Review Fender Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar – Maple Fingerboard, Arctic White

When Leo Fender introduced the world to the original Telecaster in 1950, nobody could have possibly imagined just how this plank body electric guitar would change the world of contemporary music. Even more surprising is the fact that after more than a half century, the Tele still looks as modern – maybe even radical – as it did when it was first introduced. Considering the fact that Leo Fender wasn’t even a guitar player, you have to wonder just how this magic happened. Were the planets aligned just right? Was the design beamed into Leo’s head by weird space aliens? No matter – the Tele is simply an inspired design. Since its introduction, guitarists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster for its powerful tone and smooth playability. Today’s Standard Tele features the best of the old and the new: a fast-action maple neck and fingerboard, new pickups with hotter voicing for better overdrive sounds, and shielded body cavities for quieter operation.

For guitarists everywhere who appreciate great style, rich and versatile tone, and excellent value, the Standard Telecaster is an elegant and affordable classic with a great combination of traditional design and contemporary features. Time-honored Fender style and performance-minded modern upgrades don’t have to break the bank, and this model delivers the best of both in an instrument ideal for Telecaster players everywhere at every level.

Solid alder body with 3-ply white pickguard and shielded body cavities

In the beginning, there was the Telecaster and the single-pickup Esquire, and you could only get one in the blonde finish. Over the decades, Fender has made concessions to the changing musical styles and the needs of both novice and pro guitarists, which has led to an astonishing array of Telecasters with new colors, special finishes, and upgraded electronics. But with the Standard Telecaster, Fender is taking the instrument back to its roots – with a few refinements (sorry, but they couldn’t help themselves). That means a solid alder body with a 3-ply white pickguard and special shielding in the body cavities for quieter operation and reduced hum.

Modern Neck With ‘C’ Profile

This instrument features a modern neck designed for comfort and performance, with a contemporary ‘C’-shaped profile (the shape of the neck in cross section) and a smooth back finish. Ideal for those who play with the thumb on the back or side of the neck.

Newly designed bridge block with adjustable saddles

For the Standard Telecaster, Fender designed a new bridge block that’s the best of the vintage and modern designs, along with six adjustable saddles. The original Teles had a large, silly ashtray bridge cover that every guitar player hated, so it was removed and lost for all time.

Authentic Fender Tone and Styling

Pure and simple, this instrument features classic Fender tone styling that evokes and honors the timeless Fender mainstays that came before it and contributed crucial DNA. From the quietest chord to the loudest note, and from the rear strap button to the top of the headstock, it’s the very essence of classic Fender design.

Two new Standard Tele single-coil pickups

The original Tele single-coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions had more twang than any two normal guitars. Today’s Standard Tele has pickups that pretty much look the same but are voiced hotter, so it’s much easier to drive most amps into various levels of distortion, from mild to manic.

Maple neck and fingerboard with modern C shape and satin polyester finish

Leo Fender wasn’t a guitar player. In fact, he started out repairing radios. So he had no idea that guitars weren’t supposed to have maple necks. In time, those blonde maple necks and fingerboards became a Fender trademark – though the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards on most of its models. Again, for the Standard Tele, it’s back to the basics with a maple neck and fingerboard with a modern C shape, a satin polyester finish on the back, and a gloss finish on the fretboard and headstock.

By No Means Ordinary

If you’re looking to embark on your musical journey with style and performance, you’ve come to the right place. Standard guitars and basses bring authentic Fender designs and sound to a whole new generation of players.

Durable enough to take a beating, dependable enough to last for the long haul and equipped with all the features you need, a Standard series instrument is the tool to get you playing and keep you playing.

Product Features:

  • Maple neck in a modern C shape
  • Maple fingerboard with 21 frets and dot inlays
  • Fender/Ping standard cast/sealed tuners
  • 2 hotter-voiced single-coil pickups in neck and bridge positions
  • Volume and Tone controls
  • 3-position blade for pickup switching
  • Newly designed bridge block
  • Chrome hardware

Technical Specification

  • Body Type:Solidbody
  • Body Shape:Telecaster
  • Left-/Right-handed:Right-handed
  • Number of Strings:6
  • Body Material:Alder
  • Body Finish:Polyester
  • Color:Arctic White
  • Neck Material:Maple, Bolt-on
  • Neck Shape:C
  • Radius:9.5″
  • Fingerboard Material:Maple
  • Fingerboard Inlay:Black dots
  • Number of Frets:21, Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length:25.5″
  • Nut Width:1.650″
  • Nut Material:Synthetic Bone
  • Bridge/Tailpiece:Vintage-style bridge
  • Tuners:Fender/Ping standard cast sealed tuners
  • Number of Pickups:2
  • Neck Pickup:Standard Tele single-coil
  • Bridge Pickup:Standard Tele single-coil
  • Controls:Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way pickup selector

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