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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / American Special Tele?

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San Antonio, Texas

Nov 18th, 2010 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not finding any posts (at least none recent) on the American Special Tele, which looks really good on paper, at any rate. Who here owns one, or has tried one? I realize the Texas Special pups are not to everyone's liking, but otherwise, I'm curious how this Tele stacks up, quality-wise, to the American Standard (or other similar offerings). And if I missed any recent threads on this topic, feel free to post a link to the applicable thread. Thanks!

(edited to correct typo)

(This message was last edited by Arlech at 04:39 PM, Nov 18th, 2010)

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San Antonio, Texas

Nov 19th, 2010 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, not a thing? It has brass saddles...I figured everyone here would be crazy about it! LOL!



Nov 20th, 2010 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Like you say: it looks good on paper. Never saw one in person or played one.



Dec 25th, 2010 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Funny you bring this up. I was looking at this guitar also. It looks like it's the same quality as the american standard. I like the set up a lot, and I like in white. I believe the savings comes from the fact that it is supplied with a gig bag v a hard shell case. I handled one the other day and could not see where it would have been cheapened in any way. Looks just like a standard but with no hard case. I also think they are not supplying the plate cover for the bridge pickup. They are running about $799.00 so if you throw in a hard case at about a $150.00 your right at where a standard is. Same quality guitar with no extra's.



Dec 25th, 2010 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here what I am looking for in a tele. Rosewood neck, in white with vintage pups and original bridge plate with three brass saddles,and american made only. This is the closest guitar I have found. I don't know what the dfference is in the tex pups sound and power over the vintage pups. I can live with the maple neck I don't mind that. I prefer a hard case which can be purchase later. That's why I was looking at this guitar and I like it a lot. I have not played it as yet.



Jan 6th, 2011 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's very simply Hwy One Tele with glossy body paint, brass saddles, Texas Sp pups and a black guard. Be very careful of its awkward neck and jumbo frets.



Feb 18th, 2011 03:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought one and it is the best bang for buck Tele out there. I have a '97 MIM Tele Special which needs some work, and wanted un upgrade, just a pure and simple Tele and this one nails it. I have a humbucker in my MIM Tele neck position and I think I will put one in the new Tele as I have got so used to the the tone over the years. I love the neck profile on the new Special, can't really fault it. I expect that I will experiment with the bridge pup somewhere down the track as I always do

(This message was last edited by perky at 03:12 AM, Feb 18th, 2011)

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Feb 18th, 2011 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

@Arlech - lol.



Feb 19th, 2011 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought one a few months ago. Mine is sunburst. I like it a lot but I just don't play the jumbo frets really well so I am replacing it. I took out the stock pups and put in vintage pups but I just find jumbo frets to hard to adapt too. I prefer the american standard necks so today I ordered a 60th anniversary tele and will trade this guitar in on it.



Mar 9th, 2011 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's an update on my Tele Special..I've gotten used to the jumbo frets after a couple of gigs and I actually enjoy them now. I swapped the traditional single coil neck Pup for a full humbucker from my MIM 97 Tele (it's stamped "made in USA", but not sure if it's a Fender pup), and the whole thing sounds great- I think I'll stick with the Texas Special bridge Pup as it does sound good through a cranked amp. I'm looking forward to a lot of years of good service from this axe

(This message was last edited by perky at 06:50 PM, Mar 9th, 2011)


Upstate NY

Jun 13th, 2011 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got my white American Special from Guitar Center. Replaced the pickguard with white. Wondering where these are made - CA? AZ? I have been told (by GC) that these are NOT Highway Ones (assembled in US from Mexican parts). Not sure I like the pickups and may swap them out for Seymore Duncan Broadcaster. The Fender website does not have much info. - Bill

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USA / Seminole, FL

Nov 4th, 2011 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried one and didn't like the frets. It's right that it is basically a shiny HW-1. They look good, and seem to be well made. Just see if you are OK with Jumbo frets.


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San Antonio, Texas

Nov 5th, 2011 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow...been almost a year since I originally started this thread...and I still haven't decided if I want one (been a busy year with other priorities). I hadn't considered the jumbo frets...I need to seek one out and try it in person.


Cincinnati, Ohio

Nov 13th, 2011 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently purchased two FSR Strats with jumbo frets. It took some time adapting to the larger frets but I've grown to really like them. (My three other strats are med/jumbo.) I'm now interested in the Am Special Tele since it has jumbo frets. I especially like the white one.


New Jersey

Nov 14th, 2011 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've played them at the stores and liked them. What has kept me from them is the weight. They all seem to be very heavy.



Nov 14th, 2011 07:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the changes Fender has made with the American Special. The only thing that I wasn't fond of is the Texas Special pups. I know that there are a lot of fans out there for these pups but I found them a bit muddy for my taste.

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Mar 2nd, 2012 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just last night I played an American Standard and American Special. The Standard had Fender Noiseless and the Special, Texas Specials. I found the neck felt better, Guitar sounded better (noiseless too Sterile for me)and a little lighter. I loved it! GC had marked down to $600 for one tiny chip on the back edge and a few minor scratched. I wished I had the cash to have bought it.

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