When Leo Fender introduced the world to the original Telecaster in 1950, nobody could have possibly imagined just how this $169 plank body electric guitar would change the world of contemporary music. Even more surprising is the fact that after more than a half century, the Tele still looks as modern - maybe even radical - as it did when it was first introduced. Considering the fact that Leo Fender wasn't even a guitar player, you have to wonder just how this magic happened. Were the planets aligned just right? Was the design beamed into Leo's head by weird space aliens? No matter. The Tele is simply an inspired design. Since its introduction, guitarists in all musical genres have relied on the Fender Telecaster for its powerful tone and smooth playability. Today's Standard Tele features the best of the old and the new: a fast-action maple neck and fingerboard, new pickups with hotter voicing for better overdrive sounds, and shielded body cavities for quieter operation.
In the beginning, there was the Telecaster and the single-pickup Esquire. You could get one in the blonde finish and that was it. Over the decades, Fender has made concessions to the changing musical styles and the needs of both novice and pro guitarists, which has led to an astonishing array of Telecasters with new colors, special finishes, and upgraded electronics. But with the Standard Series Telecaster, Fender is taking the instrument back to its roots - with a few refinements (sorry, but they couldn't help themselves). That means a solid alder body with a 3-ply white pickguard. It doesn't show, but Fender also added special shielding in the body cavities for quieter operation and reduced hum.
For the Standard Series Telecaster, Fender designed a new bridge block that's the best of the vintage and modern designs, along with six adjustable saddles. The original Teles had a large, silly ashtray bridge cover that every guitar player hated, so they removed it and it promptly got lost for all time.
The original Tele pickups had more twang than any two normal guitars, thanks to the single-coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions. Today's Standard Tele has pickups that pretty much look the same, but they are voiced hotter, so it's much easier to drive most amps into various levels of distortion, from mild to manic.
Leo Fender wasn't a guitar player. In fact, he got his start repairing radios. So he had no idea that guitars weren't supposed to have maple necks. In time, those blonde maple necks and fingerboards became a Fender trademark, though the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards on most of its models. Again, for the Standard Tele, it's back to the basics with a maple neck and fingerboard sporting a modern C shape and a satin polyester finish.
For guitarists everywhere who appreciate great style, rich and versatile tone, and excellent value, the Standard Telecaster is an elegant and affordable classic with a great combination of traditional design and contemporary features. Time-honored Fender style and performance-minded modern upgrades don't have to break the bank, and this model delivers the best of both in an instrument ideal for Telecaster players everywhere at every level.
Pure and simple, this instrument features classic Fender tone styling that evokes and honors the timeless Fender mainstays that came before it and contributed crucial DNA. From the quietest chord to the loudest note, and from the rear strap button to the top of the headstock, it’s the very essence of classic Fender design. This instrument features a modern neck designed for comfort and performance, with a contemporary "C"-shaped profile (the shape of the neck in cross section) and a smooth back finish. Ideal for those who play with the thumb on the back or side of the neck. In more than half a century of Fender history and modern music history, there’s really nothing like the timeless singing, snapping, screaming and sparkling sound of Fender Standard single-coil pickups.
It's back to basics with today's Standard Telecaster!
|Number of Strings||6|
|Color||Candy Apple Red|
|Neck Material||Maple, Bolt-on|
|Fingerboard Material||Maple, 9.5" Radius|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Black dots|
|Number of Frets||21, Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Material||Synthetic Bone|
|Tuners||Fender/Ping standard cast sealed tuners|
|Number of Pickups||2|
|Neck Pickup||Standard Tele single-coil|
|Bridge Pickup||Standard Tele single-coil|
|Controls||Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way pickup selector|
|Strings||Fender Super Bullets 3250L, (.009-.042)|
|Manufacturer Part Number||0145102509|