Fender American Professional Telecaster

By August 5, 20172017, New Release
Fender American Professional Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde

New for 2017 Fender introduce the American Professional Series Telecaster. This replaces the American Standard Series which began in 1987, and has been Fender’s flagship line for serious artists and players. Featuring new pickups designed by pickup guru Tim Shaw, a brand-new “Deep C” shaped neck profile, new electronics, bone nut, narrow-tall frets for easier string bending, new finishes including the return of the classic Butterscotch Blonde…

The Fender American Professional Series Telecaster features two Tim Shaw-designed V-Mod single-coil Telecaster pickups which are voiced specifically for their positions and also include a Treble bleed circuit which maintains highs when reducing volume. The Modern C neck shapes are now a new ‘Deep C’ shape which is thin at the headstock and meatier towards the body. The Standard’s medium jumbo frets are replaced by narrow-tall versions which are more effective for bending notes and playing chords up the neck with perfect intonation. An original-era Fender design element, a bone nut contributes to superior tone and performance. Many players consider bone nuts to be more “organic” sounding. The new 3-saddle strings-through body Telecaster bridge features compensated saddles and the new modern “Ashtray” style bridge has been ergonomically recessed so it’s more comfortable and won’t cut your hands when you’re bashing away on stage.

Handmade in the USA, the American Professional series stays true to the integrity, quality and craftsmanship of legendary Fender designs, while incorporating more modern, player-centric features. Changes include three new finishes – Sonic Gray, Mystic Seafoam and Antique Olive – as well as the return of classic Butterscotch Blonde for Telecasters.

“Fender is guided by one clear, simple directive: make life better for musicians. While the original Telecaster certainly did that (and then some), we weren’t content to rest on our laurels. Our team of mad scientists examined every component in near-microscopic detail. If we were able to improve it with a new design or modern materials we did; if it didn’t need improvement, we left it alone. When the wood chips and solder fumes settled, what was left was the American Professional Telecaster—everything you need to play your best.” – Fender

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Fender American Professional Telecaster Mystic Seafoam
Fender American Professional Telecaster 3-Color Sunburst
Fender American Professional Telecaster Sonic Gray
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Body Shape: Telecaster®
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
  • Neck Shape: Modern “Deep C”
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood or Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Narrow Tall
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.685″ (42.8 mm)
  • Position Inlays: White Dots on Rosewood, Black Dots on Maple
  • Truss Rod: Bi-Flex™
  • Truss Rod Nut: 1/8″ American Series
  • Bridge Pickup: V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster
  • Neck Pickup: V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster
  • Controls: Master Volume with Treble-Bleed, Master Tone
  • Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Configuration: SS
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle, Strings-Through-Body Tele with Compensated Brass Saddles, 6 screw mounting with removable modern “Ashtray” Bridge Cover
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green, Black or Parchment
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
  • Switch Tip: Black
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt
  • Colors: 2-Color Sunburst, 3-Color Sunburst, Mystic Seafoam, Crimson Red Transparent, Black, Butterscotch Blonde, Sonic Gray, Olympic White, Natural
  • Country manufactured: USA
  • Strings: Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)

2017 Upgrades

Fender American Professional Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde
The return of the classic Butterscotch Blonde finish
New Telecaster bridge with compensated brass barrel saddles
New modern “Deep C”-shaped neck profile
Treble bleed circuit maintains highs when reducing volume
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