Throughout its history, Fender® has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic™, Mustang® and Musicmaster™ guitars), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value.
The Modern Player Telecaster® Thinline Deluxe guitar casts an already distinctive classic Telecaster model in a whole new light with a full-throated pair of single-coil Modern Player MP-90 pickups. Other features include a mahogany body, "C"-shaped maple neck, maple fingerboard with 9.5" radius and 22 medium jumbo frets, three-way toggle pickup switching, three-ply pickguard (parchment on Sunburst model; black-white-black on other models), four skirted amp knobs (two volume, two tone), vintage-style Stratocaster strings-through-body six-saddle hard-tail bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware. Available in 3-Color Sunburst and Black Transparent.
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This is one of many Teles I own. Breaking it down: The neck is quite good, some 0000 steel wool on the back makes it better. The body is exceptionally nice, fairly light, pretty, rock solid. The pickups are very good, good enough to gig. They are well balanced with both jangle and thick tones, and slightly hot, so they are quick to break up with just a little gain. The finish quality is superb. The neck on mine has some very nice moderate flaming throughout the neck, front and back. The mahogany has some very nice grain to it (I have the sunburst). I expected the guitar to sound thicker without a maple cap, but they managed to pull it off quite well. Tuners are the old vintage style, which I'm not a fan of, but even still, I think the quality is a bit lacking with these. Replacing them with modern tuners means redrilling holes and is not trivial, I've done it before. Overall finish quality actually beats MIM guitars and approaches US standards.
The electronics (switches/pots) are mediocre and beneath the quality of the rest of the guitar. You will get some pop and crackle in some models, particularly if you haven't played it in a while: ie: cheap metal parts. Replacing them with quality parts is inexpensive enough, but a hassle. I would put different caps on the neck pickup tone control which is just a little bit too dark but easily fixed when replacing the other parts. Many have done this and say it brightens it up just right. Sadly, the difference in making this a 4 star and a 5+ star breaks down to choice of a few part and caps, something that would have cost $10-$20 at the OEM level.
Still, if you swap out the tuners and all the knobs and switches, you are looking at less than $100 in parts (and that is for premium parts), a new fixed up MP Thineline will set you back less than $600, and you get an exceptional Thinline with good looks, unique tone, and is 100% gig-worthy. It is pretty hard to argue against that.
Dennis Brown owns this item
A lot of reviews I read are from people who upgraded from a much cheaper guitar to this, and naturally they rate it highly because it's so much better compared to what they had before, and they've never played anything that is a step or two better.
Well, I have! I "downgraded" when I bought this. lol
While driving through the states (I'm Canadian), I was in Chicago, and I literally went to every single pawn shop and music store in the city. I ended up a/b'ing two guitars, a Gibby LP, and this Tele. I bought it the tele, and after playing awhile with my two modded amps, I FINALLY got the sound I've been chasing.
I've been playing guitar for 13 years, and have gone through a lot of guitars and amps. This cheap guitar is what I grab every time I play now.
My only gripe is the hum/buzz - But with p90's... And I also live in a house with old wiring, dimmer switches, and electronics...below an electric junction box outside... Sometimes it's dead silent.
If you want to know what types of sound I've gotten out of it, I've FINALLY nailed the "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and Ziggy Stardust type sound, finally got the Ramble On sound (from It Might Get Loud - you know what I mean!). Ironic that I finally got a classic rock humbucker sound from a Tele with p90's!
This guitar cleans up beautifully if you roll the volume back, doesn't get muddy. I keep my amp at 10 and use my guitar's volume knob to control volume and overdrive. The semi-hollow body makes isn't prone to feedback but helps if you want to get some.
Doesn't stay in tune if you are big on string bending - I'd replace the tuner, nut and bridge. Personally, I'd do that before the pickups - I actually like the stock ones.
damien owns this item
As a big Fender fan, I have to admit this purchase left me feeling let down. The first thing that sent the alarm bells ringing was the bridge pick-up, which was very crooked, leaving me with the job of having to remove it and level out the foam underneath. Luckily, the build quality overall is not too bad and there were no real oversights on the rest of the guitar. But it just feels like a Squier - there's just something lacking that makes it truly feel like a proper Fender.
Again, the tone, I felt, was just missing something too. I play through a Vox AC15, Selmer TnB and other amps, and the general trend was that it fell flat. It wasn't a bad tone, but just nothing special or memorable, which pretty much sums up the guitar.
The last thing I'll say is just give it a good play before you buy it, which might sound obvious to some, but with the Fender label we've come to expect a certain level of quality, and I feel that this range of Modern Players (at least the 2 or 3 that I've played) may have been better suited with a Squier logo on the headstock instead.
MrColon owns this item
Received the guitar on 5/30/2014. This guitar is INCREDIBLE! When I removed it from the box all I had to do was lower the action and tune it up. There are no sharp fret edges, and all the frets are leveled. In the last 2 months I have purchased an Epiphone Casino, an Epiphone ES339 Ultra, A Gibson Les Paul Studio and a Gibson Les Paul Futura, and you may not believe me but this Fender Modern Tele is better built, feels better, plays way better than the other guitars and I can get the action super low without any fret buzz which I cannot do with the other guitars, and the Gibson's are Plek'd and yet the necks buzz! Also the Epiphone guitars have bad fret jobs done to them...fret buzz up and down the neck.
It seems that even though this Fender guitar was made in China it beats the Epi's and the USA made Gibson's I own in price, playability and workmanship. Oh yea, I only paid 399.00 for this guitar!
I don't know who is responsible in Fender for doing an incredible job on these new guitars but keep it up and every new and old guitar player will be buying a Fender guitar before they buy a Gibson!
I cannot see myself purchasing any more Gibson's and Epiphone's in the future, because if Fender can make a FANTASTIC guitar like this and sell it for only $399.00, then I have to stick with them.
ranselmo180 owns this item
There I was on Saturday afternoon, last thing on my mind, buy a new guitar... Wrong..
Thought I'd go and look at the new sound affects music store in Ormskirk..
Enter shop go upstairs, wow a veritable Aladdin's cave.. PRS room, Rickenbacker room, Acoustics, etc etc. Wandered into Fender room, SRV strat, Jags, Mustangs and hanging in the middle all by itself a Fender Modern Player thinline Tele.. How much !, must be a miss print.. Oh made in China..
After a session through a Princeton valve amp, said guitar is now in my living room..
Plays like a treat, no dead spots, intonation spot on, action spot on.. just feels right.. it's a guitar player thing, you can spot a dud a mile away.. controls all work, tone and volume, but one gripe, can't adjust pickups, up or down, will sort when re-stringing.. Tut tut Mr Fender Chinese or not no excuse for that.. Considering the price brand new, fit and finish would put many a more expensive guitar to shame.. Sounds good through my Mustang III amp, and through my Laney valve combo.. Give one a try, cracking value for money.
goldtop56 owns this item
I return yearly from Thailand to pick up a guitar. My wish list back when these came out was: P90's, semi hollow or hollow, maple fretboard, light weight. Budget was up to $1500. Saw at GC for $399, and took it home (almost disappointed wasn't more $, haha). Lovely to look at for the most part. Have the great sunburst and would like to get black pickguard, but how? (just too much white, imho). Also put some Gretsch knobs on to replace cheesy stock knobs. Dresses it up nicely. Took awhile for tuners to settle down, even went so far as to buy Grover replacements, but now (of course) they work just fine. Love vintage slot in top of tuners. Would like to get action lower, but does give that "bounce". Pickups sound great, too much hum when using line voltage, but doesn't bother me much as I usually play on beach thru Mini Mustang on batteries (nice guitar is lightweight too). All my controls work just fine, and do have major effect on sound (which I love, btw). I suggest trying a set of 11's, increase in sound quality worth the difference, which is minimal.
Emster 23 owns this item
I picked up this guitar on a classic trip to guitar store with nothing in mind and money BURNING a hole in my pocket(you can imagine the pain I was in). So i came across this Tele and impulse purchased knowing full well I would most likely be selling it in a month. Still got it...still love it. It's actually the guitar i play the most (throughout the week)...I dont know if we fell into a great run of these from a solid plant...or if its a fluke...or if we're all FOS...but I love mine...Not for sale.
ReadIculus owns this item
I was interested in a semi hollow body and was going to get a Epi Wildkat with P-90's but found this mink MP Tele on craig's list for $100 less then new so I picked it up. I have a Strat and thought a Tele would be a nice addition to my guitar collection. I did not expect it to be as nice as it is for the price point. Actually I find everything about it great other than maybe the finish is a little too glossy for my taste. Mine is the brown/black version and it is bathed in poly and they could have toned it down some, but I guess it does protect it well and the maple neck and headstock have that aged look so all in all I can't complain. I put new strings on it and it needed a good set up so I lowered the action and now it is very playable. I think the P90's sound fine on it and have no plans to change anything out. Just plug it in a play it. I would rate it a 4.5 if I could. Fit and finish is fine and quality of the components seem to be very acceptable. I am pretty sure it is not in the same league as a USA made tele, but I think it is every bit as good as a MIM tele and given the price you can't really beat it. Much better than a Squier in my opinion and for the money it is a good deal.
Tarheel72 owns this item
I have this beautiful fender telecaster bought 3 weeks ago.
I have a Gibson LP traditional and a fender stratocaster usa.
I must say although this guitar is made in china, it does have a nice sound and plays smoothly.
I have gained equal new strings and guitar better adjusted.
I think this is a good guitar for little money but has a fat sound.
I play mostly blues and classic rock and this is the perfect guitar for that.
Greetings from the Netherlands.
Sorry for my bad english.
levinn owns this item
I love the sound of P90 type pickups. So when I saw this Modern Player on the wall, I knew I had to have it. There is nothing not to like about the concept of this guitar. Hollow it out to make it super light. Load it up with P90 style pickups and you're off. Turn this guitar up and it sounds great. Big, beefy yet still clear and dynamic. But one thing is really bumming me out The one I got has a weird tone control for the neck pickup. It only works when the volume is on 10. Otherwise it does little if anything. Don't know why fender didn't decide to go with a master volume and master tone instead of a 2 volume 2 tone pot setup. I hate it. I'll be rewiring this telecaster very soon to be one volume and one tone. This is a great guitar for the money, just a poorly executed tone circuit.
itsscottwilder owns this item
First thing is that the adjustment allen screws had torn sharp edges on them, and they needed to be filed smooth; this is bad inspection in manufacturing. There is an ambient noise in the pickup like a hum, not a distorted hum, but like a, here's an oxymoron for you, it's like a silent hum; it's not bad, but it's still there. I like the strat string through bridge; it innovative and it is rock solid. I don't really use the whammy bar and this bridge idea is good. I’m not completely happy with the low-end growl; I like it, but it is a bit over powering, and trying to EQ it out is something I'm still working at? I think it's a great guitar; I love it and I'm happy I purchased it.
intune owns this item
I was looking for an inexpensive Telecaster and almost overlooked this one because of the MP90 pickups, but they sound great for blues and rock. The chambered body has great resonance making it good for practice without using an amp. The playability and tone make this great for a beginner because it will reward practice with good tone (and not the frustration of a cheap guitar that makes you struggle just to sound mediocre). For the non-beginner, it is a fun play and provides an inexpensive way to get that P90 tone.
randomguy owns this item
|Model Name:||Modern Player Telecaster® Thinline Deluxe, Maple Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Material:||Lightweight Semi-Hollow Mahogany|
|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|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Bridge Pickup:||Modern Player MP-90|
|Neck Pickup:||Modern Player MP-90|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail|
|Control Knobs:||Skirted Amp Knobs|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
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