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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / 52 Hot Rod Tele Review

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Mar 27th, 2008 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just got this in and thought I would share my thoughts, great axe !

Hot Rod Tele Review



Sep 27th, 2010 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a black one used for half the retail price!!!!

This is top quality, top tone, top playability instrument. I almost bought a used baja, but glad that the guy dropped it on the floor when packaging it and broke the neck on that baja because the Hor Rod is soo much better for the extra $300 I paid for.

Don't be fooled by the U neck. I have small hands and this is by far the best neck I have ever played with, much much betterr than the C neck-radiud 9.5 on my Strat. I love the U-9.5 radius so much that I am thinking about ordering one for my 2001 american series strats too.

That HR is very responsive to playing dynamic, plenty of twang on clean, and is also a rocker with OD. I can't get any bad sound of of it. The Tone control works extremelly well on both clean and OD. The mini-humbucker has a tone of its own, not really full humbucker and not really strat neck single coil - sort of a mix of both with a lot of warm to it. With the tone control about half down, it's very easy to get clapton's woman tone. with the tone control full up, it gets into rock territory a la keith Richards without sounding too single coil. I love it, just love it !

Bridge pickups is all you would expect from a 52 telecaser reissue, lots of twang and enough bit to make OD sound full and not too thin. Not sure if a $200 boutique bridge Tele pickups could do any better than this one, but I have no intentions at this moment to change it as it satisfies and exceeds my expectations.

I am using the super sonic 60w for amp, with MXR carbon copy delaty, MXR super comp, MXR 6 band EQ, Dunlop Uni-VIbe, Boss RC2 loop station, Boss Tremolo and Vox Clyde Wah. I have a super monster pro tone with all of these and the HR. One of my prefered tele tone is Vince Gill and I was easilly able to get his tone with this hot rod and MXR delay & comp through the bassman channel of my SS on the bridge and tone control about 7-8.

Good job to Fender on this Hot Rod Tele !

Roger Ball
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Oct 3rd, 2010 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I fully agree with TweedDogSteve's comments about quality, tone, and playability.

I bought a used one a few weeks ago and used it for the first time on a gig last night. It sounds like a match made in heaven plugged into my 1970 Vibrolux Reverb. The neck is very comfortable, and the mini-humbucker covers a lot of ground all by itself.

This may well be the nicest guitar I've ever bought.



Oct 5th, 2010 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Update: I mod all my guitars with a treble bleed.

I have researched treble bleed mod for Teles and found that old teles had a 0.001µF (microfarad) capacitor for treble-bleed circuits on the volume control. I had a dozen of those cap at home and decided to try it on the Hot Rod.

Not only did the 0.001µF cap help with keeping the treble as the volume control is turned down, but it has also brought more brighteness to the mini-humbucker pickup closer to what I like (not as warm & jazzy but more clarity). The bridge pickup is also a tad brighter, but I am also a user of the tone control on the guitar and love twangy bridge pickup, so with the bridge and tone on about 8-9 it sounds perfect to my ears.

if you find the mini-humbucker too warm & jazzy,
I highly recommend the treble bleed mod with the 0.001µF capacitor. It's a 5 minutes thing to do for only a few bucks, and is totally reversible if you don't like it.

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(This message was last edited by TweedDogSteve at 09:55 AM, Oct 5th, 2010)

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