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From the garage to the club to the stadium, the American Standard Telecaster is the same great best-selling go-to guitar it always has been, and now it's upgraded with a comfortable new body contour and classic-sounding Fender Custom Shop Twisted ...
At 2:06 into this video named "Tom Morello Guitars & Home Studio," Morello talks about his 1982 Fender Telecaster "Sendero Luminoso." It appears to be a standard American Telecaster (he reveals in other interviews it is a 1982 model), with a black finish, white pickguard, and a maple neck. From the looks of it is stock, and is adorned with several stickers. He says: "This is my main drop D tuning guitar for my entire career. Inexpensive, made in the USA Telecaster. I traded my roommate (he was in a band called Liquid Jesus). He needed a Marshall head and I needed a guitar that I could tune down, play grunge-worthy heavy riffs with. And so the exchange was made, and this is in a song with all the Rage [Against The Machine], Audioslave, Street Sweeper [Social Club], The Nightwatchman songs that are in drop D tuning. Killing in the Name, Freedom, Testify, all those that are in drop D, played and written with the band on this."more
In this performance by Travis live at London's Alexandra Palace (recorded on December 20, 2003), Fran Healy can be seen playing a Fender American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar, with a sunburst finish, white pickguard, and a maple neck. The guitar can be seen fairly well at 2:29 in the video, and a closeup of the body at 2:54. The top of the body is well worn, though it is unclear whether this is a vintage Telecaster or not.more
Clint Alwahab of Paste Magazine went out to take portraits of both guitarists and their guitars at SXSW 2012. Amidst the many photographs, he took one of Adam Thompson (second image) with his Fender American Standard Telecaster. [Source](http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/1000words/2012/03/52-pickups-guitarists-and-their-guitars.html).more
From the garage to the club to the stadium, the American Standard Telecaster is the same great best-selling go-to guitar it always has been, and now it's upgraded with a comfortable new body contour and classic-sounding Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups. The latest incarnation of a truly timeless classic, it rings more fully, brightly and crisply than ever.
The look, sound and vibe of the Telecaster resonates throughout the history of popular music. From orchestra pits to mosh pits, small clubs to stadiums and garages to recording studios, its signature sound is everywhere. The American Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard has hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Custom Shop pickups, staggered tuning machines, improved bridge with bent steel saddles mounted to a stamped-brass bridge plate for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple fingerboard, satin-finished neck back, thinner finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, and Fender Tolex case.
I bought this guitar originally because I felt like I needed to upgrade my gear (an epiphone les paul 100) in order to progress as a guitarist. Some people will tell you its the player, not the guitar, but this tele goes a long way in disproving that. This guitar is an absolute dream to play. It feels like my hands almost glide across it. The sound however, is by far the best part. The neck pickup sounds clean, refined, and classy. Notes and chords are clear, and it responds well to player dynamics. The bridge pickup can get real dirty real quick. It has quite a bit of twang to it, but it also sounds wild. Its also noting that the Jade pearl finish looks beautiful, and is getting harder and harder to obtain. I cannot stop playing this guitar!
This guitar is great over all, it is simple, you can make just about any sound with it, and it has great tome. I can't find any flaws because the telecaster is meant to stay the same as it always was and any "flaws" are supposd to be there. It's the original Fender guitar and for me it's perfect.
This guitar has amazing tone. After a couple of years of dialing in my pedalboard and amp, everything now meshes perfectly to provide a great sound for worship music. Telecasters are my favorite guitar, but you have to be careful not to let the bright tendencies of these body styles get too far over the top.
I own one with a really comfortable neck as it usually happens with most fine maple ones of 9.5" radius and though I have a longer relationship with rosewood fingerboards I feel that the maple fingerboard is the right thing to maximize the Telecaster experience (about sound and touch). The ash body feels very nice too and I bought one produced in 2009 as I happened to prefer the flat bodies over the new ones with the carved top. I learned to appreciate the Telecasters in recording studio experiences while I used a borrowed Telecaster American Special for some sessions, and though the Special is a very nice instrument I feel that the American Standard is even closer to my idea of perfection. I still keep mine with its original parts as its factory settings by now allows me to accomplish anything I want –it has peculiar sonic characteristics but at the same time it results appropriate for many contexts. I tried some American Deluxe models but prefered the Standard because of its sound and feeling of the fingerboard (I guess that I like the uniform radius of 9,5 from bottom to top).
The american Telecaster might be a little expensive in comparison to the Mexican Series or the American Special Series, but it's totally worth the extra price. The Maple wood makes it a very smooth guitar to play to, it also adds sustain to the sounds, so it's an amazing guitar if you are not the lead guitarrist or if you want to play in the clean channel with a lot of chords. The quality of the construction and details of the guitar are also spectacular, you really feel the love in the making process of this guitar. I totally recommend it
The standard workhorse electric guitar for pop, soul, funk, country and blues. Reliable live and in studio/ I painted the tobacco sunburst model yellow. A classic standard that always delivers and surprises.
While mine is the Diamond Edition, the only real difference is the under the hood pickup, neckplate and headstock. Other than that, it's pretty much this. It's one sweet Tele. Definitely a keeper.