Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster All-Mahogany review

Fender’s initial American Acoustasonic Telecaster launch has spawned quite the range of innovative instruments. Here’s one of its most successful combinations yet…

Fender American Acoustasonic All-Mahogany Telecaster
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

While it all sounds rather good through an acoustic amp or PA, plugging into your electric rig and pedalboard really expands the possibilities for the more creative players out there, and that Sound 2 acoustic/electric mix really blurs the lines. Huge innovation but so simple to use. Have you tried one yet?


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    It might be just the top wood that’s different here, but it comes across as a classy addition with subtly different voicing.

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    A very light weight, sonically inspiring Telecaster!


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    Not everyone gets the concept and there’s the shock of the new at play here.

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Typical of a new-design guitar in modern times, Fender’s American Acoustasonic Telecaster had the online world in a right ol’ lather back at its launch at Winter NAMM in 2019. 

It remains a polarising guitar, but strong sales have not only increased production space at Fender’s manufacturing HQ in Corona, it has also brought about a string of subsequent models. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.