Fender Telecaster Plus!
Gold Lace Sensor Pickups!
The Fender Telecaster Plus is long gone from new guitar showrooms and online guitar dealer sites, but you may be able to find one used on eBay.
You might prefer to move into the present, however, and go with an American Deluxe Telecaster, the model that replaced the Fender Tele Plus.
The biggest difference between a standard Tele and a Tele Plus is the pickups.
The Tele Plus was a two- or three-pickup electric guitar that used Lace Sensor pickups.
Lace Sensors are single-coil pickups, but they aren’t noisy like other single-coils.
The coil is contained in a metal casing that blocks electromagnetic interference and therefore reduces hum.
And since these barriers also concentrate the electromagnetic field, weaker magnets can be used in the pickups.
That means less string pull, and that, in turn, means better pitch, intonation and sustain.
The first version of the Fender Tele Plus was made between 1989 and 1995.
Called Version One, this type had a short bridge similar to the one used on Stratocasters. The control plate was different from regular Teles too.
A small switch between the tone and volume knobs allowed for different pickup configurations.
Version Two of the Fender Tele Plus, made from 1995 to 1997, featured three Gold Lace Sensor Tele pickups.
It also featured a bound, contoured alder body with ash veneers.
Beginning in 1989, the Fender Telecaster Plus Deluxe was also produced.
It included a whammy bar, a Wilkinson roller nut and Schaller locking machine heads.
All Telecaster Plus and Deluxe Plus models were taken out of production in 1997 and replaced by the American Deluxe Telecaster.
Featuring all-American craftsmanship and the best components Fender makes, American Deluxe models are the top of the current line.
There’s no way to get a better, more feature-packed Fender unless you go with a special artist-inspired model or something from the Custom Shop.
Finding a Fender Tele Plus on eBay can be a bit of a treasure hunt, but if you want to try one out, it might be worth your time.
You might as well start your search now, in fact.
If you’re more interested in getting down to business with one of the best Fender instruments available -- that’s what the Plus was in its day -- today’s version is the American Deluxe Telecaster, and one of those is waiting for you.
No matter which way you go, you can’t really go wrong since you’ll be going with the best of a bygone day or the best of what’s available now.
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