Some folks think Teles are only good for country-style twanging, but the Fender Player Series Telecaster HH says otherwise. This dual humbucker-equipped axe delivers muscular, throaty sounds by the truckload. That being said, it can also achieve mellower tones if you ask nicely. A Modern C-shaped neck and 22-fret, 9.5"-radius fingerboard give you a decidedly contemporary feel with fast action and comfortable playability. You also get a synthetic bone nut, 6-saddle string-through bridge, and Fender standard sealed tuners. If you've got aggressive tendencies, you'll love the Player Series Telecaster HH — it's a Tele with a mean streak.
For their new Player Series guitars, Fender went back to the drawing board with updated radii for more historically accurate body shapes, new vintage-inspired finishes, and a classic logo that harkens back to the Fenders of yesteryear. But these smooth-playing instruments also look to the future with modern enhancements that include 22 fret necks, upgraded bridges for better sustain, and refined pickups that crank out legendary Fender tone by the boatload.
For the Player Series Telecaster HH, Fender changed out its typical Tele single-coil pickups for a pair of Player Series Alnico 2 humbuckers, giving you loads of warmth, fullness, and sustain. You can coax anything from classic Tele twang to crunchy, mid-forward humbucker tones out of these flexible pickups. Enjoy the neck pickup's fluid attack and near-endless sustain or the bridge pickup's tight, fizzier textures. Or if the feeling strikes, you can use the Player Series Tele HH's push-pull tone pot to achieve coil-split single-coil tones. The Player Series Telecaster HH is a flexible guitar that's ready for any situation.
Leo Fender wasn't a guitar player. In fact, he got his start repairing radios. When designing his original instruments, he had no idea that guitars weren't supposed to have maple necks. This Fender Player Series Telecaster HH has the revered maple neck but adds a pau ferro fingerboard for a sleeker feel and clear-as-a-bell sound. In keeping with contemporary tastes, this Tele has a more modern C-shaped maple neck with a satin urethane finish.
This is it: the original guitar that started Fender's march into contemporary music history. It appeared in the early 1950s and was first named the Broadcaster. The ingeniously simple design, the bolt-on neck, and the slab body all contribute to the guitar's trademark tones and player-friendly feel. From Nashville twang to blistering rock tones, the Telecaster sound has made its presence felt in nearly every musical category. The diverse list of Telecaster players, including Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, James Burton, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Strummer, and John 5 (and quite a few of us here at Guitar World) attests to the guitar's universal appeal.