Product: Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster
Description: Single cutaway hybrid six-string guitar
Fretboard: Ebony, 25.5 scale with a 12″ radius
Body: Mahogany body with Lutz spruce Top
Bridge: Ebony with Graph Tech Tusq saddle
Tuners: Fender Modern
Pickups: Fishman Matrix under saddle, N4 noiseless (bridge), Z-axis body pickup
Controls: Volume, mod knob, 5-way blade switch (for voice)
Factory Strings: Fender phosphor-bronze .011-.052
Weight: Approximately 5 lbs. + or –
Scale Length: 25.5″
Neck Width: 1.69″
Little Fender History
(According to Sound Unlimited), In 1938 Clarence Leonida Fender opened his first shop named Fender’s Repair Service, offering home-made PA systems and musical instruments.
The Fender Electric Instruments Company was established in 1946. Fender concentrated on building instruments and by 1949 Fender guitars and amps were established in the music industry.
By 1950 The Fender Electric Instruments Company introduced a single dual pickup solid body electric guitar. It was named the Esquire. About fifty were made, and were not fitted with a truss rod. Before production started, the instrument had been modified with an adjustable neck and renamed the Broadcaster. It was renamed again a year later to the Telecaster.
2019 Introduction Of The Fender American Acoustasonic Tele
I find this to be a great instrument for those who can’t make up their mind between an acoustic or an electric guitar.
Fender describes this guitar to be acoustic with a range of plugged-in electro acoustic voices and an added magnetic electric supply. It is definitely a different looking Telecaster that looks like an acoustic, but with the feel of an electric. The Teles has a thinner body, like an electric but has the hole on the front like an acoustic. This is where you can really see the combination of these two types of guitars.
This is a guitar available in five colors. The sides, back and neck remain a natural mahogany on each along with the distinctive small sound hole. The top is a spruce color that is actually applied by a printing process. This means that any image can be printed onto the face of the guitar. These guitar colors, as of right now come in Black, Natural, Sunburst, Surf Green, and Sonic Gray. During a Fender exhibit there has also been more elaborate finishes such as a distressed stars and stripes design. So don’t think those five colors are all you are going to see in the future.
The finish is a thin open-pore poly the retains a woody, natural feel. The organic feel is reaffirmed through ebony control knobs. The neck is mahogany, and has an attractive ebony fingerboard with streaks of light brown visible in the upper registers.
“The design, size, location, and depth of the sound hole, all contribute to the voicing of the instrument and give it a fuller sound on your lap.” The voicing in concert with the movement of the top, are major components of what your hear when the guitar is plugged in.
The one thing that could be improved upon, would be the action. It could definitely be lowered. I think this would really help for fingering. It also will help the beginner, so not to be sore while learning.
The Electronic Elements
These elements are comprised of Fishman Under-saddle Piezo and internal Body sensor alongside a Fender N4 noiseless magnetic pickup. This system allows easy access to a huge array of tones through the five-way blade voice selector, master volume and Mod Knob. The latter control blends between two distinct voices in each of the five positions.
Position Five: (switch closest to the neck) A, produces a Sitka Spruce / Rosewood dreadnought sound. B is an Alpine Spruce / rosewood auditorium guitar.
Position Four: “A” is an Engelmann Spruce/maple body parlor sound. “B” is a Sitka Spruce/mahogany dreadnought sound.
Position Three: “A” is a Sitka spruce/Brazilian rosewood dreadnought. “B” adds the body pickup for the enhanced harmonics and response to hand tapping.
Position Two: “A” is a Sitka spruce/mahogany dreadnought. “B” blends the electric pickup.
Position One: (switch closest to the bridge) “A” is a clean Fender electric. “B” is Fender electric semi-clean
Though there is no screen to inform you about any the above, once you start playing this guitar for a while, you will get the feel of what each position does. Experiment to find what sounds best for you. If played through a standard guitar Amp like the Fishman SA220 (for a PA-like delivery), it will be easy enough to locate the settings that work best.
The Acoustasonic Telecaster is an attractive guitar with perfect combination of an acoustic and electric guitar. Great job by Fender and Fishman for teaming up to make such an advanced take on a Tele.
If you love the sound of both the acoustic and an electric guitar, I would highly recommend this innovative instrument whether you are a beginner or professional, this is the guitar for you.
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Have a musical day.