Part of the series that thrives on creating some of the most unusual takes on classic instruments, throwing out the rule book, and packing them with unusual appointments, the Fender Modern Player Telecaster is probably the most original take on the Telecaster that there has been in years.
A Tele with a Difference
Three pickups, comprised of two single-coils and a humbucker in an HSS configuration, a coil-tapping switch for the humbucker, and most unusually a pine body, which not only looks fantastic, as the grain shines beautifully through the finish, but it also offers up new tonal possibilities.
While these components mark this model out from its Tele brethren, all the other classic attributes that make a Tele are still in attendance, so it still feels and plays as it should, and the whole offering looks surprisingly classy. In fact it could probably pull off a bow tie!
A Body to Pine for
So… pine. Why pine? Well it may seem an unusual choice but the wood was actually used in some of the earliest guitars created by Fender and has a lot to give. The wood is quite attractive, with its tight grain being visible through the Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Guitar’s Charcoal Transparent gloss polyester finish. It also provides a warm tone with a robust, even frequency response through lows, mids, and highs.
Fender Playing Experience
The C-shaped maple neck is comfortable to play and the maple fretboard with 22 jumbo frets and a relatively modern 9.5" radius make for a truly Fender playing experience, which is one of the reasons that Fender guitars have always been a player’s favourite.
Exceptional Tonal Variants
The pickguard, neck pickup, chrome dome tone/volume pots and neck are all in keeping with traditional Telecaster models. The added middle pickup offers Strat tone and the bridge humbucker offers powerful leads, and the addition of switchable single coil sounds from the humbucker offer even more tonal versatility.
Classic Meets Fantastic
The Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus is certainly full of little surprises that will help you to create the perfect tone for any playing situation, and it looks really amazing too. Sheer versatility, fused with simple control is what defines this unique model. All the alterations are subtle to the eye, and powerful under the bonnet (which is a sign of great design) and for the price this is simply an amazing deal.
Manufacturer Fender Model Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar Body Material Pine Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Maple Pickup Configuration HSS Bridge Hard Tail Product Range Telecaster Neck Profile C Shape No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Black Dot Pickguard 3-Ply Parchment Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage Style 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Hardtail Bridge Active/Passive Passive Tuners Vintage Style Tuning Machines Pickups Neck: Modern Player Tele Middle: Modern Player Strat Bridge: Modern Player Humbucker Controls Master Volume Master Tone Special Electronics Mini-Toggle Rear Coil Selector Switch Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup Finish Charcoal Transparent
- Great guitar, but not what I was expecting
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