These are excellent guitars, 2nd to none. In 1960, we offered rosewood as the standard fingerboard wood and launched the Telecaster Custom, an elegant model with a double-bound body and 3-ply pickguard. They have Z xxx serial numbers with the Corona Neck plate. ), American Standards got a tweak/update in March 2012 when they switched the pickups to the Fender CS Twisted Tele/Broadcaster set and the body got a back contour added, American Professionals replaced the American Standards in December 2016 - revised neck shape, new pickups, a new vintage-looking 3 saddle bridge, and the back contour was removed, American Professional II replaced the American Professionals last month - due to COVID-related factory shutdowns they missed some scheduled production runs and made the switch to the new model a month or two early. The American Original ‘60s Telecaster combines period-accurate sound and style from this electrifying decade with modern, fast-playing feel and pickup switching. Perhaps Alnico X which are common. https://guitar-compare.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fender-2008-Catalog-Pricelist.pdf, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. 9.5" (24.1 cm) (fretboard radius), Chrome (hardware), Molded rectangular SKB case, Cable, Strap, Polishing Cloth (included accessories), Maple (neck material), 4-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt (neck plate), Modern "C" Shape (neck shape), S/S (pickup configuration), Polishing Cloth Included (polishing cloth), No-Load Tone Control (special electronics), Synthetic Bone (string nut), Fender USA 250L, NPS, … Thanks for all the replies. John C's information is correct, the 2008 - 2012 American Standards in Natural, Crimson Red Trans and 2TSB were ash bodied and came with a $100 ash premium wood extra charge. I purchased an 08 in 2018 , it became my #1 go-to guitar overnight , even over my favorite 1989/52RI which became #1B. The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. Fender says the PUPS are special wound single coils, whatever that means. Fender says the PUPS are special wound single coils, whatever that means. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The 6 saddles are STEEL like the original Strats, the neck is 9.5 radius , thinner C rather than more chunky, the neck thickness at first fret to back of neck .82, this is fairly consistent up and down the neck, nut width is 1.65, fret heights are around 042/043 making them excellent for lighter gauge strings . Mine is an Ash body/ rosewood neck combo. Features. To enter. Still very impressed with it. Its deffo a 2 piece. I am not up to date with the current Tele range. Alder body with lacquer finish; Two Pure Vintage '64 single-coil … Fat 50s starts later on, I think halfway through the 2012 model year. The 6 saddles are STEEL like the original Strats, the neck is 9.5 radius , thinner C rather than more chunky, the neck thickness at first fret to back of neck .82, this is fairly consistent up and down the neck, nut width is 1.65, fret heights are around 042/043 making them excellent for lighter gauge strings . No, that's wrong regarding the body wood and I have no idea why Fender would tell you that they were all alder or have that on the spec sheet -. If its Ash, it was a custom order . TDPRI, short for Telecaster Discussion Page Reissue, is the leading online community and marketplace for Telecaster guitars. Just wondering what pups this would have come with. The American Standard Series from 08 thru 12 are Alder bodies, not Ash, according to Fender. Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by lozboy, Nov 1, 2020.