Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus (HSS) Solidbody Electric Guitar (Discontinued)

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Street Price: 

$500
Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus

The Fender Modern Player Telecaster combines the singlecoil neck pickup of a Telecaster, with the singlecoil midde pickup a Stratocaster, and a humbucker pickup on the bridge.

In addition, the bridge pickup is wired so you can split the coils, which means that you're not missing the single coil sound on the bridge position when you want it. It also sports a Stratocaster bridge with string-through-body tailpiece.

All in all, this guitar gives you more tone options, while keeping the classic appeal of the Tele.

The guitar's body is crafted from lightweight pine, paired with traditional maple neck and fingerboard.

Specifications

  • Body: Pine
  • Finish: Honey Burst, Transparent Charcoal
  • Bridge: Strat Style 6-Saddle Strings-Through-Body Hardtail Bridge
  • Pickups: Tele Style (Neck) and Strat Style (Middle )single-coil pickups, and 1 humbucker bridge pickup
  • Neck: Maple
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5”
  • Frets: 22 Jumbo
  • Nut Width: 1.650”
  • Controls: Master-Volume, Master-Tone, 5-way pickup selector, mini-toggle rear coil switch
  • Pickup Selector: 5-way toggle switch

Pros

Market sentiment points to this guitar being a fun instrument to play with, mostly due to its versatile pickup configuration, but also partly due to its good playability. There are reports of it working great in various styles, from country, to pop, to rock and more. The in-between pickup positions get a number of thumbs up for their tonal quality.

Cons

There are some who encountered minor blemishes, while a few reported string action issues and fret buzz, the same issues that are associated even with expensive models.

Overall

If versatility is high on your list, or you want a reasonably priced guitar that's fun to play with, then check out the Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus if you can still find one available in stores or second hand, otherwise you might like to check out these alternatives in our guide to The Best Electric Guitars Under $500.