Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review: The Best Tele Ever!

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Aged Candy Apple Red

Are you looking for a Telecaster that also does great Strat sounds? If you want the ultimate axe, that can cover any tune your imagination can conjure, then check out this Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster review.

This Nashville Tele is essentially an upgraded version of the Deluxe Nashville Tele. Fender has truly outdone itself on its new 75th Anniversary offering.

Keep on reading to learn more!


What Is The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster?

Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review - Opal Spark
Opal Spark

The Player Plus Line officially launched in mid-September 2021. These guitars were basically designed to continue the evolution where the “Player” (rebranded Mexican-made “Standard” guitars) left off.

Another way to look at it is that the made-in-Mexico Player Plus series is a “scaled-back” version of Fender’s American-made Ultra series. There is no Fender American Ultra Nashville Telecaster, so it’s not really comparing apples to apples.

It’s actually easier to directly compare the Player Plus Nashville Tele to the Deluxe Nashville Tele. The Player Plus model takes the “Nashville” three-pickup design to the next level with aesthetic and playability upgrades (see the table below). A little twisted, to be sure!


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Fender Company Profile

Unless you just started playing the guitar today, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Fender brand. These guitars have literally helped define rock n’ roll and blues history. Their original factory was in Fullerton California.

Fender guitars are now made in many parts of the world, with the American-made and Custom Shop guitar lines still made with pride in the USA.

The Fender Broadcaster was first introduced in the autumn of 1950. It became known as a “Nocaster” after the Broadcaster label was removed from the headstock to avoid a trademark lawsuit from Gretsch over their “Broadkaster” drum set. The guitar was re-branded the Telecaster and the rest is history!


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Butterscotch Blonde

Who Is The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster For?

The Player Plus Nashville Tele is for the guitarist that enjoys pushing the limits of what a Telecaster can do. This guitar is more than just a Tele with three pickups.

It has many other upgrades like a faster neck with locking tuners, a new noiseless pickup switching system, and six bridge saddles that give it better tuning stability and intonation.

If you ever wanted to mod a Tele to take it to the next level, then Fender has already done this for you at a price you can live with.


Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Specifications

Here are the specifications for the Player Plus Nashville Tele, which are basically the same for all the Player Plus Teles, with the exception of the middle Strat pickup.

ItemSpecification
BodyAlder with gloss polyester finish
ShapePlayer Plus Tele with a rear contoured upper bout “comfort carve”
Colors3-Color Sunburst, Butterscotch Blonde, Aged Candy Apple Red, & Opal Spark
NeckBolt-on “silky satin” maple with Modern C shape and rolled edges
Branding“Metallic” Fender logo on the headstock
Fingerboard MaterialMaple – On 3-Color Sunburst & Butterscotch Blonde bodies
Pau Ferro – On Aged Candy Apple Red and Opal Spark bodies
Fingerboard Specs12 Inch fingerboard radius with 25.5-inch scale length & dot inlays
NutSynthetic Bone with a 1.685-inch nut width
Frets22 Medium Jumbo
TransportDeluxe Gig Bag
Hardware
Bridge/Tailpiece6-Saddle String-through Body Tele with Steel Block Saddles
TunersDeluxe Die-cast Sealed Locking Tuning Machines with a single string tree
Neck Plate“Fender Player Plus” embossed
Electronics
Neck PickupPlayer Plus Noiseless Tele Single-coil
Middle PickupPlayer Plus Noiseless Strat Single-coil
Bridge PickupPlayer Plus Noiseless Tele Single-coil
Controls1 x master volume, 1 x master tone
Push-pull tone control engages neck pickup in switch positions 1 & 2
Switching5-way blade pickup switch
MiscellaneousWeight: Approximately 8 pounds
Deluxe Gig Bag included. Strings: Fender 0.009 – 0.046
Cost$1,030 (street)

Player Plus Nashville Vs Deluxe Nashville Comparison

Here are the basic differences between the Fender Player Plus Nashville Tele and the Deluxe Nashville Tele, both of which have a third Stratocaster Noiseless middle pickup.

ItemPlayer Plus Nashville TeleDeluxe Nashville Tele
Neck
Contoured Neck HeelNoYes
Rolled EdgesYesNo
Frets22 Medium Jumbo22 Narrow Tall
Body
Rear Body “Comfort Carve”YesNo
Electronics
Noiseless Pickups“Player Plus” Noiseless“Vintage” Noiseless
Push-pull tone controlYesNo
Pickup Combinations75
Price$1,030 (Street)$1,000 (Street)
For More Info On The Deluxe Nashville Tele, see Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster Review – Is It Any Good?

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Features And Benefits

This Guitar Can Save You Money!

If you don’t want to put out the cash to buy both a good quality Tele and a Strat, this guitar can save you some money. You can use your savings to buy a nice amp or whatever else you need (guitar-related, of course, 😎).

You’ll never miss a standard Tele unless you have your heart set on a vintage model or a 1-pickup Fender Esquire. It is true that you can’t beat the twang of Leo Fender’s original design but you’ll fall in love with the Player Plus Nashville in no time flat.

Check Out These Great Neck Features

This guitar is available with both a maple or pau ferro fingerboard, depending on your particular preference and the body finish you choose. Both necks make the guitar look great. The pau ferro fingerboard is gorgeous to behold, with a nice tight grain that helps make it a pleasure to play.

The C-shaped neck sits comfortably in the hand and pairs well with the flat 12-inch fingerboard. The smooth rolled edges feel great, and the frets are well-dressed, without burs or sharp edges. I really like the silky satin finish, which makes the neck fast.

The 12-inch fingerboard radius and narrow-tall frets make string bending a breeze, although it might feel a little strange at first if you’re used to playing a Tele with a 7.25-inch neck radius and vintage-size frets.

Rear Body Contoured Upper Bout (“Comfort Carve”)

There is a comfort carve on the back of the guitar, like a Strat, to make it more comfortable to play, especially in the sitting position. This also helps make the guitar a little lighter. It’s a little added extra that Fender threw in there to brighten your day.

6-Saddle Tele bridge With Block Steel Saddles

If you like a guitar with a lot of natural sustain, then you’ll appreciate the string-through-the-body bridge design, which helps a Tele sing.

The six individual steel bridge saddles give you a more modern look with accurate intonation and a distinctive brightness.

Wide-Route Pickup Cavity In The Neck Position

The neck position pickup cavity is routed wider than the middle and bridge cavities. The will allow you to easily replace the single-coil neck pickup with a humbucker. Be aware that this could adversely affect the sound you get from combining the neck pickup with one or both of the other two single-coil units.


My Guitar Lair - Pros (Thumbs Up) Section

What I Like About The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster

There is so much to like about the Player Plus Nashville Tele that you may find it hard not to take it home after playing one.

Locking Tuners

Who doesn’t like locking tuners? They make it easy to change strings quickly and help keep the guitar in tune, especially if you do big string bends. Whenever I build a guitar, locking tuners are always on the list, and I have retrofit tons of six-strings with them!

Player Plus Noiseless Pickups

I like the sound of the Player Plus middle noiseless Strat pickup. It blends excellently with the neck and bridge Tele pickups. Also, the “in-between” neck-middle and bridge-middle pickup settings give you the “Strat” tones that make the guitar so versatile.

Push-Pull Switch On The Tone Control

The push-pull tone switch gives you seven different tonal opportunities (the standard five 3-pickup combinations plus bridge & neck pickup plus all three pickups).

The bridge and neck pickup combo gives your playing an “undefinable” depth that’s great for rhythm and lead work.

Using all three pickups together gives the guitar a very balanced and “Strat-like” sound.


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What I Don’t Like About The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster

There’s not too much to talk about in this department, but I could mention a few things.

No Contoured Neck Heel

The body does not have a contoured neck heel, which is a feature found on the Deluxe Nashville Telecaster. It gives you easy access to all 22 frets and makes playing notes at or above the 19th fret very comfortable.

Not Available In A “Gradient” Finish

The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster doesn’t come in a “gradient” finish like the other Player Plus guitars do. The Silver Smoke Player Plus Tele and the Tequila Sunrise Player Plus Strat are very cool looking!

No Hard Shell Case

The guitar comes with a gig bag, but it is a nice one. Unfortunately, I believe that all guitars in the $1000 range and up show come with a hardshell case. Still, Fender is giving you a lot of guitar for your money, so I can easily look past this and buy a case.


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Beware Of These Differences!

Push-Pull Tone Switch Functions Differently

The push-pull switch on the tone control functions a little differently for the two types of Player Plus Telecasters

  • Player Plus Nashville (3-pickup) Tele – The push-pull tone control engages the neck pickup in switch positions 1 & 2
  • Player Plus (2-pickup) Tele – The push-pull tone control activates a series mode for searing humbucker-like tones

Price Differential For The Two Nashville Telecasters

The $1,030 Player Plus Nashville Telecaster is essentially the replacement for the $1,000 Deluxe Nashville Tele. Still, each guitar has its pros and cons in terms of sound and playability.

For the extra $30, you might want to get the newer Player Plus model. If you want the Deluxe Nashville then snag it while it’s still available!


Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review - 3-Color Sunburst
3-Color Sunburst

Is The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Legit?

The Player Plus Nashville Tele gives you a quality-built guitar with quite a bit of functionality for the money.

Although this model is not as nice as the Fender American-made Ultra Tele series, it is an upgrade from the Deluxe Nashville Tele.

If you are looking for a Nashville-style Tele and don’t want to spring for a custom-shop model then the Player Plus is the way to go.


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Player Plus guitars.

Where Is The Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Manufactured?

All of the Player Plus guitars are made by our friends in Mexico (MIM). I own several MIM Teles and Strats, which I am very happy with, in terms of build quality, playability, and sound.

What Is The Fender Player Plus Series?

The Player Plus series is an upgrade from the Fender Player series. Player Plus guitars add things like smooth-rolled neck edges, noiseless pickups, a tone control switching system, and new finishes.

Is A Fender Player Plus Guitar Good For Beginners?

If you have the money then a Player Plus guitar is an excellent beginner’s guitar. It can easily take you from beginner to pro and it’s a guitar that will last you a lifetime. They also have good resale values or you can always pass it down as a family heirloom.


Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts On The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review

The Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster is an extremely versatile guitar. It has a Stratocaster middle pickup that combines beautifully with the bridge and neck Tele pickups to produce a variety of very usable sounds.

Noiseless pickups make recording sessions a breeze and will particularly please players that plug into high-gain amplifiers. These pickups are specially voiced to give you a balanced blend of bright and twangy sounds with lots of “Fender chime.”

The Player Plus Nashville Tele gives you the typical five pickup combinations from the 3-position blade switch plus an additional two combos by engaging the push-pull tone switch. This wiring configuration provides you with tremendous tonal flexibility.

I think the new body finishes look great but would like to see Fender make at least one “gradient” finish available on the Player Plus Nashville Tele.

All in all, you get plenty of guitar for your money with a great playing experience. Fender has priced the Player Plus Nashville Tele at only $30 higher than their previously-designed Deluxe Nashville Tele, which makes the choice a no-brainer.

Check out a Fender Player Plus Telecaster and you’ll be hooked.


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Tell Me What You Think

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this Player Plus Nashville Telecaster review, have any questions about this product, or want to leave your own review.

I will be happy to help you.

  • Do you own a Player Plus Nashville Telecaster or have you played one? What do you think of the guitar?
  • Could this guitar ever replace your Strat?
  • As a “Tele Purist”, would a guitar like this appeal to you?
  • Would you consider buying this guitar after readining this article?

Also, stay tuned for my Fender Player Plus Telecaster Review (non-Nashville).

About Frank


Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster

$1030
9.8

Design

9.8/10

Functionality

9.9/10

Overall Quality

9.7/10

Pros

  • Push-Pull Switch On The Tone Control
  • Player Plus Noiseless Pickups
  • Locking Tuners

Cons

  • No Contoured Neck Heel
  • Not Available In A "Gradient" Finish
  • No Hard Shell Case

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6 thoughts on “Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review: The Best Tele Ever!”

  1. This is obviously a great site for guitarists. I am an alien but the captivating enthusiasm and I read the content with nostalgia. At my age I do not think I will start playing guitar. But the information on this fender stirs a lot in me and I dare to ask is there a way to start at my old age?

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    • Hi, Utuku

      Thank You for your comments!

      It doesn’t matter how older you are. It’s NEVER too late to start playing the guitar or any other instrument! If you are thinking about it, then that’s all the reason you need to begin playing!

      You don’t have to invest a lot of time or money to get started. You can even borrow a guitar to get you going. How good of a player you want to be is totally up to you, not your age.

      I hope I have motivated you to give it a try!

      Please come back to visit my website often.

      Frank

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  2. I am not sure what a telecaster is.  My son plays the guitar.  He actually just bought his first guitar about a year ago, so he’s coming along.  I know that this is something that he enjoys and wants to expand on.  For a beginner guitarist, would the telecaster be a nice addition, or should I wait for a gift like this until when he has became a bit more advanced?

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    • Hi, Leahrae

      Thank You for your comments!

      A Telecaster is an “all-purpose” guitar that can be used for any type of modern music. It typically gives you a more trebly or twangy sound. What brand and model guitar does your son currently have?

      The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster is a very versatile and high-quality instrument. If your son is committed to playing the guitar, it is definitely worth the investment in the long run.

      Frank

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  3. Hi Frank,

    It’s been a pleasure reading your articles and tips about the Deluxe and Player Plus Nashville Telecaster but I simply do not know what to do. My thoughts go for a Player Plus but I do not like the white pickup and guard and black is only available on the Deluxe. I don’t know if I’ll be comfortable wearing the Deluxe without having the carve on the back, I guess I’ll have to try it out and see what it feels like but the local shop will have both models in stock in about a week’s time. Another plus on the Player Plus model is the two extra tones available.

    So, I don’t know whether to buy a Deluxe together with a push/pull tone knob and insert that, or should I buy the 3 colour sunburst Player Plus together with a black Strat pickup and guard and simply change them? Well, whichever I choose it would be my second preference anyway as what I would really, really would love to have is a Player Plus Nashville in Silver Smoke. But I don’t see how I can justify a guitar costing three times as much as the original for what essentially is a custom spray job.

    I would greatly appreciate any light you can shed on these issues.

    Thanks,

    Jez

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    • Hi, Jez

      Thank You for your comments and questions! I’m thrilled to be able to offer you a bit of advice.

      I would definitely go for the Player Plus Nashville. I think it’s a better guitar, all around. The rear comfort carve is a must-have addition.

      Get yourself a black pickguard. Check out WD Music: https://www.wdmusic.com/wd-custom-pickguards.html
      I’ve used them in the past and they do good work. If they don’t have a stock Nashville Tele guard they can do a cutout for your middle Strat pickup. They also sell black pickup covers or you can get one from Fender.

      If you want a black pickup cover that says “noiseless” on it, Fender might be able to sell you one, or I’ve seen them for sale on eBay and Reverb.com.

      I love the Silver Smoke finish but I haven’t seen that in the Nashville configuration. I’m sure the custom shop could build you one if you really want to go all out and spend the cash. You only live once!

      Please post another comment and let me know what you decided to do and how you make out, or if you have any more questions! You’re about to buy yourself an awesome axe, dude!😊👍🎸

      Best of Luck & Have Fun!
      Frank

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