Road Worn Player Series Telecaster review by Fender

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  • Features: 9
  • Sound: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.8 (4 votes)
Fender: Road Worn Player Series Telecaster

Price paid: £ 750

Purchased from: Bonners

Features — 9

  • 2010 made in Mexico Telecaster
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Neck: Modern "C" Shape
  • Neck Finish: Distressed Urethane
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" Radius (241 mm)
  • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Adjustable Hex Nut
  • Pickups: Tex-Mex Tele Single-Coil Bridge Pickup
  • Seymour Duncan '59 SH1N Humbucking Neck Pickup - Direct
  • Mount
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and
  • Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Fender Road Worn Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Road Worn 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Bridge
  • Strap Buttons: Chrome Strap Buttons
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
  • Strings: NPS, Gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042
  • Unique Features: Distressed Thin-Lacquer Body, Neck, and Hardware Creating an
  • Aged Appearance, Aged Knobs and Switch Tip, Vintage Styling
  • Gig bag

Sound — 10
This is my primary guitar used for gigging, playing a variety of styles from blues through rock, pop and punk and this guitar handles them all with consummate ease. The addition of the neck humbucker gives a real growl and the bridge pickup still has the classic tele twang. The middle position is also ideal for anyone wanting to ape keef. I play through a variety of amps depending on the situation, ranging from a customised fender blues junior for small gigs to a Fender Hot Rod DeVille III 410 paired with a Marshall MA 100C switched with an EHX switchblade + a/by pedal. Effects wise I use an Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer, Love Pedal Purple Plexi, MXR Blue Box, EHX Memory Boy and an EHX Soul Food as a clean boost, as well as other occasional fuzzes and overdrive pedals. A very quiet guitar with minimal hum in pretty much every situation that would be useful in almost any genre of music aside from possibly the very heaviest end of metal.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Obviously this guitar is made to look like its hard a few miles on the clock and the distressing is nicely understated, think a cherished instrument that has been used, but not abused everyday of its life and had small upgrades along the way. As you'd expect of fender the build quality is top notch and the proper nitro finish adds a touch of quality to how it feels in your hands. The Seymour Duncan '59 humbucker would not be out of place on a much more expensive guitar. The action is nice and low with zero fret buzz intonation always perfect.

Reliability & Durability — 10
As I mentioned earlier this is my go to guitar for all my gigs and it has withstood my rather heavy handed playing style with no problems in the last 5 years apart from the volume control knob loosening once heavy was just a case of retightening the grub screw. it is easily the most dependable guitar I've ever used, a true example of the term workhorse just like Leo Fender always intended the telecaster to be. Although these days I do always have a back up close to hand, mainly to save time in the event of strings snapping I have utter faith that this tele will get though just about every gig.

Overall Impression — 10
Having been playing guitar for the last 15 years or so, and in that time played both some beautiful and very expensive instruments as well as some absolute junk as well, I can honestly say that for the money that I spent I have never come close to finding a better guitar. God forbid that this guitar was ever lost or stolen as getting it replaced would prove somewhat difficult as they are now discontinued but I would certainly search for a second hand one. Compared to my other guitars, an American Special Strat, Epiphone Dot Studio and a few lawsuit era Japanese Les Paul copies the Tele stands alone in a class all of its own. If you see one for sale anywhere for £500 ish snap the sellers hand off and buy it I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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    Buy a new Mexico Tele - $500 I'll beat the shit out of it for $50 You'll save a couple hundred bucks.