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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Jan 2019 > AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC GUITARS

AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC GUITARS

WHETHER YOU’RE IN THE MARKET FOR YOUR FIRST SERIOUS GUITAR, OR A DEPENDABLE BACKUP, HERE ARE THE BEST SUB-£1,000 ELECTRICS FROM 2018…
Guitar 2018 GEAR OF THE YEAR WINNER

FENDER PLAYER TELECASTER

• PRICE £549

• REVIEWED August 2018

• VISIT fender.com

For the longest time, Fender’s Mexican-made Standard series was the default first ‘proper’ electric guitar for players of every stripe, so Fender needed to get things right when it replaced them with the totally overhauled Player Series this year. And did they ever. But in a range stacked with remarkably good instruments, the Player Tele stood tall. Keeping things classic on the looks front, the presence of six bent-steel saddles is a more player-friendly appointment, as is the smooth satin finish to the back of the neck. Plugging in, its vocal and expressive sounds instantly impress, delivering a range of classic Telecaster tones with pleasing jangle, snap and snarl. Whatever your tastes, this is an awful lot of Telecaster for your buck.

WE SAID “It’s hard to argue with such a well-sorted and affordable take on Leo’s firstborn.”

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