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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / CS Telecaster "Custom Classic Tele"

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Feb 9th, 2001 10:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

with a cool name "Twisted Tele" it's got to sound good!

Psychedelic A.J.

2000 CS Telecaster, Wisconsin

Feb 13th, 2001 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

just found out----the bridge pickup in the 2001 model is different also, just found this out in Frontline...the bridge pickup will be a new Vintage pickup. I will check out how it sounds but will probably change it out for a Texas Special Tele pickup

Psychedelic A.J.

2000 CS Telecaster, Wisconsin

Mar 20th, 2001 12:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

as time goes by I continue to be thrilled with my Telecaster...the more I play it the better it seems to get....its just starting to get broken in a little and the tones seems to be getting better and better...for me a 9.5 inch radius and medium jumbo frets just means ease in bending strings and the balance and even-ness of the neck continues to amaze me

still don't have pictures of it yet but I DO have some mp3's that I recorded with it in case anyone wants to hear how it sounds

my mp3 page

Psychedelic A.J.

2000 CS Telecaster, Wisconsin

May 24th, 2001 03:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

well now that I have the 2001 Custom Classic Tele in hand I can tell you that the pickups in that guitar are truely fantastic...the neck and bridge pickups are well balanced and give a wide range of tones depending on which selector position you choose...the neck pickup is very Strat-like, very bassy and sounds best with the treble all the way up on the tone control

I had thought I was going to change out the pickups but these are keepers.....can't say I like them better than the Texas Specials in the 2000 Custom Classic but these sound great and the two slightly different guitars will compliment each other well

other differences between the two models I can tell: the headstock on the 2001 is bigger slightly and has a somwhat different logo on it...the 2001 is lightly figured (mine has no birdseye at all) whereas the 2000 was more figured (my 2000 has a lot of birdseye in the neck)...the 2001 has a slightly different bridge, seems more solid...also the 2001 has a smoother flowing pickup selection switch...the 2001 is all nitro, the 2000 is nitro over a poly base

I think I just lucked out and got a superb 2000 Custom Classic...the 2001 is an improvement design wise over the 2000

the 2000 will remain my #1 but the 2001 will get plenty of use

Psychedelic A.J.

2000 CS Telecaster, Wisconsin

May 24th, 2001 03:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I should point out that my 2001 Custom Classic came in on time (actually maybe a week or so early) it just took me an extra while to pay off the balance

many thanks to Guitar Stop for their tremendous service and patience


Roadhouse Strat & Blonde Vibrolux - Heaven!!!!!

May 28th, 2001 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile  


Hop in the car, come down to St. Louis and bring the Teles. I want to hear them through my Vibrolux. I will shoot some pics with my Sony digital while your are here. : )



Scotland; Everybody knows the secret...

May 29th, 2001 06:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

From my "Frontline" salivation sessions :) one of my "dream" instruments is certainly the CS Custom Classic Tele -- and in my "dream" configuration of substituting the Wide-range humbucker at the neck, it would certainly pump up the price! (Wouldn't it?)

How do you like the reversed control plate?

Enjoy them, PAJ!


Psychedelic A.J.

2000 CS Telecaster, Wisconsin

May 31st, 2001 02:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Doc---I like the reverse control plate...easy access to change the volume or tone controls mid-song



Feb 12th, 2002 11:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Psychedelic - great reviews. I just so happen to be ordering a CC tele from Jeanne @ guitar stop tomorrow. It will be my first tele and I am ecstatic.
I really appreciated your description of the neck profile of the guitar since it seems almost impossible to get any information about it otherwise.

I found your post by searching for twisted tele pups and oddly enough, Mike Eldred seems to be the only other person that mentions them. I have noticed that my local guitar store salespersons had not heard of them.

So what do you think about the honey blonde color?



Feb 20th, 2002 09:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think Psychedelic sold his Custom Classic Tele in favour of an Ibanez guitar.



Feb 20th, 2002 09:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think Psychedelic sold his Custom Classic Tele in favour of an Ibanez guitar.

Psychedelic A.J.

Madison, Wisconsin

Mar 18th, 2002 12:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I did sell my Custom Classic Tele in order to get an Ibanez JEM (which is an Ibanez Custom Shop guitar), however that does NOT mean that I no longer think that the Custom Classic is a fabulous guitar, it truely is...my choice in going with an Ibanez is merely because the Ibanez fit my hands and style of playing better with its shred-style flatter neck

the Fender Custom Shop Custom Classic Tele is a fantastic guitar

honey blonde? not my first choice but its still very very nice



Mar 18th, 2002 03:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you were unhappy with the Custom Classic. I remember you speaking very highly of them.




Mar 18th, 2002 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

jeanne at guitar stop sent me mail to tell me my cc tele allocated to ship from fender. I should have it in about 2 weeks. Yippee!



Mar 21st, 2002 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bot AJ's blue beauty. Hi AJ! I also have a '52RI and just bot a new Am Deluxe. By FAR the CS is the best of all 3 although I'm very fond of the '52 (1996, great grain, a bity heavy but heavenly tone however with a 7.25" radius and I bend a lot). I'm having serious trouble getting the action on the new Deluxe to be like the CS though...very frustrating.

Psychedelic A.J.

Madison, Wisconsin

Mar 26th, 2002 11:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

hey man

good to hear that Cobalt Blue Tele is doin well...thats a great guitar...the Custom Shop really exceeded themselves when they made that one

cool runnings Tommyo



Apr 9th, 2002 12:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know this is an old thread, but I thought I would just say, I echo all of the sentiment put forth by AJ. My 2002 Custom Classic Tele is a players dream and is a work of art to say the least.
The one bit of information that I found missing, above, was more specifics re: neck shape. Since this was an area I was very interested in, and could not get any solid information about prior to ordering, I thought I would say something here for FDP'ers searching for CC Tele information.

The neck is described as a 'large C shape'. How I would describe it is just slightly deeper than the C shaped neck on the 2001 AmSe Tele. If you like the AmSe neck, but wish it was marginally deeper, this is the neck, and tele, for you.



Aug 29th, 2002 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am new to Custom Shop purchasing so help me understand what is involved in buying a Custom Classic Telecaster, which is not a master built, custom order, just a very high quality. ltd run model, correct? Do Custom Shop dealers have these in stock so somebody can try one out before plunking down the big bucks for a sight unseen order. That being said, can anybody fill me i on their impressions of the milled stainless steel bridge, the new Twisted Tele pickup, the to-the-rear pickup selector, wood, etc. I am thinking about buying a maple neck model. Are these that much better than the Am Series cousins?


USA Michigan

Tweed at home -- Bandit 65 for the gig
Sep 7th, 2002 03:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just a quick note.

I picked up my tele last year (white blonde). A change in my influences (Roy Buchanan, James McMurtry, and, believe it or not, how much of a role it played in Alex Lifeson's work with Rush) had let me to want a tele, but was never impressed with the variance and feel I found in them (I was, prior to this, a Gibson guy, and I didn't like the fact that you could pick up a hundred fenders and they'd all feel so much different).

Anyhow, I was waiting to get my amp back from being serviced and I picked it up. Ten painful minutes later I dropped $600 for a deposit. I'm not an impusle puchase kind of guy, but this was the best guitar I have ever played, and have never had any regrets getting it, except for the fact that I have had to change my playing style (it's amazing how sloppy a Gibson will let you be) and also was forced to go hunt down (and pay for) an old tweed Vibrolux to give it an amp worthy of playing through.

This is a fantastic guitar for which my appreciation just keeps growing every time I pick it up.

However, it could have been just my guitar. I've picked up custom classic stats at the same store and they still feel off to me. I'd be wary of getting one before I played it.

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