Fender American Standard Telecaster

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Fender

Description Rosewood fretboard, American Standard electronics and hardware include Shaller tuners, A.S. 6-piece bridge, tele S/C neck and bridge pickups, three-way pickup switch, tone and volume knobs, w/b/w pickguard, and locking strap buttons.
Posted By Mike Wiles (36)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 10/9/2005, Robert Ridgeway (1351) posted:
Overall Rating:
When i bought this guitar i was not a big telecaster fan but over the years i have grown found of the guitar. The straight forward design of the guitar is hard to beat compared to other guitars. I would defiantly replace this guitar with another american stand telecaster. This guitar seems to fit so many playing styles that it would be hard to find a replacement. The only weak point to the guitar is it has a fixed bridge instead of a floating bridge.
Model Year: 1991
Price: $470.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Jackson Music Center
Features:
It is a american made 6 string telecaster with alder body and rosewood neck. It has 22 large frets with string through bridge routing. It has passive tone and volume controls with standard tele switch for bridge/neck combinations.It has Seymour Duncan Vintage Stack pickups single coil style. It has a solid color finish with a single cutaway. It has the basic american standard tuners.
Playability:
The guitar has a great smooth action that can accommodate many different playing styles. I have been able to play a large range of music on this guitar. The neck is smooth from nut to the upper registers. The guitar plays as good as other guitars costing much more. There has not been any flaws since i have owned the guitar.
Sound Quality:
I have used the guitar with both solid state and tubes with basic effects and have gotten a good balance tone from the guitar. I play music from jazz, blues and rock with this guitar. The sound of the guitar is full and warm compared to other telecasters. The sound is a basic solid body that compares with most other solid bodies on the market. There is no mods im thinking about because its a basic straight forward guitar. The guitar has some slight noise but nothing that other guitars have and plays just as well on stage as it does in the studio.
Durability:
The guitar is very durable during live playing and vary rarely needs to be adjusted for truss-rod or intonation. It has strap locks and basic controls. It holds up fairly well to climate changes.
On 11/4/2004, Daniel De Deker (75) posted:
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The Tele has always been the Holy Grail of guitars for me. I have had a few other brands, started with a Cort, then B.C. Rich, Jackson DKMG and now the Fender, but I always just loved the sound of the Tele. It's certainly different from the Les Paul's and Strats in terms of intonation, sound quality and so forth, but the calculated and lasting simplicity makes it a must have.
Model Year: 1994
Price: $450.00
Where Obtained: Music retailer
Features:
American Made Maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard Medium Jumbo frets Standard, run-of-the-mill, good old Tele'
Playability:
Leo definitely got it right the first time! I love the balance of the instrument...it just feels right in your hands. I've heard the Tele sometimes characterized as a "rhythm guitar" perhaps for lack of features such as a Floyd Rose, locking nut, humbucker and so on, but I think simplicity is the point. You can play barre chords all night long, and due to the thicker neck, you don't get the forearm muscle fatigue as quickly as you do with a thinner neck.
Sound Quality:
I'm using a Digitech RP-50 and Boss Metal Zone lined direct to PA. We play classic and modern rock though I think this guitar would be well suited for any style. I would charicterize the unprocessed sound as extremely clean and sharp. The intonation is awesome and creates natural harmonics on leads above the 12th fret.
Durability:
It's bulletproof. Since there's no tremolo, I use a lot of bends and pulls. Of course it's subject to string stretching (I use Ernie Ball Super Slinky mostly) and environmental stresses, but it holds it's tuning exceptionally well. After 10 years it is still in outstanding condition, the only real flaw is that the paint has darkened noticeably where my arm contacts the body. I bought it used in an off-white color 3 years ago and it has become more apparent since then. No big deal for me..I'm not performing for Her Majesty but if you want a showpeice, consider a darker color.
On 6/28/2002, Mike Bulko (989) posted:
Overall Rating:
Im in love again.
Price: $995.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Long and Mqcuade
Features:
Where was it made? U.s. Body and neck materials? Maple neck, Ash body, Rosewood fretboard. How many frets and what kind? How many strings? 22, 6 What controls does it have? volume, tone, and 3 way pickup selector How many pickups and what's the configuration? standard tele pickups, one in neck and one slant in bridge Does it have active or passive electronics?passive What kind of pickups? single coil What kind of finish? mine is 3 tone Sunburst What's the body style Standard Tele What's the bridge style fixed bridge What kind of tuners? mine has shaller
Playability:
Can you obtain your preferred action on this guitar, and what is it? YEs, and for me, it is fairly low. How does the neck affect your playing? it still isnt completely broken in yet but it glides easy enough for me How well does it play compared to any other guitars? best ive owned and one of the best ive played Does it contain any flaws? none for me :)
Sound Quality:
What amps and effects do you use it with? See my profile for a Schematic What musical style(s) do you play and well does this guitar fit? Redhot chili peppers to Sonic Youth Is it well-suited for any other styles? anything that you dont entirely need humbuckers for Is the sound full, warm, dark, etc? standard fender tone, you know it How does the sound compare with other guitars you've played? brighter than my old les paul. its great for me Are there any mods you're considering? new pickups, a single fender blue lace sensor in the neck and a humbucker of reds in the bridge Is it noisy at all, or in particular situations?not at all Does it seem noticeably better for the stage or studio? havent been in the situation yet
Durability:
ITS A TELE!
On 9/27/2000, Mike Wiles (36) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this guitar as you can tell. I used to be a Gibson snob. I look back now and wonder why I never gave a Fender a try before. The truth is, I would have never bought this guitar. My 18 year old son borrowed the money from me to buy this. When he figured out that he didn't want it, he gave it to me rather than paying me back. I decided that since I owned it, I would give it a try. I haven't put it down since.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Individual
Features:
Made in USA Maple neck, rosewood fretboard 22 large frets (I don't know if they are jumbo, they fret fast and easy) American Standard electronics and hardware include Shaller tuners, A.S. 6-piece bridge, tele S/C neck and bridge pickups, three-way pickup switch, tone and volume knobs, w/b/w pickguard, and locking strap buttons. Guitar is vintage white (which means it looks yellow)
Playability:
I use 9's on this guitar and like my action fairly low.That's the way I have it setup and it plays really well. It plays at least as good as my 70's Les Pauls and better than my Epi Sheraton. The strings are well centered over the neck. I never have problems pulling the high E string off the neck. It frets great anywhere on the neck and with my small hands, I can easily take the high E to the twenty second fret and bend it. There are no flaws other than the fretwear and pickgard scuffs that I have put on the guitar.
Sound Quality:
I primarily play through a '68 SF Deluxe Reverb. My effect are EB volume pedal, Boss CS-2 Compressor, Daddy-O overdrive, MRX Script Distortion+, Ibanez Echo Machine, and Ibanez CF-7 Chorus/Flanger. I practice through a '76 Super Reverb, Peavey Classic 30, and a Traynor Bassmate. Before owning this Tele, I only played Gibson style guitars with humbuckers. I picked this tele up a year and a half ago and it quickly became my primary instrument. I play in a worship band at church. The styles include indie rock, blues, pop, and jazz. You may not think of a tele when it comes to jazz but when you go to the neck pickup and start playing major 7s and altered chords with your thumb, people know where you're going and don't question it. It's obviously not a hollowbody jazz box. The only music I have formally studied is jazz. I'm still playing this guitar over my Sheraton. When you play up the neck, you can feel this guitar vibrate against your body like it is alive. Maybe it's because of the string-through-body design. Anyway, this guitar seems to work with you, not against you. This guitar loves effects. The signal is not as hot as humbuckers so effects seem much more warm and subtle, not so in-your-face like humbuckers would provide. Humbuckers are better at overdriving a tube amp than these single coils are, but I prefer their articulation and definition. The intonation on this guitar is great. Two things I have had to deal with though, fifth fret harmonics are not picked up by the neck pickup due to its location. The other thing is, I'm used to a tune-o-matic bridge for palm muting. This is harder to perform on the tele for me but I have managed it. As far as mods go, I prefer not to alter a good playing guitar. However, I have considered adding a Fishman Powerbridge to help cover some acoustic parts in a pinch. The last thing I'd like to mention is noise. Single coils can be noisy. My amp is miked and I usually play facing it about 5-6 feet away. At stage volume there is no noise. However, I usually turn my volume down between songs due to a little bit of noise. I'm picky though.
Durability:
This guitar stays in tune really well. I check my tuning about once or twice per week. It will actually not need tuning more than twice per month. I keep it in the case when not playing and avoid temperature changes. Everything is holding up well on the guitar. The knob on the 3-way switch has been slipping so I put a drop of honey on it to make it stay (makes for easy removal later if necessary). I haven't had the guitar professionally setup since I bought it. I know this is bad but I could set it up myself if it needed it. I will probably take it in to the shop later this year just for good measure.