The American Special Telecaster can be considered a revamp of the Standard Telecaster. It’s a modern take on the classic tone. It presents some interesting new features that improve on the older model.
Why is it special? Mainly because it has a bit more pop to its sound and it has more quality of life options added. The versatility with the genres it can now cover is clearly what Fender had in mind when releasing this product on the market.
We’ve prepared a walkthrough of the most important features you should familiarize yourself with. Some things have not changed much but certain areas have been handled in a completely different way.
Build and design
The solid-wood design makes for a very durable 6-string guitar, and the use of maple is nothing new for Fender. The rounded shape of the older models has also been used on the American Special Telecaster.
Interestingly enough, there aren’t many changes to the original design. The American Special Telecaster is still a beefy looking guitar that weighs about 11 pounds and features a 25.5-inch scale. The neck has 22 frets even though it could have easily been made with 24.
The 9.5 neck radius provides you with enough curvature to make rhythmic sections easy to play and more enjoyable. If you are looking for a guitar that can be played for hours at a time, this can be a good fit.
We can appreciate that the new model doesn’t differ much in design and saves the improvements for the electronic and tone departments. After all, the build of the standard telecaster was never an issue in the past.
Experienced guitar players know that bends are always easy to sustain on Fender guitars. The American Special Telecaster makes use of the new tone adjustments, balanced neck radius, and more powerful pickups. As such, it allows even beginners to bend notes with little effort.
- 1 Pickups Single coil pickups are the bread and butter of the American Special Telecaster tone. The Texas Special pickups have the potential for a more powerful output. They can accommodate overdrive and distortion better than previous models. The bridge pickup, in particular, can allow you to play very crisp sounds when paired with a decent amp. You can stay in the CAGED system all day long or play some fast riffs, and it will feel like using two different instruments. Electronics
- 2 Tone
- 3 What genres does it cover?
- 4 American Special Telecaster vs. Standard Telecaster
- 5 Final words