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papersoul

United States

Apr 5th, 2012 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone played the new American Standards? I always avoided telecasters because I find a flat top to be uncomfortable and they look to country to me. My tastes are changing and I like the new body contour on the Standard. Finally a body contour.

I need to see if I can get good rock and hard rock tones.

Can you use both pickups at once?

Thoughts on these?

papersoul

United States

Apr 5th, 2012 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Should I concentrate on the new telecasters or is a used one a good idea? I say that because the body contour really caught my attention.

Hiker

Midwest U.S.

Apr 9th, 2012 11:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The new belly cut (or gut cut) contour is one thing. It's on the side facing the player's body, though there's still no contour on top for the strumming arm. The traditional 'slab' body of a Telecaster is nothing to avoid, it's a matter of finding one that has a weight you are comfortable with (if weight matters to you). Mine is a hair under nine pounds, and passes that mark once a leather strap is attached.

Although I haven't demo'd one of the new ones, I've read quite a few reviews from people that bonded with them before/after purchase. If you can visit the store that has both traditional, and the new one-check them out! I plan to...

(This message was last edited by Hiker at 11:28 PM, Apr 9th, 2012)

Guitar Fool
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Titusville, Florida

Thank a Vet today....
Apr 10th, 2012 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got 8 tele's...its all i have... Ive had Strats, Gibsons'....Strats and Les Pauls are great guitars but I've found that the simplicity of the tele is where its at...


that being said...you can play any type of music on a tele.....a lot of its just technique and amp settings....

and yes u can play both pups at once..

I've found that the stock pickups are medicore at best..Changing them out is something I would consider.....many different ones to choose from....



papersoul

United States

Apr 11th, 2012 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So I went and played some new Telecaster. I was a little dissapointed to find the top is not contoured, so it still digs into your picking arm terribly and hurts!!! :( Oh well, I will have to keep looking for Strats and stick to my PRS and Gibsons.

telegib

Canada

Apr 11th, 2012 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can't wait to try one out myself.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 06:44 PM, Apr 11th, 2012)

papersoul

United States

Apr 13th, 2012 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love these new Telecasters! Any thoughts on pickups? Should I look into Duncans? I hear a lot about the quarter pound pickups.

Duncan

(This message was last edited by papersoul at 01:38 PM, Apr 13th, 2012)

telegib

Canada

Apr 13th, 2012 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Definately not. Those stock CS pups are great in these new Teles. I have them in my Baja Tele. Best Tele pups I have. They work great in every position.

papersoul

United States

Apr 14th, 2012 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Really, that is great....I only played it unplugged. That good?
Noiseless?

What are the new pickups? What does CS stand for?

(This message was last edited by papersoul at 07:06 PM, Apr 14th, 2012)

stratcowboy
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USA/Taos, NM

Apr 14th, 2012 09:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those new pickups appear to be a Fender Broadcaster bridge pickup and the neck pup is a Twisted Tele pup. These are the same pickups that have been on the Classic Player Baja Tele for quite some time. Which is great news for Tele players, 'cause those pups sound great in the Baja Tele. Should do the same for the American Tele.

telegib

Canada

Apr 16th, 2012 03:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Really, that is great....I only played it unplugged. That good?
Noiseless?"

Yes to me they are really that good. The neck pup is glassy and fat and the bridge pup is strong and full. The mid position tone is clear and strong with great throaty mids.

Noiseless? No.They are noisey like any other true single coil pup.

CS stands for Custom Shop.

lox

Columbus, Ohio

Docofrock
Apr 16th, 2012 05:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I too prefer the tele. It is my go to guitar and I have a les paul and a 339 as well. Never cottoned to a strat. I have several teles but I prefer a big neck and under 8 lbs, preferably 7.5 or less.

(This message was last edited by lox at 10:05 PM, Jun 6th, 2012)

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Apr 16th, 2012 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a transparent red American Standard Telecaster at GC today. Loved everything but the pickups. Weak and thin. The neck was heavenly. Body contours very nice. I would buy it but change the pickups if I had the cash to do so.
But I don't so I will stick with my CVC. Feels almost as good and sounds better to me.

telegib

Canada

Apr 17th, 2012 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Did you play a 2012? There are still a lot of new 2011 models out there. Different pups.

papersoul

United States

Apr 17th, 2012 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, man I like the new 2012 Teles. This is the first Tele that I actually found comfortable! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new body contours! Nice.

What is the best price I should expect on a 2012 Amer. Stand. Tele?

I want to get a new one and install the Duncan Quarter Pounder set.

(This message was last edited by papersoul at 10:40 AM, Apr 17th, 2012)

Fender65

The Netherlands

Apr 17th, 2012 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a 2012 American Tele (Crimson Red with ash body and maple neck and fingerboard).
I absolutely love this Tele. It's comfortable and the sound is very very good!

I took it with me on stage last weekend and I fell in love with that Tele even more.



papersoul

United States

Apr 18th, 2012 05:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought the new Telecasters were Alder?

stratcowboy
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USA/Taos, NM

Apr 18th, 2012 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe wood choice depends on the specific finish ordered.

papersoul

United States

Apr 18th, 2012 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If wood choice depends on finish, Fender should note or list this on their site!?

This is the one I ordered and a friend of mine who is a Tele guy said the Tri-burst comes in both ash and alder.

FENDER

(This message was last edited by papersoul at 08:35 AM, Apr 18th, 2012)

stratcowboy
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USA/Taos, NM

Apr 18th, 2012 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I doubt that the 3-tone burst is available in ash. I think perhaps what your friend maybe was indicating is that the old-style 2-tone burst comes in ash...as does the natural (straight wood, no color) and the Crimson Red Transparent.

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