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Buying Guide: Fender Telecasters

Fender Telecaster: The One That Started It All

The Telecaster has a long and rich history that parallels the rise of rock and roll. As the Big Band era drew to a close, musicians sought new ways to recreate the sound and power of large horn sections. Originally, electromagnetic pickups were attached to hollow-bodied archtop guitars to amplify their volume, but as the dance halls and roadhouses of America grew larger, the need to fill their space with sound grew as well. Archtops fell victim to feedback at high volumes, so the need for an affordable, durable solidbody guitar was apparent. Released in 1951, the Fender Telecaster became the first commercially successful solidbody guitar -- and it completely changed the musical landscape.

The Telecaster's elegant design begins with its iconic single-cutaway body. The cutaway allowed country players access to the higher frets while reducing the guitar's total weight, making it very comfortable to play. The neck and fingerboard were also designed with speed, stability, and comfort in mind. Capturing the beautiful twang and pop of the Telecaster were a pair of single-coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions.

After more than 60 years, the Telecaster remains relatively unchanged -- a true testament to its genius design. The Tele has found favor in nearly every genre, making it what some consider the most versatile guitar design on the planet. Fender has lovingly ushered the Telecaster into new musical territory each year, refining and adding designs to the line.

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Fender American Standard Telecasters
An essential guitar in any player's arsenal, the American Telecaster is one of the most versatile guitars ever created. As any seasoned guitarist will tell you, the Tele is a must-have for playing country -- but the tone, feel, and vibe of this guitar works with nearly every musical genre.
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Fender American Vintage Telecasters
Created to replicate specific models of yesteryear, these Telecasters embody every subtle nuance and design element of the iconic originals at a premium, but fair price. These guitars are period-correct, down to the most minute details. Few guitars sound and feel as good as an American Vintage Telecaster.
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Fender American Deluxe Telecasters
How do you take an American Tele and Deluxe-ify it? Add premium tonewoods, compound-radius fretboards, upgraded Noiseless pickups, S1 switching and locking tuners. These guitars are a player's dream -- and they are priced to be highly capable workhorses for your rig.
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Fender Deluxe, Modern Player, and Standard Telecasters
Sometimes a simple approach on a Telecaster can pay lifelong dividends in tone and feel. The amazingly affordable Fender Deluxe, Modern Player, and Standard Telecasters offer a variety of upgrades and features, without breaking the bank -- and they're all first-rate choices for your first Telecaster.
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Fender Classic and Classic Player Telecasters
These throwbacks to Fender's iconic years will have you singing their praises on the first strum. Nitrocellulose finishes and sweet-sounding pickups make the Classics a fantastic value, while the tonal options and hardware on Classic Players make them some of the most popular Fenders around.
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Fender Blacktop and American Special Telecasters
The Blacktop and Special lines of Fender Telecasters deliver the classic American Tele design, upgraded with modern extras like humbucking pickups and independent volume and tone controls. These appointments add up to an incredible playing experience for the guitarist seeking a new take on a classic.
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Fender Select Telecasters
The Fender Select line represents the finest materials and craftsmanship Fender offers. For each individual model, choice tonewoods are carefully hand-selected for their beauty and sonic fidelity. The hand-carved tops, chambered bodies, and top-of-the-line electronics are just a few hallmarks of these modern classic instruments. With a spare-no-expense approach, Fender Select delivers a premium Telecaster that's worthy of any collection.
 
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