OBVIOUSLY this being Van McCann, he's using the charcoal transparent model of this guitar, not the honeyburst. Van using a guitar that's not black? Don't be f*cking stupid, even he knows once you go black you never go back. But anyway, during this set at Glastonbury 2015, one of the strings on his customised American Standard Telecaster (which, yet again, is all black - and a Telecaster...) decided to be a right twat and snap during the performance of 'Cocoon'. So for the next and final song of the set 'Tyrants', Van uses, which is evidently his back up, a Fender Modern Player Plus Telecaster in charcoal transparent. How is it evident that he is in fact using this guitar and not another customised one? Well, the humbucker at the bridge matched with two single coil pickups are both immediately notable. The lacquered, maple neck is another feature I noticed. The classical tuning machines and gold 'Fender' font on the headstock are yet again seen on the Modern Player Plus which are also on this guitar. Sadly I can't find any quotes of him saying that he uses this guitar, but it matches up perfectly. Anyway, if you watch between 32:00 and 32:15 in the video, you can notice all the features for yourself - despite the low quality.more
A genuine bargain, this is a 3 pickup tele that provides seven settings. The neck pickup is standard tele territory. Your setting for blues and jazz. The mid pickup is a out of phase strat pickup, and is my favourite; rich yet stinging. The humbucker is great for that Jack White type of gretch-y distortion, making raucous open chording a pleasure.
You have a pine body, lacquered maple one piece neck and a six saddle bridge. If you are a tele traditionalist, look elsewhere. If not, the pine body is incredibly resonant and in combination with the maple neck gives a suprisingly long degree of sustain. The bridge allows you to set string specific height and intonation. There is a gut cut which many players will find a welcome addition.
Restringing is a breeze thanks to the open hole tuners. Measure an inch past the post, bend at 90 degrees, cut an inch out beyond the bend. Insert the end into the hole and tighten. Marvellous! The only negatives on this guitar are the lacquer on the neck will bother some. It is rather thick. The coil tap for the humbucker is essentially worthless unless you combine it with the mid pickup.
You will hear a lot of negativity online about the guitar being made in China. This is the same sort of sneering the Fender mexican plant recieved, followed by the now defunct Japanese plant. Don't let it put you off. As ever around this price point (sub £400!), you need to check out a few in person before buying one to be sure you don't get a lemon.
Mine is charcoal transparent. This is not the brown finish you might see from some pictures. It looks jet black, and the chrome hardware sets it off beautifully. Namm '15 just changed things again. Before it, buying the modern tele plus was a no-brainer if you wanted a tele with grunt for a low price. Now you have the standard Tele HH which replaces the blacktop range at a more wallet friendly cost. Things have never been more interesting for the tele chassis!
I love this guitar. It has the fender HSS setup and can produce a multitude of sounds. From high gain distortion from the humbucker, to chickin' pickin' from the tele pickup this guitar is great for rock, blues, country, and much more. A wonderful guitar for a dedicated player on a budget.
Everything about this guitar is STUNNING. The diversity and depth of tones you can achieve from this guitar is mind blowing. One minute I'm rocking it out to some Alexisonfire, the next, Jazz bluesy tones, to indie high gain..... literally the list goes on and on. By far the best purchase I have ever made guitar wise. If you can get one, GET ONE you will NOT REGRET it! I promise!
Warning Telecaster usual's, this ain't yo grand paps tele. This is a tele shape, tele headstock, tele neck pickup, with tele decor. So actually yeah that does sound like a telecaster doesnt it?
It does even with its now Pine body, Strat mid pup, and a split coil humbuggy sitting on the strat bridge! What an idea to combine all these bad boys in this package!
I can seriously say this guitar has a wildly great amount of sustain and if you are still iffy on the not so tele idea think about it this way.
It's seriously a Custom Shop Fender! Who would've thought to put that configuration together for this Fender model. Only a modern zillionaire with a zillionaire idea for his custom guitar that is now for sale at an easily affordable price. This is and only is, a stupendous new model in the Fender line up.
At its low price point and incredible versatility, this is a pretty fantastic choice for any beginner, and is reliable enough for a moderate amount of gigging. The neck pickup brings all the beauty and twang of a Tele pickup, and it blends brilliantly with the Strat middle pickup for those lush, Hendrix-y inbetween tones. That middle pickup also howls, by the way; it doesn't feel redundant at all, you'll get some serious screaming blues out of that thing on its own, and the difference in output makes simply switching to the pickup feel like a volume boost.
My own problem is that the bridge pickup is very quiet; the humbucking position doesn't bring enough to the table, and the single coil, at the same volume levels for the other pickups, is almost entirely inaudible. That's nothing that can't be fixed with a decent Seymour Duncan 'bucker (I recommend the Stag Mag to keep the tone within a Fender realm), but if you're buying this low down the price range, I doubt you'll want to fork out what often becomes an extra £100+ in sorting that out. Still, it's not really what I bought the guitar for, it's easily fixed, and the guitar itself has so much more to offer that I often forget about that limitation.
This guitar is worth way more than I spent on it, it looks and plays like a dream. The neck plays like butter and is easily one of the most comfortable guitars I have ever played. It has so many settings and while studying music at a university I have had the lecturer come up to me and compliment my tone almost every day. I have the transparent charcoal version because it looks way better than the honey-burst.
I love this guitar, it plays great and sounds great. i can get every tone i want because it has a humbucker, single coil and a tele single coil pickup. great guitar for not realy much money.
Here is my main guitar, I used to just have a cheap Fender Squier which is great but it wasn't professional sounding. For Christmas 2015 I got this Fender Telecaster which sounds amazing when you plug it in, it really works with the punk rock music that I play in my band "Unwired Society". It has three pickups. A humbucker on the bottom, a strat single coil in the middle and a tele in the neck, it also has a maple C neck. It's known to combine the classic body shape and comfortable neck of a Telecaster with a modern pickup configuration and added comfort contour.
It is honestly the best sounding guitar I have ever owned and it has such a professional sound and combined with the skinny top, heavy bottom strings. It sounds perfect for playing punk rock music.
Unwired Society website: (You'll find links to our Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Instagram on the bottom of the home page) www.unwiredsociety.co.uk
I bought this guitar two years ago as my first electric. While it's a little better than entry-level, it is a perfect number one guitar. The thing that makes this Tele unique is the pickup selection. Three pickups+ the coil switching provides for impressive variety of tone. Country, Blues, Rock, and everything in between. I have the sunburst finish- a very beautiful instrument. Smooth maple neck provides for great playability. Only downfall would be that it's made in China if that kind of thing bugs you. It's definitely not on the level of a Standard or Special Telecaster, but it still makes a tremendous guitar. Great buy for a lower budget. (Others must have agreed: this guitar was $399 when I bought it- it's now $499).