Guitar World tech editor Paul Riario recently performed a demo of the Fender Select Carved Maple Top Telecaster for the May issue of the magazine.
“Fender’s Select Series guitars are designed for players who want instruments with more upscale materials and features than Fender’s standard instruments but still (want to) retain that distinctive Fender vibe,” Riario wrote. “Select Series appointments include figured tonewood bodies and necks, specially voiced pickups, resonant lacquer finishes, and lighter body weight to enhance dynamics and response.
“As a result, Fender Select guitars sound as beautiful as they look, offering the appeal of a custom instrument at a considerably more affordable price. I looked at the Fender Select Carved Koa Top Telecaster and Select Carved Maple Top Telecaster, which offer similar features but different body materials.”