Fender Standard Telecaster Officially Retired– Review. 26/07/2018
Within the Fender guitar range, the Standard series has now
been officially retired and given way to the Player series.
The Standard range was built in Fenders Mexican factory at Ensenada
not far from the US border, and is based on the classic Telecaster
design but with modern cotemporary features.
Our review model is finished in Artic White with a durable polyester
finish. The body is made of alder with the usual single-cut
slab and no contours. This continues onto a 21 fret C shape
satin finished maple neck, which in our case has a maple fingerboard.
Sealed ping tuners allow for accurate and stable tuning. All
hardware is finished in chrome. The bridge is a six saddle
modern style without the vintage side walls.
The pickguard and cavities are shielded to avoid hum in high
interference situations, whilst warmer voiced pickups allow
earlier and harder overdriven tones for today’s modern sounds.
In the electronics department the usual 3-way switch and volume
and tone controls allow adjustment of the single coil pickups.
The bridge is the modern flat plate style with six adjustable
saddles to allow for accurate single string intonation.
Generally the guitar feels and looks well made. Pickguard shape,
Fretwork, bridge placement and other essential elements are
correct and well executed. However my model did have a few
small blemishes in the finish in the lower bout and just below
the tuners, not a major issue... But it certainly was not
perfect. I’ve come across many Mexican Fenders before and
this is the first I find with such flaws.
Sounds & Playability.
The guitar plays and sounds great, action is set low (a bit
too low for my personal preference) but is very comfortable
to play and within a few minutes you could get used to the
action. I will probably move up a string gauge to 10s and
re-setup but for now its staying stock.
Clean the Tele sounds like it should, bright and sparkly on
bridge pickup, great for rhythm with both pickups on and warm
and mellow on the neck. Overdriven it opens up and overs a
clean modern sound which could be useful for a variety of
A user’s manual and Allen keys for adjust where included, no
gig bag was provided with this instrument.
A few small blemishes aside a great solid and gig worthy guitar
and good value for money.
By Ernest H Slade