2017 Fender American Elite Telecaster Electric Guitar

My friend Tom bought this new back in 2017 and played it right up until recently. He's fastidious with his gear, though, so it's pretty clean. While it looks a bit like a faded Lake Placid, this was marketed as Ocean Turquoise Metallic in its finish. The whole guitar is a modern take on a '60s era Telecaster Custom, with a bound top and a "comfort" belly cut on the rear but a fairly standard Tele layout otherwise.

Its pickups are "Fourth Generation" Fender Noiseless units and they sound great -- snappy and clean. In the video the strings are a bit tired and so they're sounding a little mellower than they do with a fresh set. It has a standard 3-way selector switch but a "top depress" button on the volume knob turns the middle (both pickups) switch position into a series mode which effectively gives you a humbucker-sounding boosted voice in addition to the traditional sounds.

A wheel style truss rod nut at the "butt" of the heel makes adjustments easy, the 6-saddle modern bridge makes it simple to adjust intonation for different string sets, and the modern, medium-ish C-neck is home ground for most of us Fender folks who took up these guitars in the last few decades. The tuners are locking as well and it has the "sloped" heel cut for easier fret access.

Let's also just mention here that it looks good, too! I admit to being a small bit of a sucker for tortoise on blue.

Repairs included: a fret level/dress, cleaning, and setup.

Body wood: alder

Bridge: 6-saddle modern

Fretboard: maple

Neck wood: maple

Pickups: 2x original Noiseless 4th gen Tele pickups

Action height at 12th fret: 1/16" overall (fast)
String gauges: 44w to 9

Neck shape: slim-medium C

Board radius: 9 1/2"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-wider

Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 12 3/4"

Body depth: 1 3/4"

Weight: 7 lbs 13 oz

Condition notes: it's pretty clean but my friend Tom did put a good number of hours into it. He wore the frets just enough to need a teensy level/dress job but they're real close to full height. The back of the neck has a little pattering of super-light dings/wear to it -- like someone played it with a ring or rested it against softwood between songs in a set. This is often the case with the thin, satin finishes on the modern Fenders. My own Tele from '01 got this way pretty quick "back in the day."

It comes with: an original, molded, lightweight hard case.