Fender American Standard Telecaster 2012 Sunburst

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  • $675$820

In early 1951, Fender renamed its only production solid-body guitar the Telecaster, replacing the short-lived Broadcaster moniker used in late 1950. The Telecaster quickly became the guitar of its age, propelling the status of the solid-body electric guitar from novelty to the defining instrument of popular music. Like most long-lasting guitar models, the Tele has seen its share of variations and specialty models come off the line since the early '50s. The standard no-frills Telecaster, however, has stayed largely the same, strutting two single-coil pickups, a slab body of Ash (or later Alder), and an unmistakable twang that helped shape the sound of country and rock music.  Starting in 1988, the main American-made Telecaster was renamed the American Standard Telecaster to avoid confusion with those built in Japan and Mexico.

Years of Production: 
1951 - present

Body Style: Single cutaway solid-body

Unique to this Year: For 2012, Fender added a belly-cut contour on the back of the body, upgraded the electronics and overcoat finish of the American Standard Telecaster. 

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck, Maple fingerboard

Design Elements:  Two single-coil pickups, white pickguard, volume and tone controls, 25 1/2-inch scale length

Notable Tele Players: Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, Johnny Greenwood, James Burton  


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