Fender Standard Telecaster - Arctic White with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Arctic White
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Standard Telecaster with Classic Looks and Modern Features

When Leo Fender introduced the world to the original Telecaster in 1950, nobody could have possibly imagined just how this $169 plank body electric guitar would change the world of contemporary music. Even more surprising is the fact that after more than a half century, the Tele still looks as modern - maybe even radical - as it did when it was first introduced. Considering the fact that Leo Fender wasn't even a guitar player, you have to wonder just how this magic happened. Were the planets aligned just right? Was the design beamed into Leo's head by weird space aliens? No matter - the Tele is simply an inspired design. Since its introduction, guitarists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster for its powerful tone and smooth playability. Today's Standard Tele features the best of the old and the new: a fast-action maple neck and fingerboard, new pickups with hotter voicing for better overdrive sounds, and shielded body cavities for quieter operation.

Fender Standard Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Solid alder body with 3-ply white pickguard and shielded body cavities
  • Newly designed bridge block with adjustable saddles
  • Two new Standard Tele single-coil pickups
  • Maple neck and fingerboard with modern C shape and satin polyester finish
Solid alder body with 3-ply white pickguard and shielded body cavities

In the beginning, there was the Telecaster and the single-pickup Esquire, and you could only get one in the blonde finish. Over the decades, Fender has made concessions to the changing musical styles and the needs of both novice and pro guitarists, which has led to an astonishing array of Telecasters with new colors, special finishes, and upgraded electronics. But with the Standard Telecaster, Fender is taking the instrument back to its roots - with a few refinements (sorry, but they couldn't help themselves). That means a solid alder body with a 3-ply white pickguard and special shielding in the body cavities for quieter operation and reduced hum.

Newly designed bridge block with adjustable saddles

For the Standard Telecaster, Fender designed a new bridge block that's the best of the vintage and modern designs, along with six adjustable saddles. The original Teles had a large, silly ashtray bridge cover that every guitar player hated, so it was removed and lost for all time.

Two new Standard Tele single-coil pickups

The original Tele single-coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions had more twang than any two normal guitars. Today's Standard Tele has pickups that pretty much look the same but are voiced hotter, so it's much easier to drive most amps into various levels of distortion, from mild to manic.

Maple neck and fingerboard with modern C shape and satin polyester finish

Leo Fender wasn't a guitar player. In fact, he started out repairing radios. So he had no idea that guitars weren't supposed to have maple necks. In time, those blonde maple necks and fingerboards became a Fender trademark - though the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards on most of its models. Again, for the Standard Tele, it's back to the basics with a maple neck and fingerboard with a modern C shape, a satin polyester finish on the back, and a gloss finish on the fretboard and headstock.

Fender Standard Telecaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Maple neck in a modern C shape
  • Maple fingerboard with 21 frets and dot inlays
  • Fender/Ping standard cast/sealed tuners
  • 2 hotter-voiced single-coil pickups in neck and bridge positions
  • Volume and Tone controls
  • 3-position blade for pickup switching
  • Newly designed bridge block
  • Chrome hardware

It's back to basics with today's Standard Telecaster!
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 Polyester
Color Arctic White
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black dots
Number of Frets 21, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage-style bridge
Tuners Fender/Ping standard cast sealed tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Standard Tele single-coil
Bridge Pickup Standard Tele single-coil
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way pickup selector
Strings Fender USA 250L, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0145102580

Customer Reviews

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Arctic white Telly

Beautiful both in looks & sound. Sweetwater rocks with wonderful services & promises. This Telecaster screams!!!!

Mexican Marvel!!!!

This is a very well made guitar. The fitment, and finish are as good as any guitar that I've owned. The neck is great because of the satin back, and laquer top. Some people in other reviews complained about the slightly hotter pickups. I think that they sound great. For the money, you can't go wrong with this guitar. This instrument will not disappoint!!!

This Guitar Rocks!

Okay, #1, I'm not really sure what the other guy who gave a review was talking about, but this guitar it great! I had no problem w/ the frets sticking out, I felt that the pickups were very nice, full, and overall, very tele! The color itself, (white) is beautiful (though I might put a black pickguard on it). Through a good old tube amp, this guitar will not disappoint you @ all! I would easily buy this again! You should buy it if you're thinking about it, it is very close or equal to an American standard. Very worth your money!
Music background: play in church a lot, record a lot. Blues, rock, alternative, even Hardcore


This thing is great!!

Pro Telecaster player

The Telecaster is a fine instrument, which is played by the best guitar players in the USA like James Burton, well known for his fancy string bending. The telecaster has a smooth fret board fast action neck and the tone quality sings loud and clear. If you have problems with the fret dividers take it back to where you bought it and the set up man will make it right or you can return it . If you take care of your guitar it will take care of you. I have been playing guitars for over 63 years and I have never had a better friend then the telecaster. Its all up to you!!
Music background: Guitar player
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars