Fender Mexican Standard Telecaster – The Only Worthy Alternative

4.7 out of 5 stars

While Squier produces many different high-quality Telecasters, nothing quite beats a genuine Fender Tele. At the lower end of the sub-$1000 price range, this Mexican-made Fender Standard Telecaster is the most affordable way to find a real Fender boasting quality electronics, excellent playability and the iconic design of the guitar that started it all. Let’s take a closer look…

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Body & Neck

This guitar certainly lives up to its name – Standard. That’s not a bad thing though, as it offers all the expected Tele aesthetics and functionality. This includes the timeless single-cutaway body that’s made of solid alder with a glossy finish in a range of different colors – from simple classics like Black or Arctic White, to vintage-inspired Butterscotch Blonde and Candy Apple Red.

The maple neck is also traditionally Tele in its design. This is bolted onto the body and features a relaxed C shape, a maple fretboard and 21 medium jumbo frets, with a smooth satin finish offering a great performance. Other time-honored appointments you’d expect are the three-ply parchment pickguard, the standard narrow Tele headstock, and – of course – the famous Fender logo in black. This is a Mexican-made Tele and shows off great Fender quality, fit and finish, while it’s setup nicely out of the box.

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Hardware

The hardware and electronics on this model are pretty standard too and Fender stick to the tried-and-tested pair of Standard Single-Coil Tele pickups in the bridge and neck position. These stock pickups are nothing groundbreaking, but prove very versatile, as we discuss below. These are controlled by a master volume and master tone control, as well as a three-way pickup selector switch.

Although the ashtray fixed bridge sticks with tradition, Fender go for the more modern configuration of an adjustable six-saddle string-through-body design with block saddles. At the headstock you’ll find six sealed die-cast tuners, which have a relatively modern design. These are responsive and hold your tuning well – no complaints here.

Sound

Using tried-and-tested design and hardware, there was no surprise that the Fender Standard Telecaster packs the traditional Tele sound. The pickups offer a snappy, sparkly, twangy tone that’s beautifully suited for clean blues and country playing, although the tone is pretty flexible for all styles of music – you can find crunchy palm muted powerchords, fuzzy rock lead and mellow jazz tones. While it falls a little short of the American-made Teles in terms of power, it’s a huge improvement on models you’d find in the more affordable price ranges.

Conclusion

The design is iconic, the tone is great, and your hands glide happily around the neck – it’s hard to be unhappy when playing this Standard Tele! While there are American-made Fenders to aspire to, the Standard Series is the best way to secure a real Fender Telecaster on a budget.

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  1. César D'Leon says

    I got it last weeek. I’m definitely changing the pickups, just because i love the texas specials, other than that, its a great gruitar.

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