Review: Fender's American Acoustasonic Telecaster is a new benchmark in acoustic-electric design

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Fender, in their endless pursuit of innovation, are continually tinkering with their most popular guitars, amps and effects - all of which has led to constant demand for their products from top to bottom. Every so often, they take a chance and launch something peculiar, which may not necessarily be revolutionary, but can be considered groundbreaking. 

I won’t waste the space to point out the specifics, but I’ll disclose that the Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster was initially puzzling to me, but the longer I’ve played it, the more enamored I’ve become with it. And it’s why I can honestly say it would be a shame to cynically dismiss it as an overindulgent hybrid of an acoustic-electric, because it’s so much more - a truly visionary instrument delivered in one of Fender’s most iconic body shapes.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.