Fender Standard Telecaster Officially Retired– Review. 26/07/2018

Within the Fender guitar range, the Standard series has now been officially retired and given way to the Player series.

The Standard range was built in Fenders Mexican factory at Ensenada not far from the US border, and is based on the classic Telecaster design but with modern cotemporary features.

Our review model is finished in Artic White with a durable polyester finish. The body is made of alder with the usual single-cut slab and no contours. This continues onto a 21 fret C shape satin finished maple neck, which in our case has a maple fingerboard. Sealed ping tuners allow for accurate and stable tuning. All hardware is finished in chrome. The bridge is a six saddle modern style without the vintage side walls.

The pickguard and cavities are shielded to avoid hum in high interference situations, whilst warmer voiced pickups allow earlier and harder overdriven tones for today’s modern sounds.

In the electronics department the usual 3-way switch and volume and tone controls allow adjustment of the single coil pickups.

The bridge is the modern flat plate style with six adjustable saddles to allow for accurate single string intonation.

Quality

Generally the guitar feels and looks well made. Pickguard shape, Fretwork, bridge placement and other essential elements are correct and well executed. However my model did have a few small blemishes in the finish in the lower bout and just below the tuners, not a major issue... But it certainly was not perfect. I’ve come across many Mexican Fenders before and this is the first I find with such flaws.

Sounds & Playability.

The guitar plays and sounds great, action is set low (a bit too low for my personal preference) but is very comfortable to play and within a few minutes you could get used to the action. I will probably move up a string gauge to 10s and re-setup but for now its staying stock.

Clean the Tele sounds like it should, bright and sparkly on bridge pickup, great for rhythm with both pickups on and warm and mellow on the neck. Overdriven it opens up and overs a clean modern sound which could be useful for a variety of styles.

Accessories.

A user’s manual and Allen keys for adjust where included, no gig bag was provided with this instrument.

Summary

A few small blemishes aside a great solid and gig worthy guitar and good value for money.

By Ernest H Slade
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