With the introduction of the truss rod, and later a rosewood fingerboard, more gluing was required during construction. The Esquire was reintroduced in 1951 as a single pickup variant, at a lower price.[5][6]. Freeth, Nick & Alexander, Charles (1999). Gale Academic OneFile. Proprietary "Ashtray" or modern style with string through or top load strings. Controls include a dual concentric volume pot for each pickup, a master tone and 3-way pickup switching. This body style was later released as the Fender Telecaster Bass in 1968 after the Precision Bass had been changed in 1957 to make it more closely resemble the Fender Stratocaster guitar. So how does the semi-hollow version impact on tone? The long saddle bridge screws allow a wide range of saddle bridge positions for intonation tuning. The guitars are made out of a spruce top with an ebony fret board and a mahogany neck. The Modern Player Thinline adopts a pickguard similar to the Deluxe models and a Stratocaster style bridge, without tremolo. When it comes to clean tones, the bridge position tone is not as thin and piercing as a solid body version so the twang is warmer but not as driving as a regular Tele. The Acoustasonic is equipped with a Fender Acoustasonic Noiseless-TM pickup and uses Fender's Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS) system to allow the guitar to still maintain a loud sound when it is unplugged, as an acoustic guitar would generally sound. In 2014 the American Standard Telecaster HH was introduced, sporting a pair of Twin Head Vintage humbucking pickups (open-coil with black bobbins in the bridge, metal-covered in the neck). The sound is also tighter and produces a less woody tone which proves that guitar construction does ultimately impact the overall tone. So how does it compare to a regular Telecaster…’tone‘, ‘playability‘ and ‘functionality‘? (Full Guide). ), The initial single-pickup production model appeared in 1950, and was called the Fender Esquire. Everyone knows the cool and instantly recognizable solid-body Telecaster know for its iconic ‘bright‘ and ‘twangy‘ sound. The guitar now known as the Fender Telecaster was born. All said and done, the Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus Electric Guitar certainly brings back a wave of nostalgia of the 50s and 60s in the realm of aesthetics and feel. The first position stayed the same as before, with the neck pickup in "dark circuit" treble-cut mode. These models were discontinued in 2007. It features an ash body, one-piece maple neck/fingerboard with 22 frets and two Modern Vintage Tele single-coil pickups. There were two options for the fretboard being maple, and rosewood; the necks were all maple. Fender offered factory hot-rodded Teles with such pickup configurations, the US Fat and Nashville B-Bender Telecasters around 1998. Several variant models have been produced over the years including those with different pickup configurations and electronics, semi-hollow body designs, and even a twelve string model. A change over came in 2005/2006 with the line until 2011. It sounded bright and sustaining. The Cabronita (and Custom Shop variant La Cabronita) is a model that is distinguished by the use of Fidelitron or the more expensive TV Jones Classic humbucking pickups, which look like the original Gretsch humbuckers. The hardware includes two single coil pickups controlled by a three-way selector switch, and one each of volume and tone controls. The first position (switch towards neck) activated the neck pickup with treble tone cut, which produced a muffled, bass-heavy tone (sometimes called the "dark circuit"). The Thinline Telecaster with a set of humbuckers, includes a good balance of warmth and character which can be heard when playing chords which may appeal to all the rhythm players out there. For a brief period, Fender offered an American made "Telebration Cabronita" that used two of the TV Jones pickups. These design elements intentionally allowed guitarists to emulate steel guitar sounds, as well as "cut-through" and be heard in roadhouse Honky-Tonk and big Western Swing bands, initially making this guitar particularly useful in country music. The bridge pickup has more windings than the neck pickup, hence producing higher output, which compensates for a lower amplitude of vibration of the strings at the bridge position. While "Cabronita" isn't a proper Spanish word, it roughly translates to English as "little bastard"[10] or "little devil". Leo Fender's simple and modular design was geared to mass production and made servicing broken guitars easier. The 50s Telecaster, a custom shop guitar that was made from 1996-1998. These instruments were discontinued in 1998 with the advent of the American Deluxe series. With a transparent butterscotch finish, single ply 'Black Guard', Maple neck with Walnut back stripe, the Telecaster was set to become the most successfully mass produced electric guitar in history along with the Fender Stratocaster arriving in 1954. WEIGHT 3.49kg/7.7lb; FINISH Penny (as reviewed), Vintage White, Satin Sonic Blue (with rosewood fingerboard), Honey Burst (with rosewood fingerboard) Fender American Performer Stratocaster: 9/10. However, many of its construction and electronic features—for example its set-in neck and P-90-style pickups—are similar to those of a Gibson Les Paul Junior and Gibson Les Paul Special electric guitars. The archetypical Fender Telecaster is a solid-body electric guitar with a flat asymmetric single-cutaway body; the body is usually made from alder or ash. The '52 Telecaster, which was made in 1982–1984 and then 1986 to present. While retaining such features from the Highway One as jumbo frets, changing to a 9.5 radius neck, Greasebucket tone circuit and 1970s logo, the American Special also includes some upgrades such as a glossy urethane finish, compensated brass 3-saddle bridge and Highway One Texas Tele pickups (alnico III). These guitars include a nice blend of vintage looks but include all the modern features which are a great option for any entry-level guitarist.