Fender American Special Telecaster Product Review

Fender is one of the world’s pioneers in manufacturing amplifiers, guitars, and bass guitars. They’re best known for the acclaimed Stratocaster and Telecaster series; both considered synonymous to electric guitars. With the addition of the Fender American Special Telecaster to the Telecaster series, Fender looks to add to its classic and beloved electric guitars.

Fender American Special Telecaster, Maple Fingerboard,...
  • Loaded with a two Texas Special Tele pickups, the American Special...
  • With a 9; 5" freeboard radius, Jumbo frets, and a satin-finished neck,...
  • Little extras like the Grease bucket tone circuit (rolls off high...

The Body

The body of the Fender American Special Telecaster is made of alder. This material helps in producing more balanced tones in the upper mid-range.  The guitar sports the classic Telecaster® shape and has a glossy polyurethane finish in vintage blonde color.

Its maple neck has a satin polyurethane finish and is bolted into the body with a standard truss rod for improved stability. The fingerboard is also made of maple and has a modern “C” shape with a radius of 9.5in. Its 22 jumbo-sized frets feature black dot inlays for better fret recognition.

The Electronics

The Fender American Special Telecaster has the Texas Special™ Single-Coil Tele for its neck and bridge pickups to help it produce classic tones. Each pickup is made of alnico 5 magnets that have wires coated with enamel and evenly distributed poles to pick up clear bass, mid-range, and high notes.

It also has two knurled dome control knobs for adjusting the guitar’s tone and volume. It also has a 3-way pickup switch which allows you to choose which pickup to use: (1) bridge only, (2) bridge and neck, and (3) neck only.

One thing that makes this guitar special is the Fender’s Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit. This allows you to hit high notes without sacrificing volume or adding emphasis to the bass while playing. It keeps the guitar from sounding muddy and helps maintain bright tones.

The Hardware

The bridge of the Fender American Special Telecaster is made of a 3-saddle American Vintage series design which features a string-through-body tailpiece with three brass barrels providing action to the strings.

The guitar also has a 3-ply pickguard colored in black to protect the body’s finish.  Also, this instrument comes with the Fender Super 250L strings with 0.009-0.042 gauges upon purchase.

The Price

The Fender American Special Telecaster costs around $1,000 on several online stores. It’s more affordable than competitors who offer the same features.

The package comes with a deluxe gig bag and a polishing cloth.

Features and Specs

  • Solid body made of alder
  • Prominent Telecaster® shape
  • Neck is made of maple and has a modern “C” shape
  • Maple fingerboard dotted with black block inlays
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • Texas Special™ Single-Coil Tele for the neck and bridge pickups
  • 3-saddle vintage bridge design
  • Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit
  • Weighs around 7.2lbs
  • Package includes deluxe gig bag and polishing cloth

Things Owners Love

Owners are amazed at the sound of the Fender American Special Telecaster. The warm and bright tones it can produce are perfect for playing country music and frisky jazz tunes. The Texas pickups also work really well with the Greasebucket circuits in producing consistent, crystal-clear notes. The guitar’s setup also blends perfectly with the 3-saddle bridge, eliminating the buzzing sounds coming from the bridge that’s common in other guitar models.

The guitar also features the same alnico 5 magnets and a body made of alder and maple which are commonly seen in more expensive models.

Although it may not have the typical range of Stratocasters, its Greasebucket circuit offers a wider variety of sound and better squealing ability. Some say its sound quality is at par with the infamous Highway One Stratocaster®.

Moreover, its well-crafted body and classic look immediately caught the heart of many musicians and guitar collectors. What’s good about the vintage blonde look is that you can match it with any pickguard color and still look fantastic and classy.

Meanwhile, the satin finish of the fretboard does not stick to your hand, which usually happens when you have a glossy finish.

The jumbo frets may be too large for some players, but its combination with the maple neck makes string bending easier.

What Needs Improvement

Whatever criticism hurled at the Fender American Special Telecaster boils down to user preference. Comments like the action height being too high or too low don’t pertain to the guitar’s quality and performance. Some even replaced the Greasebucket circuits with their preferred electronics to create a sound more suitable to their play style.

Conclusion



The Fender American Special Telecaster is an all-around electric guitar built for both professionals and those who play during their free time. It produces luscious tones excellent for playing almost any genre of music, except heavy metal. The Texas pickups, the 3-saddle barrel bridge, and the Greasebucket circuits all work perfectly together to enable users to play jazz, rock, and blues music.

Although this Telecaster is more affordable than its competitors who have similar features, Fender did not scrimp on the quality of materials used and the sound it can produce. It can very well be a classic in the near future, because of its overall performance and quality.

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