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Best Guitars With SS Configuration in 2023

Here you'll find the best guitars with SS configuration. This is the classic Telecaster configuration and it's used mainly for playing clean or with low-gain distortion. It doesn't give you as much versatility as a Strat SSS configuration, but you might like the cleaner look of a guitar body with fewer pickups.

Out of the more than 2000 guitars in our database, these are the best ones with these features, according to our algorithm. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

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1. Fender American Ultra Luxe Telecaster

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Fender American Ultra Luxe Telecaster
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Playability 75
Sound 78
Build quality 80
Value for money 68
Overall Score 78

Player Feedback

  • Neck profile shape: D (2 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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  • From Fender's 2021 American Ultra series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 6-Saddle American Tele with Chromed Brass Saddles bridge
  • Augmented ā€œDā€ Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender American Ultra Luxe Telecaster
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • S-1 Switch Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

2. Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville

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Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville
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Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 80
Value for money 66
Overall Score 76

Player Feedback

  • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (5 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Clean (1 vote)
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  • From Gretsch's 2022 Professional Collection series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Arched Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Bigsby B6GP String-Thru bridge
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Gretsch G6120TG-DS Players Edition Nashville
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

3. Chapman ML3 Pro Traditional

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Chapman ML3 Pro Traditional
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Playability 77
Sound 78
Build quality 74
Value for money 81
Overall Score 76

Player Feedback

  • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (2 votes)
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  • From Chapman's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Roasted Maple ā€“ Dark Colour neck
  • Roasted Maple ā€“ Dark Colour fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Chapman String-Through Tele-Style with Brass Saddles bridge
  • C Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock Open (18:1 Gearing) tuners
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Chapman ML3 Pro Traditional
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Strap Lock
  • Made in South Korea
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

4. Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider T

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Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider T
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Playability 78
Sound 80
Build quality 69
Value for money 76
Overall Score 76

Player Feedback

  • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (3 votes)
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  • From Reverend's 2021 Signature series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Chambered Korina body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Talnico Bridge (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Talnico Neck (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • String-Thru-Body Hardtail bridge
  • Medium Oval Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Reverend Pin-Lock tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider T
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Boneite Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Phase Out Pickups
  • Weight Relief
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Made in South Korea
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

5. Reverend Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster

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Reverend Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster
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Playability 78
Sound 80
Build quality 69
Value for money 71
Overall Score 76
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  • From Reverend's 2021 Signature series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Korina body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Greg Koch Signature Gristle-Tone (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Greg Koch Signature Gristle-Tone (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Wilkinson Classic 3-Saddle Bridge bridge
  • Medium Oval, Custom Fat Gristlemaster V (Black) Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Reverend Pin-Lock tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Reverend Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Boneite Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Made in South Korea
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

6. Gretsch G6128T Players Edition Jet DS

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Gretsch G6128T Players Edition Jet DS
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Have it
Want it
Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 78
Value for money 66
Overall Score 76

Player Feedback

  • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (5 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Clean (1 vote)
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  • From Gretsch's 2021 Professional Collection series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Laminated Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch DynaSonic (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Bigsby B7CP String-Thru bridge
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gretsch G6128T Players Edition Jet DS
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

7. Fender American Ultra Telecaster

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Fender American Ultra Telecaster
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Want it
Playability 75
Sound 78
Build quality 74
Value for money 66
Overall Score 76

Player Feedback

  • Neck access to high frets: Normal (1 vote)
  • Fret edges: Smooth (1 vote)
  • Tuning stability: Won't get out of tune (1 vote)
  • Neck profile shape: D (1 vote)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (3 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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  • From Fender's 2019 American Ultra series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 6-Saddle American Tele with Chromed Brass Saddles bridge
  • Ultra Modern D Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking (all short posts) tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender American Ultra Telecaster
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

8. Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

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Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster
Had it
Have it
Want it
Playability 73
Sound 79
Build quality 75
Value for money 66
Overall Score 76

Player Feedback

  • Fret edges: Smooth (1 vote)
  • Tuning stability: Not bad (1 vote)
  • Neck profile shape: D (1 vote)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (3 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
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  • From Fender's 2019 American Ultra series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Jazzmaster (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Ultra Noiseless Vintage Jazzmaster (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • American Professional Jazzmaster bridge
  • Ultra Modern D Bolt-On neck
  • 21 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking (all short posts) tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

9. Fender Custom '52 Telecaster

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Fender Custom '52 Telecaster
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Playability 78
Sound 75
Build quality 70
Value for money 59
Overall Score 74
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  • From Fender Custom's 2020 Time Machine series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 7.25" to 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • 2-Piece Select Ash body
  • 1-Piece Rift Sawn Maple neck
  • 1-Piece Maple Neck fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50/'51 Blackguard (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50/'51 Blackguard (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 3-Saddle Vintage Style Tele with Barrel Brass Saddles bridge
  • 1957 Soft V Bolt-On neck
  • 21 Narrow Tall frets
  • Vintage Style tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Custom '52 Telecaster
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

10. Fender Custom Vintage Custom '68 Telecaster NOS

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Fender Custom Vintage Custom '68 Telecaster NOS
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Playability 75
Sound 73
Build quality 74
Value for money 59
Overall Score 74
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  • From Fender Custom's 2019 Vintage Custom series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 7.25" to 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • 2-Piece Select Alder body
  • Rift Sawn Maple neck
  • Round-Laminated Rift Sawn Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound '67 Single-Coil Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound '67 Single-Coil Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 3-Saddle '67 Telecaster with Threaded Steel Saddles bridge
  • '60s Oval C Bolt-On neck
  • 21 Medium frets
  • Schaller F tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Custom Vintage Custom '68 Telecaster NOS
  • Made in United States
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock