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Best Guitars With SS Configuration in 2022

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.

We've found exactly 95 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. 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.

1. Fender American Ultra Luxe Telecaster

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Fender American Ultra Luxe Telecaster
Playability 75
Sound 78
Build quality 84
Value for money 69
Overall Score 79
  • 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)
  • 6-Saddle American Tele with Chromed Brass Saddles bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Augmented “D” Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking tuners
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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
Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 85
Value for money 68
Overall Score 78
  • 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)
  • Bigsby B6GP String-Thru bridge
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 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. Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

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Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster
Playability 73
Sound 79
Build quality 79
Value for money 67
Overall Score 77
  • 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)
  • American Professional Jazzmaster bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 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

4. Fender American Ultra Telecaster

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Fender American Ultra Telecaster
Playability 75
Sound 78
Build quality 77
Value for money 67
Overall Score 77
  • 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)
  • 6-Saddle American Tele with Chromed Brass Saddles bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 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

5. Gretsch G6128T Players Edition Jet DS

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Gretsch G6128T Players Edition Jet DS
Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 83
Value for money 67
Overall Score 77
  • 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)
  • Bigsby B7CP String-Thru bridge
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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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

6. Reverend Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster

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Reverend Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster
Playability 78
Sound 80
Build quality 72
Value for money 77
Overall Score 77
  • From Reverend's 2021 Signature series
  • Greg Koch Signature
  • 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)
  • Wilkinson Classic 3-Saddle Bridge bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Medium Oval, Custom Fat Gristlemaster V (Black) Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Reverend Pin-Lock tuners
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Reverend Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Boneite Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

7. Chapman ML3 Pro Traditional

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Chapman ML3 Pro Traditional
Playability 77
Sound 78
Build quality 77
Value for money 82
Overall Score 77
  • From Chapman's 2021 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Roasted Maple – Dark Colour neck
  • Roasted Maple – Dark Colour fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Chapman String-Through Tele-Style with Brass Saddles bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • C Shape Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock Open (18:1 Gearing) tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Chapman ML3 Pro Traditional
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Strap Lock
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • 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

8. Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider T

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Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider T
Playability 78
Sound 80
Build quality 74
Value for money 77
Overall Score 77
  • From Reverend's 2021 Signature series
  • Pete Anderson Signature
  • 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)
  • String-Thru-Body Hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 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)
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

9. Fender Custom '52 Telecaster

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Fender Custom '52 Telecaster
Playability 78
Sound 75
Build quality 75
Value for money 61
Overall Score 76
  • 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)
  • 3-Saddle Vintage Style Tele with Barrel Brass Saddles bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 1957 Soft V Bolt-On neck
  • 21 Narrow Tall frets
  • Vintage Style tuners
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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 American Professional II Telecaster

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Fender American Professional II Telecaster
Playability 75
Sound 78
Build quality 74
Value for money 71
Overall Score 76
  • From Fender's 2020 American Professional II series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fender V-Mod II Single-Coil Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fender V-Mod II Single-Coil Tele (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 3-Saddle Top-Load/String-Through Tele with Compensated Brass “Bullet” Saddles bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Deep C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Narrow Tall frets
  • Fender® Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender American Professional II Telecaster
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • S-1 Switch Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock