Fender Acoustasonic Player Telecaster review

Has Fender hit the sweet spot on price as well as tone with its latest hybrid guitar?

Fender Acoustasonic Player Telecaster
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Approach this as an acoustic-electric with wider horizons. The active circuitry provides some of the very best amped acoustic tones we’ve heard – it’s a must-try for anyone who plays acoustic onstage regularly.


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    Incredible amplified acoustic tones.

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    Wide range of sounds.

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    Hybrid feel is super-playable.

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    Better quality gigbag.


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    Active electronics need a 9V battery.

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When it launched at NAMM in 2019, Fender’s Acoustasonic Telecaster was a real talking point for looks and sounds. But after we played one, we had something else to say: when were we going to see a more affordable Mexican-made version? 

Of course, Fender plans this kind of thing way in advance, because here it is. So what’s changed and what are the compromises here compared with the pricier California version?

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.