American Telecaster Differences

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Member Since: Apr 14, 2008

Hi all.
I'm trying to find the differences between both american telecasters:
The Standard, & the American Standard.
A friend told me i can identify both by the location of the SN on the headstock.
Can anyone tell me if it is true?
And what are the differences between both American made tele's?
Many thanks

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Apr 14, 2008 07:38 am

The standard isn't made in USA.

I would guess made in Mexico, but finished in USA.

Standard = 400$
Am Standard = 1000$

I don't know if the location of SN is different, but the numbering scheme is. Mex starts with one type of number, US starts with a different. Can't recall what they are though.

Answer:On a good day, lipstick.
Since: Jun 24, 2004

Apr 14, 2008 11:30 am

Fender have a price range for everyone:

Aside from the custom shop and 'specials':

American Standard - Made in USA
Highway One - Made in USA but with less 'frills'
Standard - Made in Mexico

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Apr 14, 2008 10:05 pm

Here ya go, right from the Fender site.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Apr 15, 2008 08:58 am

If your looking for sound above apearance, do youself a favor and go play a bunch of them. Our guitar player who has many many hears in and a well developed ear came home dumbfounded with one made by Jose. He has always been of the opinion that you get what you pay for but the one he brought home just sounded appreciably better than the more expensive ones. He also mentioned that another one made by Jose sounded really bad. None of these instruments are hand made by luthiers any longer.

Answer:On a good day, lipstick.
Since: Jun 24, 2004

Apr 15, 2008 10:55 am

The chap in Los Lonely Boys used to play MIMs all the time.
The guitar player in my friend's band plays 'em exclusively.

I personally have a Squier Affinity Strat that is possibly the best playing strat I've ever played.

There are gems out there. There are some horrors too. It's a case of finding the diamond in the rough.
Since: Feb 07, 2005

Apr 15, 2008 11:36 am

I'll probably sound like I'm pimping these guys but really, the best tele value (IMO) is with G&L. They make awesome tele's.
Their Tribute series is very affordable. They are CNC'd in Korea but assembled in the USA. They are wired up with hand wound American made pickups.
They also have a more expensive version(s) that is 100% made in the USA. These tele's or ASAT's as they are called by G&L were Leo's pride and joy.

Answer:On a good day, lipstick.
Since: Jun 24, 2004

Apr 15, 2008 02:28 pm

Actually, the G&L ASAT is a nice instrument.

Odd, though, that a 1951 design, when re-visited by its creator ends up looking, feeling, and playing not far off the original 1951 design.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Apr 16, 2008 12:13 am

I play bass guitars, but the same runs true with them. I was looking for two distinct sounds and I ended up with a Music Man and a Warwick. Now, that means very little in my books, as I just ran around playing a LOT of bass guitars. As per TallChap, I found two diamonds in the rough. Others, same model/make just didn't measure up. The best playing bass I have is an old Peavey. The neck warped as it was made with wet wood. I turned it over to a luthier and OMG! I really should turn the other two over to him as well. Sharp individual. Wanted to see how I played first, then a thousand questions about technique. Well worth it.

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