Fender 75th Anniversary Telecaster review

An anniversary model celebrating 75 years since Clarence Leonidas Fender launched the company that would change popular music forever

Fender 75th anniversary Telecaster
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

Impeccably built, with a cool finish and tones that are on the money as far as classic Telecasters go, the 75th Anniversary model is a most fine and affordable limited edition Tele.


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    An excellent modern Tele that looks, plays and sounds great.

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    Good value.

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    22 frets.


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    Nothing to speak of, but why a 75th Anniversary guitar?

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You might feel it’s a little odd that Fender released a range of electric guitars and bass guitars to commemorate the formation of Leo’s company in 1946. After all, the first six-string didn’t materialize until 1950, and the equally radical four-string a year later. 

Still, we’re always happy to see another twist on the ever-malleable Tele theme, since that’s the model we have for review. In fact, there are two 75th Anniversary Teles on offer: a £1,839 US-made version in 2-Color Bourbon Burst, and the more affordable one we have here, built in Mexico and finished in Diamond metallic with matching headstock. 

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.