Fender American Special Telecaster - Vintage Blonde with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Vintage Blonde
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An American Tele at an Amazing Price!

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 trademark 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 Solidbody
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss Urethane
Color Vintage Blonde
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Modern C
Radius 9.5"
Fingerboard Material Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots
Number of Frets 22, Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage-style 3-saddle strings-thru-body
Tuners Vintage Style
Neck Pickup Texas Special Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Texas Special Single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone; Greasebucket circuit, 3-way pickup switch
Strings Fender Super 250L 0.009-0.042
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0115802307

Customer Reviews

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"An American Beauty"

This is my 4th Fender American Special Telecaster. This 2016 Fender American Special Telecaster Blonde Maple Neck is an absolutely amazing guitar. To me this version is the best of old and new. The alder body on mine is rather light weight 7lbs. 6oz. and the medium jumbo frets are crowned and polished to perfection. The (3) brass barrel saddle traditional Telecaster bridge is an important ingredient in the over all tone. The "Grease Bucket" tone circuit is wonderful because you can dial back some of the treble while retaining the high and high mid frequencies. The neck shape is as good as it gets. Now the addition of the Fender "Custom Shop" Texas Special pickup's sound amazing with those Alnico V magnets. If you really like the Telecaster but don't like the original smaller frets and pickup's this may be just for you. I am okay with the Fender Gig Bag because it helps to keep costs down and they are made very well. I found a Fender case on Ebay for cheap so not a big deal. Mike Godlove is my sale engineer and helped make this a stress free purchase. I highly recommend this Telecaster.

Blown away!

I've had this guitar 1 wk. now & it just blows me away . The intonation was perfect out of the box. Every day I find a different sound. Thanks again to Bart Good!

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

More Diverse than you know

The neck on this guitar makes it effortless to play. I could have bought a much more expensive guitar but this sounded great and was easy to play. Sounds great plugged into boutique amps, that's where it really shines. The maple neck with brass saddles equals tons of spank. Either way no matter your taste give it a try.
Music background: 20 years playing, singer songwriter

Great guitar at a great price.

I am a bass player but enjoy playing guitar in my studio. I wanted a quality guitar but did not want to pay for a high end instrument. This Tele fits the bill. The finish on it is top of the line and the set-up that Sweetwater did was excellent. My rep, Ryan Wiiltermood (who is a guitar player) recommended this model. I think any guitar player would enjoy having this instrument added to his/her arsenal.
Music background: Semi Pro Musician
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars