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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / Lead I in International color Morocco Red


United States

Oct 27th, 2011 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


I just bought it. It's not stock, but it's such a rare color. I've only seen one other, a Lead III, and I own it.



Nov 2nd, 2011 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congratulations ! Let me know whether it has the narrow 1 9/16" or wider 1 5/8' nut. The narrow nut was found on early production models.


United States

Nov 2nd, 2011 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

it's got the narrower nut and headstock. neck dates to 18th week of 1980. haven't opened up pickguard yet. there were some good pics on ebay. I have a NOS pickup (guitarcheology) and I have appropriate 1981 strat tuners. I also have an original SKB case for it. I'm gonna deliver it to my repairman and have it put back as close to stock as I can get it. I'll keep an eye out for a clean used pickguard and sell the dimarzio, gig bag and grovers. the guitar is really clean. Just a chip on the side of the neck and the modifications. I'll have another $150 into it easily.



Nov 2nd, 2011 11:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was considering bidding on the same Fender Lead I you bought on Ebay and messaged the seller with questions to which he quickly replied. My reason for wanting the Lead I when I already have both a Lead II and Lead III was to complete the set plus I have an extra Lead I/III Fender Seth Lover Designed humbucker that was in the case when I bought my Fender Lead III. It's great to hear you're returning it to stock configuration.


United States

Dec 10th, 2011 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got the guitar back today. www.rainbowguitarrepair.com did all the restorative work. Ken Lesko...Gold certified Fender Tech. The 1981 F tuners are back on, as is the NOS pickup. He also hand-cut a new pickguard for it. Add a setup, neck adjustment and new strings and it's really sweet.



Dec 10th, 2011 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad to hear it's back. I know ProSound Project in Wisconsin does excellent restorations of Fender Lead Series guitars in fact he specializes. ProSound Project has a website with examples of his restorations and customizations.

I know if you want an exact replacement pickguard WD Music has them in stock.


United States

Dec 11th, 2011 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a pickguard from WD...it wasn't even close...holes off.



Dec 12th, 2011 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LeadSeries, Thanks for info concerning screw hole patterns on WD pickguards I was contemplating purchasing a black one to replace the white one on my Lead III. I wonder if they have pickguards that haven't been drilled yet.


United States

Dec 13th, 2011 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

the cuts for the pickups (leadI & III)had rounded corners too...no shielding. The whole idea is to get something that doesn't require any additional work. I paid $50 for the hand-cut one and its perfect. Jersey, we deal in guitars which are still off the radar, I guess. Have fun.



Dec 15th, 2011 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LeadSeries, Yesterday I contacted both Warmoth and Musikraft (here in N.J.) to see if they could manufacture a Fender Lead I, II, or Lead III neck and had no success. Warmoth thought the Lead necks were "short scale" with 22 frets (I corrected them). I was hoping that they could just remove more material from a Strat neck to give me a slim/thin neck then trim the paddle headstock to Fender Lead Series shape (which is a smaller Strat style). Warmoth said they had only one prior inquiry they could recall (probably me a year ago) and I informed them and Musikraft that there are Lead Series guitars appearing in the used guitar marketplace some of which need necks.

My Lead II which has the narrow 1 9/16" nut has one dressing remaining according to my local shop, Richie's Music Center in Rockaway Borough, N.J. They are concerned that if a fret replacement is performed it'll damage the now gorgeous honey colored finish. The fretboard of my Lead II neck is in excellent condition, no finish wear and the back has no scratches, dents, or dings.

My Lead III has the 1 5/8" nut and is in better shape fret wise but I would like to protect the original necks on both guitars from any further wear. As it is now I'm using a Korean-era Squier II Strat neck on the Lead II, it's the closest in dimension/profile to the Lead Series necks I could find (I believe 1980's Fender Japan Strat necks might be of similar proportions).

(This message was last edited by JerseyJettFan at 04:37 PM, Dec 15th, 2011)


United States

Dec 15th, 2011 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had one of mine refretted and it looks like new. it was rosewood. a good tech can refret a maple neck and it should look like new. they respray them of course

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South of TN

Jun 10th, 2012 09:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The most underated guitar Fender ever made was and is the Lead Series ..I wish I could find someone to make the bodies ..all of mine but one has been modified ...I hated the switches as did most everyone else !!! ...and the humbuckers could be very microphonic ....

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A big two stroke engine on full throttle
Sep 1st, 2012 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I partially agree...

Best guitar Fender made in the post-cbs era but I like the switches and, well, I prefer a maple Lead II.

One of the finest neck I've ever played.

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