The newest and final addition to the new Fender American Select range is the Fender Select Carved Maple Top Telecaster, and just like the others it’s a little bit special. It’s designed be a superior interpretation of the classic Telecaster but with a modern twist, and the same deluxe fashion and no-compromise attitude as its brother the koa carved top model and its other siblings in the new range.
The Fender Select Carved Maple Top Telecaster and the koa alternative certainly look a simpler design in comparison to other Telecasters, as they don’t have a scratchplate. But it’s this very feature that really shows off the beautiful flame maple top as its name suggests, finished in amber gloss-lacquer which gives the guitar a premium aesthetic look which is uncommon on Telecasters. The remaining parts of the guitars body are made of lightweight empress, which tonally is very similar to mahogany.
The neck of the Select Carved Maple Top Telecaster is arguably as stunning as the body. Just like the koa model it’s made from the very attractive flamed maple but on this guitar the fingerboard is also maple. They both share the same 9.5″-14″ compound radius and 22-frets. The pickups are upgraded Fender American Select series Telecaster single pickups giving the guitar, unsurprisingly, the traditional telecaster sound. These are connected through a three-way selector switch controlled with a no-tone load knob, which allows a clear natural sound even when played at high volumes. The Select Maple Top Telecaster as well as the other guitars in the series has a Fender Select Series medallion on the underside of the neck, just to make you feel that bit more special.
The Fender Select Carved Maple Top Telecaster is one of three special guitars in a stunning range which all come with a free custom G&G Fender select case, cable, strap and polishing cloth. If you’re looking to treat yourself to one the best Fender Telecasters on the market you’re in for a tough decision, but you wont regret it despite which one you go for.