How are the Fender American Special Telecasters?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by somanyteles, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Ripradiant

    Ripradiant Tele-Afflicted

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    I have a sunburst and white - awesome guitars and my faves. Unrefined, basic, vintage look and feel with great pickups.
     
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    You're going to LOVE IT! :)
     
  3. Veebus52

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    I have one in sunburst and love it. The jumbo frets felt a little different at first but now I don't even notice them. Love the pickups and build quality as well.
     
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    Awesome. Very cool to hear that most love their Specials.
     
  5. KeithRichard

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    Great guitar, I've got the lake placid blue with rosewood board. The jumbo frets don't bother me as I own guitars with vintage and medium jumbo. It's a nice AM guitar for under a grand and of you got yours for 850 that's not a bad price for a new am tele. I like the am special more than the modern standard. It just feels, looks, and sounds more telecaster to me. My avri 52 is my favorite Telecaster to play when I want that vintage telecaster vibe.
     
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    I love mine (2013 in Oly White). Best Tele I've ever owned or played. The frets haven't been a problem for me.
     
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    Been using one for about 6 months. IMO it's the way to go if you want vintage and American timber. I thought I wouldn't like the 9.5 and jumbo fretts. I was wrong love it! I like the neck a lot! Great for bends! I also like the CS Texas Specials and the Grease Bucket circutry.

    The pups have a bluesy twang to them.

    My only complaint: the two saddle pins on both the low and high E strings of the bridge needed to be filed down. They stuck up to high (it was an easy fix with a file) Later I changed the saddles to Rutters stainless steels ONLY because by other Tele's already had brass...and I wanted a little bit of additional difference in tone.

    The guitar is great stock right out of the box. Really doesn't need any mods
     
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    I had a one and sold it to get a MIA Standard, I didn't like the Texas Special Pickups, but its a personal thing really.
     
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    I got an Am. Special Strat a couple years ago, it's a great guitar; zero complaints.
     
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    I have one & I love it. I put a white p/g on mine.
     
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    Well...they are special...
     
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    Good choice, if I DO say so myself!

    I LOVE mine:

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    I have a MIM Nashvegas, was really content, (as I mainly play acoustic), got a deal on an old tube amp, playing more, wasnt shopping, a friend had a few years old Special, needed cash for a banjo, I gave him 5 bills,(2 tiny dings, but I buy 'em to play, not to look at) cant stop playing it. Taking today for proper set up. The Special and Nashvegas make a nice duo.
     
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    Awesome to hear all this good stuff about American Special! I still have to wait till August 10 to get the Vintage Blonde model, but that is the color I want, though the sunburst one does look nice.
     
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    I have a 2015 American Special in Vintage Blonde and like it very much. One small concern was that both E strings felt perilously close to the fretboard edge in comparison with my MIM FSR Deluxe Ash neck. Soon got used to the different feel though, and I really like the jumbo frets; big bends feel luxuriously smooth and slinky-like something out of the Victoria's Secret catalogue...:)
     
  16. Ripradiant

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    My american special is my favourite. Love the vintage look. Great pickups imho.
     
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    I'm an AV Tele guy, but if I weren't, the American Special would probably be the Tele I'd be playing. They are a gem in the Fender line. It seems like Fender put some product/market fit into these. What I mean by that is there isn't anything gimmicky about them; they are a player's guitar. The aesthetic is that of a 70's Tele that is in reality probably a lot nicer than the original 70's Teles.

    Great if you play rock or blues. Those are the kind of players who most appreciate the flat radius/jumbo frets/hot-pickups/three-barrel-bridge combination.
     
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    "Vintage"/original frets, 7.25" board: more comfortable if you play a lot of chords or play long gigs

    Jumbo frets, 9.5" radius board: easier to bend up or down, more appealing to blues and hard rock players
     
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    Did we get an NGD post for this with photos. Remember, No Photo, it didn't happen
     
  20. boris bubbanov

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    I guess. But this exact color choice has been the focus of at least a dozen NGD threads on this model.

    What makes it better than the Am. Standard? Better bridge arrangement (you can't "fix" the Standard with the 5 screw mount), and the unnecessary Tilt feature is not there; better colors. But the real advantage is over the Highway One - the Highway had probably the worst pickups a USA Tele ever had and these Specials have some of the best.

    I have 5 of these Highways (the preceding model). Every pickup (except the neck pickup in one) is replaced, and every Highway has a neck borrowed from someplace else. Every once in a while I bolt up one of these Special style necks with the huge fretwire and it stays on there a couple weeks then it comes back off again. I'm making something of an effort to acclimate to them. Not making much progress.
     
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