Fender American Special Telecaster - 3-tone Sunburst, Maple fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and Two Single-coil Pickups - 3-color Sunburst
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Fender American Special Telecaster - 3-tone Sunburst, Maple fingerboard
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Huge bang for the buck!

Fender's American Special Telecaster solidbody electric guitar gives you popular Tele features at a price that's nearly unheard of for a US-made Fender. It all starts with an alder body for classic Tele tone, and it's all wrapped up in a great-looking gloss urethane finish. Fender's easy-playing maple neck/fingerboard combo sports jumbo frets for easy shredding. In the tone department, a duo of Texas Special single-coils dish out distinctive Tele twang. We guitarists here at Sweetwater are a picky bunch, so trust us - you're going to love the Fender American Special Telecaster!

Fender American Special Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • American-made quality at an unbeatable price
  • Cut through the mix
  • Greasebucket tone control rolls off highs without adding bass
American-made quality at an unbeatable price

Fender's American Special series exists to do one thing: give you access to genuine US-made Fenders at unbeatable prices. The American Special Telecaster gives you a great selection of cool Tele features, including a supremely playable maple neck/fingerboard, and jumbo frets, two Texas Special single-coils, and Fender's innovative Greasebucket tone control. All in all, it's quite a potent music-delivery system. And it's made right here in the USA, in Fender's state-of-the-art Corona, California, factory.

Cut through the mix

You're sure to cut through the mix, thanks to a duo of Fender's Texas Special single-coils. These pickups give you classic tones that have been with us since the dawn of the Tele. But these pickups have a little something extra that sets the American Special Tele apart from previous Tele incarnations: Fender's way-cool Greasebucket tone circuit! If you're looking for an American-made Tele with unbeatable bang for the buck, then you need the American Special Telecaster.

Greasebucket tone control rolls off highs without adding bass

Fender has fitted their American Special Telecaster with their Greasebucket tone control, which rolls off highs without adding bass or affecting your volume. This is seriously cool, because it gives you explicit control over your tone onstage without your having to compensate for volume loss - making the American Special Tele a serious tone machine.

Fender American Special Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • American-made quality at an unbeatable price!
  • Classic alder Tele body
  • Supremely playable maple neck/fingerboard and jumbo frets
  • 2 Texas Special single-coil pickups
  • Fender's innovative Greasebucket tone control
  • Vintage-style 3-saddle string-through-body Tele bridge gives you amazing sustain

Fender's American Special Telecaster: an affordable US-made Tele!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss urethane
Color 3-color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black dots
Number of Frets 22, Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece 3-saddle strings-through hardtail
Tuners Cast sealed tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Texas Special Tele single-coil
Middle Pickup No Middle Pickup
Bridge Pickup Texas Special Tele single-coil
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way pickup selector
Strings Fender Super 250L, (.009-.042)
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0115802300

Customer Reviews

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Awesome guitar

Fantastic guitar for the money, plays great, sounds awesome with the Texas specials. I'm going to eventually slap some Glendale compensated saddles on there to get the intonation perfect.

Great Guitar for the Money

First I got to give a lot of credit to Ben Porter for helping me pick out the model I wanted I told him what I wanted in a Fender Tele and he look at my choices and I think we did a great job working together because there are so many to chose from it all came down to this model the American model with the Texas Special PU's they sound great and the 3 tone sunburst is beautiful less talk about the frets you can't ask for a better matchup for me they feel great as you slide down and up the maple neck and the tuners are also great along with the old style bridge . Hey what can I say but I am so pleased with this AXE it's a real GREAT BUY. PS I Talked so much to Ben Porter about this Guitar the REP from Fender sent me a little package of Goodies and a Thanks goes out to Fender and there REP at Sweetwater
Music background: Former Road Musician

Fender Special is Superb

Great customer service, fast free shipping and I really love the guitar! Sweetwater rocks.

A great american made Fender guitar!

I bought my Fender three tone sunburst back in 2013 and love it! Sine I buy a lot of other gear from Sweetwater Sound I wanted to write this review. The Texas Special pickups in this are super great and very hot. It cleans up real well though when you roll off the volume or go to a clean amp setting which makes it even better. The only change I made on it was to add a set of locking tuners.

WOW - what else can I say

Just received this guitar this morning - took it to the guitar shop tonight and played it ... what a great experience ... sounds great - plays well ...I just love it ...
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars