Fender American Elite Tele Maple Fingerboard with Case

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Product Description

The American Elite Telecaster sports 13 new features in the classic Tele shape, making it the ideal choice for the modern player looking for cutting edge performance with timeless visual style. The future of workhorse guitar design, this Tele guitar’s stunning style, easy playing feel and flexible sound that meets any musical need, was made to tear it up on stage or in the studio.

Fender American Elite Tele Features

  • Single cutaway electric guitar
  • Two all-new fourth generation Noiseless single-coil Telecaster pickups
  • S-1 switching switches between parallel and series pickup wiring
  • Compound profile neck; redesigned contoured neck heel
  • 9.5-14 inches compound radius fingerboard
  • Locking short-post tuning machines
  • Includes redesigned ABS Elite Molded Case with TSA locks
All-New American Elite Neck
Designed for 21st-century players, the American Elite Series sports a new compound neck profile designed for comfort and the ultimate playability. A modern C-shape at the nut, the profile morphs along the length of the neck to a modern D-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of ergonomic support.

All-New 4th Generation Noiseless Pickups
With the all-new 4th generation Noiseless pickups, exclusive to the American Elite Series, we’ve achieved the sonic equivalent of cold fusion—authentic vintage-style Fender sound combined with noise-free performance. A quantum leap in pickup technology, these bleeding-edge pickups are the pinnacle of our pickup designs, offering crisp, clear cleans as well as gigantic overdriven tones that are bursting with pure rock power.

New Double Action Truss Rod Adjustment Wheel
The new double action truss rod adjustment wheel makes it a snap to adjust the instrument's neck relief without any special tools.

All-New American Elite Neck Heel

For improved upper register access and elegantly functional modern style, the American Elite Series' new cutaway neck heel blends into the asymmetrical neck volute for comfortably enhanced playing feel.

Locking Tuning Machines with All Short Posts
Enjoy lightning-fast, easy re-stringing and enhanced playability from the new locking short post tuning machines. Not only do they provide increased break angle at the nut, they also increase tuning stability.

S-1 Switch
The S-1 switch on this model activates series or parallel wiring options when using both pickups for even more tonal variations. Discreetly placed atop the volume control, it engages or disengages at the tap of a finger for on-the-fly adjustments.

Product Specifications
Fender American Elite Tele Specifications
  • Body: Alder (Mystic Black, Autumn Blaze Metallic, 3 Color Sunburst), Ash (Aged Cherry Burst, Tobacco Sunburst)
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Body Binding: White
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
  • Neck Shape: Compound Back Shape, Modern C to D
  • Scale Length: 25.5 inches (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5-14 inch Compound Radius (241-355.6 mm)
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.685 inches (42.8 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Large Black Pearloid Dots
  • Truss Rod: Dual-Action
  • Truss Rod Nut: Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel Adjustment
  • Bridge Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Neck Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Controls: Master Volume (with S-1 Switch) Master No-Load Tone
  • Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Special Electronics: S-1 Switch
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle American Tele with Chromed Brass Saddles
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
  • Switch Tip: Barrel Style
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Asymmetrical
  • Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
  • Included Case: Elite Molded Case

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  (800) 856-9801 Warranty:  Custom Shop: Limited 2 Years; Stringed Instruments: Limited 2 Years; Electronic Products: Limited 2 Years; Fortis: 5 Year Limited, Transferable; Accessories: 1 Year Limited; IEM: Limited 1 Year; Vacuum Tubes: 90 Days
Timothy Heggan Submitted: 9/20/2018
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Awesome Axe
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What is your opinion of this product?
This is a well thought out Guitar from Fender love it. This Guitar can sound like Jerry Reed but when I crank the gain it really sings it’s already my favorite and I have Les Paul’s an Explorer, Firebird and a Strat. This a great guitar!
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Marlon Submitted: 9/5/2018
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Evolution of the Great Telecaster
What is your opinion of this product?
I bought the aged cherry and I have to say it's beautiful. I keep it by my bed so it's the first thing I see when I wake up. Always brings a smile to my face. Very versatile sounds. Feels great in the hands and contours are really a nice evolution of the classic Telecaster. The neck shape takes some time to get used to if you're used to a classic "U" or "C" shape. Quality built instrument that should be at this price point. I'm really like this guitar and the sounds I get and the feel when I play it.
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Timothy Terranova Submitted: 8/14/2018
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A worthy upgrade
What is your opinion of this product?
Sometimes it's difficult to explain differences in guitars when an upgrade is released. In this case, looking at the Elite model Telecaster that replaces the Deluxe, it isn't that tricky. Firstly, the new N4 noiseless pickups are a vast improvement. The spank and clarity is back again! It's so nice to have noiseless single coil pickups that actually still have that characteristic Tele twang (the ones on the Elite Strats are also a big improvement). The neck feels slightly deeper and of course, the compound radius makes it a breeze to go from chords in the first few frets to leads in the upper regions. Fretwork is absolutely top-notch. Very, comfortable and the rolled fretboard edges also helps make this neck feel nice and worn in, even though you're playing a brand new axe. Another improvement: truss rod placement. It's so easy to adjust the neck now. A welcome change. The guitar came set up great - basically plug and play with very little tweaking. All in all a classic instrument.
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CBurki Submitted: 7/23/2018
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Great Tone
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I took a chance on the Elite since I have never owned a Telecaster and I am very happy I did since this compliments my Les Paul Standard for tonal range. The neck profile is incredible and makes playing very easy. Has the classic Telecaster Tone without the classic single coil noise that usually goes with Telecasters. The setup was perfect so I am very happy with this guitar
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Bob a Submitted: 7/21/2018
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The ultimate guitar
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I have never owned a telecaster this is my first and what an axe it can do anything I ask of it and us my first choice of 9 USA guitars very pleased when I was deciding which tele the elite with lock tuners,bindind,and fenders noiseless pick.ups where worth every dollar spent very happy with everyone at AMS Thank You
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Kevin Dye Submitted: 7/21/2018
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Amazingly modern guitar.
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As a long time Fender player I was a little skeptical about the new ELITE series. I love the tele style but the constant hum, horrible pickups when it comes to modern music and QC issues keeps me from buying sight unseen. But I took a chance and I cant believe how awesome these guitars are. SILENT, perfect action straight from AM and amazing tone. Fender really knocked it out of the park with these and Im not looking at a strat. And AmericanMusical nailed it as well. Very happy with this guitar.
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Warren Submitted: 3/13/2018
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Best guitar I ever had
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So nice
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Larry Selle Submitted: 3/6/2018
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Great guitar!
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This is the second guitar I purchased of this model and color. The first purchased was with musician’s friend. It had blemishes and was sent back to them. After one week, a new one had still not been sent out for a replacement. I cancelled that order and purchased a second one from American musical supply. Within 24 hours, I had it on my door step. It was flawless and perfect in every way. I will not be making future purchases with musician’s friend. I have found a new company for all of my musical purchases.
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1 Straycat, sarahkoger@ymail.com Submitted: 8/8/2017
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Dang !!!
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I've been playing much longer than I'd like to admit to. This is my 45th Telecaster. All of them USA made. I must say this is my favorite. I met Albert Collins in the 80s at a show in Boulder Co.we talked for quite awhile. I was blown away with his technic and performance. He is the Master of the Telecaster and I am also was really influenced by Keith Richards another Tele guy. I can say for sure this fits me Just right. I don't do a lot of country but it can really play quite easily. I just opened it and played for a long time.
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jimmy G. Submitted: 5/12/2017
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Great playing and toneful Tele Elite
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Smooth as butter right out of the box. Wonderful compound radius neck. Great new noiseless pickups and modern bridge. Three way switching, with S1 switching from parallel to series. All the sounds for any music. Great Fun.
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