"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.