Both guitars have 9.5”-radius fingerboards, and 22 frets, with the Performer utilising Jumbo fretwire, where the Professional sports Fender’s new ‘Narrow-Tall’ frets. New alnico-magnet pickups designed by Fender’s resident pickup guru Tim Shaw grace the entire range. I have another question, from experience can any of you tell me which of the following guitar offers more bang for your buck: The American Professional Tele, the American Performer Tele, or the American Special Tele. Notes will sound snappy. The supplied gigbags are a little flimsy for anything more intensive than a quick trip to a rehearsal or local live show – thicker padding and more comfortable shoulder straps wouldn’t go amiss for those who carry their instruments on public transport, either. He’s famously driven and single-minded, constantly seeking out great instruments and unique sounds to build a unique catalogue of stellar guitar music. From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. In part two of our look at the chord shapes and sequences which define Paul Simon’s sound, we focus on his early years as a solo artist. Fender American Professional Telecaster vs. Fender American Elite Telecaster. Both guitars also sport different bridges. Before delving into the differences between the two instruments, let’s first take a look at what they share. There’s plenty of spike on-tap, and a more pronounced upper-mid character to these pickups that is – again –reminiscent of vintage guitars. Hi everybody, I would like thank everyone for address my questions regarding the Baja Telecaster and the Amercian Special. The latest guitar news, reviews and features delivered to your inbox. We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff. When it comes to aesthetic, the most obvious difference between both guitars, is probably the headstock. This is a cool feature, that adds versatility to the Performer Strat that is absent from the Professional’s conventional 5 pickup positions. We caught up with the man himself to talk tone, finding beauty in corners, and why there’s something very special about a black sparkle finish…, The mysterious multi-instrumentalist, producer and guitar-builder discusses his recently released EP, why guitars should look cooler than they sound, and being a body double for Sacha Baron Cohen. They really do stay in-tune very well, indeed. Key features – Fender American Professional Telecaster • PRICE £1,399 (inc Elite hardshell case) • DESCRIPTION Single-cutaway, bolt-on neck electric. Truss-rod adjustment is at the headstock for ease of access and although they appear to be Kluson-style units from a distance, Fender’s new ClassicGear machineheads have an 18:1 gear ratio for smoother and more precise fine-tuning. By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail. Extreme boutique tones are on tap, unsurprisingly. ELITE. Superseding the previous American Special range, American Performer is now the most affordable way to get your hands on a solidbody built in Fender’s Corona facility in Southern California alongside the company’s recently overhauled American Professional and American Original lines. Realistically, both guitars are extremely comfortable. SUPERCHARGED CLASSIC Packed with a baker’s dozen of innovations, the American Elite Telecaster … Which one is right for you? The pedal is based around the searing tones of Tony Iommi. But are they really refinements? No bigger than a chunky stompbox, Orange’s latest Terror is a fully fledged 20-watt amplifier complete with valve preamp and (sort of) channel switching. This is a superb electric guitar. While we can attest to the fact both of these guitars are certainly American-made Fenders in terms of feel, tone and response, we can also verify that they are different guitars, and they are targeted at different types of guitar player.