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Buying Guide: Fender Telecasters

Fender Telecaster: The One That Started It All

The Telecaster grew up right alongside the roots of rock music. In the mid-20th century, bands were becoming louder, and stages were getting bigger. Unwanted feedback was becoming a serious problem, as the only readily available guitars were hollow bodies -- notoriously prone to feeding back on stage. There were several guitar makers that were developing a solidbody model, but Fender was the first to make a commercially successful solidbody guitar.

Leo Fender introduced their Broadcaster model in 1950 -- and in short order, received a cease-and-desist letter from the Fred Gretsch Company, purveyors of a drum kit called the "Broadkaster." What followed was a brief period during which Fender's guitars were known as "Nocasters" because the logos that read "Broadcaster" were simply clipped off. In late 1951, the Telecaster was born, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Remaining relatively unchanged since its inception, the Telecaster has always been a utilitarian tool for guitarists all over the world. Whether you're looking for that country twang, or you're in a punk rock band, a Telecaster will never let you down. Fender offers Teles in several different pickup configurations, neck shapes, and finishes. This buying guide will help you maneuver your way to the guitar that fits you.

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American Ultra and Professional: Maximum Playability
Designed for high-performance players, Fender's American Ultra and American Professional Telecasters feature modern pickups and neck carves. The American Ultra Telecaster offers the ultimate in playability, with a 10"-14" compound-radius fretboard and Fender Ultra Noiseless pickups.
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American Performer: Made in Corona, California
These no-frills Telecasters are designed with the player in mind. Proudly made in Corona, California, the American Performer Telecaster offers an optional humbucker neck position for a fat, warm tone.
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Vintera: Vintage Inspired
Take a trip back in time with a Fender Vintera Telecaster. These guitars feature vintage neck profiles, era-correct pickups, and colors from Fender's catalogue going back from the '70s to the '50s.
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American Original: Vintage Feel -- Modern Playability
Dive into a time capsule and pick up a Fender American Original Telecaster. Featuring a flatter 9.5" radius, these guitars offer modern playability with that signature Telecaster look and feel.
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Player Series: Made in Ensenada, Mexico
Crafted in Fender's factory in Mexico, the Fender Player Telecasters offer a great value for a guitar that can be played on any stage, club, or studio.
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Custom Shop: Heirloom-Quality Instruments
The Fender Custom Shop produces the heirloom-quality guitars of your dreams! Some of these beauties are modeled straight after a vintage Tele, while others imagine what could have been made in the 1950s and 1960s.
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Squier: Classic and Accessible
Don't be fooled by these budget-friendly offerings from Squier! These guitars are modeled after vintage and modern Telecasters that can be played on any stage.
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