ELITE

SUPERCHARGED CLASSIC
Packed with a baker’s dozen of innovations, the American Elite Telecaster is the original solidbody electric guitar reimagined for modern players who want bleeding-edge performance with timeless visual style. The future of workhorse guitar design, this Tele® guitar’s stunning style, easy playing feel and flexible sound that meets any musical need, was made to tear it up on stage or in the studio.

ALL-NEW AMERICAN ELITE NECK
Designed for 21st-century players, the American Elite Series sports a new compound neck profile designed for comfort and the ultimate playability. A modern “C”-shape at the nut, the rear of the neck morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of ergonomic support.

ALL-NEW 4TH GENERATION NOISELESS PICKUPS
With the all-new 4th generation Noiseless pickups, exclusive to the American Elite Series, we’ve achieved the sonic equivalent of cold fusion—authentic vintage-style Fender sound combined with noise-free performance. A quantum leap in pickup technology, these bleeding-edge pickups are the pinnacle of our pickup designs, offering crisp, clear cleans as well as gigantic overdriven tones that are bursting with pure rock power.

ALL-NEW AMERICAN ELITE NECK HEEL
For improved upper register access and elegantly functional modern style, the American Elite Series’ new cutaway neck heel blends into the asymmetrical neck volute for comfortably enhanced playing feel.

NEW DOUBLE ACTION TRUSS ROD ADJUSTMENT WHEEL
The new double action truss rod adjustment wheel makes it a snap to adjust the instrument’s neck relief without any special tools.

LOCKING TUNING MACHINES WITH ALL SHORT POSTS
Enjoy lightning-fast, easy re-stringing and enhanced playability from the new locking short post tuning machines. Not only do they provide increased break angle at the nut, they also increase tuning stability.

S-1™ SWITCH
The S-1 switch on this model activates series or parallel wiring options when using both pickups for even more tonal variations. Discreetly placed atop the volume control, it engages or disengages at the tap of a finger for on-the-fly adjustments.

PROFESSIONAL

DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE DESIGN
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.

V-MOD PICKUPS
V-Mod Telecaster pickups are engineered with a proprietary blend of alnico magnet types. Each pickup is voiced specifically for its position, creating high-output tone with vintage warmth and the crisp, clear sound that made Fender a legend.

NEW “DEEP C” NECK PROFILE
Designed for comfort and speed, the new American Professional “Deep C” neck profile sports more substantial shoulders. The increased mass and altered geometry creates a more natural feel that’s perfect for chord and single-note playing alike.

NARROW-TALL FRETS
Narrow-tall frets are taller and narrower than their medium jumbo cousins, making them especially effective for bending notes and playing chords up the neck with perfect intonation.

NEW BRIDGE
The new Telecaster bridge sports three compensated brass barrel saddles for accurate intonation and vintage-informed tone. Combining vintage style with modern feel and performance, the redesigned “ashtray” cover stays out of your way, even when palm-muting.

TREBLE-BLEED CIRCUIT
The treble-bleed circuit maintains the high end when turning down the volume knob to reduce gain, letting your tone shine through, no matter where the instrument’s volume is set.

BONE NUT
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.

 
 
Product Info

Fender American Elite Telecaster Rosewood 3-Color Sunburst (2016)

Fender American Professional Telecaster Rosewood 3-Color Sunburst (2017)

PRICE (MSRP) $1,949 $1,499
BODY Alder Alder
NECK TYPE Compound Back Shape, Modern “C” to “D” Maple Modern “Deep C” Maple
FRETBOARD Rosewood Rosewood
FRETS 22 22
TUNERS Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered
BRIDGE 6-Saddle American Tele with Chromed Brass Saddles 3-Saddle, Strings-Through-Body Tele with Compensated Brass Saddles
NECK PICKUP New 4th Generation Noiseless V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster
BRIDGE PICKUP New 4th Generation Noiseless V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster
MIDDLE PICKUP - -
PICKUP SWITCH 3-Way Blade Switch 3-Way Blade Switch
CONTROLS 1x Volume (w/S-1™ Switch) / 1x Tone (No-Load) 1x Volume (w/Treble-Bleed) / 1x Tone
STRINGS 6 strings 6 strings
YEAR 2016 2017