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Fender American Special Telecaster Electric Guitar (Maple with Gig Bag), Vintage Blonde

Get USA build quality for a great price. Texas Special single-coils give this Telecaster plenty of bite, while the Greasebucket circuit rounds out your tone. (41) Read 22 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Fender USA Special Tele Vintage Blonde

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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Alder body Light weight with a wide tonal range
C-shaped neck profile Comfortable, rounded oval shape
Texas Special pickups Delivers snappy and hot midrange; great for blues
Custom cut-off Tele bridge, 3 brass saddles Signature GE Smith design; added body feel

An Iconic American-Made Tele for Under $1000!

Take the leap to a genuine American-made Fender with the American Special Telecaster. Sporting two extra-hot Texas Special pickups, this Fender gushes with the quintessential tone of a Tele. Crafted by the masters at Fender's California facility with sturdy hardware and excellent tonewoods, the American Special captures the very best in the Telecaster's long legacy of superb tone and playability.

Texas Special Single-Coils for Classic Tele Twang

Like any Fender Telecaster, the American Special carries the classic sparkle and twang that helped define country music in the '50s. The dual Texas Special single-coils provide plenty of high-output tone to cover your country bases and any other style.

Fender Greasebucket Tone Circuit

For players who want to take a break from the Tele twang now and then, the Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off high-end without affecting bass, providing a more robust sound for anything from hard rock to jazz. Try fiddling with the Greasebucket mid-song and experiment with some funky wah-esque effects.

Features:

- Classic wood combination of alder body, maple neck, and maple fretboard
- Dual Texas Special single-coil pickups for famous Telecaster tone
- Chrome hardware with triple saddle vintage-style bridge
- Comfortable modern C-shape neck profile
- Innovative Greasebucket tone circuit
- Included deluxe gig bag

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Specifications
- Model Name: American Special Telecaster(R)
- Model Number: 011-5802-(Color #)
- Series: American Special Series
- Body: Alder
- Neck: Maple, Modern C Shape, (Gloss Urethane Finish)
- Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5 Radius (241 mm)
- No. of Frets: 22 Jumbo Frets
- Pickups: 1 Texas Special Tele Pickup (Bridge), 1 Texas Special Tele Pickup (Neck)
- Controls: Master Volume, Master Greasebucket Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)

Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade:
- Position 1. Bridge Pickup
- Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup
- Position 3. Neck Pickup

- Bridge: Original Vintage Tele Bridge with 3 Brass Saddles
- Machine Heads: Fender(R) Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
- Hardware: Chrome
- Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
- Scale Length: 25.5 (648 mm)
- Width at Nut: 1.6875 (43 mm)
- Unique Features: Greasebucket(TM) Tone Circuit, 3 Texas Special Pickups, Large 70s Style Decal, Black Pickup Covers and Plastic Parts, Brass Bridge Saddles, Black Dot Position Inlays, Barrel Switch Tip
- Strings: Fender USA, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024w, .032, .042)
- Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag, Polishing Cloth
- Case: Deluxe Gig Bag
- Introduced: 1/2010

Notice: Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Vintage Blonde
Shipping Weight: 14 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 15 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0115802307
Blemished, Vintage Blonde
Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 17 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0115802307
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-488-1818

Fender American Special Telecaster

Fender introduces the American Special Series Telecaster. Everything you want in an affordable U.S.-made guitar is within your reach. Features include an alder body with gloss urethane finish, 9.5"-radius maple neck, jumbo frets, Texas Special(TM) pickups, and vintage-style three-brass-saddle strings-through-body Telecaster bridge. The American Special Series--guitars for the times.

Features:

- Classic wood combination of alder body, maple neck, and maple fretboard
- Dual Texas Special humbuckers delivering famous Telecaster tone
- Chrome hardware with triple saddle vintage-style bridge
- Comfortable modern C shape neck profile
- Innovative Greasebucket tone circuit
- Included deluxe gig bag
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (41 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
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Overall: The American Special Telecaster is a great purchase; modded in just the right places, costs trimmed only where it's okay. This means that the newer poly finishing materials used are of great quality - and in the case of my Olympic White guitar, perfectly executed. This, along with the gig bag, also of high quality, in lieu of a hard case, probably accounts for most of the $300 you save not getting the American Standard, which admittedly has nicer finishing on the headstock and a more vintage looking decal. But the '70's decal of the Special qualifies as vintage too, if that matters. The '70's vibe is furthered, especially with the white guitars, by the cool black 3-ply pickgaurd. Another cost cutter is the vintage three-toed bridge, which in my opinion has better tone - the fewer moving parts, the more tone - and looks better and more streamlined than it's more expensive modern counterpart. Out of the box three of the strings were not intonated perfectly but the guitar did wonderfully at a gig the very day I pulled it from the box. Nice work, Q.C. guy! If it's that important you can get modified retrofit saddles from several sources for as little as $16 (which I did). The tuners here were used on the Am. Standard before that guitar got the staggered version and like most Fender tuners I find them over-sized and blocky looking, but that's just me, as they work beautifully. The pickups are Texas Specials and simply put, I love them. No noiseless, humbucking or boutique job will ever make me part with these. Beef, output, articulation, woody sensitivity and tele twang abound. If these don't work for you, then a Telecaster is probably not the right guitar for you. Top this off with a 9.5 radius and huge frets and this is probably the ultimate Tele without springing the dough for a B-Bender.
Style of Music: Rock, folk, 60's and 70's country, Americana, British Hard Rock.
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Overall: I have been playing guitar for 50yrs, I have played worship in church 25 to 30 yrs. I have been in rock and country bands. I am considered a professional I guess I have been paid a few times here and there, and paid pretty good. I have owned a lot of guitars in my life - Peavey, Jackson, G&L, Gibson and even a custom guitar from Prestige in Canada. But I must say this American special Tele from Fender is one of the most versatile guitars I have ever played. The CS Texas Special pickups are awesome, they are what I would call earcandy. All my other guitars have been resting in their case since I got this tele. It now is my go to guitar and I just love it. It sounds great with every amp I have played it through. I use a Rivera Clubster Royale 112. I have played it using Peavey amps, Fender amps, and Marshalls. It never cease's to amaze me. Do yourself a Favor call the boys up at zZounds and get one in your collection, you won't be sorry. I forgot to say my old 63 year old hands love the Jumbo frets and the neck on it, it's a pleasure to play.
Style of Music: Christian, blues,country,rock,metal, some jazz
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