My Fender Standard Telecaster review. Fender is one of the most recognizable names in guitar manufacturing, with their products being used by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Buckley, and Eric Clapton. Among their electric guitars, the Telecaster is arguably the most iconic.
What is a Fender Standard Telecaster?
The Telecaster has been manufactured since the 1950’s and has come in some varieties. The classic Standard model normally comes with a solid alder body, as does the majority of Fender’s guitar lineup. Using this type of wood for the Standard Telecaster is beneficial because it is more affordable and readily available, and creates a brighter and more balanced tone compared to guitars using other types of wood.
On the other hand, the neck and the fretboard of the Standard Telecaster are made using maple wood, which further adds brightness to the tone of the guitar. The Standard Telecaster neck usually comes in the modern C-shape comprising of 21 frets with dot inlays, although there are models, which come with either a U-shaped or V-shaped neck, catering to different preferences. While usually manufactured for right-handed players, left-handed models of the Telecaster are also available.
Aside from an alder body and a maple neck, some Telecasters have come out with ash bodies, rosewood necks, or even both. These guitars also come in an array of colors, which makes it fairly easy for a player to find one that suits their taste. Telecaster guitars are made to last, as they featured a thickened three-ply pickguard and shielded body cavities that not only protect the satin polyester finish of the guitar but also reduce tonal distortion.
- Maple neck with “C” profile
- Maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets
- Dual single-coil Tele pickups with three-way switching
- Shielded body cavities
- Parchment pickguard
- Standard string-through-body Tele bridge with block saddles
This guitar is retailed at $599, and it is a good price for a Telecaster with Alder body and manufactured in Mexico.
While the look of the Telecaster has not been altered much since it was first introduced many decades ago, it has definitely taken advantage of available technology. The Standard Telecaster comes with two single-coil pickups, which would not look out of place next to much older models.
However, Fender claims that these pickups are voiced hotter, which would allow a guitarist to play with various levels of distortion from mild to the extreme.The Standard Telecaster comes with standard volume and tone control as well as a three-position blade used for switching between pickups.
It also features Fender’s standard cast-sealed tuners. The hardware for the Telecaster usually comes in chrome plating. Guitar hardware that comes in chrome usually looks newer for a longer period of time because of the material’s durability and resistance to high levels of both tarnish and corrosion.
The Telecaster also features an adjustable saddle, which allows for greater control over individual string action. This type of guitar saddle also creates sonic differences when playing, given different configurations. The newly designed bridge block feature on the Standard Telecaster also helps in improving its tone, responsiveness, and sustaining capability.
The way the Standard Telecaster is manufactured makes it ideal for playing different genres including, but not limited to country, blues, and rock and roll. Given that it is a solid instrument, it is good for use as the lead guitar. The Telecaster can sustain sounds longer and produces less feedback when playing at higher volumes.
This guitar is suited for beginners as well as professionals who want to have a good instrument without breaking the bank. This guitar is made in Mexico to the highest of Fender Standards.
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