Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Reviews
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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!
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!
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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.
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.
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!
Added all Seymour Duncans
I installed all Seymour Duncan pickups: a JB at the bridge, a Cool Rail in the middle, and a Tele Alnico ll Pro at the neck... Sucker is HOT!
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.
As an aspiring worship guitarist, I saved up all year to buy my first Fender guitar and boy was it worth it. The modern player pickups really do serve well and a workhorse of a guitar with the humbucker being able to coil split. Wise choice for a first fender guitar.
A Solid Low End Guitar
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.
Great for the price!
Since this is a very cheap guitar, the quality, sound and playability are quite amazing. I think it looks good too! I changed the humbucker to a Seymour Duncan JB SH-4, but for most people the stock pickup will do fine. It even comes with a coil split switch.
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.
Best sounding guitar I have owned!
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
Extremely versatile guitar!
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).