Fender American Elite Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Butterscotch Blonde
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A Tele for the Modern Player

Fender's American Elite Telecaster solidbody electric guitar is great instrument for pickers who love the classic platform but need a wider palette of tones. You'll get the familiar twang and cut Teles are known for, but without the 60 cycle hum thanks to a pair of fourth-generation Fender Noiseless single-coil pickups. An S-1 switch adds new pickup voicings to the American Elite Tele. And features like a 9.5"-14" compound-radius fretboard make these guitars effortless to play. The Fender American Elite Telecaster is the future of one of the most popular workhorse guitars ever.

Fender American Elite Telecaster Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Familiar tones with a twist
  • Neck designed with you in mind
  • Comfort contours
Familiar tones with a twist

Onboard the American Elite Telecaster is a duo of Fender's fourth-generation Noiseless single-coil pickups. These improved designs deliver the Telecaster's familiar punch and twang. But the Noiseless circuitry eliminates unwanted signal noise and hum, making the guitar ideal for live performance and touring. The S-1 switch, imbedded in the volume knob, adds new pickup combinations for additional Tele tones. And the alder and maple construction is a tried-and-true combination that has proven itself over decades.

Neck designed with you in mind

Fender has been known for their iconic neck profiles since their beginning. The American Elite Telecaster continues the tradition with a comfortable contour that's not too thin, not too wide. The 9.5"-14" compound fretboard radius ensures comfort while chording, and it flattens out up high for unimpeded string bending and vibrato. And the neck's rolled fretboard edges feel like a well worn guitar as soon as you open the case.

Comfort contours

An addition you're sure to appreciate is the belly and arm comfort contours on the body of the American Elite Telecaster. The guitar will sit optimally and offer natural strumming movement when you're performing, while keeping with the standard Telecaster body shape. And putting the S-1 switch in the volume knob ensures the American Elite Tele looks and functions just like your favorite teles from the past.

Fender American Elite Telecaster Electric Guitar Features:
  • Upgraded American Telecaster
  • 4th-generation Fender Noiseless pickups
  • S-1 switch offers more sonic options
  • Ideal 9.5"-14" compound radius fretboard
  • Comofort belly and arm contours
  • Includes strap locks and adjustment wrenches
The Fender American Elite Telecaster is a workhorse guitar for today's players.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Ash
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Color Butterscotch Blonde
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Compound, modern "C" to "D"
Radius Compound 9.5"-14"
Fingerboard Material Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black dot inlays
Number of Frets 22, medium jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.685"
Nut Material Synthetic bone
Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle American tele bridge with chromed brass saddles
Tuners Deluxe locking cast/sealed tuners
Neck Pickup Fender fourth generation noiseless single-coil with chrome cover
Bridge Pickup Fender fourth generation noiseless single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way blade pickup switch
Strings Fender USA NPS, 9-42
Case Included Elite molded hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 0114212750

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fender american elite tele

This guitar is my new go to "telegasser" the tele has always been a guitar players guitar, not a lot of frills, What you get out of it is what you give it to do! Great bling with the binding accents, finishes etc. But where this workhorse shines is in the new neck profile, no "heal" at the neck body junction, just a smooth ergonomic handfitting transistion to the upper registers, with the right amount of compression and a nice little bit of overide the pickups will give you fat blues tones, to cutting bite and sustain, fender hit a homerun with this series, the guitar came to me in tune, great action set up job , innotation perfect!, i would recomend this tele to any serious player who needs a great gig or studio axe, pickups are stone quiet,
Music background: 45+year player, studio musician, recording engineer

Outstanding Tele

If you are a die hard tele fanboy, you're probably better off going with something more traditional. That being said, there are several great improvements to the classic tele feel in this guitar, if you're open-minded to some progress.The feel of playing this guitar is phenomenal and smooth. The compound radius fingerboard accommodates itself to everything from chunky rhythm playing to soaring solos. The new 4G noiseless pickups and S-1 switch gives an impressive variety of tone. Aside from that, it just looks beautiful and the attention to detail and level of craftsmanship is eye catching. Great work by Fender. I would buy this guitar again in a heartbeat.
Music background: Amateur musician of 20+ years

Fender Elite Telecaster - Butterscotch Blond

Fit and finish on this guitar is outstanding. This is the first new telecaster I have owned and I could not be happier with the looks and the playability. The setup of the guitar was first-class. I highly recommend that you consider Sweetwater for your next purchase. I have shopped at some of the other online music stores and the sales/service at Sweetwater is above and beyond the others.

Love it

This guitar is simply gorgeous. Love the blond with black accents. Good sound and play-ability also. is now my go to guitar. Sweetwater and my sales rep (Chis Lewis) mad this happen for me!


Had for 10 days now. I'm a bit disappointed. OK guitar but doesn't sound like a Telly. Neck is a little too thick. New pickup switch is mildly interesting but will find something better to do with it eventually. Player for 52 years.

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Fender American Elite Telecaster

Fender's American Elite Telecaster is a bold update from traditional Teles. It will appeal to guitarists in many styles, but it's especially suitable for players reared on sleek, modern, hard-rock guitars, and the slim, shapely neck will delight speed demons. The Elite isn't a tone clone of vintage models, but it compensates with extra output and mass....
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