Fender Standard Telecaster Reviews
An affordable Tele with all of the essential ingredients for great tone and playability.
The Fender Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar features the best of the old and the new: a fast-action gloss maple neck, cast/sealed machine heads, 2 c... read more
Trusted musician and artist reviews for Fender Standard Telecaster
Based on 16 Reviews
Versatile Rock Machine
The father of a close friend recommended I purchase a Telecaster as I was not sure what I was looking for in a guitar. He told me it was simple to figure out (volume, tone, 3-way switch) and used in almost every genre of music. It was an added bonus that my favorite frontman at the time (Deryck Whibley of Sum 41) played a Tele.
It really is that simple of an instrument: two knobs and one switch are so easy to operate. I've owned my Tele for nearly 10 years and have never had a problem with the hardware or playability of the instrument (ignoring routine maintenance/cleaning/setups). The maple neck is smooth. The pickups are noisy (being standard single-coils) but have great tone - the bridge is very hot with a lot of bite, while the neck is very mellow and great for blues soloing. The tone pot also has a surprising amount of control over the sound. The guitar can sound like a bass guitar if I want it to! The Candy Apple Red finish is also remarkable - it just screams Rock and Roll!
I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a rugged and versatile instrument to pick up a Tele and just try to tell me it won't work for whatever they need or want to sound like. Fender definitely did the original right.
My Tele is a '84 Gunblue Metallic American Standard with a maple neck. Over the years I did some modifications. I have replaced the standard steel saddles for black graphite saddles. Also I put in a 4-way lever switch, which comes with both te serial and the parallel option. The standard pickups have been replaced with Texas Special pickups from Fender's CustomShop. Originally, the pick guard was white but I changed it for a black one. For its 30th birthday, I put in new potmeters... It plays and sounds still awesome!
Just love it!
It was my first real guitar and altough it's a budget fender I found it very good. The tuners are suberb, the guitar stays in tune for about 50 minutes while gigging while playing solos and fast progessions of chords, (punk/indie progressions). The sound is also very good. It feels great too. Overall an excellent guitar, price/quality wise I rate it 5 stars.
My favourite guitar. The very best of my gear. Sound brilliant, polyvalent design, solid-body and the pure taste and sound of the Telecaster... It was my first guitar (it wasn´t a Fender; it was a copy, and Squier but since there, the Telecaster turned into MY guitar.
Easy to play, even if a little sterile.
Have never played another telecaster, so can't compare, but this model is surprisingly heavy and is difficult to 'connect' with. Slim C profile neck makes fenders easy to play in my opinion, and it sounds as twangy as a telecaster should. Bridge pickup is a little harsh, but in positions 2 and 3 there are very authentic usable sounds. At the end of the day, there is a particular feeling associated with performing with a telecaster tuned in open G which means I'll never get rid of it - even if only for a song or two in a set.
It scratches your tele itch
My first electric guitar . Had it for more than 20 yrs. Mine is the earlier version of Mexican Std comes with top loading bridge and the body was made out of 5 to 6 pcs of poplar wood finished in candy apple red. I think the newer stds are much better made. The original pickup sounded rather blad and doesn’t have the tele twang. Swap it out with a Dimarzion Twang King bridge and Duncan Vintage Tele Rhythm pickup and it brought the guitar back to life .