Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster
Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster

Road Worn '50s Telecaster, TLC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Road Worn Telecaster series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 11 reviews )
 7 reviews64 %
 3 reviews27 %
 1 user review9 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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King Loudness12/31/2011

King Loudness's review"Wicked feeling Strat"

Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster
The Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster is a classic looking model that is built in Mexico at the sub $1,000 price point. It's meant to offer a "vintage" guitar to players that otherwise couldn't afford the real thing, or even one of the pricey Custom Shop reissues. This one features an alder body, a maple neck with 21 vintage style frets, old style tuners, a 6 screw fulcrum point tremolo and a trio of Fender Tex Mex pickups wired to the traditional compliment of volume, dual tones and a 5 way pickup selector. It's also been "reliced" head to toe on the body, neck, bridge, tuners, etc. The result is an instrument that you won't have to worry about getting a few dings on when you take it out for a jam.


The design of this guitar is fairly ergonomic. I found this model to be nice and light - a surefire good sign. The alder body is well finished as far as the shaping and contours go, and the maple neck has a nice profile that feels very comfortable and natural. The relicing on the guitar looks pretty awful, but it does feel quite nice, especially on the neck. I do like it quite a bit for that reason alone... the neck is definitely a selling point here. The upper fret access is good considering that it's an unmodified Strat design and only has 21 frets. Getting a good sound out of this guitar is easy enough. It's just like a '50s Strat but it's got the slightly hotter pickups and a 5 way switch which does allow for some more tonal options to be had for sure.


The tones out of this guitar are pretty pure Strat to my ears. The pickups do have that classic Fender jangle to them and they work equally well for blues, country, rock or shred to me. Put through a good clean amplifier, the guitar ranges from very low end centric and rich (using the neck pickup) through to very bright and biting (using the bridge pickup). The in between pickup tones are great as well and between all 5 positions the frequency spectrum is covered quite nicely. Switching to a drive sound yields some some fantastically thick and crunchy tones that work for everything from Hendrix to Eric Johnson to Yngwie, depending on the amp and effects being used.


All in all I think the Fender Road Worn '50 Strat is a great deal for someone who needs a vintage feeling and sounding guitar at a price that won't break the bank. The relicing itself looks pretty cheap to me, but it does feel nice when you're playing it. If they made this guitar without relicing, I bet it'd be a surefire winner. Definitely have a look if you're in the market for a classic looking and feeling Strat that WON'T require a second (or third) mortgage on your home!
King Loudness12/31/2011

King Loudness's review"Relic at a great price"

Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster
The Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster came about from Fender after people kept mentioning how they loved the worn in feel of vintage or Custom Shop instruments but couldn't afford the $2,000+ price tags of the CS stuff, or the $10,000+ price tags that vintage Fenders command. This model is a relic that is based off a '50s Telecaster and is built in Mexico. It features an ash body with relicing in the nitro finish, a maple neck with 21 vintage style frets and relicing of the tinted amber finish, vintage style tuners and Telecaster bridge with 3 barrel style saddles. Electronically this guitar is loaded with 2 Fender Texas Special pickups wired to a typical Tele control setup of a volume, a tone, and a pickup selector.


The design of this guitar is pretty ergonomic, for a Tele anyway. The weight is medium and the feel of the guitar is quite natural. The relicing of the finish, though it honestly looks cheap and contrived as anything actually feels fairly good, especially on the back of the neck. The upper fret access is decent as well, though again being a single cutaway 4 bolt neck the access is blocked off a bit. Getting a good sound out of this guitar is pretty easy. The stock Fender pickups have a nice range of tones available and take to both clean and distorted tones pretty well. The neck pickup is great for jazzier tones and the bright bridge pickup is ideal for rippin' country or rock licks.


This guitar sounds like you would expect a Tele to sound like - bold, bright and brash. It's not a very apologetic guitar, but it does sound pretty cool. The neck pickup has a nice low end heft to it that works very well with a clean amplifier for jazzier or some vintage blues tones, or with a distorted amp for some really sludgy rock tones. Switching to the middle position is great for funk or really nasally sound rock tones, and the bridge position is king for country, blues, rock or even some out of this world shredding. It can get a little noisy with gain applied, but that's to be expected with true single coils. The ash body with the maple neck combo gives a nice brightness that is personally my favourite attribute in a Tele's tone.


All in all I think the Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster is a great buy for someone who is looking for a wonderful feeling and great sounding vintage type Tele for under $1000. The relicing is honestly not great - it's the EXACT same on every guitar and tends to look cheap, but the feel of the guitar is excellent. If Fender offered this model in a NOS model like their Custom Shop guitars and the relicing was an option, I bet they'd sell a TONNE of them.

dcoustaut's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Favorite"

Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster
Made in Mexico.
Three vintage bridge saddles
Maple neck, 21 jumbo frets narrow.
Two simple Tex Mex pickups
Volume and tone knobs
Three-position selector
Vintage look (relic)
Vintage mechanical


The handle is great. The coating finish is very nice, it fits easily and at the same time we feel the wood grain. Very sensual. The frets are well placed, but sometimes they catch a little hands on the edges of the handle. The only problem finishing it on mine.

In terms of ergonomics, this is a TV, however, a chamfer on the body would be welcome. The guitar is well balanced when playing standing.

Access to the treble is very very correct. The handle is usable across the board.

When empty, it sounds good. Plugged into an audio interface, without any treatment, it already sounds very good. On an amp, it's very easy to have a good sound.


I play just about everything (except the big disto that spot, I have another guitar for that) with this and this guitar on a Fender Vibro Champ XD.

In his clear, the chord playing in a folk style is a real treat. I take great pleasure in letting the notes ring, and let slip just like that, playing with the resonance of the notes. That happiness.

In the tones between light and crunch, one can easily sounds to Jeff Buckley. I usually play on the voicing of vibro bassman field and is a true happiness. It manages the crunch in the attack and the proposed grain is really nice.

Solo with a cry baby (or without), it's downright brilliant. The Sustain is okay.

I find it hard to find sounds that I do not like it. Even with lots of gain, it's still very interesting to exploit. 9 on the voicing of vibro field, it moves severe.

The three positions are quite different microphones. Very smooth on the neck pickup, balanced in the middle position. The bridge pickup is pretty angry and gives a very strong color in the treble. Personally, I like and if I want something more "round", I pass on both pickups. I play very rarely on the neck pickup.


I've had two and a half years. I have two guitars (gibson sg special faded) and I play 90% of the time above.

I bought in the store trying different TVs (my guitar heroes play on) and suddenly, I was disappointed by the telecaster that I proposed. The Mexican sounded blah, the U.S. seemed sanitized. I had previously tried a baja that I was much more his side but I found the poor finish. I explain to the seller that I seek an instrument with a soul and it brings me the road worn. Maid, I am leaving with.

I had a little trouble to handle that moved. I had a luthier set, but with action a tad too low, which now tends to make curl. That does not mean electrified on the other hand.

+ Guitar that has the little extra something that makes a difference (totally subjective I admit)
+ Mics that give a very interesting grain
+ Nice round
+ Finish which does not cry when the first shots and frankly slap!
- Flush from the fact that it borders a little bit now.
- Slight tendency to hum (but not heard when we play)
- Three trestle bridges that give the guitar to settle boring.
- I wish I had 22 frets.

Yes, I would do that choice even though I think we need a second guitar next issue versatility. For the record, a very good friend and guitarist absolutely not a fan of Telecasters has fallen in love on the field.