Fender American Original ’70s Telecaster Custom review

Featuring the original-style Cunife Wide Range humbucker, this Tele Custom has that '70s thing to a T

Fender American Original '70s Telecaster Custom
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Guitar World Verdict

A celebration of classic '70s style and an excellent chance to reevaluate some Fender design details buried in the CBS-era mire, this Tele Custom is faultless, with a wide-ranging voice that feels far from a reissue.


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    Excellent American Original.

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    build; proper Wide Range humbucker.

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    with balanced bridge single coil.

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    A proper version of a badly executed original design.


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    Original spec is cool but we’d probably opt for 500k pots.

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While it was an astonishing decade for music, the 1970s was a bit of a low point for the electric guitar, certainly from the cornerstones of the industry, Fender and Gibson. Fender’s CBS era is especially reviled, with accountant-led manufacturing leading to poor quality. 

But 50 years on, many of the designs from that period are viewed in a different light and numerous (once derided) models have long since found their way back into both fashion and Fender’s catalogue. 

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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.