Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster - Blonde with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Blonde
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Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster - Blonde with Maple Fingerboard
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This New Tele Looks and Feels Like a Real Road Warrior!

The Fender Road Worn '50s Tele solidbody electric guitar puts the looks and feel of a well-used vintage Telecaster in your hands - without the vintage price tag! Looking at the Road Worn '50s Tele, you'd swear it was a classic instrument with some serious road miles on it, but this one's brand-new! Though it looks vintage, this guitar's two Tex Mex single-coil pickups provide increased output for playing a range of styles. This axe features a real nitrocellulose lacquer finish on its distressed ash body, while its maple neck and jumbo frets make the Road Worn '50s Tele a joy to play!

Fender Road Worn '50s Tele Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Brand new guitar, broken-in feel
  • Ready for action

Brand new guitar, broken-in feel
The '50s Tele: the first Fender workhorse and the original road-warrior guitar. Fender's long road begins with the Telecaster, a guitar that amazingly looked even cooler and handled even better the more players heaped wear-and-tear on it-great when brand-new but positively phenomenal with a few thousand miles on it! Fender's maple-fretboard Road Worn '50s Tele delivers that aged look and feel - built to look, sound and feel like it has survived half a century.

Ready for action
The Road Worn '50s Tele was designed with 1950s specs, including a nitrocellulose-lacquer finish, then supercharged with Tex-Mex pickups and 6105 frets so it can hold the stage alongside anybody. Whether you're chicken pickin', jazzing it up, or rocking out, this guitar will keep up - and your crowd (and possibly even your band) will think you've been taking this axe on the road with you for years.

Fender Road Worn '50s Tele Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Color: Blonde
  • Body: Ash
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer

  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 7.25" radius
  • No. of frets: 21, 6105 narrow jumbo frets

  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Nut width: 1.650"
  • Hardware: Chrome

  • Tuning keys: Fender Vintage-style tuning machines
  • Bridge: Vintage-style 3-saddle, strings-thru-body Tele bridge
  • Pickguard: 1-ply black
  • Pickups: Tex Mex Tele single-coil neck and bridge pickups
  • Pickup switching: 3-position blade
  • Pickup controls: Master Volume, Master Tone

  • Strings
    Fender Standard Tension ST250R, nickel-plated steel, gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046)
  • Deluxe gig bag included

The Road Worn '50s Tele puts vintage, well-worn looks and a comfortable feel into a brand-new guitar!
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 Ash
Body Finish Nitrocellulose lacquer
Color Blonde
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Maple, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black dots
Number of Frets 21, Narrow Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece 6-saddle strings-through hardtail
Tuners Vintage style tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Tex-Mex single-coil
Bridge Pickup Tex-Mex single-coil
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way pickup selector
Strings Fender Standard Tension ST250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0131212307

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Love This Guitar

I was really apprehensive about buying this online, never really bought a guitar I couldn't try before buying, but the HD pics showing the exact guitar you're buying helped ease my mind a little. I actually got the guitar about 6 weks ago but haven't been able to write a review because I haven't been able to stop playing long enough. It arrived packaged great, pulled it out of the bag ( really should come with a real case in my mind) and it was set up great but I changed the strings because I like the Dunlop Willie G strings. Plugged it in and was blown away...I've got a 2014 Les Paul Traditional and a 2009 American Strat but always thought I should get a Tele to round things out. But this does more than give me just another sound. It is a true workhorse, spanky country...check, round and warm or ice pick blues...got it covered...flat out rock machine..absolutely!!! Every time I pick it up I can feel each note resonating through the body, it is a joy to play. The only problem was a bit of fret end pop when adjusting to the dry climate here in the desert, called Sweetwater and they said they would take care of it, but I ended up just putting in my Strat case with a humidifier and things are good. Besides I didn't want to be without it too long. As to the relicing, I like it. When the roadworn first came out I thought they looked like someone at Fender had let a 14 year old loose with a box of assorted grit sandpaper, but this just looks and feels like it's been gigged for a few years, very natural. Buy one, then as the Reverend Willie G says "Spank that plank and grind me a pound or two".
Music background: Former Professional, still gig occasionally

Pleasantly surprised. REALLY!

I'd been using the same 1968 tele that I'd purchased new and modified over the years and was worried about it holding up. So, I started to consider viable, affordable, platforms to duplicate the mods on. The Roadworn had long interested me for a few reasons. The lacquer finish and 6105 frets particularly interesting. The 0 % interest pushed my hand. I like that Sweetwater lists the weights of the guitars shown. 6lb 3 oz is pretty light. I was comfortable with the 30 day return policy too. It arrived set up perfectly and in tune!!! The light weight made it feel like a feather and it had a lively acoustic snap to it that translated to a fabulous amplified sound. Classic tele 100%. The neck is not as small as my '68. But no baseball bat either. I found that the stock tele sound and the spanky resonance of that very light ash body took my playing somewhere else and have decided to keep it stock. Leaving the humbuckers and P 90 off this one. An added caveat is that the fake wear on this one is minimal...I can live with that.
Music background: Half century of strummin

Fantastic Telecaster

This is a great representation of a modified 50's Telecaster! Ash body, thick maple neck.. Simplicity at its best! The relic job on these recent ones is in my opinion much more tasteful then the previous versions released before 2010. It feels broken in but not over the top. I would say it feels about 10-15 years old verse the heavy relic on prior models which was more like 30+ yrs. One thing I was unsure about, especially purchasing online without feeling it, was the neck shape. I've read "C" shape and "U" to describe the neck and I feel it's probably a good in the middle feel. Not too much of a "U" but certainly not a thin "C" feel. Yet enough chunk to let you know you are holding onto a Telecaster. The ash body is super resonant and has a great acoustic feel to it, harmonic and spongy. Excellent note separation as well.. Out of the box the guitar needed a setup to adjust to the new environment. Once that was complete and I plugged it in I was impressed with the Tex-Mex pickups. Not quite sure I will keep them in, perhaps a more period correct set like the "nocasters" may be needed down the line. I want some more time to mess with pickup height before I jump ship on these pups though. The neck pickup is quite sweet and nice, bell like. You can really here the hot output on the bridge pickup as it puts out some nasty attitude.. Again, further exploration is needed. Now, ordering a guitar online is nerve racking for sure. Especially since there wasn't one available in my area to try out. This was almost a blind purchase... However... Sweetwater is an online experience unlike anywhere else out there. First of all, for many instruments you can see HD pics of the exact guitar you are browsing for and and can compare them to the same models in stock. Very handy for choosing color finish shades, grain pattern or even weight differences! If that wasn't enough, at Sweetwater you have a sales engineer!! This is like a personal sales representative that can answer questions, keep you posted on promotions and be there for you personally throughout the whole sale process. I am very lucky to be working with/assigned Norb as my sales rep. Norb is an exceptionally knowledgeable musician that provides outstanding customer service, the epitome of customer service!. Thank you for making buying a guitar online so easy and reassuring!!
Music background: Rock n' Roll, Blues, Folk, Reggae

Absolutely Amazing Guitar!!

I would rate this guitar a lot higher if the rating would allow it. I just received her a few days ago and had my first performance with her last night and she was the star of the night!! The tone, the bite, the sustain, the feel and the playability are just amazing!! Roll the tone up and she bites and you can get country twang with a side of attitude, roll the tone down and she becomes a blues players dream - a very versatile guitar. She is very light weight, which is great for longer gigs or getting older bodies (I am 50). The one thing I would highly recommend is change the strings right away. I am not a fan of the Fender Standard Tension strings (or any tension strings for that matter). I find that they just do not stay in tune and when one goes out they all seem to go out of tune as well, almost like they are trying to compensate for the one string. They also lack bite and attitude, which I quickly resolved by changing the strings to 10g Fender Super 250R Nickel-Plated Steel strings. I have these on all my Tele's and Strat's and they stay in tune and provide amazing tone, spank, and warmth (when the tone is rolled down). The only other thing I would suggest is getting yourself a serious hard shell case to protect this baby. I feel that the deluxe bag Fender provides is a joke and I would not trust this or any other guitar in it. And before I forget the Sweetwater crew (Jason and Olivia) were great at helping me with my guitar and guitar case needs. This was my first Sweetwater guitar purchase and will not be my last. Great work to everyone else at Sweetwater as well, stockers, shippers, etc... Back to more jamming!!
Music background: hobbiest, collector, not a professional player but lve to play


So I had one of the original Road Worn 50's Stratocasters when they first came out....And I was not impressed.....But boy have they come leaps and bounds since then with this series!!! I was blown away by this Tele right after taking it out of the gig bag. Neck feels great and the action was nice and fast (but not too low....kudos to the tech that set this up before it was shipped out!). The most notable improvement they have made is the wear on the fret board...when these first came out it looked horrible but now it actually looks like genuine fret board wear that is sure to get better with age. The relic job on the body is very tasteful and not over done. The thin nitro finish on this guitar really makes it sing when paired with these Tex Mex pick ups...It has all the Tele Bite and twang you could ever ask for. I am extremely pleased with this guitar and its a life long keeper for sure!! Thanks sweetwater and Fender!!!
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