Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review: The Best Tele Ever!

Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review - Aged Candy Apple Red - rear view
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!

Player Plus Nashville – Cheat Sheet

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ☆ 9.8 Out Of 10

Has Stratocaster middle pickup that combines beautifully with the bridge and neck Tele pickups to produce a variety of very usable sounds.

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✅ Push-Pull Switch On The Tone Control

✅ Player Plus Noiseless Pickups

✅ Locking Tuners


❌ No Contoured Neck Heel

❌ Not Available In A “Gradient” Finish

❌ No Hard Shell Case



9.8 Out Of 10

Overall Quality


9.7 Out Of 10



9.9 Out Of 10



9.7 Out Of 10

Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review - The Fender Logo

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!

Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review - Butterscotch Blonde
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.

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
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
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
Contoured Neck HeelNoYes
Rolled EdgesYesNo
Frets22 Medium Jumbo22 Narrow Tall
Rear Body “Comfort Carve”YesNo
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?

My Guitar Lair - Features and Benefits Section

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).

Here’s how the pickup switching works:

Position 1: Bridge pickup only.
Position 2: Bridge pickup and middle pickup together.
Position 3: Middle pickup only.
Position 4: Middle pickup and neck pickup together.
Position 5: Neck pickup only.

The push-pull tone control engages neck pickup in switch positions 1 & 2 to give you two extra pickup configurations for a total of seven:

Position 1 plus push-pull: bridge and neck pickups
Position 2 plus push-pull: bridge middle and neck pickups (all three)

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.

My Guitar Lair - Cons (Thumbs Down) Section

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.

Be sure to take a look at Tele Vs Strat Sound – Find Out Which Guitar Is Right For You and Roasted Maple Guitar Neck? – Why You Totally Gotta Have One!

Another interesting article I think you’ll like is How To Reverse Telecaster Control Plate Wiring The Easy Way!

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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).

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42 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?

    • 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.


  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?

    • 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.


  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.



    • 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:
      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

      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!

  4. I just got the player plus Nashville. I have 2 stratocaster and had no desire for a telecaster. The first guitar I played was a telecaster in my teens in 1963. When I came across this on the web I felt with 5 position switch, push pull, 3 pickups, I will get one and did. The only thing is I would have liked a more red on my aged red. It looks more copper and the pau ferro fretboard on. I’m letting those grow on me.

    • Hi, Barry

      Thank You for your comments!

      So, apart from the finish issue, how do you like the sound and playability of the guitar? It’s certainly a very versatile instrument!

      I’m also more of a Strat man, but I do like the sound and feel of a good Tele.

      Happy Holidays & please come back to visit again!

      • I’m still getting use to the Nashville. I have a Tash Sultana Strat that is my very favorite and I don’t think the Nashville gives me ehat i am looking for. I am from the surf era.

        • Hi, Barry

          Thank You for your comments!

          The Tash Sultana Signature Strat is a great guitar! I love the sound of the bridge double-tap humbucker, and the no volume loss design makes it sound awesome in single-coil mode. It also sounds excellent when tapped and combined with the two Yosemite pickups in the 2 and 4 positions.

          The Tash Strat and the Nashville Tele are two very different guitars that cover a lot of musical ground. You can get some surfy twang out of the Nashville but the Strat is definitely your best bet for that.

          Great choice in guitars, Barry! ??


  5. Hi Frank, I worked at G&L in the 80’s, and I’ve owned many
    Fullerton Telecasters, Stratocasters, and the G&L versions,
    over the past 50 years. I couldn’t believe how good this new
    Player Plus Nashville Telly felt and sounded in person,

    I bought one as soon as they came out. The rolled fingerboard
    and noiseless pickups are amazing, and the belly cut and 12″
    radius is very comfortable to play and sealed the deal.

    • Hi, Timothy

      Thank You for your comments!

      Wow, a previous G&L worker and guitar player! You rock, Timothy!

      Leo gave us so much over the years! I started with a Strat as my first “pro-grade” guitar, which I bought way back in high school. I had a Sears “Silvertone” guitar before that in middle school.

      I own a G&L Legacy Strat that I bought sometime in the 1990s. Each time I play it, I can feel the quality and love that went into that guitar! I adore the feel of the neck and the smoothness of the vibrato bar. The pickups sound fantastic with any style of music, especially with the passive treble and bass controls, which replace the traditional “tone” controls (as you know) on a Strat. There are so many types of sounds in this guitar that it’s incredible!

      This is beginning to sound like a G&L commercial, but that’s how much I like the guitar!

      Regarding the Player Plus Nashville Tele, I agree; it is a great axe! How do you like the “Strat” sounds? Do you think it could fill the need for a Strat in players that predominately use Teles?

      I’m thrilled that you’re so happy with your purchase!

      Please come back and revisit my website.

      Happy Holidays, Tim

  6. Just purchased my Blonde Nashville Tele and I absolutely cannot wait to get it next week from Sweetwater. It is insane the amount of guitar you get for the purchase price. ?

    • Hi, Jeffery

      Thank You for your comments!

      Big CONGRATS on your purchase!!! I agree; you are getting a tremendous amount of guitar for the money. I’m pretty sure that you will be pleased with your purchase! You will be able to mix all types of Tele and Strat sounds and everything in-between. What amp(S) will you be playing it through?

      Please let me know how you make out and what you think of the guitar after you’ve had a chance to check it out.

      Take Care And Have Fun ?,

  7. Are there any issues with the middle pickup impeding fingerstyle or Country / Chicken Pickin’?
    I am strongly considering buying a very nice pre-owned from a reputable dealer (which I have not played yet).
    Gigs starting again within 2 – 3 weeks… looking for an expert opinion.

    • Hi, RWMondak

      Thank You for your question!

      I have not come across issues with the middle pickup impeding various picking styles, but that can depend on the individual player. Your best bet is to try that particular guitar or have a Guitar Center near you get one from another store before you purchase.

      Sorry, I can’t be more helpful, but maybe someone else will leave a comment here with more info.

      Good Luck & Have Fun,

  8. I have spent the last couple of months deliberating over which telecaster to buy. Initially I was going to go for a regular Player but then I started reading about all the extras you get with the Player Plus and thought that would be the ultimate first electric for me. Then… the Player Plus Nashville came onto my radar!
    Seems to be the perfect all-rounder with massive versatility so my mind was made up to take the leap. I am about to order one but I have a very big dilemma – the colour! Luckily, there are only 4 options and I don’t like the sunburst or the aged candy apple red so I only have to choose between the Opal Spark Blue and the Butterscotch Blonde. They are both nice but other than colour, the only other difference is fingerboard woods, maple on the BB and pau ferro on the OS. Some people hate pau ferro and would only ever have maple. I am swaying towards the Opal Spark but wonder if the pau ferro may be a negative if I ever came to sell it.

    I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this dilemma. I am also aware that he butterscotch blonde is the colour of the original tele and will always be a classic!

    What would you do???

    Cheers from Manchester, England

    • Hi, Chris

      Thank You for your comments!

      First, Congratulations on buying your first electric, and you have chosen a great guitar as a starting point! Believe me, once you get that guitar, there is no looking back; you’ll want to buy more! ?

      Your choice of fingerboards will come down to look and, most important, playability! I built one electric with a pau ferro fingerboard, and I like it, but it definitely looks and feels different from a rosewood fingerboard.

      One thing you could do is try to find another guitar with a pau ferro fb and play that one. For example, the Stevie Ray Vaughn Signature Strats have pau ferro boards. You’re right in saying that it could be more difficult to sell the pou ferro at the price you want. If you like the butterscotch body, then that is your safest bet, assuming you like the feel of a maple neck, which plays totally different than the other type of woods.

      It really comes down to a personal choice, but I would go with the Butterscotch body and the maple neck if you can’t play the guitar.

      Thank You for visiting my site, and I hope you will come again!

      Have Fun & Good Luck with your new guitar! ?

      • Cheers Frank,

        I have actually been playing guitar for 38 years but never had an electric! Never actually thought I would want one but as we age we tend to want to try new things, I do anyway!
        I was so undecided so I did a whatapp survey of a load of my friends and the result was quite extraordinary,
        Opal Spark with Pau Ferro board 4 votes
        Butterscotch Blonde with maple 16 votes!

        So I have just ordered the blonde! And I must say I was trying to wait for your reply before biting the bullet but got too excited and ordered it!

        You should have seen the look of relief on my face when you also came out in favour of the butterscotch blonde!

        It will hopefully be delivered tomorrow! Very, very exciting!

        Thanks for your reply!

        • Hey, Chris

          EXCELLENT! I’m so happy for you, but probably not as excited as you are! No sleep tonight! Where did you order it from?

          Now you’ll have an awesome guitar that does Tele & Strat stuff. It’s a killer look, Butterscotch Blonde with the blackguard and maple neck! Please come back after you play it and let me know what you think. It starts with one electric and before you know it you’ll have two!

          What amp are you planning on plugging it into? Tele guitars love Fender amps!

          Playing 38 years, that’s legit! ??

          I’ll be setting up an email list soon that you can join, and I’ll send you summaries of new articles on my site, without spam – of course!

          Enjoy Your New Guitar! ??

  9. Morning Frank,
    Thanks for making my excitement even more palpable by sharing in it!

    Playing guitar for 38 years makes it sound like I am probably some kind of guitar whizz but I’m really not great on the guitar as I was always a vocalist 1st and the guitar was someting that was always on the fringes but a couple of years ago I decided to learn to dedicate much more time to playing and improving and having a good quality gutiar helps so much…
    I first bough a Yamaha FG-TA, with the built in reverb and schorus which has made me want to play more as it sounds spectacular, even unplugged! To go with it I got a Bose S1 Pro so I can sing through it as well as have the guitar going through it.

    I just bought a Zoomm A1 Four multi effects pedal and it now sounds even better. I am also getting the Zoom G1X Four for electric guitar and will also go through my Bose. I know purists willl see I need a dedicated guitar amp but I will just see how it pans out witht the Bose and the pedal, I will have massive amounts of tone control so am confident I won’t need to sheel out for another amp, just yet!

    I bought the guitar from Gear4Music, a big music store here in the north of England, got a great price too – £799 which is around $1085 US

    Will update you in a few days on how I am getting on with it…

    • Hi, Chris

      You have some great equipment! I love Bose’s stuff. I heard the S1 Pro at a concert, and it sounded fantastic. The imaging was spectacular, and it filled a large auditorium with sound nicely. I think you will be in good shape with the Zoom G1X Four unit. I prefer the sound and feel of a tube amp, but I also use a lot of Line-6 equipment. It’s all good!

      I’ll bet you’re a better guitar player than you think. We can always learn more, but the real point of playing is to have fun.

      I look forward to hearing more about your new guitar! ??


      • Hi Frank,

        Well, I just had a couple of hours in my studio with my new baby. I must confess, I was really wary that it might need some setting up because everyone says brand new guitars generally do. But I am delighted to report that it needed nothing more than tuning! It is perfect! Intonation is bang on, the action is great and the neck is just right, not a buzz anywhere!

        I am in love and those 2 hours went by in a flash – and that was just messing about playing it through the Zoom A1 Four – trying a bit of delay and chorus etc…
        Can’t wait to get my G1X Four but will have to as it is going to be a birthday present and my birthday is 2 weeks away!

        Thanks for your kind words about my gear. I agree, the Bose is absolutely brilliant in so many ways! I always spend probably far too long researching the things I want to buy bu that is the beauty of the internet – there really are no excuses for making uninformed, bad purchse choices with all the info out there and wonderful people takng the time to do thorough reviews of pretty well everything!

        Your review of the Player Plus Nashville was definitely instrumental (no pun intended!) in my final decision to buy the tele, so thank you for doing your excellent review!

        Cheers, and all the best,


        • Hi, Chris

          YEAH! – I knew you would love the guitar! Great to hear that everything was set up correctly. Two weeks will pass before you know it, and you’ll have your G1X Four. Bose makes such great stuff! I have a Bose theater system in my music room to watch my concert videos, and it always sounds fantastic.

          I always do my research before making a major purchase, it’s the smart thing to do, and in your case, it paid off. Thanks for getting back to me about the Tele, and I hope you will visit my website now and again and leave some comments!

          Have a great Birthday & enjoy your new guitar!

      • Hi Frank,
        I did write the other day but it didn’t get through for some reason…

        Anyway, I took the guitar into my studio very wary I’d have to make some adjustments as I am repeatedly told that new guitars always need setting up. I am happy to report that it needed nothing more than tuning! Everything is perfect, intonation, neck, action are all in good shape.

        To tell you the truth, I’m in love with it! I was in the studio putting it through its paces for what felt tlike about 20 minutes but over 2 hours had flown by!

        Very happy with my purchase!



        • Hi, Chris

          Teles are “infectious” guitars, tough to put down, and a Nashville Tele is extra special! You can cover just about anything electric with that guitar. Now you have the weekend to play with it. ?

          Keep me informed! I look forward to hearing more. ?

  10. Sorry, just seen that you did get my meassage and replied! No idea what happened there!

    Will keep you updated visit your website again soon!



    • Hi, Chris

      Most likely what’s happening is that when you visit the same page on a website frequently and something on that page changes, you may not see the changes right away because you’re still loading the old version. One way to fix this is to reset the cache in your Internet browser. Be aware that if you reset your cache that you may lose some automated events, like staying logged in to sites that require a user name and password, etc. Sometimes it is a cache problem at the server-end of the platform where the article is hosted. I use “Wealthy Affiliate” to host my website and they are excellent but it can still happen. The article should update itself in a day or two.

      No worries, I don’t mind if you enter a double comment. I will either delete one or reply to both. ?

      Enjoy your guitar & have a great weekend! ?

      • Thanks for the info, Frank.

        Off to Portugal today so will be limited to my Yamaha Acoustasonic through a Blackstar Superfly for a couple of weeks, if I get time to play at all! Weather is forecast to be low 20s (celsius) so lots of beach walks composing songs in my head!

        All the best to you and yours and I’ll report back in soon.

        Many thanks for all your encouraging words and advice, it is much appreciated!


        • Hi, Chris!

          Nice guitar! Have you seen the Fender Acoustasonic Guitars? They are easier to manage if you travel a lot, due to their size difference. Of course, it won’t have the sound quality of your Yamaha but it might be worth a look.

          I have a Parker Concert Fly that I love. It plays like an electric but sounds very acoustic.

          The Super Fly is a great amp! If you have some time to kill, check out my article on the Blackstar Fly 3 and let me know what you think.

          Have a great trip, stay safe, and I hope you don’t miss your new Tele too much! ?

  11. What’s your opinion on Fender Mustang IV amp?
    I bought a new Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster (waiting for TNT delivery) and wonder if this combination can deliver good sounds?
    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Hi, Dragan

      Thank You for your question!

      I played through a Fender Mustang IV a while back, and it sounded great with a stock Strat. It’s crazy loud at 150 Watts, and I loved the 12-inch Celestions!

      With 17 Amp Models and 100 Onboard Presets, I think you’ll be very happy! I should make your Player Plus Nashville Tele come alive!

      Happy Holidays!
      Frank ?

  12. Hi Frank, great review and i have just bought a Player Plus Nashville Telecaster.
    Having had just a strat before and still only a beginner i’m still learning how it all works and what sounds to get from each of the switches.
    Hopefully i will be able to find more instructions on this model but very please with the overall guitar,
    If you know where i could find more details on the push pull and the five switches and what sound to get from each i would appreciate it.
    Thanks again for the great review,
    PS. Not received my free booklet yet.

    • Hi, Mike

      Thanks for your comments and compliments! ?

      Here’s how the pickup switching works:

      Position 1: Bridge pickup only.
      Position 2: Bridge pickup and middle pickup together.
      Position 3: Middle pickup only.
      Position 4. Middle pickup and neck pickup together.
      Position 5: Neck pickup only.

      The push-pull tone control engages neck pickup in switch positions 1 & 2 to give you two extra pickup configurations for a total of seven:

      Position 1 plus push-pull: bridge and neck pickups
      Position 2 plus push-pull: bridge middle and neck pickups (all three)

      You should have gotten your free book when you signed up. However, if you don’t have it, let me know, and I will email it to you directly!

      Rock On!?
      Frank ?

  13. Hi Frank,

    I am trying to decide between the player plus tele and the Nashville version. I was wondering if the extra pick up on the Nashville affects the sound in comparison to the regular player plus version? For example does the neck pick up sound the same on both guitars or does the presence of the middle pick up change the dynamics on the Nashville? If the neck and bridge pick ups sound identical on both guitars then there doesn’t seem a reason not to get the Nashville as it also incorporates that middle pick up for more tonal possibilities. Any help would be appreciated.


    • Hi, Andy

      Thank You for your comments and question.

      Although both guitars have the Player Plus Noiseless Telecaster pickups, to my ears, the neck and bridge pickups (on by themselves) sound a little different on each guitar, which could be due to the wiring configurations.

      On the Player Plus Nashville Tele, the push-pull tone control engages neck pickup in switch positions 1 & 2. This gives you the neck and bridge or all three pickup combinations.

      You’d be surprised how changing something like a tone pot can subtly affect a guitar’s sound. It’s not THAT different, though, and you may not notice a difference.

      I think the Strat middle pickup on the Nashville gives the guitar awesome sound combos.

      Your best bet is to try both guitars through the same amp and see what you think.

      Best of luck, and please let me know how you make out!?

      Frank ?

  14. I bought a Nashville Telecaster in Aged Candy Apple Red second-hand about 9 months ago. This could well be the best value electric guitar I have ever owned as it is super-versatile, and has features that you would normally associate with very high end models.

    I do find the choice of white for the middle pickup a little bit odd but it is something that I am certainly not going to complain about too much as I think they just want to emphasise that it is a Stratocaster pickup.

    This model provides all the standard Stratocaster and Telecaster tones in a single guitar and that in itself is quite amazing! It has really become my go to guitar for live gigs of gigs and I can’t over-emphasise how comfortable it is to play.

    You could say I’m a fan!

    • Hi, Mark

      Thank You for your comments!

      I feel the same way. Nashville Teles are super versatile and can cover practically any musical genre! I love the middle Strat pickup and how it mixes with the bridge and neck sounds! It’s a great choice if you want to show up to a gig with just one electric guitar!

      You can always change that middle while pickup cover to black or any other color you like. You can get covers online, and they’re pretty cheap.

      Really glad you’re lovin’ the Nashville! ?

      Rock On!?
      Frank ?

  15. What a great discussion … I am about to buy my first electric guitar and it will be a Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster. I am not very knowledgeable on the topic and the information above and subsequent discussion was really helpful.
    However, I am still not sure what issue with the pau ferro fingerboard is. Is it harder to handle/play, if so in what way? Would that hinder a beginner? (I have played acoustic guitar so not completely unfamiliar with guitars).
    Any guidance would be helpful. Thanks

    • Hi, There

      The pau ferro is a different type of tonewood. Some players are attracted to its look or feel, and others don’t like it. It’s not as popular as rosewood or maple. I built a guitar with a pau ferro fretboard, which I like quite a bit.

      Your best bet is to find a nearby music store that has a Player Plus Nashville Telecaster or Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat and try out the fretboard to see what you think.

      It could be more difficult to sell a guitar with a pau ferro fretboard for the price you want.

      Rock On!?
      Frank ?


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