Its deffo a 2 piece. Perhaps Alnico X which are common. 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 . They have Z xxx serial numbers with the Corona Neck plate. The American Standard Series from 08 thru 12 are Alder bodies, not Ash, according to Fender. Still very impressed with it. 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. To enter. These are excellent guitars, 2nd to none. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! 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. I am not up to date with the current Tele range. The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. https://guitar-compare.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fender-2008-Catalog-Pricelist.pdf, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. I purchased an 08 in 2018 , it became my #1 go-to guitar overnight , even over my favorite 1989/52RI which became #1B. 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, … Fender says the PUPS are special wound single coils, whatever that means. Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by lozboy, Nov 1, 2020. Alder body with lacquer finish; Two Pure Vintage '64 single-coil … 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. ), 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. Features. Mine is an Ash body/ rosewood neck combo. 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 . Fat 50s starts later on, I think halfway through the 2012 model year. Thanks for all the replies. The American Original ‘60s Telecaster combines period-accurate sound and style from this electrifying decade with modern, fast-playing feel and pickup switching. Just wondering what pups this would have come with. Fender says the PUPS are special wound single coils, whatever that means. 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 -.