Up for sale, a 2006 Fender American Standard Telecaster in excellent condition, upgraded with Lindy Fralin Blues Special pickups, and complete with the original molded hardshell case, hangtags, and case candy. The American Standard Telecaster combines reverence for Fender’s past with a bevy of modern, player-friendly features including a 9 1/2“ fretboard radius on the 22-fret fretboard, medium jumbo fretwire, and Schaller-made hardware.
Featuring the classic tonewood complement of an alder body and a one-piece maple neck, this Tele has a balanced, clear acoustic profile that provides an ideal platform for the upgraded pickup complement. The Lindy Fralin Blues Special single coils have a 5% overwind for punchy, warm tones that tame the top-end harshness which can plague some Teles. The bridge pickup is plenty chewy and twangy, and the neck has a bell-like fullness while staying articulate. This American Standard Telecaster weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has Fender’s Modern C profile, a medium depth carve with good shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The fretboard has a modern 9 1/2” radius, and the medium jumbo fretwire has great meat and well-rounded crowns, only exhibiting wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The Fender-branded Schaller tuning machines function reliably, and on the back of the headstock, the small “Fender 60” anniversary commemoration badge is retained, along with the Z6-prefix serial number which translates to '06.
All of the electronics function as intended; the upgraded pickups are wired to the original CTS pots (dating to ‘06) and a Sprague Orange Drop tone cap. The hardware has bright chrome plating including the bridge with steel saddles and flat-topped knurled knobs. Plastics comprise the switch tip and replacement three-ply parchment pickguard, which has some requisite scuffing along the treble side of the strum path.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss three-tone Sunburst finish includes a couple finish chips (particularly on the edge of the neck pocket just north of the four-bolt neck plate), an area of buckle rash along the treble side of the back, and a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The satin finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original molded hardshell case is included, along with all hangtags, case candy, and the original pickup pair.