Fender American Standard Telecaster 2012 (Natural) Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 8 customer reviews
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from Wilmington, De
April 5, 2013Music Background:
Fender American Standard Telecaster 2012This is a fantastic guitar. Nicest solid body guitar I've ever owned. Silky smooth. The set up from Sweetwater was spot on (10-50 GHS strings). This guitar is a real joy to play. Fit and finish is flawless. My Telecaster is natural finish with maple fretboard. The sound from this guitar you can only get from a Fender Telecaster. Simply georgeous!
from Houston, TX
April 4, 2013Music Background:
Tele Standard 2012I own many Telecasters and have played many more but this one is special. From the nice soft rolled fingerboard to the cut out on back of body like deluxes....these are nice free upgrades.
The best part of this guitar are the pickups. They have a simmer that I have never heard when played clean. I now judge other teles by this guitar. Well done Fender!
from Colorado Springs, CO
March 19, 2013Music Background:
Fender American Standard TelecasterI am very pleased with the addition of a Fender Telecaster to my guitar collection. I find it to be a very effortless and easy to play and amazingly light and comfortable guitar to play. It is so much lighter that my Les Paul that I find after a few hours of playing starts to kill the shoulders. The Les Paul is still king with the humbuckers for more of the heavier and harder rock stuff. The Tele has a very nice bright cleaner sound that I think is unique. The Neck is shorter and has a smaller scale that I find reduces a lot of effort in stretching. I feel I can play faster. I really love the grain of the Maple it is truly a beautiful instrument.
from East Stroudsburg Pa
February 28, 2013Music Background:
Fender American Standard Telecaster 2012A realy awesome instrument
June 28, 2012
Great tele..Got this several weeks ago from Sweetwater. Played several more expensive teles, but this one played and sounded as good if not better than the others. Great pups and a beautiful well made piece. Changed over to 10 gauge strings and that was it. Love it.
from Indiana, USA
January 17, 2013Music Background:
Country MachineThis guitar should be in every guitar players arsenal. This guitar is very versatile and very comfortable to play. From Rock to Jazz, this guitar can handle the job. It is well worth the investment to have one of these great guitars. You won't be sorry to have one.
from Charleston, SC
December 15, 2012Music Background:
keyboardist, arranger, and sometimes guitarist.
A natural!This guitar is beautiful in sound and in appearance. The natural finish really shows off the individuality of each guitar. Thanks to Sweetwater I was able to compare two individual guitars side-by-side.
This was a real splurge for me since I haven't owned an electric guitar in decades. But I knew I wanted that Tele twang, and this one certainly has that classic sound. But there is so much more. Using the neck pickup and turning the tone knob way down I was able to get a nice jazzy tone that I have already put to good use.
Thanks for helping me find this guitar that's a pure joy to play!
January 14, 2013Music Background:
NiceI bought this guitar before the New Year. Nice tele with the Natural Ash. Plays like butter, looks great, nice balance between vintage and modern features. Love the satin back to the neck and staggered tuners. Stays in tune perfectly. The Broadcaster Bridge pickup sounds great, I have to roll the tone back just a bit to avoid too much treble. Not the best balance between pickups - I had to raise the neck pickup to bring the volume between the 2 closer. I am still debating on whether or not I really like the twisted tele neck pickup. It sounds somewhere between a strat and tele pickup which some people will love. Definitely nice for playing 'Wind Cries Mary'. But perhaps lacking in the warmer tone of a traditional tele neck pickup. But like I said, this instrument combines modern and vintage.
One thing that I do not like about the guitar is the fact that the bridge screws which adjust intonation stick out too far (at least on mine). So, when I play using my palm to mute, it can be somewhat uncomfortable. At some point I am going to have this guitar set up by the luthier I go to for all my guitars and see if he can change the screws to shorter ones. Not sure why Fender used these long screws that stick out too far. The other thing that I noticed is that the neck pocket has a very slight gap on the bass side - I was told that this is not out of spec for a Fender USA standard instrument.
Bottom line: really good guitar although I will be making changes to the Bridge due to the long intonation screws. I may also change the neck pickup, but this is due to personal preference. Sweetwater folks were great to deal with when ordering this instrument and also communicating with me after the guitar was sent.