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Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster Review

When you hear a Telecaster, you know we’re talking about the popular Fender guitar. But what if the manufacturer decided to surprise you this time? I offer you the Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster review, an unusual model with several differences from the classic version. But such differences take the Telecaster to a new level of sound. Are you ready? Go for it!


Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster

Even the Special Edition Custom Telecaster FMT HH case is made of solid Mahogany, which makes it stand out from its predecessor. After all, this wood is characterized by its resonant properties and gives the instrument a warm tonal sound. The carved Maple top comes in three colors Amber, Crimson Red Transparent, and Black Cherry Burst with Gloss Urethane Finish as if saying that this guitar is fire!

The Knurled Dome Control Knobs (master volume, master tone with built-in push/pull coil tap) and Black Switch Tip are located right on the top. They are easy to operate and don’t get in the way when playing. The Black Nickel hardware complements the bright image of the Telecaster FMT HH.

Pickup system

Well, as for the electronics, Fender didn’t disappoint. The rock parts on the fiery Telecaster look beautiful and sound vintage and snarly. The dual high-octane Seymour Duncan humbucker delivers power and old-school style. The ’59 SH-1N Neck Pickup produces an elevated midrange and pot, while the Pearly Gates bridge adds grit and dynamics. The 6-Saddle String-Through-Body Hardtail With Block Saddles Bridge provides stability and sustain, so you can really “go wild” on the toughest compositions. The HH in the name refers to the configuration, and the three-way pickup switching and push/pull coil switch built into the main tone control knob allow you to have a wide range and perform a variety of styles even on one coil.

Neck, fingerboard, headstock

The neck is the same as the standard Telecaster – a modern C-shape with Gloss Urethane Finish, but like the body, it is made of Mahogany. Its playability and stability are both amazing. It fits perfectly in hand, and the 15.75-inch radius makes it suitable for musicians with large hands. In addition to the glossy finish, the Indian Laurel fretboard with a 25.5″ scale length provides optimal speed. It features 22 Jumbo frets with Abalone Dot Position inlays that are extremely comfortable, smooth, and well-polished. Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines and Graphite Nut complete the neck construction. Perhaps they could have been better, but to save the cost of the guitar, the manufacturer spared on something that could well be replaced if desired.

Sound quality

Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster photo

Basically, I’ve already told you what kind of sound you can expect from a Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster. I didn’t hear any dead notes, buzzing, or tinny effects. Instead, everything works quickly and smoothly. You get a powerful, as many call it, “beast” that will please you if you like heavy styles. But the guitar will also suit other styles, so you should try it. If I were asked if the Fender Special Edition Custom Telecaster guitar is good, I would say yes. But as we all know, there is no perfect thing for everyone. Who knows, maybe this is just the perfect one for you?

Key specs

  • Scale, in/cm: 25.5/64.7.
  • Frets: 22.
  • Fretboard radius, in/cm: 15.7/40.
  • Type: electric.
  • Body material: mahogany, maple.
  • Neck material: mahogany.
  • Neck joint: one-piece.
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