September 3, 2016

Free Recording Software - Channel your inner Dre for free with these 7 pieces of recording software





When it comes to the search for a free and reliable Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) to record music, the Internet has a number of terrible choices to offer. Free apps often come in one of three forms: gutted versions of premium software, fully functional trials of premium software, or standalone programs developed with the financial lure of proliferating malware and useless toolbars. Fortunately, a number of pretty awesome and reliable applications exist as well. The “freemium” software often lacks the advanced functionality of renowned programs such as Pro Tools, but still provide options for recording audio, adding layers upon layers of effects, and cutting waveforms, among other basic tasks. These free applications certainly can’t do it all, but for most users, a simple method for recording beats and acoustic guitar is enough.
Below is our list of the best free recording software you can download, install, and immediately start using on your computer.



Presonus Studio One Free

presonus studio one

Presonus Studio One comes in four different versions. Studio One Professional, the most versatile incarnation of the bunch, costs around $450. Studio One Free, meanwhile, is the most stripped down and, as the name implies, it is free.
Presonus designed Studio One Free for beginners and more-experienced DAW users who want to try out the software before doling out the cash. This means Studio One Free intentionally leaves out key features that typically come standard with the other versions. Some of these features you can live without, such as the ability to directly export files to SoundCloud, while others hurt the usability of this program. For instance, not being able to import or export MP3 files or integrate third-party synthesizers and effects is a major crux. Disabling the use of outside effects hurts the program’s potential for long-term use, especially since Studio One Free comes with only eight onboard effects and one instrument.
On the other hand, Studio One will never display a nag screen like other free recording programs, nor does it ever time out. The interface looks cleaner and runs smoother than most freeware because it’s not technically freeware, but rather the demo version of a reliable, high-end digital audio workstation. And despite its limitations, the free version includes unlimited audio and instrument tracks, latency compensation, time-stretching capabilities and other tools and features necessary for budding musicians to create layered, polished recordings.
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Audacity

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First released in 2000, Audacity has gone on to become one of the most popular pieces of free software around, and for good reason. The open-source program gives users a wide range of options for recording and editing audio, all tied together with a simple interface. Perhaps most importantly, unlike many other free programs, Audacity is not “free for a limited time” or “free with many features locked.” Everything Audacity has to offer is free of charge.
Compared to other notable DAWs such as ProTools and Sound Forge, Audacity’s layout is very minimalist. There are toolbars for navigating a track, editing it, and mixing. When tracks are loaded, they will appear as waveforms, and users can edit specific sections of a track by highlighting the appropriate section of the waveform. Navigating the interface is easy, although it may take time for new users to figure out what every specific tool does. As far as editing goes, Audacity offers a surprisingly robust set of tools for a free program. Users can adjust pitch, bass, and treble, or normalize noise and add effects like reverb and phasing. Audacity even has some tools for analyzing tracks, including frequency analysis.
Of course, no piece of free software is without its shortcomings, and despite Audacity’s many virtues, it has some issues. The most notable problem is that Audacity uses “destructive editing,” which means that when users add effects to a track, they are actually altering the waveform; these changes happen to the original file, so you can’t go back and undo them later. This isn’t necessarily a problem if you’re carrying out simple tasks — such as editing pauses out of a podcast — but more complex actions like mixing  might be difficult. Furthermore, Audacity requires numerous plugins to reach optimal functionality; it cannot export projects as MP3s, for example, unless the user installs an MP3 encoder. Overall, however, Audacity offers one of the most robust packages available among free recording programs.
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Ardour

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Ardour is an open-source DAW designed for Linux and available for Mac OS X. Its developer, Paul Davis, also invented the JACK sound server for Linux and worked previously as one of the original programmers at Amazon.
Ardour features highly versatile multi-track recording features that include the ability import video for film scoring purposes, to record and edit either non-destructively or destructively, and to prepare any combination of individual tracks for recording. Its use of JACK makes it compatible with a number of outside applications, as well. However, unlike other DAWs, Ardour does not come with any built-in effects or instruments and relies instead on the installation of third-party software. Unfortunately, it’s also not compatible with Windows.
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Cockos REAPER

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Justin Frankel, who played a major role in the development of both the Winamp media player and the “Gnutella” peer-to-peer file sharing network, also led the development of REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Prototyping and Efficient Recording). The program is essentially a shareware recording tool with loads of features and capabilities, many of which rival high-end DAWs.
Though an extremely capable piece of software, REAPER also features a steep learning curve compared to applications such as Audacity. Because of this, Cockos encourages users to use the product for free before paying for the license, so users can acquaint themselves with the program’s capabilities and workflow. REAPER allows for the customization of practically everything, even the shape and color of the program’s controls themselves.
It also comes with hundreds of native instruments and allows for the integration of VST plugins, along with the rewiring of applications and just about every other third-party program. It even features its own programming environment where users can script, debug, and compile their own plugins using a variety of computing languages. REAPER is an extremely versatile application that’s available for both Windows and Mac OS X users, one you can start learning for free. Keep in mind that Reaper is only free for 60 days, however, and will require a $60 purchase thereafter.
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Rosegarden

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In 1993, programmers at the University of Bath began working on a Linux-based DAW called Rosegarden. They initially released the source code without licensing it. Since then, they’ve licensed Rosegarden for general use, increased its MIDI capabilities, and rewritten the program from scratch into an entirely different programming language.
Despite the software’s innate appeal, Rosegarden’s visual layout isn’t as appealing as other DAWs. Its recording capabilities can hinder performance, while incorporating third-party plugins requires some additional knowledge of programming. Its main strengths, however, lie in its ability to interpret and sequence MIDI. It also recognizes musical notation, which distinguishes Rosegarden from other DAWs in terms of its capabilities with regards to scoring and arranging music.
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Zynewave Podium Free

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In 2005, programmer Frits Nielson left his position as a user interface designer with TC Electronic to focus his efforts on a recording application he began developing back in the early ‘90s. Nielson started a company called Zynewave and released a program called Podium — a fully functional DAW with a 64-bit sound engine, MIDI capabilities, VST and third-party plugin compatibility, and a number of other advanced functions. It was also priced at a mere $50.
Zynewave now offers a free version of its software called Podium Free. Granted, it comes with some limitations — Zynewave has disabled Podium’s multiprocessing capabilities, which hinders the program’s performance under pressure and its surround-sound playback capabilities. Otherwise, though, Podium Free is identical to Podium, a program that takes some getting used to. Once users learn how to use it, however, they will find that Podium Free offers an interface that excels in terms of customization, while offering a suite of effects and other features on par with premium DAWs. The program also never times out or displays a nag screen, and Nielsen regularly updates the software to fix bugs and known issues.
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VirtualDJ Free

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Those looking for an intuitive way to record and mix audio should enjoy the free version of VirtualDJ, which provides users with an easy-to-use interface in which to tweak audio. The first thing new users might notice when launching VirtualDJ is that the interface is modeled after a traditional DJ table. There are two decks to load tracks onto, and numerous dials and sliders for adjusting pitch, volume, and other audio aspects. There are even two “records” that users can scratch and spin if they please. Tracks are displayed as overlapping waveforms at the top of the screen, which allows users to line up two different tracks at precise intervals.
Users coming to VirtualDJ for musical purposes will also find an array of effects to use, including reverb and flanging. The program also allows users to splice samples into their songs; the default samples — which include an air raid siren and a person saying “pump it up!” — are kind of dull, but what is really nice about the program is the ability to create your own samples. The process is straightforward thanks to VirtualDJ’s readable interface, so if you wanted to cut out the chorus of Take On Me and speed it up alongside a hip-hop beat, for example, you could to do in a matter of minutes.
Of course, VirtualDJ is hardly perfect. The options for editing audio are relatively shallow and the built-in effects are pretty basic, so users looking to really experiment with audio will probably want to look elsewhere. Still, with it’s very intuitive interface, VirtualDJ is a great tool for aspiring musicians looking to dip their toes into mixing and editing.
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Updated April 18, 2016, by Will Nicol
: Added VirtualDJ Free and updated copy to reflect recent software changes.


March 15, 2016

Squier Stratocaster Buyers Guide from Sam Ash Music


Built And Backed By Fender

Let's get something straight: Although Squier Stratocasters (and for that matter all Squier guitars and basses) are for the budget conscious, they are not just beginner instruments and they are not cheaply made. Every Squier Stratocaster is made to the strict specifications of the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation and under Fender supervision. Many well known recording artists use Squier guitars and basses, such as:

Squier Stratocasters have the same basic features that have made the Stratocaster one of the most successful and enduring guitars of all time:
  • Traditional 3 pickup design
  • 5 position pickup selector
  • Comfort Contour Body
  • Most have the Synchronized Tremolo
  • And the other basic features that make a Stratocaster a Strat.
You won't get a fancy case and, with the exception of the higher end Squier Strats, you won't get the latest, most powerful pickups, but you will get a great guitar that puts the classic sound and feel of a Strat in your hands.

Choosing your Squier Stratocaster

There are quite a few Squier Stratocaster models, each with its own unique features. Your choices include:
*** "Fat Strat" refers to the HSS pickup configuration, which means that one of the single-coil pickups has been replaced by a humbucker. Many people describe the humbucker as having a "thicker" sound, so this type of Strat is called a "Fat Strat"


Squier Mini Stratocaster

If you are looking for a guitar for travel or for a smaller size guitar player, the Squier Mini Stratocaster is just the ticket. It has the traditional 3 single coil ceramic pickups and, at 20 frets, a shorter scale. The Squier Mini Stratocaster also lacks the tremolo bridge in favor of the fixed hard-tail design that many artists prefer.


Squier Bullet Stratocaster

The Squier Bullet Stratocaster is the perfect guitar for the beginner. It has the classic Strat features including the three pickup design, 5 way selector switch, and synchronous tremolo with cast saddles. The neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard and covered tuners and the body is basswood. The Bullet Strat gives you ceramic pickups instead of the more powerful pickups used on the higher end models. This model is also available in an HSS or "Fat Strat" version.


Squier Affinity Strat

For a few dollars more, the Squier Affinity Strat upgrades you to an alder body with die cast tuners. It also gives you the option of a maple fingerboard. The Affinity Stratocaster is available in a left handed version and in an HSS model for those who prefer the sound of a Humbucking pickup at the bridge position.


Squier Standard Stratocaster

All the critical features are upgraded in the Squier Standard Stratocaster. At this level you get:

  • More powerful Alnico pickups
  • Standard die cast tuners with lifetime lubrication
  • Slimmer neck for easier playing and 22 frets
  • The better synchronous twin-pivot tremolo with satin anodized saddles
  • An agathis body
What all this means is that the Squier Standard Stratocaster will feel better, play better, and sound better than the Bullet and Affinity models. There is even a Special Edition version with a gorgeous Cherry Sunburst Finish and mint green pickguard. Although the Squier Standard Stratocaster will satisfy a more advanced player than the Bullet and Affinity models, we recommend it as an excellent choice for beginners as well. With its improved sound and features, the Squier Standard Stratocaster will be a more enjoyable instrument when learning to play and will remain so for years.



Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster


If you yearn for the sound and feel of the vintage Strats of the 1950's and 60's, but the price tag of a vintage or vintage reissue model is not for you, then you should consider the Squire Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50's and the Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster 60's models. These are not reproductions of the instruments of the era, but they have design and features that give you much of the sound and feel of the classic models. Both have classic alder bodies and one piece "C shape" maple necks, with a rosewood fingerboard for the Classic Vibe 60's Strat or a maple fingerboard for the Classic Vibe 50's Strat. Aside from the fingerboards, the most important difference between the two is that the 50's model has vintage style Alnico 3 pickups and the 60's model has Alnico 5 pickups, giving each the characteristic sound of its era. Other differences between the two are cosmetic and include color choices and pickguard design and colors.



Squier Vintage Modified Strat

An instant hit when they were released, the Squier Vintage Modified Strats are as if you took an older model Strat and gave it the "hot-rod" treatment. Medium-jumbo frets and a fast-playing rosewood neck, along with the three Duncan designed SC-101 pickups set this one apart from the pack. The Squire Vintange Modified Strat is also available in an HSS version.







Squier Stratocaster

Squier Strat Value Packs

When you want a single package including everything you need, The Squier Value Packs can't be beat. The Squier Packages include all of the essentials - a guitar, amp, headphones, strap, tuner, gig bag and instructional DVD - and they offer you three choices based on which kind of guitar and amp you would prefer:


Squier SE Special Strat Pack i

The Squier SE Special Strat Pack includes the SE Special Stratocaster, with three single coil pickups, agathis body, and synchronous tremolo and the Squier SP-10 amp.

Affinity Strat Special and Frontman 15 Pack

The Affinity Strat Special and Frontman 15 Pack upgrades you to the standard Affinity Strat electric guitar with the Fender Frontman 15 practice amp, a great sounding compact model perfect for dorm rooms.The Affinity Strat in this package has an agathis body instead of alder.

Affinity Strat HSS and GDEC Jr Pack

The Affinity Strat HSS and GDEC Jr Pack gives you the Affinity "Fat Strat" and the fantastic Fender G-DEC junior amplifier, which has 15 digital amp models allowing you to sound like you're playing through many different classic amps. The G-DEC also includes several accompaniments making it a fun amp to play along with. The Affinity Strat in this package is the Affinity Fat Strat HSS model (two single coil pickups and one Humbucking pickup at the bridge position) also with the agathis body of the Squier Standard Strat.

Other Things You'll Need:

The Squier Value Packages include everything you need to get started, but you might want to pick up a few extra things along the way.
  • Extra Guitar Strings - Whether you buy one of the Strat value pack or any other Squier guitar, you will need to buy extra strings Strings oxidize over time so, you should replace the strings on your guitar at least every 90 days to keep them sounding great and feeling good.
  • Hardshell Case - If you are planning to transport your guitar other than by carrying it yourself, you need to protect it with a hardshell case.
  • I nstructor - If you're a beginner without a guitar teacher, we also recommend that you sign up to the Sam Ash Music Institute. This is more than on-line instructions, we have guitar teachers standing by to help you whenever you have difficulty

March 14, 2016

Stratocaster Buying Guide

The specs & features that matter when you shop for a Fender or Squier Strat
The Fender Stratocaster is among the most iconic electric guitars to have ever been produced, and it’s been a major influence on the sounds of modern music. Since it’s introduction in 1954, the  Strat has been featured on countless recordings, and played by rock, punk, jazz, blues, soul, R&B, and country artists the world over. During its six-decade history, the Stratocaster has consistently been one of the most popular (and copied) guitars in production.



Table of Contents

A Brief History of the Stratocaster
Why Choose a Stratocaster?
Basic Stratocaster Features
Squier Stratocasters
Fender Stratocasters
USA Fender Stratocasters
Fender Custom Shop
So, Which Stratocaster is Right for Me?

A Brief History of the Stratocaster

In 1954 California inventor Leo Fender along with his cohorts Freddie Tavares and George Fullerton set out to design a guitar that would build on the success of Fender’s Telecaster and Precision Bass. Seeking to create a guitar with more tonal versatility as well as improved playability and comfort, the trio came up with the Stratocaster. Adapted from the profile of the P-Bass, its double-cutaway, deeply contoured solid body offered easier access to the higher frets and nestled more comfortably against the player’s body. The addition of a middle single-coil pickup gave the Strat greater tonal versatility than its Telecaster stablemate’s two-pickup design.
The original Strat had a 3-way pickup selector switch. Players soon discovered they could engage two pickups simultaneously by using a toothpick to wedge the switch between the “factory” settings and thus create unique tones. As we’ll see, Fender was paying attention, and over the years switching and wiring grew more sophisticated.
The Strat also had a cavity routed into its back, housing a through-body pivoting bridge that  anchored the strings. Strat players began modifying their guitars’ standard fixed bridge by removing two of its five retaining springs and adjusting the anchoring screws allowing the bridge to “float.”  By doing this, they could move the tremolo arm that was attached to the bridge up and down, thus modulating the pitch of the played notes. Jimi Hendrix,  Ike Turner, and Jeff Beck were all notorious for their enthusiastic use of these pitch-bending tremolo effects.
But vigorously yanking on the trem bar caused the guitar to go out of tune. In response, guitarists such as Ron Wood and Eric Clapton modified their bridges to remain fixed while retaining the floating tremolo. Others did away with the tremolo entirely leading to what are now referred to as “hard-tail” Strats. Here too, Fender was watching, and as the Strat evolved, new models incorporated many of the modifications pioneered by these artists and their guitar techs.
In 1965 Leo Fender sold his company to CBS—a move that many Fender fans associate with a change in the quality of Fender instruments. Nonetheless, the business grew, and in 1977 the company introduced 5-way pickup switching and a reverse-wound, reverse-polarity middle pickup. This provided a hum-canceling effect in positions 2 and 4 on the selector switch, creating the tones popularized by iconic guitarist such as Jimi Hendrix, Dick Dale, Eric Clapton, and David Gilmour. Today, the 5-way switch and reverse-wound middle pickup are standard on most Strats.
In 1982 Fender introduced a version of the Stratocaster produced under its Squier trademark—a division spun off to create value-priced instruments. Originally built in Japan, it became one of the company’s most successful models. Since then, Fender has produced Stratocasters in Korea, Indonesia, and China, aiming to provide instruments that retain the Fender heritage and quality standards while being very affordable.
A group of Fender employees and investors bought the company from CBS in 1985 reinvigorating a business largely lacking in leadership that understood music gear and musicians. Following the buyout, Fender initially built its instruments in overseas factories that had the skills to create instruments meeting the company’s standards.
Later in 1985, Fender’s flagship factory began production in Corona, California. This was followed two years later with the opening of its second North American factory in Ensenada, Mexico. That same year—1987—Fender’s revered Custom Shop was launched and began building some of the finest Stratocasters ever.
Since then Fender has continued to rethink its flagship Stratocaster, introducing dozens of model variations with unique capabilities and cosmetics. Yet the essential shape, playability, and sound of the Strat remains unchanged six decades later.
In this guide we’ll walk you through the many Stratocaster series and models available today. As you browse Musician’s Friend’s huge collection of Strats, we hope you’ll find this guide a useful companion in sorting out all the details.

Why Choose a Stratocaster?

With all the electric guitars available, why should you choose a Strat? While only you can determine if a particular guitar is a good fit, there are compelling reasons the Stratocaster has proven to be the guitar of choice for so many players. With its 3-pickup array and 5-way selector switch, the Strat offers players a variety of options to achieve the sound they want. From bright and twangy to mellow and moody, the Strat covers many colors  on the tonal palette.
Aside from tone, the Strat offers a very smooth, comfortable feel. The contoured body and neck joint make the Stratocaster easy to hold and play, and its deep cutaways give the player ready access to the entire fretboard. With several neck profiles to choose from, there’s a Strat to match just about everybody’s hand and playing style.
 

Famous Stratocaster Players

Countless guitarists have chosen the Fender Stratocaster as their instrument of choice. Whether playing a tasty blues lick or laying down some righteous funk, the Strat has earned its place among the most revered guitars ever. Some famous Stratocaster players include:
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Eric Clapton
  • Jeff Beck
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • George Harrison
  • John Frusciante
  • Dave Murray
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • The Edge
  • David Gilmour
  • Buddy Holly
  • Eddie Hazel
  • John Mayer
  • Buddy Guy
  • Robert Cray
  • Eric Johnson
  • Mark Knopfler
  • Bonnie Raitt
This is just a short list—if space were no issue, we could fill your screen several times over with the names of notable Stat players.

Basic Stratocaster Features

The Fender Stratocaster comes in many variations, but the following features are generally found on most Strats produced under the Fender and Squier nameplates:
  • A double cutaway contoured alder or ash body offers excellent resonance, comfort, and playability.
  • 3 single-coil pickups with a 5-way blade switch accesses 5 different pickup configurations: Neck, Neck/Middle, Middle, Middle/Bridge, and Bridge.
  • Master volume and 2 tone knobs control the output signal and the treble frequencies of the Neck and Middle pickups.
  • A bolt-on maple neck provides strength and stability, while being easily removed for repairs or replacement
  • Maple or rosewood fingerboard for tonal definition and durability
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish (vintage and Custom Shop), Urethane or Polyester finish (modern)
  • Synchronized tremolo bar
  • 25-1/2” scale length
  • 7-1/4” fretboard radius (vintage)  9-1/2” (modern)
  • Classic “C”-shaped or “V”-shaped neck

Squier Stratocasters

Squier is a division of Fender and its Stratocasters are based on Fender models, sharing many of the same design features at super-affordable prices. In the company's own words, Squier is the “value brand alternative to its big brother, Fender.” Squier Strats are largely made in Asia.

Squier Bullet Series

The Bullet series offers a tremolo-equipped Stratocaster for the new player on a tight budget. These guitars deliver the tone and playability of a Stratocaster without breaking the bank.
  • Designed for beginners and students
  • Mini option available (¾ scale, 20 frets)
  • Bullet (21 frets)
  • Laminated hardwood body
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Model-specific pickup arrays
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • Chrome-covered machine heads
  • Large, ’60s style headstock
  • 1-ply white pickguard
  • Made in Asia
Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS
Ideal for the new guitarist, the ultra-affordable Squier Bullet Stratocaster HSS offers plenty of tonal choices with its bridge humbucker pickup and single coils in the middle and neck positions.

Squier Affinity Series

A step up in the Squier line, Affinity Stratocasters offer more features than the Bullet including upgraded wood and pickups for a fuller, richer sound.
  • Solid alder body with thinner 40mm depth
  • Maple or rosewood neck
  • 9.5" fingerboard radius
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Model-specific pickup arrays
  • Large, ’60s-style headstock
  • 1-ply pickguard
  • Made in China and Indonesia
Squire Affinity HSS Stratocaster Burgundy Mist
This Squier Affinity HSS Strat in Burgundy Mist has a humbucker in the bridge position to make a sonic impact equal to its knockout looks.

Squier Affinity Stratocaster Packs

These money-saving packs come complete with an amp, guitar tuner, strap, gig bag, cable, and an instructional DVD—everything you need to start playing the guitar! They’re an excellent choice for the cash-strapped beginning guitarist.
Squier Affinity Strat Pack
This Squier Affinity Strat Pack includes everything you need to make your dream a reality. Just add your commitment and start playing!

Squier Standard Series

The Squier Standard Stratocaster delivers the feel and comfort of a Standard Fender at a more accessible price.
  • Solid agathis body; 45mm depth like most Fender models
  • C-shaped neck
  • 9.5" fingerboard radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Large, ’60s style headstock
  • 3-ply parchment or 4-ply tortoise shell pickguard
  • Made in China and Indonesia
Squier Standard Stratocaster
Based on its Fender American Series counterpart, the Squier Standard Strat sports a classically old-school antique burst finish and vintage single-coil sound.

Squier Deluxe Series

Squier’s Deluxe Series Strats are tricked out with modern features that enhance their old-school vibe with advanced playability, sound, and visuals.
  • Basswood body
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood or Maple, 9.5"
  • Frets: 22, Medium-jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.65"
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Standard die-cast
  • Bridge: Vintage-style, 6-saddle tremolo
  • Pickguard: 3-ply parchment
Squier Deluxe Stratocaster Blue
This Squier Deluxe Strat is loaded with three Duncan Designed SC-101 single coils that add presence and chime to its traditional Strat tone.

Squier Classic Vibe Series

Reminiscent of early Strat designs, the Classic Vibe series serves up affordable versions of the vintage Strats you’ve always dreamed about with some choice modern touches.
  • Alder body
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5"
  • Frets: 21, Medium-jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.65"
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Vintage-style tuning machines
  • Bridge: Vintage-style, 6-saddle tremolo
  • Pickguard: 1-ply
Squier Classic Vibe '50s Strat Sunburst
Dripping with vintage vibe, the Squier Classic Vibe ‘50s Strat improves on its forerunner with a modern neck profile and searing AlNiCo 3 single-coil pickups.

Squier Vintage Modified Series

Vintage Modified Strats offer the playability and tonal characteristics of classic-era Stratocasters with hot-rodded updates such as hotter pickups and unique finishes. All they’re missing is the steeper chop-shop price tag.
 
Despite its very modest price tag, the ‘70s-era Squier Vintage Modified Strat delivers full-bodied sound and great playability.
  • Bolt-on neck construction
  • Basswood body
  • 25.5" scale maple neck
  • 9.5" radius fretboard
  • 21 frets
  • Upgraded model-specific pickups
Squier Vintage Modified '70s Stratocaster Black
The Squier Vintage Modified ‘70s Strat delivers extra snarl courtesy of a trio of Duncan Designed TM SC-101 single-coil pickups.

Fender Stratocasters

Fender Stratocasters have proved to be one of the most enduring electric guitars ever, having been in continuous production in one form or another since 1954. The Stratocasters below are produced in Fender’s Ensenada, Mexico plant.

Artist Series

The moderately priced Artist Series includes Stratocasters built to evoke the sound and look of iconic axes played by some of the world's most important guitarists. The pickups, electronics, and cosmetics reflect the choices of the artists whose names they bear. A great example is the Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster with its reversed headstock and bridge pickup that recall the southpaw master’s habit of restringing and flipping over right-hand Strats to play them left-handed. The altered string geometry coupled with Vintage 65 pickups deliver the snap and fire that were signatures of Jimi’s jaw-dropping technique.
Fender Artist Series Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster
The Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster offers easier bends on treble strings and a tighter feel on the bass strings thanks to the “flipped" headstock.
Fender Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Stratocaster Red
Three Tex Mex single-coils with an extra-hot bridge pup plus custom tone-control wiring give the Artist Series Jimmie Vaughan Tex-Mex Strat Vaughan’s nasty trademark tone.

Fender Classic Series

Fender builds these moderately priced Classic Strats using period-correct specs from the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Each Strat model in the series has its own unique vibe and quality components that do full justice to this iconic guitar’s status.
Fender '70s Classic Strat Natural
This ‘70s Classic Series Strat includes all the original features: U-shaped neck, large headstock, “bullet” truss rod, and Schaller vintage machines.

Fender Standard Series

Widely considered an industry standard, the Fender Standard Stratocaster incorporates classic Strat features at a midrange price. It’s an excellent choice for the weekend warrior or committed hobbyist in need of a guitar that’ll keep coming back for more year after year.
  • Alder body
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Choice of a maple or rosewood fingerboard
  • Satin polyurethane neck finish
  • Chrome hardware
  • White plastic parts
  • Ping standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Made in Mexico
Fender Standard Strat Lake Placid Blue
Infused with the same playability and vibe as the first Stratocaster created in Leo Fender’s workshop, the Fender Standard Strat continues its tradition of affordability.

Deluxe Lonestar Strat

It’s got all the Standard Strat specs plus Texas Special pickups in the neck and middle position for extra-bluesy grit. A Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Plus humbucker in the bridge pours out its own meaty tone making the Deluxe Lonestar Strat a budget-friendly choice for the rocker seeking extra power and versatility.
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: 1-Piece Tinted Maple, "C" Shape (Satin Urethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" Radius
  • Frets: 21 Medium-Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Vintage-Style, Synchronized Tremolo
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Brown Shell
Fender Deluxe Lonestar Strat Sunburst
The Deluxe Lonestar Strat serves up blues grit and fat ‘bucker tones for a Texas-size helping of tonal versatility.
 

Deluxe Player's Strat

Classic Strat style with a choice of sweet finishes, the Deluxe Players Strat offers a beautiful look and 7 potential pickup  configurations for more tone at your fingertips.
  • Comfortable modern C-shaped maple neck
  • 12" radius
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 3 Vintage Noiseless single-coil pickups with advanced switching for 7 pickup configurations
  • Traditional Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Gold-plated hardware
Fender Deluxe Player's Strat Sunburst
Vintage Noiseless pups and 7-way switching mean you won’t run out of tone choices with the Deluxe Player’s Strat. The hard part’s choosing a color from all the options!

Fender Classic Player Series

Fender updates classic designs with modern improvements in the Classic Player Series. Based on revered 1950s and ‘60s instruments, a selection of choice mods give these timeless models the sonic juice and playability demanded by the contemporary guitarist.
Fender Classic Player Strat Sonic Blue
The Classic Player 60's Stratocaster was designed by Master Builder Greg Fessler and bristles with cool elements such as its 2-point custom vintage bridge—previously a Custom Shop exclusive.

USA Fender Stratocasters

Built in Fender's Corona, California factory, USA Stratocasters set the standard for quality, tone and playability. Made with premium tonewoods (usually alder or ash), custom shop pickups, and master craftsmanship, the USA Strats are sure to please demanding players across a variety of styles.

American Special Series

In recognition that musicians were struggling along with most everyone else during the economic downturn of the late 2000s, Fender introduced this remarkably affordable U.S.-made series in 2010.  These axes include special pickups, bridges, circuitry, and finishes, and represent an incredible value where domestically made Strats are concerned.
  • Contoured alder body
  • Glossy urethane finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • Model-specific special pickups deliver upgraded tones
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
Fender American Special Strat Green
The American Special Strat’s Texas Special pickups serve up tight bass, midrange chirp, and crystalline highs. Built in the U.S., it’s an outstanding value.

American Standard Series

The American Standard Stratocaster is the time-honored workhorse of seasoned pros and discerning hobbyists alike. Part of a series that debuted in 2008, it’s limited to four classic Fender instruments: the Strat, Tele, P-Bass and Jazz Bass.
  • Traditional alder body for classic Strat tone
  • Popular C-shaped neck with gloss fingerboard and smooth satin back
  • 3 full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups
  • Delta-tone no-load circuit for more midrange and hotter output
  • Copper-infused cast Strat bridge block
  • Aged plastic parts
  • Fender SKB hardshell case
Fender American Standard Stratocaster Ocean Blue Metallic
Custom Shop Fat ‘50s pickups and aged plastic components give the American Standard Strat a distinctly vintage vibe while the copper-infused bridge block adds newfound sustain.

American Deluxe Series

The American Deluxe Strat features all the quality you’d expect from an American-made Fender, plus enhancements that will supercharge your performances. The compound-radius fretboard makes playing a breeze, and S-1 switching offers unique sounds at the push of a button.
  • Select alder body
  • Contoured heel and body
  • Rosewood or maple neck
  • C-shaped neck profile
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Compound-radius fretboard (9-1/2" at the nut, 12" at the 12th fret, and 14" at the 15th fret)
  • Three N3 Noiseless single-coil pickups
  • S-1 switching system
  • Passing Lane switch instantly routes signals to the bridge position
  • High-mass tremolo block
  • Locking tuning keys
  • Upgraded, molded case
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Sunset Metallic
Hate hum? The stacked N3 Noiseless pickups in the American Deluxe Strat serve up classic yet pristine Strat tone while S1 switching offers extended sound textures.

American Elite Series

Introduced in 2016, Fender’s Elite Series electrics deliver all the proven design features of their forerunners , but up the ante with newly developed 4th Generation Noiseless pickups that deliver the electromagnetic energy required by today’s musically intense guitar styles. The American Elite Stratocaster is also equipped with a modern, compound-radius fretboard plus compound-profile neck that marries the best of C and D necks into one of the most comfortable Strats you’ll ever play.
Fender American Elite Stratocaster Sky Burst Metallic
Under the familiar rosewood or maple fingerboard (your choice,) the American Elite Strat has a sleek compound-radius fingerboard and new, transitional neck profile for outstanding feel.
 

American Vintage Series

Fender took a collection of vintage specimen instruments, and then dissected and documented them to come up with modern recreations in creating the American Vintage family. Fender’s painstaking efforts included rehabbing old machine tools and creating new ones where necessary to make these guitars totally authentic in terms of their build process. Each has been given modern upgrades that enhance the original tone and playability of these iconic axes.
  • Period-correct versions of the originals
  • Lightweight alder body (ash on white blonde) with deep contours
  • Thick soft "V"-shaped maple neck
  • Model-specific special pickups
  • Includes deluxe vintage tweed case
Fender American Vintage ’56 Stratocaster Shell Pink
While adhering to meticulously re-created retro cosmetics, dimensions and finishes, the American Vintage ’56 Stratocaster has newly voiced New American Vintage pups that breathe new life into an iconic axe.
 

Fender Custom Shop

Staffed by a crew of Master Builders, Fender’s Custom Shop has produced a trove of world-class instruments since its inception in 1987. Working with and for some of the greatest guitarists of our age, these luthiers craft instruments of unparalleled beauty and playability. Their talents have been put to work in executing guitars for the likes of Clapton, Beck, Townshend, Gilmour, and many more—a veritable Who’s-Who of guitar wizardry. Fender Custom Shop luthiers have undertaken all manner of commissions from modifying existing guitars to creating entirely new instruments from the ground up.
Many Custom Shop creations are one-offs; designs that will never be repeated. Other designs are retired after limited runs, never to be produced again. Every Fender Custom Shop instrument is a tribute to the luthier’s artistry and is an investment-grade purchase.
Visit our Private Reserve Guitar collection to see the current selection of Custom Shop Stratocasters.

Custom Shop Artist

Custom Shop Artist series Stratocasters are based on each artist’s unique specs, executed with master craftsmanship by Fender’s premier luthiers.
Fender Custom Shop David Gilmour Strat
Based on the guitar that figured prominently in the recording of Dark Side of the Moon, the Custom Shop David Gilmour Strat is the result of close collaboration with the Pink Floyd guitarist and his guitar tech, Phil Taylor.
 
Brian Baggett of Private Reserve Guitars details the many mods and demos the amazing sound of the Gilmour Signature Strat.

Custom Deluxe

Luthiers in the Fender Custom Shop select stunning woods and inlay materials along with the finest electronics and hardware components in hand crafting Custom Deluxe models.
Fender Custom Shop Custom Deluxe Strat Honey Burst
Gorgeous, hand-selected woods are complemented by ‘60s-spec pickups with a Fat ’60s bridge pup adding extra chunk to the sound of the Custom Shop Custom Deluxe Strat.

Time Machine

In conceiving the Time Machine series from the Custom Shop, Fender set out to create a shrine devoted to its most revered vintage instruments. Using varied degrees of distressing, Custom Shop luthiers artfully craft instruments that appear to have lived long and muscially eventful lives. Each instrument meticulously mirrors the model on which it is based.
Fender Custom Time Machine 1968 Strat Dakota Red
This Time Machine 1968 Stratocaster has received a heavy relic treatment, replicating the look of an instrument that has been subjected to thousands of hours of playing time.

Masterbuilt

Fender’s Masterbuilt Stratocasters are one-of-a kind instruments that represent the pinnacle of Custom Shop design. Custom Shop Master Builders design and hand-make each guitar to be utterly unique and world-class. Builders personally select the materials and craft each guitar to their exacting standards.
Fender Masterbuilt 1969 Rosewood Stratocaster
This utterly unique Master Built '69 Strat was handcrafted by Greg Fessler—the guy who builds Robben Ford’s guitars.

So, Which Stratocaster is Right for You?

As you can see in this guide, the Strat is available in dozens of variations in features to provide a huge range of options for the enthusiast.
Pick the Stratocaster that suits your budget and your style. Maybe you don’t want to spend a lot, but you want your Strat to have the look and feel of a timeless guitar. Consider the Squier Vintage Modified Series. Perhaps you want to invest in a true piece of art—not just something to play, but a timeless treasure and heirloom. A Masterbuilt or Custom Deluxe Strat will likely meet that aim. Or you might be a working pro who needs  a Strat that you can play every night, year in and year out. The American Standard Stratocaster is probably an excellent choice for you.
We want you to be pleased with your Stratocaster purchase, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and generous return policy so you can order your new Stratocaster with confidence.
After reading this guide, if you’re still not sure which Strat is right for you, we invite you call to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Gear Heads at (877) 880-5907.

Source: http://thehub.musiciansfriend.com/guitar-buying-guides/stratocaster-buying-guide

Telecaster Buying Guide

A Brief History of the Telecaster

In 1951 the Telecaster was introduced to the world by Leo Fender, a Southern California inventor and businessman. Now a legendary instrument available in dozens of variations, the iconic “Tele” became the world’s first successfully mass-produced solid body electric guitar.
Fender's Esquire guitar was the first prototype for the Telecaster



A comprehensive buyer’s guide to all Fender and Squier Telecaster series electric guitars.



Table of Contents

A Brief History of the Telecaster
Tele Players: a Who’s Who of Guitar Wizardry
Basic Telecaster Features
Squier Telecasters
Fender Telecasters
USA Made Telecaster Guitars
Fender Custom Shop
So, Which Telecaster is Right for You?

A Brief History of the Telecaster

In 1951 the Telecaster was introduced to the world by Leo Fender, a Southern California inventor and businessman. Now a legendary instrument available in dozens of variations, the iconic “Tele” became the world’s first successfully mass-produced solid body electric guitar.
Fender's Esquire guitar was the first prototype for the Telecaster and was produced in limited numbers. It was introduced in 1950 and renamed the Broadcaster shortly after. To avoid confusion and trademark issues with Gretsch Broadkaster drums, the guitar was renamed as the Telecaster. The Esquire was brought back as a single-pickup version of the Telecaster in 1951.
The Telecaster’s simple, straightforward design along with its versatility and playability have led to its longevity. It features a single cutaway body and two single-coil pickups that produce the Tele’s bright and twangy trademark tone. The headstock has six single-side tuners, and the original design featured three innovative barrel-shaped bridge saddles that allowed guitarists to adjust the string height for better playability.
Fender incorporated production techniques no other guitar builder had used previously. Bodies were built using solid pieces of wood, referred to as blanks, and cavities for the electronics were made using a router. Prior to this, guitar bodies were hand-carved. The cavities offered easy access for repair or replacement of the electronics.
Fender American Standard Telecaster
The Fender American Standard Tele cosmetically resembles its forerunner, but has a modern “C”-shaped neck plus Twisted Tele and Broadcaster pickups for improved playability and tone.
Fender didn’t use a traditional set neck. Instead, he routed a pocket into the body and bolted the neck into it, making production faster and easier. This innovation also allowed the neck to be quickly removed, adjusted, or entirely replaced. The original Telecaster neck was shaped using a single piece of maple without a separate fingerboard—another technique used to produce the instrument faster and more simply. Some luthiers, accustomed to using rosewood or ebony fingerboards that were glued onto the neck, found Fender’s methods highly unorthodox. Nonetheless, these revolutionary techniques resulted in an affordable, versatile, and highly playable instrument.
The Telecaster's popularity helped pave the way for the many other solid body electric guitar models that followed from other manufacturers—some of them thinly disguised knockoffs of the original Tele. Through it all, the Tele, in one form or another, has remained in constant production since its inception, and remains a workhorse for countless guitarists.
With the many Telecaster models available today, it may seem difficult to know which one’s best for you. This guide will give you the information you need to help pick the right Telecaster for your music and budget.

Tele Players: a Who’s Who of Guitar Wizardry

Throughout its history, the Telecaster has turned up in the hands of countless players in every modern music genre, ranging from rock to jazz to country to pop and everywhere in between. Along the way, Fender has made many signature-model Telecasters incorporating the specs of legendary players. Arguably, no other guitar has enjoyed such diverse and widespread popularity among so many guitarists representing so many different styles.
One testament to its popularity and influence is the number of legendary guitarists whose nicknames reference the Tele. These include “King of the Tele” Roy Buchanan, “Telemaster” Danny Gatton, and “Mr. Telecaster” Albert Lee.

Just a few famous Telecaster players from a range of musical genres:

  • Rock - Joe Strummer, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, John 5, Jim Root
  • Pop - Jeff Buckley, Prince, Andy Summers, James Burton, George Harrison
  • Blues - Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Mike Bloomfield, Roy Buchanan
  • Country - Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Clarence White
  • Psychedelic Rock - Jeff Beck, Syd Barrett, Zoot Horn Rollo
  • Jazz - Jimmy Bryant, Mike Stern, Howard Roberts, Barney Kessel
  • Soul - Steve Cropper, Freddie Stone

Basic Telecaster Features

Although Telecaster come with a lot of model-specific variations, there are some general characteristics to be found on most Telecasters.
  • Solid body - usually ash or alder
  • Bolt-on neck - made of maple
  • Maple or rosewood fretboards (maple is more common)
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer (vintage Teles), polyurethane or polyester finish (modern Teles)
  • 2 single-coil pickups (one in the bridge position and one in the neck position)
  • 3-position pickup switch
  • Master tone and volume controls
  • 21 or 22 frets
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 7 1/2" fretboard radius (vintage Teles), 9 1/2" fretboard radius (modern Teles)
To learn what these specs and features mean, check out our Electric Guitar Buying Guide.
With so many different Telecaster models to choose from today, many of these typical specs will vary on a model-specific basis. For the most part, differences among Telecaster models and families usually involve the pickups, electronics, hardware, and finishes. With this guide, we’ll walk you through those variations.
Keep reading for a complete rundown on all the currently available Telecaster models from Fender and its Squier division.

Squier Telecasters

Squier is a division of Fender and its Telecasters are based on Fender models, sharing many of the same design features at super-affordable prices. In the company's own words, Squier is the “value brand alternative to its big brother, Fender.” Squier Teles are largely made in Asia.

Squier Affinity Series

The Affinity Telecasters target cash-strapped players looking for traditional Telecaster vibe coupled with value pricing and good playability.
  • Solid alder body; thinner 1-1/2" depth
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Maple or rosewood fingerboard depending on finish color
  • Polyurethane finish (body and neck)
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • 2 single-coil pickups
  • 3-position blade pickup switching
  • 6-saddle top-load bridge
  • Standard die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • 1-ply white pickguard
  • Made in China
Squier Affinity Telecaster Arctic White
The Squier Affinity Tele in Arctic White combines cool cosmetics with a super-easy price.
Squier also offers the Affinity Telecaster as part of an economical guitar pack that includes an amp, gig bag, tuner, instructional DVD, and cable. It’s a great value for new players, giving them everything they need to begin playing the guitar.

Squier Standard Series

A step up from the Affinity series, the Squier Standard Telecaster offers the feel and comfort of a Fender Standard at an affordable price. It has a fast-action neck based on ‘60-era Telecasters plus upgraded hardware and electronics throughout. And it delivers the same bright single-coil twang that made the Tele an icon in the first place.
  • Solid Agathis body; 1-3/4" depth like most Fender models
  • Maple C-shaped neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Polyurethane finish (body and neck)
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 2 Alnico magnet single-coil pickups
  • 3-position blade pickup switching
  • 6-saddle top-load bridge
  • Standard die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • 3-ply parchment or 4-ply tortoiseshell pickguard
  • Made in China or Indonesia
Squier Standard Telecaster Vintage Blonde
The Squier Standard Tele in Vintage Blonde recalls ‘50s-era models.

Squier Classic Vibe Series

Squier’s Classic Vibe series Telecasters are based on traditional Fender models, but each incorporates modern touches, making it a unique instrument in the Fender/Squier product lineup.
Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 3-tone Sunburst
The 3-tone sunburst finish and Alnico V single coils on the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Custom offer a mellow look with sonic punch.

Squier Vintage Modified Series

As long as there have been Teles, guitarist have customized them with hotter pickups, personalized paint jobs, non-standard pickguards—you name it. Similar in spirit to the Classic Vibe series, the Vintage Modified Tele delivers hotter tone and chop-shop looks without the customized price tag.
  • Body woods vary with model (polyurethane finish)
  • Mostly maple C-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • 9.5" fingerboard radius
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Pickup types—vary with specific model
  • 5-position blade pickup switching
  • Vintage 6-saddle bridge
  • Standard die-cast tuners
  • Hardware varies with model
  • Pickguard varies with model
  • Made in China or Indonesia
Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster
Squier teams a throaty Fender Wide Range neck humbucker with a bright, chimey Duncan-Designed single-coil bridge pup for the best of both worlds in the Squier Vintage Modified Custom Tele.
 

Fender Telecasters

Fender Telecasters have proved to be one of the most versatile and venerable electric guitars ever, having been in continuous production in one form or another since their debut in 1951. Fender Telecasters are favored by country and rock musicians, and are not uncommon among jazz and blues artists.

Standard Series

Standard Telecasters are the most affordable versions within the Fender family lineup. Introduced in 1987, they deliver all the versatility, reliability, and playability of the original Tele at budget-friendly prices.
  • Alder body
  • Polyester finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Satin polyurethane neck finish
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • 2 Hot Standard Tele single-coil pickups
  • 3-position blade pickup switching
  • 6-saddle string-through-body bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • Fender Ping standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Made in Mexico
Fender Standard Telecaster Blue
The Fender Standard Telecaster has all the time-honored Tele features and is available in a wide color assortment.

Modern Player Series

These eminently affordable Modern Players Telecasters are aimed at entry-level players, but far exceed the usual standards of such guitars. While they offer all the playability and reliability of other Teles, they also incorporate modern touches while keeping the price in reach of the newbie. They are hand-crafted to Fender’s specifications in Asia.
Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus
The HSS pickup array with 5-way plus coil-split switching makes the Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus decidedly different from your daddy’s Tele.
 

Deluxe Series

Deluxe Telecasters retain the look and feel of the original Tele design, but pack extra punch thanks to special pickups electronics and switching. Deluxe instruments are fitted with modern C-shaped neck profiles for added playing comfort.
  • Alder or ash body with polyester finish
  • Maple, modern C-shaped neck with satin polyurethane finish
  • 9.5" radius maple or rosewood fretboard
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 25.5" scale length
  • Tex-Mex single-coil pickups
  • 5-position blade pickup switch with Strat-O-Tone
  • Vintage 6-saddle string-through-body bridge
  • Fender Ping vintage-style tuning machines
  • Chrome hardware
  • Made in Mexico
Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster
The Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster has a Tex-Mex Strat pickup sandwiched between a pair of Tex-Mex single-coils. 5-way switching further ups the tonal ante.

Classic Series

Made in Fender's Ensenada, Baja California facility with collaboration from Fender's highly regarded Master Builders, the Classic Series Telecaster offers Custom Shop features and vibe at a more affordable price. Classic models are based on vintage models from the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Here are some the most popular models in the bestselling Classic Tele lineup:

Classic '50s Telecaster

A faithful reproduction of some of the Telecaster's first years in production.
  • Ash body (polyester finish)
  • 1-piece maple C-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Maple 7.25" radius fretboard
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 2 vintage-style single-coil alnico magnet pickups
  • 3-position blade pickup switch
  • Vintage 3-saddle strings-through-body bridge
  • Knurled chrome knobs
  • '50s Custom Colors
Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster
The Fender Classic Series ‘50s Tele is a note-for-note re-creation at a fraction of the price that an original would set you back.

Classic '60s Telecaster

True to the ‘60s era Tele, these guitars feature rosewood fretboards for added warmth and sustain.
  • Alder body (polyester finish)Maple C-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Rosewood 7.25" radius fretboard (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 2 single-coil alnico magnet pickups with aged covers
  • 3-saddle strings-through-body bridge
  • Fender Ping vintage-style tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • "Top Hat" switch tip
Fender Classic '60s Telecaster
From the 3-ply pickguard to rosewood fretboard, the Fender Classic ‘60s Tele captures its forerunners’ cosmetics and playability to perfection.

Classic '72 Telecaster Thinline

The 72 Thinline Teles offer a unique departure from the standard Tele configuration. A semi-hollow body serves up a vibrant bluesy voice, while a pair of humbuckers packs a punch sure to please even the pickiest tone freak.
  • Semi-hollow ash body (polyester finish)
  • 1-piece maple U-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Maple 7.25" radius fretboard
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 2 Fender Wide Range Humbucking pickups
  • Vintage-style Strat string-thru-body hardtail bridge
Fender Classic '72 Telecaster Thinline
With its semi-hollowbody, dual humbuckers, and distinctive f-hole, the ‘72 Fender Telecaster Thinline was a radical departure captured perfectly by the Classic Series reincarnation.

Classic '72 Telecaster Custom

This unique Telecaster offers a humbucker in the neck pickup for rich warmth, while delivering classic Tele twang via the single-coil bridge pickup.
  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • Lightly-tinted, maple U-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Rosewood or maple 7.25" radius fretboard
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 1 Fender Wide Range Humbucking pickup (neck)
  • 1 Tele single-coil pickup (bridge)
  • 3-position toggle switch
  • Vintage-style string-thru-body Tele bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • "Top Hat" knobs
Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom
The Fender Classic Series ‘72 Tele Custom replicates the original’s humbucker in the neck and traditional single coil in the bridge for tonal versatility.

Classic '72 Telecaster Deluxe

A solid-body sister to the Thinline Telecaster, the ‘72 Deluxe features dual humbuckers that churn out thicker tone to satisfy modern-rock players.
  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • 1-piece maple C-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Maple 12" radius fretboard
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • 2 Fender Wide Range Humbucking pickups
  • 2 volume, 2 tone controls
  • 3-position toggle switch
  • Vintage-style Strat string-thru-body hardtail bridge
  • '70s large Stratocaster headstock
Fender Classic '72 Telecaster Deluxe
As with the original, the Strat headstock and alnico humbuckers in the Classic Series reproduction of the ‘72 Telecaster Deluxe give it visual and sonic distinction.

Classic Player Baja Telecaster

Based on a ‘50s Telecaster, it features Custom Shop pups and wiring for a wider range of tonal options at a gentle price.
  • Ash body
  • 1-piece maple soft V-shaped neck
  • Maple 9.5" radius fretboard
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • 1 Custom Shop "Twisted" Tele single-coil pickup (neck)
  • 1 Custom Shop Broadcaster single-coil (bridge)
  • 4-position blade switch with 2-position push-push S-1 switching (8 pickup settings in all)
  • 3-saddle string-thru-body Tele bridge
  • Gotoh Vintage locking tuners
  • "Custom Shop Designed" neck plate
Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster Blonde
Custom Shop pickups and 8-way pickup selection delivers a ton of tonal options in the Classic Player Baja Telecaster.

FSR Standard Ash Telecaster

“FSR” stands for Factory Special Run, and Fender produces a variety of Telecasters as a part of this series. They are created in limited runs in Fender’s U.S., Mexican, and Asian plants in a variety of price ranges. While each FSR model retains core Telecaster attributes, it will have distinct features setting it apart from any other. If you’re looking for a Tele with characteristics all its own and available in strictly limited quantities, an “FSR” model may make sense for you.
The FSR Standard Ash Tele is a perfect case in point with its retro butterscotch blonde finish contrasting against a black parchment pickguard.
  • Ash body
  • Maple Fretboard with 9.5" radius
  • 1-piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape (Tinted Satin Urethane Finish)
  • 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 2 Hot Standard Tele Single-Coil Pickups
  • 3-Position blade switch
  • 3-saddle brass string-thru-body Tele bridge
  • Chrome hardware
Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster
The retro finish and modest price tag of the FSR Standard Ash Tele will appeal to any Fender fan on a strict budget.

Road Worn Series

Fender gives a selection of 1950s and ‘60s instruments distressed treatments to conjure up the appearance of road-hardened guitars in creating the Road Worn Series. They evidence the wear and tear of countless gigs, including worn finishes, rusted hardware, and aged parts. While offering the vibe of veteran axes, they incorporate modern features and lighter overall wear than other Fender distressed treatments.
Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster
The Road Worn ‘50s Telecaster has the look of a battle-scarred veteran updated with Tex-Mex pickups and 6105 frets.

USA Professional Series

This dealer-exclusive series created expressly for us by Fender combines great value with a unique feature set not found anywhere else in the company’s product lineup.
  • Alder body
  • Custom-wound pickups
  • HS pickup configuration with coil split on humbucker
  • 9.5" radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets
  • Smooth-playing satin finished neck
  • Deluxe gig bag
Fender USA Professional Standard Telecaster HS Sunburst
The hand-built Fender USA Professional Standard Telecaster HS is armed with overwound pickups for today’s more intense guitar tone.

USA-Made Telecaster Guitars

Built in Fender's Corona, California plant, USA Telecasters set the standard for quality, tone, and playability. Made with premium tonewoods (usually alder or ash), Custom Shop pickups, and master craftsmanship, the USA Tele is a legendary electric guitar built to please the most demanding players.

American Standard Series

The American Standard Telecaster is the tried and true workhorse of seasoned pros and discerning weekend warrior alike. In its newest form. the American Standard Telecaster has more comfortable body contours and Custom Shop pickups that deliver trademark tone that rings more fully than ever.
  • Comfortable contour body
  • Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups
  • Deluxe hardware
  • Solid alder body (black, 3-color sunburst, candy cola, and blizzard pearl) or ash body (2-tone sunburst, natural, crimson red transparent)
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with rich, deep neck tint, glossed neck fretboard with satin back and rolled edges
  • Delta-tone no-load circuit
  • Highly finished frets
  • Detailed nut work
  • Bent steel Fender saddles
  • American Standard Tele Bridge Plate (steel saddles and brass plate) for improved resonance
  • Thinner undercoat for improved body resonance
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • Staggered machine heads
  • Includes Fender-exclusive SKB molded case
Fender American Standard Telecaster Black
The Fender American Standard Telecaster improves on its ‘50s forerunner with a more comfortable body shape plus Custom Shop pups and a no-load Delta-tone circuit for perfected twang.

American Deluxe Series

At the American Deluxe series level, the traditional Tele gets a host of modern refinements. These include a compound-radius fretboard for more comfortable fretting, N3 noiseless pickups for hum-free, sparkling tone, and S-1 switching that give you an expanded tonal palette.
  • Premium alder body with tortoise shell top binding
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Contoured back
  • Maple or rosewood fingerboard
  • Satin polyurethane neck finish
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 2 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Tele pickups
  • S-1 switching system
  • Master no-load tone control
  • American Tele bridge with 6 chromed brass saddles
  • Abalone inlays
  • Highly detailed fret and nut work
  • Included accessories: Molded SKB case, cable, strap, strap locks
Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Cherry Red
A tweaked compound-radius fingerboard, versatile S1 switching and awesomely noiseless N3 pickups give the Fender American Deluxe Tele the performance and tone pros demand.
 

American Elite Series

The new for 2016 Fender Elite Series electric guitars are armed with the latest 4th Generation Noiseless pickups that pair up convincingly with high-gain amps and music styles. The American Elite Series Tele also sports a modern, compound-radius fretboard as well as compound-profile neck that merges the best of C and D profiles for one amazingly comfortable Telecaster.
Fender American Telecaster Tobacco Sunburst
With a newly designed compound-profile neck and high-output 4th-generation Noiseless pickups, the American Elite Telecaster the performance and tone pros demand.

American Vintage Series

In creating this series, Fender’s luthiers gathered a collection of vintage Teles which they painstakingly dissected in order to document original construction details. In order to then create meticulous reproductions, they restored original ‘50s tooling, and built new tools where necessary to produce period-authentic parts. The series includes period-correct versions of ‘52, ‘58, and ‘64 Telecasters.
  • Premium ash ('52, ‘58 ) or alder body with bound top and back ('64)
  • U-shaped ('52) D-shaped (‘58) or C-shaped ('64)
  • Maple ('52, ‘58) or rosewood ('64) neck
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer body/neck finish
  • 7.25" fretboard radius
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • Vintage body radius
  • Vintage pickups and 3-position pickup switching: Position 2—neck pickup with tone control (bright vintage circuit), Position 3—neck pickup with no tone control (dark vintage circuit)
  • Original vintage-style Tele bridge with 3 brass saddles and ash tray bridge cover
  • Capacitor and wiring diagram for updating to modern switching circuit
  • Vintage hardware
  • Vintage tweed hardshell case
  • Comes with ashtray bridge cover, wiring kit for conversion to modern switching, vintage leather strap, cable, polishing cloth
Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde
This meticulously re-created Fender American Vintage ‘52 Tele in Butterscotch Blonde will get the traditionalist Fender aficionado’s heart racing.
 

American Special Series

Though they’re built in the U.S., American Special models have budget-friendly pricing more typical of imports. They offer a mix of traditional and modern tones for maximum musical flexibility, and make a great choice for the weekend warrior who’s called upon to play in a variety of music genres. The American Special Tele combines great value with winning features:
  • Contoured alder body in a gloss finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with 22 jumbo frets
  • Texas Special Tele pickups produce midrange chirp, crystal highs, and tight bass
  • Vintage-style Tele bridge with three brass saddles
  • Includes gig bag
Fender American Special Telecaster Sunburst
Texas Special pups give the Fender American Special Telecaster more of what you love about Tele tone.

Artist Series

Artist Series Telecasters are designed in collaboration with the artists who play and endorse them. They have historically included models that replicate the axes wielded by such artists as James Burton, Muddy Waters, G.E. Smith, John 5, and Jim Root. The artist signature appears on the guitar and it usually includes unique specs that help serve up the artist's special tone recipe. Made in USA, Japan, or Mexico.
James Burton Artist Series Tele
Unique Strat-o-Tele switching and a host of other tweaks specified by the revered Nashville sideman make the James Burton Artist Series Tele a fitting tribute.

Fender Custom Shop

Custom Shop instruments are simply the finest models crafted by Fender. Each one-of-a-kind guitar is hand-built by a master luthier, using the highest quality woods and components obtainable. To see our complete current selection of Fender Custom Shop Telecasters and other Fender instruments, visit our Private Reserve Collection.

Custom Artist Signature

A guitar created with the input or specifications of a famous artist is called a Signature model. The Fender Custom Shop has produced a number of Signature Telecaster guitars in its Custom Artist series that are handcrafted to the exacting personal preferences of famous Tele players such as Merle Haggard.

Custom Deluxe

The hallmark of Custom Deluxe Telecasters is the use of unusual and exotic woods, breathtaking inlay work, unique hardware, and distinctive electronics. The series is seen as a blank canvas on which to apply the highest levels of luthier artistry.

Custom Pro

Fender views this series as its “testing ground,”—a place to develop new features and rethink the application of old ones in new ways. Whether its a newly designed pickup, electronics, bridge, or special combination of woods, such developments are likely to show up in a Pro Series Telecaster first.

Master Built

Fender’s most elite luthiers—designated as Master Builders—are given free rein in creating these lavish instruments. They personally select each element from the wood to the electronics to the finish of these guitars that proudly bear the builder’s name. Utterly unique and of investment-grade quality, a Master Built Telecaster is an instrument to be treasured and passed down through the generations.

Time Machine

Telecasters that are part of the Time Machine series are built using the same tools and techniques that were employed in creating the originals. The Fender Custom Shop then applies unique “relic” treatments on these replicated instruments, giving them the appearance of lovingly preserved guitars that are many decades old.
A Custom Shop model may be available in one of three variations, or treatments:
New Old Stock (NOS)
As if the guitar was discovered in a warehouse after many years, never played, and showing no signs of age or wear.
Closet Classic
Built to resemble a guitar that has been hidden away for years in a closet. Slightly worn and yellowed from age, the finish has minor checks and cracks.
Relic
Shows natural wear and tear from years of heavy use—nicks, scratches, worn finish, rusty hardware, and aged plastic parts.

So, Which Telecaster is Right for You?

As you can see in this guide, the Telecaster is available in many variations and price levels, with varied features to provide a broad range of options for the Tele enthusiast. Pick the Telecaster that suits your budget and your style. Maybe you don't want to spend a lot, but you want your Tele to have the look and feel of a timeless guitar. Consider the Classic Vibe. Perhaps you want to invest in a true piece of art—not justsomething to play, but a stunning addition to your collection. Consider a Masterbuilt Tele. Or as a working pro you need a Tele that you can play night after night, show after show—a true workhorse. The American Standard Telecaster won't let you down.
We want you to be pleased with your Telecaster purchase, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and generous return policy so you can order your new Tele with complete confidence.
After reading this guide, if you’re still not sure which Telecaster is right for you, we invite you call to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Gear Heads at (877) 880-5907.
and was produced in limited numbers. It was introduced in 1950 and renamed the Broadcaster shortly after. To avoid confusion and trademark issues with Gretsch Broadkaster drums, the guitar was renamed as the Telecaster. The Esquire was brought back as a single-pickup version of the Telecaster in 1951.
The Telecaster’s simple, straightforward design along with its versatility and playability have led to its longevity. It features a single cutaway body and two single-coil pickups that produce the Tele’s bright and twangy trademark tone. The headstock has six single-side tuners, and the original design featured three innovative barrel-shaped bridge saddles that allowed guitarists to adjust the string height for better playability.
Fender incorporated production techniques no other guitar builder had used previously. Bodies were built using solid pieces of wood, referred to as blanks, and cavities for the electronics were made using a router. Prior to this, guitar bodies were hand-carved. The cavities offered easy access for repair or replacement of the electronics.
Fender American Standard Telecaster
The Fender American Standard Tele cosmetically resembles its forerunner, but has a modern “C”-shaped neck plus Twisted Tele and Broadcaster pickups for improved playability and tone.
Fender didn’t use a traditional set neck. Instead, he routed a pocket into the body and bolted the neck into it, making production faster and easier. This innovation also allowed the neck to be quickly removed, adjusted, or entirely replaced. The original Telecaster neck was shaped using a single piece of maple without a separate fingerboard—another technique used to produce the instrument faster and more simply. Some luthiers, accustomed to using rosewood or ebony fingerboards that were glued onto the neck, found Fender’s methods highly unorthodox. Nonetheless, these revolutionary techniques resulted in an affordable, versatile, and highly playable instrument.
The Telecaster's popularity helped pave the way for the many other solid body electric guitar models that followed from other manufacturers—some of them thinly disguised knockoffs of the original Tele. Through it all, the Tele, in one form or another, has remained in constant production since its inception, and remains a workhorse for countless guitarists.
With the many Telecaster models available today, it may seem difficult to know which one’s best for you. This guide will give you the information you need to help pick the right Telecaster for your music and budget.

Tele Players: a Who’s Who of Guitar Wizardry

Throughout its history, the Telecaster has turned up in the hands of countless players in every modern music genre, ranging from rock to jazz to country to pop and everywhere in between. Along the way, Fender has made many signature-model Telecasters incorporating the specs of legendary players. Arguably, no other guitar has enjoyed such diverse and widespread popularity among so many guitarists representing so many different styles.
One testament to its popularity and influence is the number of legendary guitarists whose nicknames reference the Tele. These include “King of the Tele” Roy Buchanan, “Telemaster” Danny Gatton, and “Mr. Telecaster” Albert Lee.

Just a few famous Telecaster players from a range of musical genres:

  • Rock - Joe Strummer, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, John 5, Jim Root
  • Pop - Jeff Buckley, Prince, Andy Summers, James Burton, George Harrison
  • Blues - Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Mike Bloomfield, Roy Buchanan
  • Country - Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Clarence White
  • Psychedelic Rock - Jeff Beck, Syd Barrett, Zoot Horn Rollo
  • Jazz - Jimmy Bryant, Mike Stern, Howard Roberts, Barney Kessel
  • Soul - Steve Cropper, Freddie Stone

Basic Telecaster Features

Although Telecaster come with a lot of model-specific variations, there are some general characteristics to be found on most Telecasters.
  • Solid body - usually ash or alder
  • Bolt-on neck - made of maple
  • Maple or rosewood fretboards (maple is more common)
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer (vintage Teles), polyurethane or polyester finish (modern Teles)
  • 2 single-coil pickups (one in the bridge position and one in the neck position)
  • 3-position pickup switch
  • Master tone and volume controls
  • 21 or 22 frets
  • 25.5" scale length
  • 7 1/2" fretboard radius (vintage Teles), 9 1/2" fretboard radius (modern Teles)
To learn what these specs and features mean, check out our Electric Guitar Buying Guide.
With so many different Telecaster models to choose from today, many of these typical specs will vary on a model-specific basis. For the most part, differences among Telecaster models and families usually involve the pickups, electronics, hardware, and finishes. With this guide, we’ll walk you through those variations.
Keep reading for a complete rundown on all the currently available Telecaster models from Fender and its Squier division.

Squier Telecasters

Squier is a division of Fender and its Telecasters are based on Fender models, sharing many of the same design features at super-affordable prices. In the company's own words, Squier is the “value brand alternative to its big brother, Fender.” Squier Teles are largely made in Asia.

Squier Affinity Series

The Affinity Telecasters target cash-strapped players looking for traditional Telecaster vibe coupled with value pricing and good playability.
  • Solid alder body; thinner 1-1/2" depth
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Maple or rosewood fingerboard depending on finish color
  • Polyurethane finish (body and neck)
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • 2 single-coil pickups
  • 3-position blade pickup switching
  • 6-saddle top-load bridge
  • Standard die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • 1-ply white pickguard
  • Made in China
Squier Affinity Telecaster Arctic White
The Squier Affinity Tele in Arctic White combines cool cosmetics with a super-easy price.
Squier also offers the Affinity Telecaster as part of an economical guitar pack that includes an amp, gig bag, tuner, instructional DVD, and cable. It’s a great value for new players, giving them everything they need to begin playing the guitar.

Squier Standard Series

A step up from the Affinity series, the Squier Standard Telecaster offers the feel and comfort of a Fender Standard at an affordable price. It has a fast-action neck based on ‘60-era Telecasters plus upgraded hardware and electronics throughout. And it delivers the same bright single-coil twang that made the Tele an icon in the first place.
  • Solid Agathis body; 1-3/4" depth like most Fender models
  • Maple C-shaped neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Polyurethane finish (body and neck)
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 2 Alnico magnet single-coil pickups
  • 3-position blade pickup switching
  • 6-saddle top-load bridge
  • Standard die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • 3-ply parchment or 4-ply tortoiseshell pickguard
  • Made in China or Indonesia
Squier Standard Telecaster Vintage Blonde
The Squier Standard Tele in Vintage Blonde recalls ‘50s-era models.

Squier Classic Vibe Series

Squier’s Classic Vibe series Telecasters are based on traditional Fender models, but each incorporates modern touches, making it a unique instrument in the Fender/Squier product lineup.
Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 3-tone Sunburst
The 3-tone sunburst finish and Alnico V single coils on the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Custom offer a mellow look with sonic punch.

Squier Vintage Modified Series

As long as there have been Teles, guitarist have customized them with hotter pickups, personalized paint jobs, non-standard pickguards—you name it. Similar in spirit to the Classic Vibe series, the Vintage Modified Tele delivers hotter tone and chop-shop looks without the customized price tag.
  • Body woods vary with model (polyurethane finish)
  • Mostly maple C-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • 9.5" fingerboard radius
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Pickup types—vary with specific model
  • 5-position blade pickup switching
  • Vintage 6-saddle bridge
  • Standard die-cast tuners
  • Hardware varies with model
  • Pickguard varies with model
  • Made in China or Indonesia
Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster
Squier teams a throaty Fender Wide Range neck humbucker with a bright, chimey Duncan-Designed single-coil bridge pup for the best of both worlds in the Squier Vintage Modified Custom Tele.
 

Fender Telecasters

Fender Telecasters have proved to be one of the most versatile and venerable electric guitars ever, having been in continuous production in one form or another since their debut in 1951. Fender Telecasters are favored by country and rock musicians, and are not uncommon among jazz and blues artists.

Standard Series

Standard Telecasters are the most affordable versions within the Fender family lineup. Introduced in 1987, they deliver all the versatility, reliability, and playability of the original Tele at budget-friendly prices.
  • Alder body
  • Polyester finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Satin polyurethane neck finish
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • 2 Hot Standard Tele single-coil pickups
  • 3-position blade pickup switching
  • 6-saddle string-through-body bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • Fender Ping standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Made in Mexico
Fender Standard Telecaster Blue
The Fender Standard Telecaster has all the time-honored Tele features and is available in a wide color assortment.

Modern Player Series

These eminently affordable Modern Players Telecasters are aimed at entry-level players, but far exceed the usual standards of such guitars. While they offer all the playability and reliability of other Teles, they also incorporate modern touches while keeping the price in reach of the newbie. They are hand-crafted to Fender’s specifications in Asia.
Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus
The HSS pickup array with 5-way plus coil-split switching makes the Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus decidedly different from your daddy’s Tele.
 

Deluxe Series

Deluxe Telecasters retain the look and feel of the original Tele design, but pack extra punch thanks to special pickups electronics and switching. Deluxe instruments are fitted with modern C-shaped neck profiles for added playing comfort.
  • Alder or ash body with polyester finish
  • Maple, modern C-shaped neck with satin polyurethane finish
  • 9.5" radius maple or rosewood fretboard
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 25.5" scale length
  • Tex-Mex single-coil pickups
  • 5-position blade pickup switch with Strat-O-Tone
  • Vintage 6-saddle string-through-body bridge
  • Fender Ping vintage-style tuning machines
  • Chrome hardware
  • Made in Mexico
Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster
The Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster has a Tex-Mex Strat pickup sandwiched between a pair of Tex-Mex single-coils. 5-way switching further ups the tonal ante.

Classic Series

Made in Fender's Ensenada, Baja California facility with collaboration from Fender's highly regarded Master Builders, the Classic Series Telecaster offers Custom Shop features and vibe at a more affordable price. Classic models are based on vintage models from the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Here are some the most popular models in the bestselling Classic Tele lineup:

Classic '50s Telecaster

A faithful reproduction of some of the Telecaster's first years in production.
  • Ash body (polyester finish)
  • 1-piece maple C-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Maple 7.25" radius fretboard
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 2 vintage-style single-coil alnico magnet pickups
  • 3-position blade pickup switch
  • Vintage 3-saddle strings-through-body bridge
  • Knurled chrome knobs
  • '50s Custom Colors
Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster
The Fender Classic Series ‘50s Tele is a note-for-note re-creation at a fraction of the price that an original would set you back.

Classic '60s Telecaster

True to the ‘60s era Tele, these guitars feature rosewood fretboards for added warmth and sustain.
  • Alder body (polyester finish)Maple C-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Rosewood 7.25" radius fretboard (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 2 single-coil alnico magnet pickups with aged covers
  • 3-saddle strings-through-body bridge
  • Fender Ping vintage-style tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • "Top Hat" switch tip
Fender Classic '60s Telecaster
From the 3-ply pickguard to rosewood fretboard, the Fender Classic ‘60s Tele captures its forerunners’ cosmetics and playability to perfection.

Classic '72 Telecaster Thinline

The 72 Thinline Teles offer a unique departure from the standard Tele configuration. A semi-hollow body serves up a vibrant bluesy voice, while a pair of humbuckers packs a punch sure to please even the pickiest tone freak.
  • Semi-hollow ash body (polyester finish)
  • 1-piece maple U-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Maple 7.25" radius fretboard
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 2 Fender Wide Range Humbucking pickups
  • Vintage-style Strat string-thru-body hardtail bridge
Fender Classic '72 Telecaster Thinline
With its semi-hollowbody, dual humbuckers, and distinctive f-hole, the ‘72 Fender Telecaster Thinline was a radical departure captured perfectly by the Classic Series reincarnation.

Classic '72 Telecaster Custom

This unique Telecaster offers a humbucker in the neck pickup for rich warmth, while delivering classic Tele twang via the single-coil bridge pickup.
  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • Lightly-tinted, maple U-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Rosewood or maple 7.25" radius fretboard
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 1 Fender Wide Range Humbucking pickup (neck)
  • 1 Tele single-coil pickup (bridge)
  • 3-position toggle switch
  • Vintage-style string-thru-body Tele bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • "Top Hat" knobs
Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom
The Fender Classic Series ‘72 Tele Custom replicates the original’s humbucker in the neck and traditional single coil in the bridge for tonal versatility.

Classic '72 Telecaster Deluxe

A solid-body sister to the Thinline Telecaster, the ‘72 Deluxe features dual humbuckers that churn out thicker tone to satisfy modern-rock players.
  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • 1-piece maple C-shaped neck (gloss polyurethane finish)
  • Maple 12" radius fretboard
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • 2 Fender Wide Range Humbucking pickups
  • 2 volume, 2 tone controls
  • 3-position toggle switch
  • Vintage-style Strat string-thru-body hardtail bridge
  • '70s large Stratocaster headstock
Fender Classic '72 Telecaster Deluxe
As with the original, the Strat headstock and alnico humbuckers in the Classic Series reproduction of the ‘72 Telecaster Deluxe give it visual and sonic distinction.

Classic Player Baja Telecaster

Based on a ‘50s Telecaster, it features Custom Shop pups and wiring for a wider range of tonal options at a gentle price.
  • Ash body
  • 1-piece maple soft V-shaped neck
  • Maple 9.5" radius fretboard
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • 1 Custom Shop "Twisted" Tele single-coil pickup (neck)
  • 1 Custom Shop Broadcaster single-coil (bridge)
  • 4-position blade switch with 2-position push-push S-1 switching (8 pickup settings in all)
  • 3-saddle string-thru-body Tele bridge
  • Gotoh Vintage locking tuners
  • "Custom Shop Designed" neck plate
Fender Classic Player Baja Telecaster Blonde
Custom Shop pickups and 8-way pickup selection delivers a ton of tonal options in the Classic Player Baja Telecaster.

FSR Standard Ash Telecaster

“FSR” stands for Factory Special Run, and Fender produces a variety of Telecasters as a part of this series. They are created in limited runs in Fender’s U.S., Mexican, and Asian plants in a variety of price ranges. While each FSR model retains core Telecaster attributes, it will have distinct features setting it apart from any other. If you’re looking for a Tele with characteristics all its own and available in strictly limited quantities, an “FSR” model may make sense for you.
The FSR Standard Ash Tele is a perfect case in point with its retro butterscotch blonde finish contrasting against a black parchment pickguard.
  • Ash body
  • Maple Fretboard with 9.5" radius
  • 1-piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape (Tinted Satin Urethane Finish)
  • 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 2 Hot Standard Tele Single-Coil Pickups
  • 3-Position blade switch
  • 3-saddle brass string-thru-body Tele bridge
  • Chrome hardware
Fender FSR Standard Ash Telecaster
The retro finish and modest price tag of the FSR Standard Ash Tele will appeal to any Fender fan on a strict budget.

Road Worn Series

Fender gives a selection of 1950s and ‘60s instruments distressed treatments to conjure up the appearance of road-hardened guitars in creating the Road Worn Series. They evidence the wear and tear of countless gigs, including worn finishes, rusted hardware, and aged parts. While offering the vibe of veteran axes, they incorporate modern features and lighter overall wear than other Fender distressed treatments.
Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster
The Road Worn ‘50s Telecaster has the look of a battle-scarred veteran updated with Tex-Mex pickups and 6105 frets.

USA Professional Series

This dealer-exclusive series created expressly for us by Fender combines great value with a unique feature set not found anywhere else in the company’s product lineup.
  • Alder body
  • Custom-wound pickups
  • HS pickup configuration with coil split on humbucker
  • 9.5" radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets
  • Smooth-playing satin finished neck
  • Deluxe gig bag
Fender USA Professional Standard Telecaster HS Sunburst
The hand-built Fender USA Professional Standard Telecaster HS is armed with overwound pickups for today’s more intense guitar tone.

USA-Made Telecaster Guitars

Built in Fender's Corona, California plant, USA Telecasters set the standard for quality, tone, and playability. Made with premium tonewoods (usually alder or ash), Custom Shop pickups, and master craftsmanship, the USA Tele is a legendary electric guitar built to please the most demanding players.

American Standard Series

The American Standard Telecaster is the tried and true workhorse of seasoned pros and discerning weekend warrior alike. In its newest form. the American Standard Telecaster has more comfortable body contours and Custom Shop pickups that deliver trademark tone that rings more fully than ever.
  • Comfortable contour body
  • Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups
  • Deluxe hardware
  • Solid alder body (black, 3-color sunburst, candy cola, and blizzard pearl) or ash body (2-tone sunburst, natural, crimson red transparent)
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with rich, deep neck tint, glossed neck fretboard with satin back and rolled edges
  • Delta-tone no-load circuit
  • Highly finished frets
  • Detailed nut work
  • Bent steel Fender saddles
  • American Standard Tele Bridge Plate (steel saddles and brass plate) for improved resonance
  • Thinner undercoat for improved body resonance
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • Staggered machine heads
  • Includes Fender-exclusive SKB molded case
Fender American Standard Telecaster Black
The Fender American Standard Telecaster improves on its ‘50s forerunner with a more comfortable body shape plus Custom Shop pups and a no-load Delta-tone circuit for perfected twang.

American Deluxe Series

At the American Deluxe series level, the traditional Tele gets a host of modern refinements. These include a compound-radius fretboard for more comfortable fretting, N3 noiseless pickups for hum-free, sparkling tone, and S-1 switching that give you an expanded tonal palette.
  • Premium alder body with tortoise shell top binding
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Contoured back
  • Maple or rosewood fingerboard
  • Satin polyurethane neck finish
  • 9.5" fretboard radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 2 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Tele pickups
  • S-1 switching system
  • Master no-load tone control
  • American Tele bridge with 6 chromed brass saddles
  • Abalone inlays
  • Highly detailed fret and nut work
  • Included accessories: Molded SKB case, cable, strap, strap locks
Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Cherry Red
A tweaked compound-radius fingerboard, versatile S1 switching and awesomely noiseless N3 pickups give the Fender American Deluxe Tele the performance and tone pros demand.
 

American Vintage Series

In creating this series, Fender’s luthiers gathered a collection of vintage Teles which they painstakingly dissected in order to document original construction details. In order to then create meticulous reproductions, they restored original ‘50s tooling, and built new tools where necessary to produce period-authentic parts. The series includes period-correct versions of ‘52, ‘58, and ‘64 Telecasters.
  • Premium ash ('52, ‘58 ) or alder body with bound top and back ('64)
  • U-shaped ('52) D-shaped (‘58) or C-shaped ('64)
  • Maple ('52, ‘58) or rosewood ('64) neck
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer body/neck finish
  • 7.25" fretboard radius
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • Vintage body radius
  • Vintage pickups and 3-position pickup switching: Position 2—neck pickup with tone control (bright vintage circuit), Position 3—neck pickup with no tone control (dark vintage circuit)
  • Original vintage-style Tele bridge with 3 brass saddles and ash tray bridge cover
  • Capacitor and wiring diagram for updating to modern switching circuit
  • Vintage hardware
  • Vintage tweed hardshell case
  • Comes with ashtray bridge cover, wiring kit for conversion to modern switching, vintage leather strap, cable, polishing cloth
Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde
This meticulously re-created Fender American Vintage ‘52 Tele in Butterscotch Blonde will get the traditionalist Fender aficionado’s heart racing.
 

American Special Series

Though they’re built in the U.S., American Special models have budget-friendly pricing more typical of imports. They offer a mix of traditional and modern tones for maximum musical flexibility, and make a great choice for the weekend warrior who’s called upon to play in a variety of music genres. The American Special Tele combines great value with winning features:
  • Contoured alder body in a gloss finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with 22 jumbo frets
  • Texas Special Tele pickups produce midrange chirp, crystal highs, and tight bass
  • Vintage-style Tele bridge with three brass saddles
  • Includes gig bag
Fender American Special Telecaster Sunburst
Texas Special pups give the Fender American Special Telecaster more of what you love about Tele tone.

Artist Series

Artist Series Telecasters are designed in collaboration with the artists who play and endorse them. They have historically included models that replicate the axes wielded by such artists as James Burton, Muddy Waters, G.E. Smith, John 5, and Jim Root. The artist signature appears on the guitar and it usually includes unique specs that help serve up the artist's special tone recipe. Made in USA, Japan, or Mexico.
James Burton Artist Series Tele
Unique Strat-o-Tele switching and a host of other tweaks specified by the revered Nashville sideman make the James Burton Artist Series Tele a fitting tribute.

Fender Custom Shop

Custom Shop instruments are simply the finest models crafted by Fender. Each one-of-a-kind guitar is hand-built by a master luthier, using the highest quality woods and components obtainable. To see our complete current selection of Fender Custom Shop Telecasters and other Fender instruments, visit our Private Reserve Collection.

Custom Artist Signature

A guitar created with the input or specifications of a famous artist is called a Signature model. The Fender Custom Shop has produced a number of Signature Telecaster guitars in its Custom Artist series that are handcrafted to the exacting personal preferences of famous Tele players such as Merle Haggard.

Custom Deluxe

The hallmark of Custom Deluxe Telecasters is the use of unusual and exotic woods, breathtaking inlay work, unique hardware, and distinctive electronics. The series is seen as a blank canvas on which to apply the highest levels of luthier artistry.

Custom Pro

Fender views this series as its “testing ground,”—a place to develop new features and rethink the application of old ones in new ways. Whether its a newly designed pickup, electronics, bridge, or special combination of woods, such developments are likely to show up in a Pro Series Telecaster first.

Master Built

Fender’s most elite luthiers—designated as Master Builders—are given free rein in creating these lavish instruments. They personally select each element from the wood to the electronics to the finish of these guitars that proudly bear the builder’s name. Utterly unique and of investment-grade quality, a Master Built Telecaster is an instrument to be treasured and passed down through the generations.

Time Machine

Telecasters that are part of the Time Machine series are built using the same tools and techniques that were employed in creating the originals. The Fender Custom Shop then applies unique “relic” treatments on these replicated instruments, giving them the appearance of lovingly preserved guitars that are many decades old.
A Custom Shop model may be available in one of three variations, or treatments:
New Old Stock (NOS)
As if the guitar was discovered in a warehouse after many years, never played, and showing no signs of age or wear.
Closet Classic
Built to resemble a guitar that has been hidden away for years in a closet. Slightly worn and yellowed from age, the finish has minor checks and cracks.
Relic
Shows natural wear and tear from years of heavy use—nicks, scratches, worn finish, rusty hardware, and aged plastic parts.

So, Which Telecaster is Right for You?

As you can see in this guide, the Telecaster is available in many variations and price levels, with varied features to provide a broad range of options for the Tele enthusiast. Pick the Telecaster that suits your budget and your style. Maybe you don't want to spend a lot, but you want your Tele to have the look and feel of a timeless guitar. Consider the Classic Vibe. Perhaps you want to invest in a true piece of art—not justsomething to play, but a stunning addition to your collection. Consider a Masterbuilt Tele. Or as a working pro you need a Tele that you can play night after night, show after show—a true workhorse. The American Standard Telecaster won't let you down.
We want you to be pleased with your Telecaster purchase, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and generous return policy so you can order your new Tele with complete confidence.
After reading this guide, if you’re still not sure which Telecaster is right for you, we invite you call to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Gear Heads at (877) 880-5907.

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