Fender Standard Telecaster - Black with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Black
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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 three-ply white pickguard
  • 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 three-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 blond 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 three-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 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:
  • Color: Black
  • Body Type: Solidbody
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Neck Shape: Modern "C" shape
  • Top Wood: Alder
  • Back Wood: N/A
  • Side Wood: N/A
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping standard cast/sealed tuners
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • No. of Frets: 21
  • Position Markers: Dot
  • Pickups: Two hotter voiced single-coil pickups in neck and bridge positions
  • Controls: Master volume, master tone
  • Pickup Switching: Three-position blade
  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Newly designed bridge block
  • Hardware: Chrome

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 Black
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Modern C
Radius 9.5"
Fingerboard Material Maple
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 blade pickup selector
Strings Fender 250L, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0145102506

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fender standard telecaster guitar

this guitar is the greatest guitar on the market today.Its the only one I have found that sounds great the way it is.It has the best fender bridge on a telecaster period.IT is the only bridge you can lay your palm on while playing or muting the strings that is the most comfortable and natural.I love the pickups a little bit hotter ceramic magnets like jeff beck pickups.but with out the noiseless nonesense.no cobalt here.This guitar stays in tune well performs well sounds great and the price is right.This is the only telecaster that I would not change anything.This guitar sounds great for all genres of music including jazz and classic rock.All the other telecaster pickups are either to hot or not hot enough hence less versatile for all types of music.guitar shopping use to be a nightmare for me which guitar?I also always found other guitars where there was always something not quite right.IF you buy this guitar or many of this model the mystery has been solved.
Music background: professional guitarist played in 2 bands


I am very pleased with my purchase of the Fender Standard Telecaster in Black. Very good looking guitar and it plays exceptionally well.


After playing this workhorse for a few Sundays, I can confidently advise this horse will run and get this job done! Plays great... Classic Tele feel / mojo / and if yyou play guitar not play with pedals... one day you will get a horse like this... when you decide you want to play guitar... and not poot around with dadgets
Music background: Church... bands... gig around town

Outstanding Instrument

Some 20 years ago, I bought a MIM Strat - What a disappointment. The guitar just didn't have a good tone and it just felt like the cheap guitar that it was. I ended up selling it, and I thought to myself "never again". Let me tell you folks, the times have changed!!! I don't like to review products until I have been able to spend some time getting to know them, but I have literally played this guitar for 10 minutes, and I can say without hesitation that this is a very nice professional quality guitar. It compares very well to my American Special Strat that costs almost twice as much. No joke.The finish is beautiful, it is extremely well made, the hardware is of very good quality, and the tone and playability is everything I hoped for and more! If you have any doubts about the quality of this import, you can lay them to rest. I highly recommend!!
Music background: Songwriter/Producer, Multi-instrumentalist

No complaints!

This guitar is awesome. I love the tone and how easily it stays in tune. If you like telecasters, this is a no-brainer.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars