Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Thinline

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The Telecaster has been an integral part of classic rock well before the genre truly kicked off. After first being released in 1950, the instrument would become an iconic piece of rock and roll history, thanks to its use by players such as the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Andy Summers of The Police. Fender’s American Deluxe Telecaster Thinline captures the best and most endearing components of the Tele and fuses them with some beneficial upgrades to ensure that the Telecaster will continue to be a weapon of choice for guitarists for years to come, allowing them to continue to play with that classic rock sound.

Let’s start with the body: its semi-hollow ash body is adorned with a F-hole, just like the axes of the late 60s to the early 70s. This feature provides a warm and resonant sound that instantly invokes the rockin sounds of yesteryear. N3 Noiseless pickups push forward that cutting single-coil sound, but improve upon some of the technical limitations of the originals. Bend away at those notes all you want, you’re less likely to go out of tune thanks to the headstock’s high-end locking tuners. And the compound-radius fingerboard means you’re getting a much more playable experience, as the fret radius gets wider as you move down the neck. So not only will you be bending without fear of de-tuning, but also without fear of flying of the neck.Rating: 4.75/5

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