like this the best
    yoojee-er
    A lot of people say the tele is one of the ugliest guitars yet it has an 8.7 on features.
    srvkicks@$$
    why is it that those who havent played a fender that isnt above the MIM fender think they really suck but those who have played a fender say that theyare perfectly fine if not incredible guitars
    Coldmystery
    sweep : telecaster are just too expensive i'll have to get a ibanez instead, they're way more affordable. but i'd still prefer a tele. Teles are too expensive? Every company carries a guitar around this price range. But just as you can buy 500 dollar ibanez guitars you can buy 500 dollar fender.
    irock519
    im still wonderin if i should get the strat or tele... ill hafta to play them to figure it out i just started playing but i play all the genres both the guitars are recommended for.
    FooFighter1927
    i just bought a fender telecaster american standard yesterday and it amazing. i'm glad that first review said that if you have a les paul and a telecaster then you will never need another guitar because those are the two i have now i just have to make 70 dollar payments every month for 15 months.
    sweep
    telecaster are just too expensive i'll have to get a ibanez instead, they're way more affordable. but i'd still prefer a tele.
    JPageZeppelin
    all around a good guitar... if u know uur gonna stick with guitar and are wondering if it is worth the money YES IT IS... my friend has one and hes very good now 2 years later.... its been through a lot and its still amazing i love the sound and amazin action
    will-loves-zep
    BluesGuitar23 wrote: yea, how much usually is this?
    i got a friend to get me 1 on holiday in america and i paid him 500 but here than go for about 700-800
    will-loves-zep
    well i've had it for 2 years and i use it for my main guitar ahead of my ltd m-200fm. it sounds great for most musical types cept for maybe death metal where u need more 'mea' but you can really get this to grunt like a beast. use it for rock,funk,indie,hard rock etc
    Irish2009
    im leaning towards a little bit of a punk/rock sound. i really enjoy the classics from ac/dc to the clash/to hendrix. But i like everything would this be a good guitar?
    bawbaw
    i ve only ever owned acoustic/electrics- reckon this would be a good introduction to electrics?
    roxorzroxz
    i picked one up at a music store and started playing it i was surprised i loved the sound of it (i play mostly classic rock) and it was perfect... i have to say its not a very good looking guitar but it has a very good sound that comes with those two pick ups i want one now
    Antzzang
    excellent guitar as soon as i saw that telecaster i've fell in love with it. It's simple yet elegant and it gets the job done great. I don't know why people bash telecasters. It's a beautiful guitar.
    TotalyHAB
    i just played one today and i play alot of blues and metal i also love to sweep pick and shred and i thought it sounded amazing, good guitar guys im gonna get one!!!
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    picklepopcikle wrote: cool. been lookin at the mexi tele, whats the difference to this one?
    the mexi has a shit finish on the neck and non alnico pickups and no super awesome case, and the writing on the headstock is different. that's the only differences that i know of.