Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar
In stock at Guitar Center
Fusing classic Telecaster style with modern sound and features, the American Elite Telecaster is the original solidbody electric guitar reimagined for the modern guitarist who needs more from their instrument. With its stunning style, easy-playing performance and flexible sound that matches any playing situation, this Tele® was made to tear it up on stage or in the studio.
Featured on all American Elite instruments, the new 4th generation Noiseless pickups are only available in this series, and represent a quantum leap in pickup design. Combining authentic, vintage-style sound with effectively noise-free performance, these are the pinnacle of Fender’s noiseless pickup designs, generating sparkling cleans and fat, overdriven tones that scream with pure rock ‘n’ roll power.
Engineered for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck with a 9.5”-14” compound radius fingerboard is ideal for all playing styles. 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 comfortable support for fret hand antics. Locking, all short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the bone nut for buzz-free performance. The truss rod wheel is positioned at the butt end of the neck for easy accessibility when adjusting neck relief.
Fender is renowned for head-turning style, and this guitar is no different—from the refined ergonomic rear contour that hugs the player’s body to the black chrome headstock logo and large pearloid fret markers this instrument will dazzle the audience with elegant style. The American Elite Telecaster is a bold new addition to the Fender family tree, a top-notch performer that can handle whatever music you might you throw at it. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument.
Reviews From Buyers
Okay, let me start by saying this, the feel, make, and tone of this guitar is awesome. All the new things Fender has implemented on the 2016 teles are great, from the S1 switch, Noiseless pickups, tapered body, etc.
Now, the reason I'm giving it only 3 stars (and I feel I'm being generous) is because I've bought, returned, bought and now am about to return again two of these telecasters already. Specifically the 2016 Fender American Telecaster Elite in Tobacco Sunburst.
The issue on the past two Elite's I had were the same. The Neck Pickup. First Elite I had, it didn't work at all, returned it. Second Elite got shipped in, and I opened it up right in the store, and again, neck pickup not working. Gave it to the guitar tech on hand and some how with his magic fingers he managed to get sound out of neck pickup. Took it home and not more than a week later, neck pickup is cutting in and out again, to the point of being unplayable really.
I'm just really upset that Fender is selling these for close to $2000 and they can't even get the quality assurance people or whoever checks these guitars out before shipping them to make sure the pickups, particularly the neck, are working properly.
And on top of all that, I work for Guitar Center. How am I supposed to pitch these guitars to my customers when I myself got two of them that were not working properly?
Anyways, I'm about to return the 2nd one again, and I hoping the third one will be the charm. But beware, CHECK THE NECK PICKUP before purchase.