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Fender American Deluxe Telecaster - 3-Color Sunburst, Maple Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from Carmel, IN April 5, 2014Music Background:
    Rank Amateur

    Sweet Tele

    I've been looking for a Tele with the old school look and feel but modern electronics. This fit the bill perfectly. I got a maple neck as my other guitars have rosewood and I wanted something different for that brittle tele twang. This thing plays brilliantly, the S1 switch adds a bit of growl if needed, and the N3 noiseless PUPs are crisp, warm and deep. I went up to Sweetwater and played three through an EC Tweed and picked a lighter one that felt right. A great SW experience!

  • from Chantilly, VA November 29, 2012Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Songwriter, Guitarist

    My new American Deluxe Tele

    I had a tele back in the early 70s that I sold for peanuts and have always wanted a new one.. I have a great colletion of guitars including Les Paul Delux, PRS, Taylors, Ovation, and a Strat.. I love the look and feel of this guitar and it sounds awsome! One of my best purchases of 2012

  • from Waxahachie, Texas November 22, 2012Music Background:
    Worship Leader, Worship Band, Soloist and Recording Artist.

    One Great Telecaster

    I have been dreaming of haveing a Telecaster and when I saw the reviews on the American Deluxe Telecaster I knew I had to have one. I called Chris Carter at Sweetwater and he filled me in on it and was a great help to me.
    The Guitar arrived and when I took it out of the box then opened the case I was ecstatic at what I saw. What a beautiful instrument this is the fit and finish are superb and the finish is out of this world. I have had a lot of guitars in my life but this is truly the best built one.
    It is so easy to play and new strings along with a perfect setup and intonation make it one great buy. The S1 system along with the N3 pickups are great, It sounds so great and it is just what I was wanting.
    I would not hesitate to encourage anyone to buy the American Deluxe Telecaster. I know I am wondering why I didn't do it earlier.

  • from June 1, 2011Music Background:
    Professional Musician, Educator

    Fantastic Guitar

    Several years ago, I had to part with my Standard Tele. I decided to upgrade this time around and purchased the American Deluxe. While all of the reviews I had read were positive, I was still unsure about ordering an instrument online without playing it first. The guitar arrived on time, and as soon as I took it out of the case I was blown away. The guitar is beautiful. The attention to detail is obvious. Everything from the finish to the frets are perfectly done. I was also unsure of how the guitar would be set up out of the box. The guys at Sweetwater clearly took the time to make sure this instrument was ready to be used. The intonation was perfect all the way up the neck, the action was great, the strings were new, and all of the electronics functioned perfectly. I am gratefull that I purchased this great Fender product, and even more gratefull that I purchased it from Sweetwater!

  • from Howell, NJ November 13, 2014Music Background:
    Vocalist, Guitarist, Recording, Performer

    Snap, Crackle and Pop!

    First, a bit about me. Iíve been playing since 1970 and have always been a Hum-bucker guy. I love the warmth and darker sounds I get with them.
    About two years ago I noticed an American Fender Deluxe Telecaster (Aged Cherry) in one of my local music stores. I was amazed with the sound. Not only did it produce the classic bright Tele twang, but it also produced a nice warm sound in the neck position (and with the S1 engaged).
    I broke down, dug deep down into my pockets and ordered the Deluxe. I was in heaven when it arrived. Plugged it into my original 1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb. Absolutely amazing sound. Couldnít put the guitar down. But, I noticed a crackling noise. I didnít think too much about it seeing as it just came out of the box. Probably needed time to acclimate to its new environment.
    A week later, the crackling noise was still there. So I changed the cord, several times with no difference. I checked my tubes in the amp and even tried turning lights off thinking that was causing interference. . Perhaps it was denial, but I never even thought it could be the guitar. How could it? Itís brand new!
    After a few weeks of scratching my head, I finally discovered the noise was coming from the Pick Guard whenever I touched it. And I touch the pick guard a lot when Iím finger picking or playing softly.
    I Googled this issue and found that I wasnít alone. I called Fender and they seem to be well aware of this. There suggestion was to put a dryer sheet underneath the pick guard and I found videos on YouTube on how to ground and shield Telecasters. Especially the Deluxe.
    Iím sorry, but I shouldnít have to put dryer sheets under my pick guard or take the guitar apart to do shielding work on a brand new guitar. Especially one that costs $1,700.00.
    Well, I called my sales guy Matt. He immediately had their repair shop look at it. They did some shielding to the cavities but, as luck would have it, the extra shielding caused a short somewhere. The neck pickup didnít work. So Matt had a new Deluxe shipped to me over night.
    Today, I just sent back the second Deluxe for the same problem. Snap, Crackle and Pop on the pick guard. Not to mention the extra noise on the line when trying to record directly into Pro Tools.
    A few things more before I finish;
    First, hats off to Matt Wood of Sweetwater. He did everything he could to make this right. To no fault of Sweetwaterís, I got a bad guitar, actually, two bad guitars. But this is why Iíve been dealing with them for about ten years. AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE! When itís time to order my next guitar, Sweetwater gets my business. Thanks Matt.
    Second, How can Fender release a guitar with known issues? Even itís a small percentage that has this problem, whereís the quality control? How can one guitar be fine, and the next one has grounding issues? Maybe Fenderís correct and all you need to do is place a dryer sheet under the pick guard. Problem is, Iím a pick up my guitar and play kind of guy, not the pick up my guitar, unscrew the pick guard, place a dryer sheet underneath, put the pick guard back on and play kind of guy.
    Third. I donít have a guitar. All I wanted was a Deluxe. Back to square one.

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