Select instruments for select individuals. Introducing Fender Select series guitars and basses-true players’ instruments that put more than six decades of Fender experience and expertise on outstandingly appointed display and bring a wealth of high-end features and elegant design options to discerning musicians everywhere. With choice tone woods, figured tops, strikingly beautiful finishes, figured and quartersawn maple necks with compound-radius fretboards, specially voiced Fender Select pickups that deliver masterful tone, and other first-rate features, the U.S.-made Select Series puts Fender’s top-line best in capable hands-yours.
The Fender Select Telecaster elevates our very first legendary guitar model to the epitome of elegant style and formidable sonic substance, with a stunning Violin Burst gloss-lacquer finish and natural binding on a resonant honeycomb-chambered ash body with a solid flame maple top. Its modern “C” shaped birdseye maple neck has a comfortable contoured heel, Bi-Flex™ truss rod system for rock-solid stability, a satin lacquer back finish and rear-headstock “Fender Select” medallion. The smooth-playing compound radius birdseye maple fretboard (9.5”-14”) has 22 medium jumbo frets, stylish black pearloid position inlays and a gloss lacquer finish. Crisp, clear signature sound comes from new Fender Select Telecaster single-coil neck and bridge pickups with three-way switching and a no-load tone control that delivers the natural uncolored sound of the bridge pickup when dimed.
Other premium features include a three-ply pickguard (parchment-black-parchment), knurled chrome knobs, American Telecaster bridge with new American Standard bent steel saddles and stamped brass plate, deluxe staggered cast/sealed locking tuners and nickel-chrome or gold hardware. Custom G&G Fender Select case, strap, cable and polishing cloth included.
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This was the guitar I wanted as soon as I've seen it. The look is absolutely amazing, as you - everybody - surely can see. I've ordered one in a few months after I've seen it and the beauty came: the first impression was almost ecstatic. I loved the sound, the great sustain at all point of the neck, but the guitar really lacked the playability that you can feel, touching e.g. top series' Ibanez.
The tone was not quite what I had expected. Oh, it was beautiful, but I guess my expectations went just too far. It didn't sound like 52RI telecaster, the Select Tele doesn't have that huge and punchy twang. Still, guitar has a great clean and crunch bluesy sound.
When I tried to play something harder, e.g. Richie Kotzen, guitar was lacking that solid sound of non-chambered RK Tele (even with DiMarzio Chopper in the bridge position).
So, maybe I just didn't understand this beautiful Telecaster, or maybe it is really quite abstract to play something definite. Thus, the whole review is just my own opinion!
Good luck and play Fender!
llewelyn owns this item
My first impression is, of course the beauty of this guitar! The looks, feel, and ease of playing is what dreams are made of. It has very nice tone and sustain. Except for the maple top and pickups, the select is very much like my american deluxe tele. ( another fine guitar ) I would like to know more about the pickups, other than just calling them select pickups. Also seems to be static while just handling, hope it is not a grounding problem. None of my other six guitars have this issue. All in all I am very happy with my Fender American Select ! I see by other comments, i'm not the only one who is surprised Fender would let the case go out with such fine guitars. Like it was said before, the high E tuner is against the inside and dose put it out of tune. I thought at first the guitar was slightly long for the case, but my other tele fits the same way. I think it should be a warranty issue, by the case maker! I am a fan of ash bodies, my other tele, and strat are also ash. This is a guitar to be proud of! My Five Star Rating, is for the guitar, not the case!
bogeyboy owns this item
I have owned many electric guitars (Jackson American Soloist, Parker Fly Mojo, Fender Strat, Fender American Tele, Gibson Les Paul and Gibson 335) and I come close to saying that this guitar is my favorite. It is just flat out beautiful and is fun and easy to play and get all kinds of great sounds. This is no one-trick pony. Mine has the gold hardware (honestly, could you do any different on this one?) and I just love to look at it. Great woods, finish, and binding on top. Beautiful, beautiful birds-eye maple neck with cool aged-looking stain. And I agree with the other reviews. How Fender could allow these guitars to go out with a case that doesn't fit is just mind boggling. Mine has the same issue but we all live with it because we LOVE this guitar.
I have the HSS Select Strat too but this Select Tele is just special.
patrickhanly owns this item
I have had my gold Select for almost a year, and i still love the beauty and ease of playing. No picture does this justice, and the quality of the tone is super. As for the minor problem of the tuner button hitting the case, three seconds of tuning fixes that.
ira1947 owns this item
I was looking to buy a a new high end electric guitar to upgrade my old Telecaster (Partscaster) I had been playing for years. It had USA pickups and served me well. I originally wanted to get a PRS Hollowbody 2. I went to one of the big guitar stores here in QLD, Australia and played it for a good 30 minutes. Nothing. No wow factor. Nothing. It sounded good, but the neck was uncomfortable and I was a bit annoyed.
Then I decided to play some Telecasters. I was originally playing a Deluxe Telecaster, but then the guy brought out the Select Tele with Gold Hardware. I plugged it in and WOW. I HAD to have it. The neck felt right at home and it sounded awesome.
I payed a freaking mint for it, but it was worth every penny. It looks a million dollars and I love it. The only gripe I have with it is the stupid case. The high E string tuner does not sit in the case unless it is at right angles with the case - so annoying. I notice that every single review, the case has been mentioned. The tweed looks great though. I am sad that the gold hardware will tarnish with age, but that's ok. It also gets dirty very easily. I polish it after I play it and it comes up brilliantly. The old 9 gauge strings on it were rubbish and rusted after the first time I played it, but I just put a set of 10-46 Elixirs and it is singing now.
Highly recommended! Love it!
kingcat119 owns this item
why did i buy this guitar?
well the story is, I got a good bonus from work, so i thought i would treat myself to a guitar. So, I went to my dealer an ordered/paid for the 2012 custom deluxe strat, but after 2 months of Fender Australia not being able to give an ETD I was getting worried that i might lose my money so i went back to the dealer and chose the Select tele with gold hardware.
I am glad i did, this is such a beautiful guitar and it plays so nicely. Even though i am only a beginner, i do appreciate quality.
The only thing i am disappointed in is the lack of care and communication from Fender Aust Staff, but over all an outstanding product.
Pros: Flame maple top is stunning
Nice Birdseye maple neck
Not too heavy
has a no load tone position
It has a really nice Twang sound to it
It comes with a really nice Tweed Case
Cons: The guitar doesn't fit in the case properly
the lacquer finish is soft and easily marked
It would be nice if the gold hardware model also had locking tuners
the rubber/vinyl on guitar stands will damage the lacquer finish
jgpollen owns this item
I own this guitar and it is wonderful! Way more aesthetically pleasing than any photo I have seen on the internet. It plays and sounds awesome. The locking tuners are fantastic!
The only problem I encounter is that the beautiful Select case that it comes in was not properly designed. You literally have to push the guitar into place and the result is that the high E string ALWAYS comes out of tune. I started researching and it turns out that most people that own this guitar also encounter this same issue. I find it weak that Fender would overlook this especially considering the price of this beauty.
I wish it was a solid body and not chambered but overall I am very satisfied with this purchase! Hope to get a Select Jazzmaster next!
promethean owns this item
I almost let this guitar get away. I was looking at purchasing a Telecaster but didn't know if I wanted to buy this one or not but I'm glad I did. I purchased the one with the gold hardware and when it arrived it was beautiful. Pictures do not do this guitar justice. This giutar has so much detail you have to see it to believe it. The tones of this Tele is to die for and the neck is as smooth as butter. Fender did a great job on this guitar. The setup, tone, and playability is spot on. I highly recommend this Telecaster. Thanks Fender for a great guitar.
tonyclark1 owns this item
This one did it all for me. Looks, feel, playability and sound. After I got this one I got rid a quite a few guitars. A couple Fenders and even my LP Custom. I go through a lot of guitars, but this one is a keeper.
Dave Ferrell owns this item
|Model Name:||Fender® Select Telecaster®, Birdseye Maple Fingerboard, Gold Hardware, Violin Burst|
|Body Material:||Chambered Ash with Flame Maple Top|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Lacquer|
|Neck Material:||Bird's Eye Maple|
|Neck Finish:||Satin-Lacquer Back, Gloss-Lacquer Front|
|Neck Shape:||Forma "C" moderna|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||Radio variable de 9.5"-14" (241mm-355.6mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Médium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Hueso sintético de cejuela|
|Nut Width:||1.685" (42.8 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Incrustaciones de posición de punto|
|Truss Rods:||Sistema de doble alma Bi-Flex|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Cejilla 1/8" American Series|
|Neck Plate:||Placa de mástil de 4 tornillos con Micro-Tilt™ (Micro-inclinación)|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fender Select Single-Coil Tele|
|Neck Pickup:||Fender Select Single-Coil Tele|
|Controls:||Volumen Master (con selector S-1™) , potenciómetro master de tono "sin carga|
|Pickup Switching:||Selector de 3 posiciones: Posición 1: Pastilla del puente, Posición 2: Pastillas de mástil y puente, Posición 3: Pastilla del mástil|
|Special Electronics:||Control de tono sin carga ™|
|Bridge:||American Tele con las selletas del nuevo American Standard y la base estampada|
|Hardware Finish:||Nickel/Chrome or Gold|
|Tuning Machines:||Clavijero Deluxe de metal con botones en nácar|
|Control Knobs:||Estilo estriado cromado|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Natural Binding, Chambered Body, Contoured Heel and Body, Fender Select Medallion|
|Included Accessories:||Cloth, Strap, Custom Shop Cable|
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