Fender Telecoustic A/E

Acoustic 6-String Guitar

Made by Fender

Description Acoustic-electric guitar has a look inspired by the Telecaster. Thin body with solid spruce top and one-piece fiberglass body.
Posted By Tim Ball (2060)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 3/21/2004, William Scarbrough (2576) posted:
Overall Rating:
Borrowed from a friend and practiced with. If this guitar were stolen I'd say good riddance and good luck to the DSOB who wanted it. Increasing the size may help some of the tone and the material the body is made out of doesn't seem to accent the sound quality at all so that should be changed. An adjustable bridge would be nice also since the factory set up is completely too high and the action is horrible at best. I would look at some other acoustics before I even bothered considering this one having played it now. Very unimpressive and lousy sound quality. If it were a slow style player or someone who got it for cheap it might be ok but definitely not one I'd go out specifically to look for.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Friend
Features:
Borrowed from a friend to practice with. Very well put together but lousy set up. Body seemed to be some type of graphite like material with a standard wood face. Battery operated pick up built in. Single cutaway body style. Non-adjustable bridge.
Playability:
The neck felt ok but not great or outstanding. The strings were set almost 1/4" above the neck making it difficult to fret properly. Also the strings seem to be too close together even for small fingers. Playing this thing is like a lesson in sadomasochism. Very difficult to play even though it looked pretty good. In my hands it felt very plasticy like a cheap guitar. With so many other nice acoustic guitars I'd spend my money on something else.
Sound Quality:
Marshall 30 watt amp no effects, direct connect. Sound was ok but again nothing I'd rave about. Sound quality was again very plasticy sounding and not full and rich like you would expect from a typical acoustic. Compared to other guitars I've played I would completely remove this one from my potential buy list. The size of the guitar may also hinder it's sound quality since it is also very small. I think even with a proper set up this one could be a handfull trying to play to get a good quality sound out of. Definitely not one I'd even consider purchasing.
Durability:
The only good things I can say about it is it is very well built and seems as though it would probably fair better than most acoustics if it were dropped or mishandled. Neck to body is very solid and the hardware seems to be of average quality.
On 2/14/2004, Rainier Blancia (20) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's the best a/e guitar so far for me....
Model Year: 2003
Where Obtained: copenhagen, denmark
Features:
*china *21 fret *fender fishman 4 pick-up *natural finish *telecaster style neck & body *go to www.fender.com for more infos
Playability:
The neck is cool!!! the only flaw in it is that lower E string is out of alignment... i can't make a bend
Sound Quality:
This is why i bought this baby!!!
Durability:
It's very durable!!!
On 2/13/2004, Dan De la Pena (56) posted:
Overall Rating:
Although made in China, I found the quality in workmanship & materials to be worthy of the Fender name. All in all, I've had it for about a month and as someone who has been playing for about 20 years,I must say I'm pretty happy with it.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $269.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center San Francisco
Features:
I needed to buy a guitar that didn't require an amp and was relatively compact for traveling as I was stuck away from home (read, away from my guitars). I was already in the market for an new A/E, but GC had none of the ones I was interested in. Disappointed with their selection, I was about to shell out the cash for a Martin Backpacker when I spied a Candy Apple Red Telecoustic behind the counter.
Playability:
The neck is very Telecaster like in size and feel. I did have to re-adjust the truss rod as the action was set a bit too high. After that, I found the neck to be pretty fast.
Sound Quality:
Unplugged, it certainly does not sould like a full sized acoustic and a little dull. I found by using one of those serrated edge picks, the tone became bright and chorusy. The electronics are Fishman based, but I haven't had the opportunity to plug it in to a real amp. I did, however, build a small headphone amp and it sounds quite nice through that.
Durability:
As I mentioned, I did have to adjust the truss rod. Other than that everything else seems fine. The tuners seem to be top notch and precise and they hold tune pretty well.