That can sometimes be a problem. The Alnico 5’s are a nice pickup, though. It always was a workhorse guitar, and this model is like that. To me, for many years, there was nothing to compare with them. Many dealers are open and/or accepting online or phone orders based on guidance from health and government authorities. No complaints then about how it plays, it is quite nice. Perhaps a bit more bottom end than the A3’s but they are capable of delivering some punch as well. Adding another fret lets you bend the highest D up to an E, giving you access to four octaves of musical possibilities. Leo Fender in Fullerton, California, was one and Jim Marshall in London the other. Crafted at our Ensenada, Mexico, manufacturing facility, this genuine Fender Deluxe Series Telecaster® guitar body is routed for an SSH pickup configuration and is pre-drilled for a bridge with 2.22" wide spacing. The Telecaster headstock is in a traditional shape, and there are six standard Fender sealed machine heads. Each Player Telecaster includes an “F”-stamped neck plate, leaving no doubt as to the instrument’s pedigree. A classic iconic style that is timeless. Be the first to know about new products, featured content, exclusive offers and giveaways. Not the cheapest plastic, but plastic all the same. Finally, add the black scratchplate, and it gets ‘the look.’ And it does look impressive. The single-coil is the pick up of choice when it comes to a Telecaster. That twangy single-coil sound. But it is a good sound. Not just for the Telecaster, but for the Strat as well as the Precision and Jazz basses as well. Have they got it right that is the question? I am pleasantly surprised that after a long time getting things not quite right, that Fender have come up with something acceptable. With the 22 fret version, there is an overhang of the neck which crosses the scratchplate to accommodate the extra length. Contact your local dealer for operating hours. Fender Player Series Telecaster Guitars Fender’s most accessible instrument range offers heaps of choice and contemporary aesthetics that’ll stand out from any crowd. BLOCK-STEEL BRIDGE SADDLES This string-through-body Telecaster bridge features block-steel saddles to add a bit of zing to your tone. Since 1956 Alder has been the goto wood Fender used. Maybe a little unfair because it was the Precision bass in my case that was untouchable. All Rights Reserved. The Fender Telecaster. But if we are talking Fender history, then this is it. Of course, it has the look, the pure and simplistic lines that half the guitar making world has copied. The originals had A3 magnets; these are A5. Strap buttons are fitted, and there is a very slight bevel to the edge of the body. The Player series has been created as the first step into Fender guitars. As soon as I write that about a Fender, a shiver goes down my spine. Black Friday Deals Week - Save Up to 96%! Maybe a little joke from Fender there. It has a nice soft polyurethane coating as I have said, and that makes it feel comfortable to the hand. It’s not a vintage sound, but it is a good sound. Good choice there. And it has still got its versatile side. It certainly plays quite nicely. It also makes it feel like quite a fast-playing neck. Most would prefer the traditional C, but it must be said this neck is a little easier to play. Not exactly sure what they mean by modern. It is able to produce a bright sound with good sustain. – CHECK HERE. Thankfully. Fender must be doing something right. Designed for authentic Fender tone—with a bit of an edge—the Player Series pickups keep a foot in the past while looking to the future. But, let’s not get too excited. This Fender Player Series Telecaster Review, therefore, might be interesting. One of the great Leo’s masterpieces. This is actually called the ‘flat oval’ shape; if they had written that instead of modern, there wouldn’t have been a panic. The Player Telecaster body is hand-shaped to original specifications. Body good, neck good. And as this guitar is designed as the first step on the Fender ladder, they want it to feel good. So often they have with some other instruments. More than that, it does justice to its forebears and deserves to be called a Fender. I understand that my information will be shared with the dealer and may be used by the dealer to facilitate this contact. They were untouchable. A solid build and chrome-plated. The Fender Telecaster is one of the first mass-produced electric guitars dating back to 1951. They are not vintage at all. It does though, make it a little easier for a younger, less experienced player. Or if you fancy something else from Fender, how about the Fender Duo Sonic, the Fender American Professional Jazzmaster, or the Fender Player Stratocaster. All online dealers listed here will have the specified product in stock, ready for purchase. Though not better than my ’62, which is my point. And bear in mind this is a ‘starter-Fender’ if you like and so the price point is quite a bit cheaper than the ‘real thing.’ On that basis, it is surprisingly good. The bridge pickup gives you plenty of twang, and the more jazzy and mellow sounds will come from the neck. I think for the sake of balance and to find a little fault that they skimped in the hardware area a little. That is without the Squier brand. But then many manufacturers do that. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Some work, most don’t. Please wait while we search for any available online dealers. Black Friday Deals – Save Up to 96%! Nevertheless, they seem to do their job and hold the tuning. The shape, the sound. Try searching a different location below or contact Fender Customer Service at 800-856-9801. We thought that was the Squier’s job. It has a lot of resonance and can attack when asked. For standard, read budget, they aren’t the best. Designed for authentic Fender tone—with a bit of an edge—the Player Series pickups keep a foot in the past while looking to the future. Fender Player Series Telecaster Pros & Cons. Required fields are marked *. The Body. The guitar that really started Fender’s march to greatness. There are two series single-coil pickups. Neck Pickup, 6-Saddle String-Through-Body Tele® with Block Steel Saddles, Fender® USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges), PN 0730250403. The Fender reputation went out of the window in ’65, and now we see endless attempts at recovery. I like it. Copyright ©2020. It has a Polyurethane coating to finish it off. It is true that some earlier models did have A5, but A3 was the choice that created ‘that’ sound. Starting life as the Broadcaster, it soon became iconic. It feels tough and ‘road-ready.’. Single cutaway, of course, and finished in that great Butterscotch Blonde color. There is plenty of variety and like its predecessors certainly not a one-trick pony. This neck is designed for comfort and performance, with a “Modern C”-shaped profile and a smooth back finish—ideal for almost any playing style. The guitar that earned them a place in musical history. I will have to admit this was the area where I thought would have a good old rant but no. If it has anything else, it isn’t a Telecaster, These cut through nicely and are going to be great for all sorts of genres. Not the sound of the pre-65s, of course, but a very modern Telecaster effort. It is able to produce a bright sound with good sustain. Let’s just join the real world for a second. Combine them, and you have a nice sound with plenty of middle. Nowadays, we don’t just have Fender; we have various levels of Fender at varying costs. Learn more. Many of us can’t deny though they lost their way post-1965. They are chrome plated. The feel, the style and, most importantly, the sound—they’re all there, waiting for you to make them whisper or wail for your music. If so, check out our reviews of the Best Blues Guitars, the Best Resonator Guitar, and the Best Hollow Semi Hollow Guitars currently available. It all gets a little confusing. Anyone who reads these articles on Fender guitars will know I have fallen out of love with them lately. Let’s go back to what makes the Telecaster special. This is because of the slightly flattened ‘flat oval’ neck shape. Created to replace the old standard series Fenders, this is their latest idea to get players on the Fender treadmill. But if you’ve got you’re heart set on a Tele, but don’t want to spend a fortune, then our Squire by Fender Classic Telecaster review could be an interesting read. It has proved to be a good choice. Yes, please have a dealer in my area contact me using the information I have submitted. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. I like how it looks and how it sounds. They recovered a little in the late 80s, but never really reached the heights they were at. It has through the body stringing with a hardtail bridge system. The bridge though has block saddles, which will help the intonation and adds a bit to the overall sound. It has a lot of resonance and can attack when asked. It’s the sound we all want to hear. If you are used to a Telecaster and already play one, it is going to feel slightly different.