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Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster

Acoustic, Electric & Everything In Between

The American Acoustasonic makes quite the first impression. With a thinline-style Tele body, a soundhole and acoustic strings, plus a magnetic bridge pickup, five-way switch and electric-style neck, the American Acoustasonic Telecaster defies categorization.

But pick up and play this hybrid guitar, hear its richly detailed acoustic sounds, feel its organic resonance and use its intuitive controls, and you'll see that the American Acoustasonic excels both as an acoustic and electric guitar, and can blend the best of both words together like nothing else. Read on to learn more -- and be sure to check out our our interview with Billy Martinez, VP of Fender's Acoustic Guitars division, on the making of this guitar!

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No-Longer-Missing Link

Acoustic and electric guitars feel different -- that's a fact. But in the Acoustasonic Telecaster, Fender combines the best of both worlds for a guitar like none other. While the body is Tele-shaped, you'll feel rich organic resonance, thanks to how its innovative soundhole -- or Stringed Instrument Resonance System -- works with its semi-hollow body for authentic response. Likewise, the guitar's forearm contour makes it comfortable for strumming.

The neck and headstock are more typical Tele, with a familar-feeling 25.5" scale, modern "Deep C" profile neck (just like those found on the American Professional Series) topped with an ebony fretboard with narrow-tall frets and 6-in-line tuners. The strings themselves are Fender DuraTone 880L coated bronze for a true acoustic sound. The playing experience is comfortable, whether you're fingerpicking or playing solos above the 12th fret.

Advanced, Discreet Tech

A big part of the Acoustasonic Telecaster's charm is that it houses incredible technology, while maintaining a streamlined, classic look. But make no mistake, this hybrid guitar is powered by innovation like Fender's Stringed Instrument Resonance System. This unique soundhole design "waterfalls" inside the body to better project sound, giving the guitar more volume and harmonics than a typical electric guitar when unplugged.

Plenty of acoustic guitars utilize electronics to amplify their sound, but the American Acoustasonic Telecaster takes this to the next level. Fender teamed up with expert engineers at Fishman to develop the guitar's Acoustic Engine. Unique to this guitar, this technology accurately models a curated selection of acoustic guitar types. Choose from guitars like a mahogany-bodied dreadnought to an all-maple parlor body, and hear the nuance of their body shapes and tonewoods.

True-to-Life Acoustic Tone

Advanced modeling is great, but Fender wanted to make sure all of this tonal mojo could be easily accessed and adjusted on stage. That's why the American Acoustasonic Telecaster's control layout looks so familiar. The five-way switch and two knobs are all you need to dial in a huge breadth of tones.

Each position on the five-way switch includes two guitar tonal models. These pairings were picked to offer complementary sounds, which matters when you use the blend knob. Dial it fully to either side for a signal that's 100% of one of the two instruments, or experiment with in-between settings to get a blend of each. On switch positions that feature electric guitar models, twisting the blend knob yields hybrid acoustic/electric guitar tones.

Part of the Fender Family

Whether you're plugging into a specially tuned Fender acoustic amp, or one of their classic tube amps, you're bound to get a great tone out of this versatile guitar. And judging by demo videos, it plays great with Fender's line of pedals, too.

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