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The Modern Player Telecaster® Plus HSS is that rare bird among Telecaster guitars-a triple-pickup model-further distinguished by a pine body and mini-toggle coil-split switch for the Modern Player humbucking bridge pickup. Other features include "C"-shaped maple neck, maple fingerboard with 9.5" radius and 22 jumbo frets, Modern Player single-coil Telecaster neck pickup and Modern Player Stratocaster middle pickup, five-way pickup switching, three-ply pickguard, knurled "chrome-dome" control knobs, vintage-style Stratocaster strings-through-body six-saddle hard-tail bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware. Available in Honey Burst and Charcoal Transparent.
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I've had this Tele for about a year and I thought it would be appropriate to review. I'll start out with the finish and overall looks of this guitar. The finish on my mine is absolutely beautiful. Its nice and light finish, not as dark as i'd seen on other models. I liked this a lot. After a look over it there were no flaws in the finish. It is HEAVILY coated in lacquer. It is worse than the squier classic vibe 50s tele. The neck is the same way. The neck has a nice vintage tint to it. It is finished on both sides but don't worry if you play it a lot the lacquer will wear in nicely and not be so sticky. The thing that I've noticed about this finish is that if you pick heavy or transport it a lot or wear a belt like me this thing is prone to scratches. but other than that it feels like it'll last a long time. Alright so this thing to my ear sounds really good. the pine is nice tone wood but is somewhat more trebly and paired with the maple neck makes it really bright sounding. the pickups are voiced rather nicely as well. the humbucker has a nice sond to it but it takes away some of that tele goodness that I like. the electronics are nice as well. but I upgraded them to better pots. The tuners on this thing are awesome. I've never had a problem with these at all. With 10s on it the guitar has a nice feel to it. The only thing i've noticed is the neck is touchy i've had to adjust it a lot. But to anyone looking for a first fender or a hot rodded tele its perfect but it is a chinese Fender. Some of the work is shoddy i've got one badly dressed fret and the nut has a dent in it. one last thing I forgot bout the neck is the frets are nicely sized not too small at all and the neck is quiet, small for my large hands but comfy. I'd recommend it to any beginner but for those who are used to the americans i'd think yall would find more wrong with it.
Unknown owns this item
When I first saw this guitar in my local music shop, I thought that it looked fantastic, but being a metal guitarist with a love of twin humbucker guitars with flat fret-boards, that it wasn't for me, so I started to save up for the Squier john 5 gold tele (thought that it would be funny to play death metal on a gold tele at some point). So I forgot about the modern player, until one day when I was talking to the owner of my local shop about my future buy, and he talked me into trying out this little beauty.
The first time that I played it, I fell in love with it; the neck felt fantastic (though the radius took some getting used to), the pickups, while not exactly high gain, sounded full, and the h-s-t configuration gives you a lot of options, and made me fall for single coil cleans.
I put a deposit on it immediately, and paid the shop owner to make a few adjustments.
I had him put in a push pull tone pot and wire it up as the coil split, and wire up the micro-switch for seven way switching (when on b or b/m micro switch turns on n, when on n or m/n turns on b, when on m turns on b and n) which gave me the option of having all 3 pickups engaged, or have a bridge and neck sound, which with the standard neck pickup height gives you a really nice tele tone when you role the tone off (I raised the pickup to suit my high gain style).
The only other thing that i have been thinking of doing with this guitar is putting in some Seymour Duncan hot rails and a push pull volume to coil split them, taking it from 11 combinations (4 more than stranded wiring) to about 22, making this already really versatile guitar even more versatile.
I have recommended this guitar to everyone that I know, and hope that someone will read my review, and forget about where this guitar is made (I hate "only american guitar" snobs, end of the day a good guitar is a good guitar, and I often find that CAD guitars are much more consistent than hand built guitars that I've played) and will at least try it.
cain_alucard owns this item
I wanted to kill 30 mins at the shop and walked out with this guitar. Excellent build quality, beautiful finish. Out of my 13 guitars, this is now my go-to jammin axe. Due to the incredibly low price this guitar also offers an excellent platform to toy with mods.
skippy8100 owns this item
I generally consider myself a strat man when it comes to fender guitars. I play a HSS TBX FSR ltd addition strat in my band and love it dearly. Telecaster have always been a bit of a grey area for me and my playing style,despite alot of my idols using them. I sell musical instruments for a living at the moment and I cannot believe how great these telecasters are! They sound amazing, feel fantastic, hold their tuning great and look stunning. The necks are a country mile better than most Mexican necks I've tried and quite comparable to the USA models I've tried including a select Tele one of my band mates uses.
There is simply no reason not to buy one of these! I know I will!
This guitar plays awesome if you like a versatile guitar. It has awesome pickups in it and an awesome stain as well really digging the honey stain but the only thing that I don't like is the weight of it and also the neck. I like a rosewood top more the all maple, but it does look sharp, but oh well I can't complain. I'm starting to play it more than my strat that I got and if anyone thinks the way I do about the weight of it, like this post.
gordo owns this item
I own this guitar and I love it! The Tele plays extremely well I loved the neck shape. The tone this guitar offers is expected with the pickups but I was still surprised. My biggest complaints are more opinion and preference anyway. the only thing I really don't like is the contour cut in the back. One feature I really liked the solid body of the tele. Also the lacquer on the back of the neck I like satin finishes better. but for anybody looking for a really good first Fender or jus a first guitar its absolutely great. It was well worth my money
Patmyers6667 owns this item
Upgraded from a Squier Affinity Tele (great entry level guitar for the money, don't knock it) and I'm blown away. I just love the range of tones you can get from the 3 pick-ups and switchable humbucker. Some great clean and mellow sounds from the tele and strat pick-ups but just love the addition of the humbucker. Switching between humbucker settings and between the humbucker and strat (middle) pick-up provides some really nice rock tones without being too heavy. Sounds great through my Super Champ X2, clean or dirty.
I agree that the neck is a little too varnished but it plays well and for the money, it's a fine looking versatile guitar for many different music genres.
Spellacy29 owns this item
I ordered this guitar not even knowing what it plays like or how good it feels in real life. But then I saw it at guitar center and tried this puppy out. It played very nice and the tone I got were pretty good. The hum bucker is a big part but still sounds like tele then a regular hum bucker would sound like from a Sg or a les paul but was ok for me. People say that the neck is fast but too glossy. It wasn't a big problem for me it actually looked pretty nice. So, if you ordered this guitar not knowing how it feels or plays don't sweat it because it plays like what you get out of a fender and what the rest of the comments say how it is. But with a little extra...
When I first played in Fender Tele Modern Player, i was thinking if the "entry" level by Fender will be something cool, but, not too much. But now I'm in love, excelent bridge pickup tone, the tele pickup sounds amazing and the strat pickup sounds unique too. I tried the sounds with my Mini Rectifier. If you wanna Rock!!! You have it, if you wanna bluezzy sound, you have it, you wanna a vintage sound, you have it. My advise: buy it!
robertohendrigo owns this item
It was love at first sight, not even the videos show how this guitar really looks and the great it sounds, The coil splitter is a great feature and the neck is so comfortable. It's a Great guitar ¡¡
yomoy owns this item
The pickup combinations on this guitar are insane. This is especially true because of the coil-tap switch. The neck is superfast, too. I run mine through a Fender G-Dec amp and this tele rolls with all the style changes. Great bargain!
drdonut owns this item
I went to the local shop to get the tuners replaced on my daughter's Yammie acoustic. I saw this and the first thing that struck me was the Honeyburst finish. I picked it up and put it down, I walked around the shop, I went back and picked it up again, I put it down and looked around the shop some more, Went back again, picked it up, fooled around with it, and put it back down. My girlfriend was with me and was watching, She came over to me and whispered "buy the damn thing", so I did. My uncle has a 1960 Strat that he bought new in December 1959 and he is a player. I brought it over to show him, he started playing some old blues riff's on his old Ampeg tube amp, gave it back and told me he always wanted a Tele to fool around with, and promptly headed out to GC to see if he could get one.
Best 400 bucks I spent in awhile. The fit and finish on mine is superb. It stays in tune and so easy to play. Regardless of it's origin, I think Fender really has a winner on it's hands.
Cenz owns this item
As soon as I saw this guitar, I immediately loved it. Mine is supposed to be Charcoal Transparent, but it ended up coming out as black. The finishes of Fenders vary a lot, which is great because it makes each guitar unique. The neck, which is slick and very comfortable to play, is a nice golden butter tinted maple.
The only pickup I use is the brigde humbucker. I don't really care for the other two pickups, but the beauty of the humbucker makes up for the short comings of the other two. I like the coil splitter; it's kind of fun to be able to use that pickup as a single coil or as a humbucker.
The tone of this guitar is very rockin' but with just enough twang to sound like a telecaster. I got it new for $400 dollars. Money well spent.
Borges N.I. owns this item
I just recently purchased this guitar. I had no intention of doing so when i went into the shop. After trying out what I thought I wanted, I picked this up just because it was looking at me, played it, fell in love and put my original choice back on the wall. It plays great and looks awesome. I beat the heck out of this thing and it stayed in tune and kept on rocking. I hate the super shiny neck though. It was a little sticky but other than that this one played great right from the jump. I'm going to get one for my son now.
robstercraw owns this item
For an entry level guitar, this thing Rocks!!! A bit on the heavy side, but it has some killer tones. I would like to see less gloss on the neck, but nothing a little .000 Steel Wool won't cure.
rkreisher owns this item
Got this guitar back in December. My first telecaster and defiantly not my last. Traded my previous guitar in to get it and I can say that it was worth it. The finish on the guitar is amazing and the range of tone you can get from the pick ups has a lot of variety. Over the past few months I haven't been able to put it down!
The only thing I can find that's wrong with it is the gloss finish on the neck is a bit too thick for my taste, that's all!
robB owns this item
I went to the store to get an HSS American Special and walked away with this instead. For $400 less I feel like I got more guitar than the Special. The only problem I have with it is the action is high and the adjustment I did didn't actually bring it any lower before it started buzzing. That said, it's still amazingly easy to play. Just purchased today and I've been playing it all afternoon and can't seem to put it down. Very happy with the purchase overall.
ewoh24 owns this item
Finish is flawless, playability couldn't be better for me - I LOVE the thin maple neck - and with an upgrade bridge-humbucker (seymour duncan in my case) this guitar must not hide behind much more expensive models... I think "crafted in china" will be a hard competitor for MIM (although I don't care where its made as long it sounds and feels great).
jack-caster owns this item
I was initially put off even trying this Guitar because it was made in China but the salesman convinced me to give it a go, firstly the construction and finish are flawless and just as good as you would find on any Guitar for twice the price, the neck is really comfortable and fast. The pickups are obviously not the best at this price but they do the job and the switching options allow a range of usable tones, the Guitar is good enough as it is but would also make an excellent base for modding. Don't be put off by the "Crafted in China" give one a try and you might be as surprised as me.
A beautiful looking guitar. This was my first Tele, and probably my last. I have always been, and always will be, a Strat lover. The pine body is ok, but heavy. I would try to play it first before you buy based on appearance alone. Personally, I was not very happy with the guitar. It will probably be listed soon on Craigslist.
Fingerstyle Rules owns this item
Well I got it and its a very useable guitar with the humbucker and the the strat middle pickup and tele neck pickup
Sea4112 owns this item
Great guitar! It is comfortable to play and has a great sound. The only flaw I can find in it is the cable plug-in -- I continually have to tighten it. Other than that minor inconvenience, I absolutely love playing this guitar.
tank_62 owns this item
Very versatile, with many possibilities in different musical genres. Very solid, with a very good resonance, with a very good arm to play. The humbucker detail that makes the difference.
Antonio Mendonca owns this item
When i first saw the news about this soon to be released guitar I thought it could be a good jake-of-all-trades. I bought as soon at it was released in a local store.
At first it looks strange, due to the pick up configuration and the Crafted in China was a little scary.
on first look the guitar is gorgeous, the overal quality if construction matches (and maybe exceeded) mine 2011 Standard Stratocaster (Made in Mexico).
The neck is a joy to play, the "belly" contour make it really confortable and the pick ups configuration allows me to bring onley one guitar to rehearsals and gigs.
The finish is not that good, as with really light dings the paint flys away (this doesen't happen on my Stratocaster) but you couldn't expect more for the price.
I think this is an awesome entry level guitar, even will work as a giging weapon.
castleotto owns this item
I bought this guitar back in August of 2012 and could not be any more pleased with it. From the warm tones of the front pick up to the meaty grind of the split-tail humbucker it has it all. The tones and sustain are amazing. The neck plays like it's worn out and that's great. The transparent paint just makes it that much cooler! For anyone wanting a good telecaster at an affordable price this is the guitar for you.
mossyoak_outlaw owns this item
I bought this Tele about two months ago and couldn't be happier. The combination of wood (maple neck, pine body) and pick-ups is very well chosen, and I love the tonal versatility and playability of this Guitar! The neck and Middle pick-ups are extremely nice sounding (for my taste), in particular the middle Strat pickup has a beautiful bright shimmer. The flexibility of the pickup selections is just what I need to make this my workhorse ;-)
I have experimented with several string types in the past weeks, and the pure blues from DR, Cobalt slinky (Ernie Ball) as well as the Jazz Light Chromes all work very well with the Guitar.
I have really only one minor beef: The Bridge humbucker can be a bit 'shrill' in the single coil configuration, and I need to change tone, single coil switch, and or pick-up selection when I use this option. Other than that I am more than happy. Typically, I end up using the bridge single coil in combination with the middle bridge to balance the tone. I wonder if a pearly gates Seymour Duncan would be a good choice in this position?
I must say I am also very impressed with the level of craftsmanship coming out of China, this guitar was flawless when I received it. GREAT bang for the buck!
Zoltan Varga owns this item
|Model Name:||Modern Player Telecaster® Plus, Maple Fingerboard, Honey Burst|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Material:||1-Piece Maple|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Bridge Pickup:||Modern Player Humbucking|
|Middle Pickup:||Modern Player Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Modern Player Tele|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Dome|
|Auxiliary Switching:||Mini-Toggle Rear Coil Selector Switch|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
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