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Fender American Ultra Telecaster Electric Guitar, Rosewood Fingerboard (with Case)

Fender American Ultra Telecaster Electric Guitar, Rosewood Fingerboard (with Case)

Get the most out of your playing with this Tele. With Ultra Noiseless Tele Vintage pickups and S-1 switching system, it puts myriad tones at your fingertips.

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Submitted October 31, 2020 by Joe Griego in Bishop, CA
"Amazing intstrument - I LOVE this guitar!"
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So, I had to sell my old American Standard tele for rent money over 30 years ago, and always regretted that decision. I chose the American Ultra as my reentry into the Telecaster fold, and WOW, is this an incredible guitar. The appointments are all top notch, with flawless fit and finish.What I love: 1) The neck. The modern "D" shape is incredibly comfortable. Not too thick, not too thin, it's a perfect blend for the modern player. the satin finish is super silky. Fender locking tuners keep the strings in perfect tune, and the aged maple, with gold logo lettering is gorgeous, and I am loving the return of rosewood as a fretboard material. The rolled edges and frets make this a player's dream. A 10" to 14" compound radius makes moving up and down the neck effortless. Once you pick it up to play, you won't want to put it back down. I keep picking it up to play every spare moment, because it is THAT comfortable to play.2) New body shape is like a classic mullet; all business in front, party in the back. From the front, it looks like a classic Telecaster. The binding sets off the Texas Tea color beautifully. But the back sports a nice body cut, and there's a tapered neck joint, and deep scoop-cut where the neck meets the body, for easy access to the higher frets. And the color? Pictures do NOT do justice to the finish. As you may know, "Texas tea" is slang for "oil." The body looks black in neutral light, but shine it up with lights, and you'll see greens, golds, and browns that flow like oil across your eyeballs. It's fantastic.3) Electronics. I love the Fender Noiseless v5 vintage-voiced pickups. They're not for everyone, as they are not *exactly* the vintage tone, but I love noiseless pickups. I have the old Fender Lace sensors in my Strat Plus, so I'm used to them. I'm definitely a fan. The S-1 switch is well nigh invisible in the volume know (push the top to engage), and that gives you a fatter, pseudo-humbucker tone as it puts the neck and bridge pickups in series, when th swith is in the middle position. The switch does nothing in the neck-pickup or bridge-pickup only position.What I DON'T like:1) Honestly, there isn't much to dislike. If there was one thing I *might* change, it's the pickguard. The brushed aluminum pickguard looks great, but the texture takes some getting used to. I think it's growing on me, but if there's one thing I might do, it's change the pickguard to an aged pearloid one, which I think would set off the Texas Tea color nicely.It's my first ever online guitar purchase, and dealing with Zzounds was good. My Apple Card initially got denied, since it was a large purchase amount. Once I got that squared away, it was shipped quickly, and arrived in good order. They do NOT do any setup - the guitar just ship in the manufacturer's original box, which is packed inside a bigger Zzounds box. I'm glad they do this, as there was a big gash in the exterior box,, which would have marred the case if it had just been the Fender box alone.I did have to adjust the intonation, and tweak the bridge saddle height to suit me, but that was easily done. The American Ultra ships with an excellent hard shell case, and includes a Fender-branded truss rod allen wrench, as well as a small allen wrench to adjust the bridge saddles. They also include Fender-branded strap locks, which I'm pretty sure are Schaller brand, re-branded with the Fender logo. They installed easily on a black leather Levy strap I also bought from Zzounds.The neck shipped with perfect neck relief, so no truss rod adjustment was required.You really can't go wrong with the American Ultra Telecaster. It's a beautifully made instrument, and plays even better than it looks. Sure, it's not cheap. But once I picked it up and started playing, well, I can't even remember what it cost. I'm lost in the joy of playing this wonderful guitar.
Musical Background:
Recreational player
Musical Style:
Rock, country, blues, punk, whatever.
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Submitted March 14, 2021 by jake smith in birmingham, MI
"The most Ultra Telecaster ever! The Fender Telecaster Ultra"
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Fender really hit the ball out of the park with this creation. Fit and finish are superb and playability makes you want to play all day. The newest generation of pickups are sweet and smooth. The neck fits like a well contoured glove in your hands. The versatility of this instrument is really quite shocking. John 5 can pick it up and play country/metal or Vince Gill can use it to slay some serious chicken pickin'. This instrument can easily be your number one in the studio or on the road. Check one out. You might be another Ultra owner too! unboxing video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/d6qvGiBBYvI
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Please check out my unboxing video on YouTube.https://youtu.be/d6qvGiBBYvI
Musical Background:
home studio geek
Musical Style:
my style>>>>>reckless
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Submitted March 14, 2020 by jake smith in birmingham, MI
"Torch and Twang in one guitar"
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The new Fender Telecaster Ultra has really hit the top for Fender quality and versatility. The new noiseless pickups outclass all other attempts to bring heat with cool with the touch of a knob. The s1 switch is an added feature that gives you a humblaster sound in the middle switch position. This is almost mind blowing so be ready for something not of this planet. haha. But, in all reality this instrument is at the top of it's game. Using a high gain amp is no longer a problem with hiss or unwanted noise. On the other side going with a clean twang is easier than ever. This guitar works well with pedals too. No choke syndrome. I personally love having a 6 saddle bridge. Setups and intonation is easy. YES, it's a TELE for sure. It's just what I would call a super TELE. Highly recommended my friends. GO FOR IT. and PLAY WITH PASSION!
Sound
torch or twang. either way you are going to have the ride of your life.
Features
the s1 switch is a secret weapon. it gives you the humblaster sound when the switch is in the middle position.
Ease of Use
geez, what is there that you don't know about a TELE. simple and easy to play.
Quality
top shelf quality from Fender. imported copies do not measure up to american quality. there's also an heirloom factor to buying an american made instrument. would you rather have a 1964 Tele or a 1964 import from Asia? It's going down that way in the future too. It's money in the bank as far as I can see.
Value
money in the bank. future increase of value as the year roll on. Go buy a 1964 Tele. Let me know what they wanted for it. haha
Manufacturer Support
have not had to call Fender for support but I am sure that they are readily available to all customer concerns.
The Wow Factor
this guitar is the thing that inspires fabulous musical accomplishments. WOW....YES!
Musical Background:
semi pro
Musical Style:
anything
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Submitted March 11, 2020 by Marlon C in Upper Marlboro, MD
"Simply Beautiful!!!!!"
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This is my first tele and man it’s a beau!!!!! From the rolled edges, to the different tones that you can get with this axe. And lastly, the Texas tea color is killer!!! Such a breeze to play, I’m still a Strat guy but this tele is a close second.
Sound
The new ultra pickups, whew!!!!!!
Features
Ease of the S1 switch, gives a humbucker like sound
Ease of Use
Probably the easiest guitar in my collection to play
Quality
Quality A1
Value
A little pricey, but you get what you pay for I guess
The Wow Factor
5 stars!!!!
Musical Background:
Almost four years
Musical Style:
Christian, R&B, blues
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