Fender American Standard Telecaster
With their American Standard Telecaster, Fender has taken all of the qualities that have made the Tele a go-to instrument for musicians over the years and continued to uphold the legacy of the model but with added improvements. The versatility of sounds that the American Standard brings to the table is definitely an endearing quality for pop guitarists who need to be able to shape-shift their musical identity, often between songs in the same set. The Custom Shop Twisted Tele pickup in the neck position is ideal for softer and more nuanced styles like jazz and blues, whereas the bridge’s Broadcaster pickup conjures more of a raucous, rock-inspired tone recalling the heyday of America’s greatest pop sensations.
The new-and-improved contour of the American Standard’s body is also a welcome addition to the mix, as any guitarist who has felt the bruise against their ribcage from hours of rehearsal or performance will tell you. The guitar almost perfectly hugs your body in order to make playing a whole lot more comfortable. And the 6-saddle Tele-style bridge offers bent steel saddles featuring elongated string slots to ensure your tone will see a markedly improved sustain and resonance in whatever style of music you choose to play with it.