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For the guy who can't decide between a Strat and a Tele - Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster


So you want both a Strat and a Tele in the same guitar. This is it.

There's something I need to go over first. An oddity when it comes to Fender guitars is that you can go Tele-to-Strat tone but can't go Strat-to-Tele.

Why? It's because you don't have the overwound single-coil pickup on the bridge side in a Strat. That pickup is the "foundation" of Telecaster tone.

Could you install an overwound single-coil bridge pickup in a Strat? Sure. But it still won't sound right. The Tele configuration of the bridge side pickup in the middle of a metal plate with no vibrato (which Fender calls tremolo) just sounds way different than a Strat bridge pickup in a plastic guard with vibrato.

And that brings us to the Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster (also available in White Blonde finish).

This guitar does totally sound like a Tele should, but has a middle pickup like a Stratocaster.

Yes, it has a 5-way selector switch that acts just like a Strat does. It's the same Stratocaster configuration you're very familiar with, but with the Deluxe Nashville Telecaster you get that sweet singing overwound single-coil at the bridge.

There's also another rather nice perk about this Tele. It has a 12" fingerboard radius like a Les Paul. That means you can set the action lower and bend notes more, if that's your thing.

Other goodies about this guitar is that it has the cutaway heel in the back for easier higher fret access, and also has my favorite neck finish, satin urethane. Far less sticky feel compared to high gloss. And because this is an "upper mid tier" model, you get Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups. The bridge and neck are Tele pickups and the middle is a Strat pickup by design.

This guitar looks vintage but it's definitely more modernist, which is to its advantage. The truss rod adjustment location is thankfully at the headstock (no need to remove the neck for an adjustment), and there is no nitro anywhere, meaning no skin irritation.

The best part about this guitar? Very easy player. You don't have to relearn anything. It's a Telecaster with extra Strat tone goodness to it.

Some consider this specific guitar the best of both the Strat and Tele put into one guitar. It is pretty much the only way to get both tone types out of a single guitar. Again, you can't go Strat-to-Tele but you can go Tele-to-Strat, and that's what this guitar is. And it works.

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