Fender Custom Telecaster FMT HH (Red Trans) Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 8 customer reviews
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from Napoleon OH
February 15, 2013Music Background:
Guitarist since 1967
Fender Custom HHCompletely amazed! I would have never believed that a guitar in this price range could ever impress me period. This guitar is not only a testament to Fender's un-dying commitment to producing quality guitars, it is Sonic Beauty at its finest! I have 9 guitars that are much more expensive than this one but this guitar has earned a position in the front line! Buy One Really!
from Henderson, MI USA
October 4, 2012Music Background:
Worship Leader, retired pro musician that just plays for the Lord in His house now.
I want one in every color!I purchased a Cherry Burst one from another store because that's the color I wanted to get first. Now, I want a red one and an amber one! The finish is just so awesome!! These guitars have such a sweet small C profile neck that just fits my smaller hand very well. The nut width is awesome! The radius of the fingerboard makes bending so easy, with no fretting out, or choking. The Duncan pickups are very nice, but I might change the bridge pickup out for a JB because I want a little more bluesier tone than the Pearly Gates will get. Other than that, I'm gonna play this thing until I ahve to change the switch or pots. I love the belly cut contour and the body is light, so it won't kill my shoulder like a Les Paul does. Only negative thing I can say is that I wish it had a pickguard. I might have one custom made and glues on it.
from Eugene, OR.
September 29, 2012Music Background:
Reletivly new player, Play for my own enjoyment
FMT HH TeleI debated buying this Guitar and I'm glad I did. I have 3 other Guitars, a L.P. Studio a Stratocaster and a Telecaster. The finish and over all look of this Tele is awesome, and the sound is really nice. I have a feeling that this Guitar will soon be my favorite.
from Lewiston, NY
May 31, 2011Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Pro Musican
The Fender Custom Telecaster FMT HHWhat a great Instrument. I own 15 guitars, most of which are collectors peices. This guitar can hold it's own with the rest of my guitars. At first I was a little hesitant because it wasn't made in the USA. But if this guitar was made in the USA by Fender, it would probable cost the consumer at least $2500 or better.
The woods used in the making of this guitar are top notch. The grain in the mohogany wood is exceptionally great. The Flamed maple top is in my opinion is a double AA rating. The workmanship and cream binding are exceptional. The body contures on this guitar are greatly appreciated and makes this guitar lighter than an origional tele body. As for the pickups, they made the right choice for this guitar, the body resonates with a clear and consise tone. The pull push on the tone nob to split the pickups into a singel coil works wonderfully.
My final words to you the reader, don't hesitate, buy this guitar, you won't be sorry.
from Lewiston, NY
May 17, 2011Music Background:
I own Blue Dog Records, I am a Mastering engineer & a pro muscian. Ostalawaygo Amego!!!!
Fender Custom Telecaster FMT HHI was a little aprehensive about this purchase, because it was made in Indonesa...but rest assured, I purchased it and have no reggrets. The picture of this guitar dose not do it justice. The combination of woods and pickups are fantastic. The workmanship of this instrument is great.
If this guitar was made at their USA plant you could easely be paying at least $1500 to $1800 for this guitar. The body counture is not what I thought it would be. It is the shape of a Tele, but not as heavy and much lighter than a Les Paul. The sound is like??? well it's unique, nothing like a Les Paul. It is agressive, soft, calm and smoldering, and the coil tap brings it back to its true tele form, but much warmer and richer with out any muddyness. Great job Fender!!! Thank you Sweetwater for offering us this great instrument. Just a note, I own 15 guitars at a value of over $50,000. This Fender Custom Telecaster FMT HH stnads up to all of them, taking no back seat.
from Union City, CA
April 21, 2012Music Background:
Worship Team guitarist
A really great guitar, no regrets!!!Always a pleasure doing business with Sweetwater... Tom Maxwell is great to work with! This is the first Telecaster I've owned, since I've always been partial to guitars with set necks. I've mostly owned Les Pauls, and this guitar closely resembles the attributes of a Les Paul in many ways with it's mahogany body and neck, carved maple top, rosewood fretboard and body and neck bindings. The biggest difference between this and a Paul is the weight factor, as this is thinner and much lighter. The neck is very comfortable... the modern "C" shape thickness is somewhere between that of a 50's Les Paul and a 60's slim-taper. The union between the body and the neck is a nice smooth transition, no bulky heel to contend with. The flame maple top is nicely book-matched, with flame running throughout. Unlike most guitars in it's price range, this Tele has a solid maple top, not just a thin veneer. The rosewood fretboard is a dark chocolate brown, almost to the point of looking like ebony, and a great choice to compliment the black chrome hardware. The string-through body and fixed bridge offer a ton of tone and sustain, even when unplugged! Plugged in, the Seymour Duncan pups sound great as one might expect, and the coil splitting option with the tone control offers a lot of sonic options. The quality and craftsmanship for a guitar in this price range is truly amazing! The only adjustment I had to make was with the intonation, which only took me about five minutes to adjust the bridge saddles. The only thing I could see changing in the future would be the tuners, since I prefer locking tuners, but the stock tuners seem to work fine and stay in tune. All in all, a really great guitar, no regrets!!!
from Los Angeles CA. / Gulfport MS.
June 5, 2011Music Background:
Musician Years ago Pro/ Now home recordist
Great Guitar for the money!!This is a very beautiful instrument. It has lots of really nice details, real abolone dots, killer binding and pretty good stock pickups! Considering the cost. I was quite surprised by the quality, I thought it would just be mediocre, but it pretty solid and looks as good as an off shore "PRS"!
It has a really nice tone, very Gibsonish. It is quite light which I love, and the neck with the 15.75 radius is a joy to play! Bending notes and chording are very easy and fluid! It takes a few days to break in, but once you put new strings on and condition the neck a bit with your oil of choice, it plays great!
It does not have a Tele tone and never will even with the coil taps, but it does have an awesome Les Paulish / SG tone. It is totally capable of all kinds of great tones. The coil tap with the use of the middle toggle position gives a beautiful rich almost Straty tone.
All in all, for the money this is a keeper for me. I could go on and on about how much I love this axe. I have been playing pro and semi pro for many years and I have had Gibsons and strats...I love my strat!...but I have always wanted a Tele cause I just love the shape but did not want the twangy country sound, so I got my wish.
At some point I may upgrade the hardware such as the tuners and bridge, but for now I am really enjoying this guitar!!!!
from San Antonio
March 11, 2013
Cool guitaI love these tele's only a couple minor complaints, for the price it's an import and no case, and the setup was interesting. But my service guy delvin is always great and for being an import this guitar sounds great looks great and is well balanced. Some weird finish issue on the neck but its almost a charactertsic trait. Honestly I can't stop playing it and wish I could buy all the different colored models.