Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus
The Modern Player Telecaster Plus HSS is that rare bird among Telecasters-a triple-pickup model with a mini-toggle coil-split switch for the Modern Player humbucking bridge pickup. That's a lot of electronics and variety of tone packed into one gu... read more
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Incredibly versitile tele - not for traditionalists!
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!
An incredibly versatile and beautiful guitar
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.
Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus (Charcoal Transparent)
Ok not sure where to start, I really like this guitar. I dont think that there exists a more versatile guitar, at least not one this well made and by a company like Fender.
I've heard a few times about this being a beginner guitar, the main reason I can think this is because of it's incredibly good price. It is perfect for beginners in certain ways I guess because of all the options and it's standard C shape, scale and fret radius. It will help you to discover the feel and sound you want from a guitar, so that when you progress you know what you need and what you dont. Or if your like me and like a wide vareity of genres, then this guitar can do almost all of them. Simply down to the pick up configuration.
The only problem with any of the 7 settings is splitting the humbucker, it gives off a kind of weak, flat sound. Thats not to say that it's useless I just can't imagine using it for an entire song. And also with some added effects it could be made into something very unique. The rest give very nice tones that I wont try descibe when you can hear it on youtube.
Aesthetically I was a little dissapointed when I saw it only came in 2 colours both a just different shades of brown. I opted for the darker (Charcoal Transparent) but when you see it in person you'll find it difficult to find anyone who doesn't just think it's black, the pictures really dont do it justice so bear that in mind. The glossed maple with the 'skunk stripe' (not sure if it has a proper name) neck. Well overall it's just a really classy looking guitar.
Well built, great looks, great varied sounds, great price!
One word, STUNNING
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!
Fantastic instrument for the money
I got this guitar for $425 off the wall with it being listed as $499. Was missing a knob and talked the guys at Guitar Center down a bit.
This guitar plays wonderfully - has a couple of buzz spots on the fretboard, but those can be easily fixed. Overall, the action is wonderfully low and the neck plays beautifully - it's the first gloss-finish neck that doesn't feel sticky.
The only thing I don't particularly like is the vintage tuners, but I can change those out as well.
Overall, Chinese made Fenders are still that - Fender guitars. They've got the quality control to produce instruments in China for an almost American quality.
Incredibly versatile and looks awesome
S S H in a telecaster body - enough said right? It's genuinely an awesome bit of kit despite being 'crafted in China'. It's not expensive so I can gig with it and if I knock it I don't care. Bought 'cause Benji Madden has a Tele so I wanted one but needed more versatility with a hum bucker and start middle.
New Standard for Telecasters
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.
The Modern Player Telecaster Plus HSS is that rare bird among Telecasters-a triple-pickup model with a mini-toggle coil-split switch for the Modern Player humbucking bridge pickup. That's a lot of electronics and variety of tone packed into one guitar that's already know for being able to cover a lot of musical ground. This unique model is further distinguished by a pine body whose grain offers a warm look and feel.
Other features include C-shaped maple neck, maple fretboard with 9.5" radius and 22 jumbo frets, Modern Player single-coil Telecaster neck pickup and Modern Player Stratocaster middle pickup, five-way pickup switching, three-ply pickguard, knurled "chrome-dome" control knobs, vintage-style Stratocaster string-through-body six-saddle hard-tail bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.