The first mass production solid body guitar, it is easy to argue that since its inception in the early 1950’s , few instruments can claim to have shaped modern music to the same extent as the Fender Telecaster. The new American Original series from Fender builds on every aspect of the companies illustrious past, encompassing the same passion for design, tone and innovation as those first Telecasters did, continuing to be the instrument of choice for the working musician. The Fender American Original series maintains the styling and tone of the original Fender guitars that revolutionized popular music, with a more modern feel and contemporary pickup switching.
Designed to be as period correct as possible, the American Original 50’s Telecaster is based on the original run of Maple necked, Butterscotch Blonde 50’s Teles. Comprised of a traditional Ash body and Maple neck, the American Original 50’s Telecaster also features uniquely 50’s finishes in nitrocellulose lacquer, allowing the wood to breathe and the finish to age naturally. The American Original 50’s Telecaster also features Pure Vintage ’52 single coil Telecaster pickups, with cloth covered output wire, fiber bobbins and alnico 3 magnets, just as they would have had in ‘52. As well as this, copper plated base plates and flush mounted pole pieces and to the sense of true vintage vibe. These provide one of the most authentic vintage Tele tones available, with equal parts richness and twang.
The ‘U’ shaped neck profile fills the hand comfortably also lends itself to the feel of an authentic vintage Fender guitar, however the American Original 50’s Telecaster also benefits from a 9.5” fingerboard radius giving the player a more modern feel across the neck, meaning the soft ‘V’ profile is much more playable than many would assume a 50’s neck profile to be. Additional vintage spec features include vintage tall profile frets, a single ply pickguard, vintage style hardware and a 3 barrel bridge. All Fender American Original series guitars also include a period correct hard shell case.
The Fender American Original 50’s Telecaster continues to see Fender celebrating and reinvigorating classic guitars from its past, ensuring that they will continue to be the guitar of choice for musicians in search of the performance, style and tone that has made Fender instruments the go-to guitars of choice for so many years.
Body Shape: Telecaster
Body Material: Ash
Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Shape: 1952 'U'
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage Tall
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650"
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Bridge Pickup: Pure Vintage '52 Single Coil Telecaster
Neck Pickup: Pure Vintage '52 Single Coil Telecaster
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching: 3 Position - Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge & Neck Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SS
Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage Style String Through Body Tele With Brass Barrel Saddles
Tuning Machines: Pure Vintage Single Line "Fender Deluxe"
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black Phenolic
Control Knobs: Knurled Dome