From the garage to the club to the stadium, the American Standard Telecaster® guitar is the same great best-selling go-to model it always has been, and now it's upgraded with a comfortable new body contour and classic-sounding Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele® (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups. The latest incarnation of a truly timeless classic, it rings more fully, brightly and crisply than ever.
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I've owned loads of Telecasters over the years, American, Japanese and Mexican, vintage and new. I had a Road Worn which I never bonded with and was looking to p/ex it for something different. The shop had one of the final original 2011 Teles, no contour but the Strat type bridge and more importantly for me a rosewood fingerboard. It was finished in a Translucent Red with a black scratchplate, and came with an SBK case. I got it for £800, a steal in the UK.
It's gorgeous, one of the best guitars I've ever owned. Every sound you'd ever want from a Tele is available. The build quality is amazing, way better than the mid 60's Tele I used to own, the finish is faultless, and with the Strat bridge the intonation is perfect too. I think Fender have totally upped their game recently, and it's great to find a proper US Tele that lives up to it's illustrious heritage. I was so impressed I later bought a Mexican Cabronita Thinline which is also a fantastic instrument. The playability of these guitars is sensational, and I can honestly say that my heart is back with Fender after a few rocky years.
Blackbess21 owns this item
I have the Jade Pearl & Rosewood. I find I am taking this guitar out to play with different bands more and more, because it works with so many styles of music. The Custom Shop pickup's are Killer, I love the Twisted Tele in the neck, but am blown away by the Broadcaster pickup in the bridge! This Guitar can go from Jimmy Page to Jerry Reed to Jimmy Herring to Andy Summers. This guitar is a keeper!
chad owns this item
This is by fare the best guitar i've ever owned. The sound is amazing, so is the finition and the polish. There's nothing to discuss, a US Tele standard is a tremendous instrument.
heavendiving owns this item
Before you even play a note on this guitar, you will admire the high build quality. As from 2012, the American standard telecaster features a body contour, which is very comfortable to play both seated or standing. This guitar has custom shop pickups, a twisted tele pick up and a broadcaster pickup - they sound great! Well balanced and very well paired. The neck is a modern C shape, perfect for me, with a hand rolled edge on the fingerboard, which feels very comfortable to play .
Mine is a very nice 3 tone sunburst finish, and has a 1 piece maple neck. For me personally, the telecaster is my most perfect guitar... It has that sound and feel which makes me feel right at home. Throw in a well made SKB hard case, and you have a very good value package indeed .
All you need is a D28 and a telecaster.A good drummer and bass player would be cool.
Manfred508 owns this item
I have a 2008 USA Standard Tele, maple neck and natural finish. Great cutting tone, stunning looks & hard wearing.
I'd been looking for another guitar. I looked at Gibson, Rickenbacker & Gretsch. In the end I ordered a 2013 USA Standard Tele, rosewood neck, black finish & black pickguard. I just can't move away from Fenders!
pipkins72 owns this item
Simply an awesome guitar .... I was actually gonna get a Gibson SG but then I heard one of these thing cry and I said ...damn now this guitar was made for me!
dangeroustelecaster owns this item
Added to my family of Gibson, Ibanez, Charvel....Just love it all round...Will load up on some DiMarzio's
IronsUp owns this item
This Tele is fantastic and I have played them all my life so I know it is worth every penny. It's great for every genre of music. I recommend this for every one!
The guitar itself is true American Standard: nice biting bridge giving a Strat like attack, and the Twisted Tele pulls in an almost P-90 style there. Intonation is smack-on 100% perfect ! The 9 1/2 radius neck is a DREAM to play...that's why they make em like this folks: The contour allows the index finger to drop right on the top strings. Unlike others (like Gibson) where you have to give it some effort to play clean: Here you'll not get that associated fret buzz that's endemic with the the index finger running slightly askew. The glassy resonance of the "custom pickups" really cut through the mix ! This guitar is a flat-out professional instrument in every sense ! I really like the Strat-Like "Belly" contour...it's different, and it might not be to everyones liking, but it sure feels great playing, AND it's really nicely beveled as well. There are no historical Tele compromises here! I'm a fan! There are a plethora of Tele's available these days,, and the American Standard is true to form--it's a lifelong keeper.
2011Tele owns this item
Hands down the new American Standard is the best Telecaster Fender has made in a long time. To be honest the Broadcaster bridge pickup gives that perfect Tele "twang;" that every Telecaster player is looking for and the twisted Tele neck pickup is just out of this world.
The twisted neck pickup has a glassy transparent tone like no other I have ever played. Several people claim it is more like a Strat, but from my experience, it is a middle ground between a vintage neck pickup and a Strat neck pickup.
My only complaint about this guitar is the bridge saddles. They are too thin and do not contain enough metal for the set screws to hold on to. After a few hours of playing, one will notice that the saddles will begin to move. I think this is a poor design by Fender, but I came up with a method to fix the original bridge a a minimum cost and creates a "fatter" tone.
I pulled off the bridge and drilled 3 holes perfectly lined up between the original 6. I then threw away the original saddles and replaced them with 3 stainless steel vintage style saddles. Now there is no fluctuation, it intonates perfectly, and it increased the "fatness" of the overall tone.
I strongly suggest everyone to make this modification and I suggest Fender to look in to this as well. It would make for cheaper production and increase the tone and playability of the guitar dramatically.
Overall, one can not beat this guitar and one would be hard pressed to find a better playing and better sounding Tele.
ldowdy owns this item
Well after 30 years of waiting I've finally brought a pucker gen American made Tele. Tactile and beautifully crafted with a pickup sensitivity that defines every note and a neck that just feels like silk it's fantastic. Supplied with a top quality hard-shell flight case this is a top draw deal. I'm never selling it !!!
DavidMReilly owns this item
Yesterday I went into my local guitar shop and found a used one of these beauties in perfect condition for $600! There was no way I was going to allow myself to pass this up. After playing Ibanez, Charvel and Epiphone guitars for the last few years this was the perfect find to change things up. I had been looking for a Tele for a while and my jaw hit the floor when I saw the amazing price. This is the perfect guitar for people who want a Tele and can afford it. The only down side is that I am waiting for the police check to be done (but that's not a real problem).
I played one in the store and I just found it absolutely wonderful! It could do anything. I think I played it until the store closed. I felt bad leaving without it, so I decided that I will buy one soon. This praise could certainly go to an instrument from the American Standard range.
Right out of the package you can tell that this has quality and history written all over it. I've always wanted a natural finish guitar and am happy to finally have one. This guitar sings beautifully. I love string through guitars and this suffices all of my requirements for such. I love the belly cut feature. Some Tele purists say it detracts from the slab body, but coming off of a Les Paul Custom, I was happy to see that this was one of the features of the new tele's... The pickups are classic Fender, sparkle, chime, and spank. This ain't a shredder's guitar by any means, I leave that to the Les Paul Custom. I had the chance to play an American Deluxe which was also a dream, but I am content with this American Standard. I can say with the utmost certainty that this is not my last Fender! I rated four stars on the features because it is so straightforward in it's design, not a bad thing btw. Also right out of the box, the guitar is wonderfully set up, but the action is just low enough that it buzzes the frets, no worries, just gonna have to raise the saddles just a smidgeon.
nagthragarthoth owns this item
Just love to hear her tone! Awesome! Playing through a Mesa Boogie right now, when I get a little better and save some cash would love to hear it on a Deluxe Reverb! What a weekend that will be !!!
hollywoodnorth owns this item
As a producer/engineer I gravitate towards tools that make my life easier. The thing I always look for is versatility. That's the Fender Tele in a nutshell.
bossmusic1 owns this item
I could not believe when my natural tele arrived. I tried it and it sounds incredible in its 3 positions. The belly cut new design is quite comfortable and these pickups sound killer.
The finish, materials, setup, intonation, everything is fine. It is a privilege to own one of these beautiful instruments that sound like heaven.
One big complaint: this is not the first fender i have and the molded SKB has a deep undesirable glue odor when you receive the new instrument. You have to open it to the sun for weeks, yes weeks, until this odor lowers enough.
How can this fine instruments be delivered in such a smelly case?
icuevasg1 owns this item
After years of playing Strats, I finally bought my first Telecaster, a 2011 American Standard, ash body/rosewood fingerboard. It took a little time getting used to the different feel and sound of this guitar compared to the Stratocaster but after 3 months of playing it I can't seem to put it down. The sounds I get from this guitar are amazing. It's extremely versatile from blues to rock to country. The quality is first rate and it plays like a dream. This guitar is perfectly balanced and just feels right in my hands. I don't know why I waited so long to get one. These days when I reach for a guitar to play it is my Tele.
skorman owns this item
I ordered the AST in the spring of 1998. It is tri-tone sunburst with a maple neck. The design is simple, but the guitar is superb. Right out of the box, it was set up great. The maple neck is clean and fast. If I could only have one guitar for the rest of my life, it would be my tele. I also own several other guitars and the closest to the Tele is my G & L S-500, that I like alot, but the Tele is my go to guitar. I can't believe the prices now. I paid around $900.00 for mine when I purchased it and wouldn't take 5 times that for it now..
mr.chuckster722 owns this item
A simple, dependable and rugged guitar that sounds like a million bucks. If you only ever own one electric guitar.........make it an American Standard Telecaster.
31grape owns this item
The subject of my review is a 2008 model with maple neck and in blizzard pearl. I bought this guitar when I had some spare cash to replace/complement my Squier Tele. I must say I love this guitar. It feels heavier than I remember my old 60s Tele I owned 30 odd years ago but makes up for this with great pickups and a fast and comfortable neck. The colour is unusual and I see that it has been discontinued but still looks good. One thing I find is that I rest my right hand on the bridge of the guitar when playing and the edges of the bridge become irritating after a while. They are not sharp nor badly finished, it's just without an ashtray cover (my old Tele had one of these) I find it uncomfortable when playing for a long time. I've always loved the simplicity of the Tele and this model has this within a sturdy modern build. Pretty hard to go wrong with this guitar.
WORTHINGREBELS owns this item
I bought a 2-tone sunburst made in 2010 with the Alnico 5 pickups.
Love the bridge's tone and its neck feeling.
Nice instrument! But...improve the quality! The fret work and the heel should be improved.
And please, make the guitar with TWO-PIECE body more and more!
ianho owns this item
I purchased an American Standard Telecaster (2011) in 2011 with the intent to have the body modified for a belly and forearm cut. Fender elected to add a belly cut to the 2012 model. I think this was a great addition to the tele but I believe that a forearm cut in addition to the belly cut would greatly enhance the playability.
dpcros owns this item
I'll admit it. I bought this on a whim, as it was on promotion. I went into my hometown dealer looking for a ukulele and came away with a 2011 model American Standard Tele*! Played, of course, by my two rock idols, Joe Strummer and Bruce Springsteen. I took to it like a duck to water. The neck and fingerboard are are as smooth as silk, the intonation is fabulous right up the neck, it turns you into a guitarist. Of course, I still strum it like I would a ukulele (which, it turns out, is same way the wonderful Wilko Johnson plays too), but oh, that twang! I now have an American Special Strat as well, and that has a sweet honeyed tone which I love too; but even so, for me, my Tele is The One.
*(how's that for up-selling?!!!)
redpaul1 owns this item
Unsure if Fender really wants us to review older models, but here goes... The subject of this review is a maple neck Telecaster with ash body and 2-tone sunburst, bought new in 2008. It is quite frankly one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever played, let alone owned. It is a perfect marriage of a vintage look and modern features/ergonomics. The workmanship is superb and it was set up perfectly right out of the box - super smooth action without the slightest hint of fret buzz. The rolled fretboard edges are evidence of a supreme attention to detail.
I have three gripes with the current design of the instrument, however:
1) I personally regret that Fender discontinued the powdered stainless steel bridge saddles that came with the original American Standards. The new throwback designs might look more vintage, but the protruding set screws snag your hand when you palm-mute (and the chrome looks like the very devil when it corrodes, which is sooner rather than later).
2) The 22nd fret looks better than it plays - the cutaway is too shallow to reach it properly.
3) The pickup selector switch is situated too close to the volume pot. When you're switching pickups on the fly, it is hard to get a solid grip on it, you almost have to angle your hand and pry it away from the rear position. The little plastic tip of the switch has come off a number of times (fortunately not on stage). It should have been more permanently secured in the factory, we shouldn't be forced to resort to superglue.
I have skipped over the obvious points for the obvious reasons. It's a Telecaster. You buy it for the attack and brightness and single-coil clarity.
Nick901 owns this item
I love everything fender makes.I have nothing bad to say about the fender telecaster american standard.The only thing i wish fender would consider is making an american standard telecaster and american standard stratocaster with the soft v neck and the flat 12 inch fingerboard.Also i wish they would make an american standard mustang and jazzmaster,jaguar.
elf1271 owns this item
I have a 2002 tobacco-burst American Standard with a maple fret board. It is a beautiful guitar. Unbelievably smooth and comfortable. The range of tones is amazing, and it gets the most achingly beautiful clear tone you will ever hear. It's one of the few guitars out there with which you will actually use both pick-ups AND the tone nob. If you do go with a tele, I recommend the maple neck for that extra "snap" it lends to the tone.
The only real limitation with a tele is that, like all single-coil pick-up guitars, you won't really be able to get the low-end heaviness of say a Les Paul or an SG, but then again, as another review further down also pointed out, a Les Paul or SG can't get that sparkling clear tone that is possible with a tele.
FletchKennedy owns this item
Love the new contour design on the 2012 Telecaster. It fits like a glove and the neck was finished smooth front and back. All the frets were clean at the edges and the neck had a broke in feel from the first time I played it.
Really love the custom shop Broadcaster and Twisted Tele pickups as well. Clean and defined and down right naughty and raunchy when you need it. What really blew me away was the sustain the guitar had when played without an amp. This was always a measure of quality I looked for in any guitar I have ever purchased and I have to say Fender did not skrimp in this department at all. I can honestly say that one would be hard pressed to find a better guitar for the money. Thanks Fender - Jim
jpett owns this item
I assembled a 2011 American Standard Telecaster when my daughter was born. I had hoped to choose the new color for that year, but since there were none, I chose Crimson Red Transparent. I ended up placing a 2011 American Std. Strat neck on the guitar, but that was due to a personal preference not any demerit towards the Tele neck. If you have never played a Telecaster before, the body can be difficult to get used to. There are no body contours, which actually adds to a lot of players' affinity for the guitar. If you're not careful, you can develop a nice bruise on your right forearm. That all goes away with time. The guitar has a classic sound and the updated wiring scheme gives you more tonal range when compared to the originals. If you like to tinker, the guitar is a perfect drawing board for sonic experiments. You can go from twang and Philadelphia soul to hard rock with any combination of pickups. For those using high output pickups in the bridge, you may want to consider placing a damper between the bridge and body to cut down on ambient body noises being picked up.
ssandlin501 owns this item
This is one of 4 teles that I own. Bought a 2011 as a back up to my custom shop, but it has worked itself into my regular rotation. I got the transparent crimson red and it is a stunning guitar. From the factory the set up was quite good, no issues there, just minor intonation adjustments needed. Action was comfortable, low enough for me anyway and the neck felt good and fast. As for tone, it's classic tele, enough said. Like all teles I've had, this one can take a beating and can be played hard without going out of tune. Great for the bedroom or stage.
Ksar owns this item
I've owned a few Teles in my life and my 2012 Am Std is by far the best in versatility and playability. Great build quality, flawless finishing (Crimson /Rosewood) and solid electronics. The neck pickup is a huge improvement over previous versions: clear clean tones that can snarl when pushed. The bridge pickup is classic Tele with some extra oomph. Neck and fingerboard are smooth and silky. I also have a 1978 Tele; the new one is so much more guitar, the old one is guitar history.
Prices have gotten a bit excessive for these guitars though, as have the number of versions. Dial it back a bit and let the Telecaster be the icon it so deserves to be.
rsc1911 owns this item
I own a 2010 American Standard Telecaster in three color burst with a rosewood fretboard. I bought it in 2011 from a large online retailer after playing dozens of electric guitars from several manufacturers. The choice came down to the Tele or a Gibson Les Paul Traditional. Now, I'm not taking anything away from the Les Paul, and I will eventually own one, but the Telecaster just seemed to be a better value. The build quality is flawless. The finish is gorgeous. The playability is phenomenal. The one saddle per string bridge makes intonation a breeze. The design of the pick-up switching and tone/volume knobs makes dialing in a beautiful sound dead simple. The way it stays in tune is almost eerie. This thing makes me a better player and I am proud to own it. This is an iconic American guitar at less than half the price of the LP. I know it is sort of apples and oranges to compare the two guitars but if your idea of value is quality per dollar, the Tele wins hands down.
This is by far my favorite guitar. I knew that I wanted a Fender Telecaster, but I wasn't sure which one would suit me best. I literally played 10 different Telecasters at Guitar Center, and I just kept coming back to this one. The tone, clarity, sustain, fret board, and overall playability can't be topped. I even prefer this guitar to the 'American Deluxe' series.
davidjuan01 owns this item
This guitar has infinite capabilities! I've been a Strat man since I began but now I am definitely bipartisan. I feel very fortunate to have both a Strat and a Tele Am Standard. What one guitar can't do the other can. I play through a Mustang IV amp, so I can't talk about that wonderful tube tone you can get from Fenders, but this thing is a tone machine!
crosstour owns this item
The clarity and brightness of this guitar is like no other guitar out there. I play this through a Fender Twin and a Marshall 410 full stack with 1960A cabs and on the clean channel the sound is beautiful. It has a chime to it that my Strat cannot come near. It you like to hear crisp clean, not muddy in any way notes this is the guitar for you. It does pretty good on the distortion. It lakes the bottom end the Les Paul gives but then again, the Les Paul can't come near the clarity of the Tele.
Harley1 owns this item
This is by far the most versatile guitar I own. I originally bought it just as something to use for jazz and blues but quickly branched out into rock and alternative with it! The stock pickups are just amazing, I can't get enough of the broadcaster pickup through a big muff!
ccannon1 owns this item
I purchased my Am Standard Tele back in 2001 from a local dealer. I had always wanted a Tele since the days of seeing Beck and Page in the late 60's and later Roy Buchanan. They had a Fender product brochure in the store and I ordered one with a swamp ash body with a natural finish and maple neck. When it arrived, I was delighted but asked the store to set it up for me (specifically to take some of the relief out of the neck) as at the time I really didn't get into the mechanics of guitar setup other than simple intonation and string height (fear of trashing the guitar). When I picked it up it still wasn't were I wanted it but I loved how it sounded and looked. Long story short, the guitar sat in my studio for the better part of 10 years being played only intermittently but I wouldn't give it up. Finally after working with a friend who was more adept with setting up guitars I got over my phobia and decided to either fix the issues or sell the guitar. It was simply amazing what a few twists with a hex wrench can do! Today I have an amazing guitar - not only does it still look wonderful and sound magnificent but the playability is simply unbelievable. The guitar features the Delta Tone system with the no-load pots and it will scream when you crank it wide open. The clean tone is sparkling (especially through a Fender tube amp with reverb) but it will also tear your face off when combined with an overdrive pedal or the high gain channel of an amp. I am very happy that I kept this guitar but regret that it didn't find a bigger part to play for 10 years. I'm making up for lost time now...
greyseal owns this item
I have owned two American Standards and now have a 2010 American Standard Telcaster Natural w/maple fretboard that has captured my undivided attention. I have never had a days problem with it. My previous AST Tourquoise w/rosewood fretboard I wished I would have never sold (paying for education). I tried to track it down but it was gone. I play blues/rock/jazz/whatever and I've always enjoyed the quality of sound I have gotten from my Teles (I own other models). The craftsmanship of the AST is excellent with the wood and electronics. The tone/sound of the AlNiCo 5 pickups are what I desire in the aforementioned styles I play. The finished feel of the neck fits just right in my hand. Directly out of the box the factory setup was just right with perfect intonation. I have set up guitars in the past professionally and when I set up Fenders I always followed factory specs, unless a customer wanted something different. My Teles have been under constant use for gigging and private practice and hold up with little adjusting.
I've owned a few of these bad boys over the years and this is by far my favorite. Mine is an Arctic White 2012, which is currently being modded after Brent Mason's '58.
What do I need to say.... this is the godfather, the messiah, this is where it all began.
Do yourself a favor and stop thinking about buying it, and buy it!
bsutherland owns this item
I own two American Standard Telecasters, a 2011 Transparent Red one with a rosewood board and a 2012 Natural one with a maple board. I also own a 1974 blonde Tele. They each have their own personality. The American Standards both have that wonderful treble "bite" that you would expect from this iconic guitar. They are so easy to play, comfortable(even before the 'belly cut" in 2012) and just exude "that sound". I like the new pickups found in the 2012, but, for me the old ones worked well too. I don't know that this guitar has ever gone through a major evolution so much as it has been tweaked over the years to just sound better and better. Despite the many Strats that I own, I will always go back to these. I had an American Deluxe Tele, but the American Standard is all I really need. Be aware, though....if you buy one you may never have to buy another one!! It will last!
Spareparts owns this item
|Model Name:||American Standard Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Mystic Red|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Front|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.685" (42.8 mm)|
|Truss Rod Nut:||1/8" American Series|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt with Micro-Tilt™|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Shop Single-Coil Broadcaster|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Shop "Twisted" Single-Coil Tele|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Delta Tone™|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Special Electronics:||No-Load Tone Control|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle American Standard Strings-Through-Body Tele with Bent Steel Saddles and Stamped Brass Plate|
|Tuning Machines:||Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Switch Tips:||Barrel Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Five-Screw Mounted Brass Bridge Plate for Sonic Stability, Loaded with Improved Bent Steel Saddles with Elongated String Slots, for Increased Resonance and Sustain, Thinner Undercoat Finish for Improved Body Resonance, Tinted Neck, Body Contour|
|Polishing Cloth:||Polishing Cloth Included|
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