Professional guitarists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender® Telecaster® guitar since its early 1950s introduction for its powerful tone and smooth playability. The Standard Telecaster combines the best of old and new, with hotter single-coil pickups, shielded body cavities, medium jumbo frets, six-saddle strings-through-body bridge, cast/sealed tuners, tinted neck, parchment pickguard and control knobs, and '70s-style headstock logo.
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Thirty years ago, the teenaged me deeply desired a Fender Telecaster. Such was my enthusiasm for the iconic instrument that a well-meaning relative gave me a (very) bad copy. It did not put me off. Many years and a handful of better made instruments later, I finally bought an original.
At the time, my budget would only extend to a Standard, but am in no way disappointed with the product. My 2014 model is solidly built, I think it looks great in Lake Placid Blue and the slim neck is a dream to play.
I can't really compare or comment on the quality of the stock pickups, but certainly I'm pleased with how they sound through my Orange Crush practice amp. Sufficiently so that I've suspended using any effects other than a touch of overdrive. It's all she needs to achieve the tones I was dreaming of. The distortion effects I've tried with her come out weedy, so I'll park them for use with my humbucked Epiphone Genesis.
Setup from the store was poor, and she suffered from serious fret buzz from the wound strings up to the fifth fret. However, one not-to-be-underestimated advantage of Fender equipment I've found is that adjustment of neck relief, string and pickup height and intonation is exceptionally straightforward. All fret buzz eradicated with minimal fuss.
One area for improvement could be shielding. When I'm alone in the house the slight EF hum disappears entirely when playing both pickups in middle position, but there's a trace of it if my girlfriend is reading under a lamp or watching television. The pickup cavities are black which suggests they've received shielding spray, but I'll sort that with copper tape. Regardless, this is just that expected hazard when chasing that single coil sound, and I've suffered much, much worse.
Overall, I love it, and I'd buy another Mexican made instrument without hesitation. Oops, I already did! A Standard Stratocaster, but that's another review ...
Atropine_AJL owns this item
I bought this Tele about a couple of weeks ago, the first time i picked it up i felt great value and the great history behind it. The Telecaster is my favorite guitar, and since i entered into the guitar world, Fender got my attention whith this beautiful masterpiece.
This really well made and crafted guitar has a great finish on it and the maple fretboard feels incredible, the fact that it is made in Mexico makes it unique a Fender´s factory in Mexico also has a great history and great guitar builders, i think it´s really worth buying.
It sounds Amazing, it feels comfortable and light. I think the pickups on it are good but after a while i would like to change them for other ones who have more warmth on them eventhough the lip pickup has a really great tone and the bridge one has a great vintage feel to it.
So that´s all i have to say about it for now...
Thank you very much for taking your time.
A PROUD Fender User,
Danochoa owns this item
I had never really considered Fender until I bought my first strat. It was so easy to play, so that was it. I was looking for a tele and found a TC on line, so bought it. Great guitar and sound. Recently I was in my local guitar center and picked up a standard tele in arctic white. Very comfortable in the hand, and sounds great. This one had a small chip in the paint, so I got it for $100 bucks less. Absolute steal. I am going to leave this one stock for a while, but may drop in some Seymour Duncan little 59's.
steviegee owns this item
Awesome quality for its low price. This guitar just feels awesome to play, totally worth the $500
funkypunkyloco owns this item
I bought this guitar a few days ago and i just love it. I picked it up in the shop, rested it on my knee and just played. The neck width, control positions and shape just seemed to fit me. Intonation and setup was spot on although I'll probably tune to open G for slide soon.
This is my first Telecaster, I've always played a Les Paul and 2 Strats before but this could very well end up being my main intsrument.
The finish is great (Lake Placid Blue) and the satin finish on the neck is smooth and slick, my fingers can really fly.
I had been looking at a Squier CV 50's but when I got to compare them there was'nt really any contest (or I had a Squier lemon). The Fender has the beans and was well worth the extra bucks.
dutchdave owns this item
This guitar is pretty good for its price. Some of the hardware could be better, but other than that its great.
caleb owns this item
I just bought my first Tele this weekend. It's my favorite guitar I've ever owned. The tone blew me away when I played it with Kustom head and Fender cab.
I was playing with really expensive amps while I tested the guitar before I bought it, and was really surprised that even with my equipment it was just as clean, and with great range tuned down.
Over all I love the guitar, my only con, is that the input on mine can't use angled inputs because it's about .5" into body. Overall that doesn't really matter and has no effect on the sound.
Yamez owns this item
I couldn't be happier with this purchase. It's listed here for $670 and I got mine for $500 and it was the best purchase of my life. I am very pleased with this guitar and love the way it plays.
mgatens093 owns this item
The value of this guitar is incredible! Everybody should have a telecaster and this is the cheapest(legal) way to get one. Don't let the price fool you, this is a great instrument and for such a low cost you don't need to worry about gigging with it. I prefer the vintage style bridge but that's a pretty easy thing to replace. Just buy the guitar, you'll be glad you did!
andrewKevans owns this item
AMAZING GUITAR. I recommend it to everyone. Great tone but I have to say the pickups are pretty soft and quiet and the jack loosens up really quickly, but overall it's an amazing guitar, looks fantastic and sounds even better! And for the price, it's a steal.
JeffoVo owns this item
I'm very impressed with the quality of this guitar considering the price. Mine has the quality of a guitar I would expect to pay more for and I own various brands of more expensive guitars. The pickups sound great, the frets aren't too high or low when checked with a fret rocker. After a quick neck setup to my tastes it plays and sounds great no matter which of my amplifiers I use. They also didn't skimp on other parts as I found out with their strats, the tuners are nice and solid, nice bridge, the nylon nut could have been better but forgivable at the guitar as a whole at the price range.
kmeals9898 owns this item
For all of you people that review and complain about how your guitar was set up poorly from the factory and arrived in terrible playing shape, do not blame Fender. If you thought about the time of year you ordered it and how the guitar goes through so many climate changes from the time it leaves the factory or store til it gets to you, you would understand that every guitar is going to change with the heat, cold and humidity or lack of humidity and you are going to have to set it up when it arrives. It is not fair to blame Fender for the way it played right out of the box. It just came out of a box for crying out loud and was shipped in a truck where it got thrown around by the shipping handlers. It will be out of sorts until you set it up to your standards of playing. We all have our guitars set up to play for each of our own tastes and playing styles. Some like the action lower than others, some like it higher. Do you set your guitar up to the standard numbers in the Fender manual. Right! So stop complaining about this and set it up before you play it. Then give it your best review. I just got my 6th Fender Tele, a Candy Apple Red MIM Standard for Christmas 2013 and it is gorgeous. Plays like a dream because I set it up to my playing standards first. Flawless fit and finish. Awesome tone! Rock on Fender lovers. 40 plus years of rockin, play out almost every weekend and I still love it! And I love my Fender Guitars!!! Have a blessed 2014 Fender!
RockinRonnie owns this item
My wife bought me this fine MIM telecaster 4 month ago for my 42nd birthday. I own a 93 strat , 91 LP standard and acoustic guitar and always like to have a tele.
this guitar is absolutely perfect, i play blues and classic rock .
the sound is great clean and dirty very comfy neck very good quality made. Great value for money, the only thing i didnt like is that this guitar doesnt come with gig bag or hard case .
I will recomend this guitar 100%
7dandi owns this item
Had this guitar for almost 4 years now, and I love everything about it. You can get any sound you want with this, any. Perfect guitar!
Hsab owns this item
This is officially my first Fender guitar. I have a Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass and an Affinity Telecaster. I wasn't satisfied anymore with my Tele. I always end up borrowing my friend's tele which is US made. Unfortunately there wasn't a US made Tele available where I'm at now so when i got to the store I found a Mexican made Coxon signature tele and this Midnight Wine Tele. I didn't think twice and paid for it. Now I'll be using it mostly on my gigs. And wouldn't worry about buzzing frets and the neck. Now it's so smooth to play and I don't worry much on humming. This is the beginning of my collection. Gotta work more to buy more. Kudos. Fender.
radiopill owns this item
I have had the Lake Placid Blue model for a few days now. Fit and finish is a 10, playability is a 10+, feel is a 10.
I think we don't get a 22 fret or molded body because who would buy the American Standard? This is, I believe, more historically accurate to the traditional Telecasters.
I had an American Fender Stratocaster about 15 years ago never really got a good feel for it. So when it was stolen no tears. I used to hate the look of the Telecaster but I guess my tastes have changed. The shape and design simplicity is now beautiful to me. I love hard tails, I have a "Super Strat" locking Trem and PRS SE with Trem so I have Trems. I am basically a Gibson Guy and really a Les Paul Guy. And make no mistake I still love my 3 to 4 times more expensive Les Paul. But there are certain songs and qualities of the way this Tele plays better in sound and feel. Make no mistake the Les Paul plays others better and vice versa. Having both is the best of both worlds. I would not say the Les Paul plays better or worse. The Tele feels to itself and is pure joy. Of course obvious Tele is design and construction less intricate than a Pauli but in hands and feel and sound it is every bit at the same level and completely has sound qualities all it's own.
Already ordered the Fender Chrome pickup cover to give it some unique look.
What neck should you get? Maple or Rosewood? Whichever you like. My 5 other Guitars have Rosewood so nice to get a Maple neck. It really plays and feels with great ease. Action is as low any guitar without buzz. I put 10's on and action and feel is still great.
This is a professional level guitar. Sure you can get better electronics or pickups but what it has is not crap. It is quality.
FrankTF owns this item
A few years ago Fender released the squier classic vibe series and in doing so have created a monster. Not only were they the best selling guitars in many guitar shops ( with particular high praise going to the 50's tele) but it brought about a resurgence in the quality levels that squier was known for in the 80's with their japanese stuff. The problem was of course that Fender seem to have shot themselves in the foot. I mean if such a well built telecaster is now purchasable for 150 pounds less why bother with this one?
Because this is NOT a showpiece or a toy. The Standard telecaster is Still the daddy of the price range because it is the guitar you want to play the moment you pick it up and aside from the tummy cut on the back ( the only thing i gave the design a 4 for) i dare any blindfolded person to tell this and the american standard apart. The wonderfully rolled frets make playing this guitar so easy, individual saddles give you precise intonation adjustment, and the removal of the 'ashtray' sides make for more comfort when scat picking, ( big funk plus point ). The pickups are ballsy and a huge step forward in terms of balance from the squier ones and as the magnets are wound the same way in the pickups the strings ring true loud and proud which has always been this guitars one up on its thinner sister the strat. But by far the best thing about this guitar is the neck. It fills the hand nicely but is far from a cricket bat which lets the strings ring even louder and prouder and to ice the cake the satin finish on the back of the neck topped with a glossy fretboard is just the dogs whatsits.
The squier is a very good guitar and possibly the best guitar you could buy of its type for around 300 pounds. But if your looking for true value I.e. Money over performance. This is the best telecaster your money will buy pound for pound. I adore it.
fretfrog owns this item
Nice touch, nice vibe, nice finish, real good pickups, vintage vibe and modern and the same time... This guitar is really well made overall, nothing to complain and everything to enjoy each time I play it.
Chrispygrunch owns this item
I would tell anyone to buy this guitar. I can't believe how good it sounds for the price. I was looking at an American Standard Tele but saw this one and said, "Let me give it a shot." Well, an hour later I was walking away with this one and am more than happy with my decision. The tone is exactly what I want. I can get a blues rock sound that I love. My only complaint is the rough square body, but hey when you want a tele you expect that. It isn't the most comfortable guitar ever but I still love it. As soon as I set my hands on this Telecaster, I loved it! I would definitely rate it as one of the best guitars I have played on. It's affordable and simply brilliant. It's an absolute tone machine, and I got along with the feel of the guitar very well. It has traditional Telecaster twang and is extremely versatile. I had no problems with it whatsoever, and everyone I showed it to loved it!
david-mercury owns this item
I would tell anyone to buy this guitar. I can't believe how good it sounds for the price. I was looking at an American Standard Tele but saw this one and said let me give it a shot, well an hour later I was walking away with this one and am more than happy with my decision. The tone is exactly what I want, I can get a blues rock sound that I love. My only complain is the rough square body, but hey when you want a tele you expect that. It isn't the most comfortable guitar ever but I still love it.
tdond owns this item
As soon as I set my hands on this Telecaster, I loved it! I would definitely rate it as one of the best guitars I have played on. It's affordable and simply brilliant. It's an absolute tone machine and I got along with the feel of the guitar very well. Has traditional Telecaster twang and is extremely versatile. Had no problems with it whatsoever and everyone I showed it to loved it!
richiejshreds owns this item
I am a Fender man through and through but never really knew how much so until I went to the factory in Mexico. I was amazed by the fact the MIM Fender guitars were almost all made by hand !! Machine rough cut and then every detail from that point on was by hand, body shaping, neck work and frets. I own 27 Fender guitars and amps, I have 6 CD's and 2 grammy nominations and I have 2 Fender tattoos that got me listed on Fender as one of the 60 greatest random acts of rock and roll, so I know what i'm talking about when I say "there ain't no better guitar and amp on the market than Fender". Big Mike "Big Mike and The Booty Papas" Macon, Ga.
bootypapa owns this item
When I first saw my Tele at one at the local music stores, I knew I had to have it. Every day I could, I went to play it. I love the Midnight Wine color, the feel of the neck, the controls, the sounds, everything. It's even got a beauty mark on the headstock. The tones at my fingertips go from dreamy to dreary to fury and everything in between. I may not have been the first owner of my Tele, but I won't part with this guitar quite so easy as the last owner.
victor_plaza owns this item
Love playing this guitar! For me the neck is perfect making the guitar very playable. Sure a telecaster doesn't have as many features as some other guitars but thats the beauty of it, its so simple! That sound that it kicks out is unbeatable! Wouldn't ever get rid of my tele, timeless design, awesome sound and endlessly playable, a must have guitar!
mike_89_ owns this item
I have had this guitar for 19 years now. I had it professionally set up the day after I bought it. I also put Texas Special Pickups in it back in 1998. I also changed the pickguard on it over 10 years ago. This guitar is "Da Bomb" This is my second favorite guitar, My other is a 89 Tele. This guitar has been played a lot, the neck has been worn down and the fretboard is heavily worn, the frets are almost wore out. it still looks and sounds great. A natural relic. This guitar has been all over the west coast and used to record. I paid $350 for this back in 1994 when I bought it. This well loved and well played guitar has served me well. When it gets to the point it's unplayable I'm going to hang it on my studio wall
guido owns this item
I really like my 2011 60th Anniversary Standard Telecaster. It's a somewhat rare color, White Chrome Pearl - a sparkly silvery finish. The neck on this guitar is really nice and it was set up well out of the box, but I had it set up by a pro. Good fretwork. The downfall of this guitar is the ceramic pick ups. I replaced the bridge pick up with a GFS 63 Tele Pro model and it changed this guitar into a hot country twanger. The Fender Standard Tele is one of the best values out there...well worth the 499.00 even with the lower grade pick ups.
Iowacarver owns this item
I have a Red Telecaster that I use as my "tune down" guitar. Looks great and is a solid performer. Love the twang sound and it is great for Blues.
trshannon674 owns this item
The Telecaster has a tried and true design that still looks fresh after over 60 years.The solid construction and great ergonomics,plus the great tone and playability contribute to the Tele still being one of the world's most popular and revered guitars.I've owned my beautiful Midnight Wine Tele for 6 years and it still looks new.The Tele sounds incredible when played clean yet it also sounds great when played through an overdrive,distortion or an overdriven amp.A lot of people wrongly brand the Tele as a country guitar but it can be used in just about any genre of music and even famed jazz guitarist Ed Bickert has played one for decades.Although it is well known for its icepick sharp treble response, by just rolling off the tone pot you can get mellow tones even from the bridge pickup.I think that no guitar collection is truly complete unless it contains at least one Tele because the Tele's tone is so identifiable and unique,no other guitar can replicate its wonderful classic sound.
guitslinger owns this item
Fantastic design and excellent finish on this fine instrument, the neck finish is a work of art. It has a really great tone, both pickups boom out at you which I find really great.
I have got to admit though, I was unhappy with the initial set up of my guitar and was surprised at that aspect of it. It's all sorted now and I don't think you can go past one of these as an entry level guitar. It's solid build quality and worthy of the Fender name.
ghostrider22 owns this item
I have a this in a Brown Sunburst. I have modified it heavily but never due to play-ability. Has played great from day one. I bring this one out for the Blues Gigs.
omicronkappa278 owns this item
I have owned a highway one, blacktop, and American deluxe tele and the Mexican standard is my favorite. Love the neck and the fit and finish are awesome , mine is white . The maple neck feels so good . The pickups sound awesome hotter then a strat more articulate then a humbucker, but I am installing noiseless fender pickups to get rid of hum picked up from my computer when recording . The saddles on the bridge don't dig into my hand like some tele bridges . If you are looking for a workhorse guitar that can do anything you can't go wrong . I even use this for metal and its articulate and thick with the right amp settings. For very dirty blues , rock it's awesome. The articulation is also perfect for modulation , delays and reverbs for more soundscape tones like U2 magwai, and such. I don't need to tell you about the cleans and country tones there will be plenty of other reviews doing that.
supercooltattoo owns this item
I bought a used 2008 Tele Standard several months ago on a whim to see whether I'd like Teles or not. Well, the answer was a resounding yes! I played my Standard live for about two months before I bought my Highway One Tele. The Standard is sunburst with a beautiful piece of wood underneath, but it was very heavy. Not all of them are, just mine in particular. And on 4+ hour long gigs, my Highway One soon replaced it as my go to guitar.
Tone wise, my Highway One sounds a little better to me but I replaced the pickups with American Standard pickups so it's not really a fair comparison. I'm not a big fan of the ceramic magnet pickups in the MIM Standards, but they're easy enough to replace if you want to try something else. The neck is thicker than the average Strat, but just right for the average Tele. And I blame it for turning me into a Tele fanatic!
texasguitarslinger owns this item
My workhorse guitar. Does everything I ask of it. I have a 1996 top-loader. Doesn't suffer in tone. In fact, it seems to have a little more spank to it than a string-through. Jim Campilongo could tell you all about that, though. Anyway, I digress. Great guitar.
butchwr owns this item
This is the standard, most basic Fender Telecaster available, but that doesn't mean it's missing anything. The classic tele twang is there, plus some smooth rhythm tones from the neck pickup. This is a surprisingly versatile instrument! It sounds great, though many will find the tone control is only useful in the highest %25, and has a really solid feel. The build quality is great, especially for an entry level guitar. I haven't had any noise or hum issues with this, and the only upgrade I want to make any time soon is putting in a 4-way switch.
szechuan owns this item
This guitar feels great and has a beautiful tone. Comparing these to the american standard, I'd go with the standard every time. These are well built guitars that are in every way just as playable as guitars twice the price.
wrains owns this item
Bought one of these as my first electric back in 1996. Has been my #1 ever since. Great sounding instrument right out of the box and just reeks of quality. Sturdy build, classic design and quintessential tone! I highly recommend plugging into a nice all tube Fender and getting swept away to tone heaven!
MexiTele owns this item
I bought this guitar almost 2 months ago, and have played it everyday since. I was in the market for a Tele' as I always liked the style, and the twang of these guitars. I tried all three, the Squire Classic Vibe, the Standard and American Standard, and settled for the Standard. It feels like an American Standard, it plays like an American Standard and for half the price. The pickups are nice, very clear, the bridge pickup has that famous Tele' twang, very playable, comfortable in your hands, the weight is a bit heavier then the American Standard but not overly. As far as I can tell all the hardware is identical as the American, my only concern was a small dent in the wood that had been painted over, but its really nothing to worry about. Overall and excellent guitar, at an excellent value.
Fordy_Styles owns this item
|Model Name:||Standard Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Candy Apple Red, No Bag|
|Color:||Candy Apple Red|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||3/16" Hex Adjustment|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Standard Single-Coil Tele|
|Neck Pickup:||Standard Single-Coil Tele|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Standard Strings-Through-Body Tele with Block Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender Standard Cast/Sealed|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Switch Tips:||Barrel Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
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