Fender Standard Telecaster - Brown Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Brown Sunburst
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Standard Series 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 Series Telecaster Features 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 a 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. You could get one in the blonde finish and that was it. 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 Series 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. It doesn't show, but Fender also added special shielding in the body cavities for quieter operation and reduced hum.

Newly designed bridge block with adjustable saddles
For the Standard Series 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 they removed it and it promptly got lost for all time.

Two new Standard Tele single-coil pickups
The original Tele pickups had more twang than any two normal guitars, thanks to the single-coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions. 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 got his start repairing radios. So he had no idea that guitars weren't supposed to have maple necks. In time, those blond 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 a fingerboard with a modern C shape and a satin polyester finish on the back and a gloss finish on the fretboard and headstock.

Fender Standard Series Telecaster Features:
  • Brown sunburst color
  • Solidbody guitar
  • Polyester finish
  • Maple neck with modern C shape
  • Alder top
  • Fender/Ping standard cast/sealed tuners
  • 25.5" scale length
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 21 frets
  • Dot inlays
  • 2 hotter voiced single-coil pickups in neck and bridge positions
  • Master volume and master tone controls
  • 3-position blade for pickup switching
  • Newly designed bridge block
  • Chrome hardware

It's back to basics with today's Standard Telecaster!
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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody, 0145102532
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Polyester, Satin finish on back of neck
Color Brown Sunburst
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 Super Bullets 3250L, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0145102532

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Fender Standard Telecaster

Ordering anything online can have it's risks, but a friend that has done business with Sweetwater for quite awhile showed me a new standard stratacaster he had just ordered and it was beautiful. I'd always wanted a tele so I ordered the made in Mexico standard and am glad I did. It's everything I'd hoped it would be. It has great sound, feels good and is beautiful. I can't imagine ever changing anything on it. It appears very well put together to me and I am completely satisfied with it. It was ready to plug in and play when it got here.

Top of the line Telecaster

I have a 2004 model of this awesome guitar upgraded with vintage noiseless pups, I play mine daily through a Mustang III amp and this guitar can do it all from blues, country, rock and jazz at very high speeds thanks to the maple fretboard that comes with this 21 fret wonder, only death will separate me from mine! If you can think it, you can play it on this 5 star guitar, nothing but the Best.
Music background: 55 yrs on the guitar

Sweet Telecaster!

These are VERY nice guitars. I have several high end Fenders and I am consistantly picking up this one. I did buy a micro file set and fixed a couple of fret ends but my high end fenders have had similar or worse issues right out of the box. The frets are nice modern Medium Jumbo frets. The bridge is nice and heavy duty chrome. My 2-Tone burst has beautiful grain showing through on front and back - Solid Alder - nice high gloss finish. The tone is great - very comperable to my high end Fender Ash Strat. The electronics, pots and switch seem to be high quality - no issues. A few things to I considered when deciding on purchasing this Tele... Right out of the box I replaced the pickups with the Fender Vintage Noiseless set offered here at Sweetwater at a very reasonable price. I would have done the same if buying a Highway 1 or American Series anyway. I personally love the Vintage Noisless Tele pickups. They do have a more modern sound. The Alnico V magnets really cut through. I also bought a set of Schaller Tuners off of ebay for $20. The Ping and Schaller look almost identical except the Schallers have a more refined string post and stay in tune MUCH better. BTW, the Highway 1's have Ping also - you have to go to the American Series to get the Schallers. I also bought a Fender molded case. Highway ones come with a gigbag too. Again, you have to get into the American Series to get a hardshell case. Just one more thought.. I've always been a Rosewood kind-of-guy and had no choice but Maple on this one. I truely love this Maple neck. Also the 1.650" nut had me a little worried, but it is just perfect! Bottom line is you get a nice instrument that may or may not require upgrades - depending on your preferences. I think Fender has stepped up the Standard Series to compete with the import market and they have done a great job on this one. I've been playing for 35 years and have had MANY guitars - this tele is just plain enjoyable.
Music background: 35 Years Playing Experience as a Semi-Pro

Fantastic Sounding Guitar

I love this guitar. I have never owned a Telecaster before, though I do own and have owned many other electric guitars. This guitar sounds better to me and seems more versatile than any other guitar I own. I would recommend this guitar to anyone.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician

MIM Tele

Love the smooth Tele tone. I bought this with the Fender Pro Jr. III tube amp and the tone just makes me excited to play every time I plug it in! If you haven't gotten a chance to try a Fender Tele through a Fender amp, it's definitely something that everyone should have a listen to. That smooth Tele neck tone, the distinct middle position, and that signature Tele twang sound at the bridge pickup. WIN!
Music background: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Keyboard, Vocalist, Student
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars