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Fender Modern Player Tele Plus Electric Guitar, Honey Burst, Maple Fretboard
- With a humbucking bridge pickup, Strat middle pickup, and Tele single-coil neck pickup, this model offers a ton of useable tones.
- With a 9.5" radius and 22 jumbo frets, this model is built to play fast.
- 5-way switching, plus a coil splitting mini-toggle for the humbucking pickup allows for easy access to a huge range of sounds.
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|Body Material Type||solid-wood||solid-wood||Alder||Mahogany||Alder||Mahogany|
|Color||honey burst||Vintage Sunburst||Old Violin Sunburst||Ebony||Ebony||Heritage Cherry Sunburst|
|Fretboard Material Type||Maple||Rosewood||Rosewood||Rosewood||Rosewood||Rosewood|
|Guitar Bridge System||Hardtail||Stop Tail||tremolo||Tune-O-Matic||Tune-O-Matic||Tune-O-Matic|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||combination||humbucker||humbucker||humbucker||humbucker||humbucker|
|Item Dimensions||5 x 42 x 15 in||18.9 x 41 x 5.9 in||17.91 x 47.84 x 4.13 in||17 x 45 x 7 in||17 x 41.5 x 3.5 in||17 x 45 x 7 in|
|Neck Material Type||Maple||Maple||Maple||Mahogany||Mahogany||Mahogany|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
Throughout its history, Fender has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic, Mustang and Music master models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new take son our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value. The Modern Player Telecaster Plus HSS is that rare bird among Telecasters-a triple-pickup model-further distinguished by apine body and mini-toggle coil-split switch for the Modern Player humbucking bridge pickup. Other features include C-shaped maple neck, maple freeboard with 9.5" radius and 22 jumbo frets, Modern Player single-coil Telecaster neck pickup and Modern Player Stratocaster middle pickup, five-way pickup switching, three-ply pickguard, knurled "chrome-dome "control knobs, vintage-style Stratocaster string-through-body six-saddle hard-tail bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware. Available in Honey Burst and Charcoal Transparent.
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At first, I wasn't thrilled. I didn't think a tele was the right fit for a humbucker, and I was a bit unnerved by traditional players who didn't think too highly of this setup on their beloved telecaster. Once I got over that and really spent some time with this baby, my concerns went away. It's a great guitar with a lot more versatility than teles are known for. You can still get that classic sound, but with this axe, you can also chug out a bunch more tones and jump genres really easy. And it looks and feels great. Beautiful and heavy. The neck action is great and you'll have no problem sliding around sloppy like Keef, or playing technical solos.
Again, this is an all around great guitar. And don't let the traditional players dissuade you. That's why they named it a Modern Player!
The instrument itself is beautiful. Amazon shows too bright of a sunburst color on the description. It's really a much darker, deeper red/gold color. The pine body really soaks in the color and it looks great in person.
The tuners, bridge, and electronics are all high-quality stuff. No complaints there. The pickup height is very easily adjusted (except the Tele pickup, you're outta luck there - you have to take the pickguard off to get at it). It needed a tiny bit of adjustment in the strat pickup (it was too low) and the humbucker (it was too high) but it was a super easy fix.
Those pickups sound awesome, too! You get the classic mellow-sounding Tele single coil, the twangy hot bright sound of the Strat in the middle, and a big fat humbucker at the bridge that can be coil-tapped to a reedy single-coil sound. With the five-way pickup selector and the coil-tap switch, you get a very impressive SEVEN vastly different tonal landscapes to choose from. This is a huge departure from the traditional Tele pickups and tones (that's why it's not your daddy's Tele, part 2), but I've got no complaints because every setting on this puppy just sounds so darn good.
The only tiny complaint I have - and maybe this is just because I'm not used to playing Telecasters - is that the clearance between the strings and the body is really really low. I have an aggressive picking style and my favorite picks are thick .88 mm-size picks, so I've put a lot of scratches on the pickguard. I guess that's what a pickguard is for, right? Ha ha.
This thing is an absolute must-have for the price. It plays and feels and looks like an instrument three times more expensive.