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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / A little more honesty this time


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Nov 23rd, 2012 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

First time this was listed, he said it was ordered from the factory this way. Now, the work was done by an authorized Fender dealer.




Nov 23rd, 2012 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

There were "custom" variations of all three Fender Lead Series guitars available "special order" from the factory. I've seen them with a Fender X-1 single coil in the neck position and a Seth Lover designed Fender Lead I/III humbucker in the bridge as well as some with factory installed Kahler trems.

As a 49 yr old Lead Series fan and owner of both a Fender Lead II and a Lead III I can recall when they first were introduced and still can't believe they never "took off" though the price and lack of stock trem may have had something to do with poor sales.

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Memphis, TN

Dec 30th, 2013 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile  


Please sell me on the Lead Series.

I've no history with them, but have always been a fan of the underdogs.

A Gibson S1 is one of my sweetest guitars, and yet like the Fender Lead Series, never caught on.

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 09:28 PM, Dec 30th, 2013)

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Jan 24th, 2014 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

The slightly smaller body of the Lead series, combined with the more rounded body sides, made for a very comfortable guitar to play when standing.

Even though the Fender logo was on the headstock, I think there was less appeal for these because there quite a departure from the beloved Strat and Tele shapes. At the time, I think the only big-name player regularly using one as a stage guitar was Elliott Easton.

Same goes for the HM Strats--they were too different (and too late to the "superStrat" game) to gain any traction in the market.



Feb 5th, 2014 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Stratmanx: If you like slim/thin necks the Lead Series guitars are for you. Early production models had 1 9/16" nuts later ones (by late 1980) has nut width of 1 5/8".

The Fender X-1 single coils used in the Lead II were also used in one Stratocaster model manufactured in that era. The switching options on the Lead I/II & Lead III is the key, so many tones I can't remember them all or list them here. You can split humbuckers, run them as single coils, out-of-phase, and more.

Even though I'm 6'3" and a bit under 200 lbs I find the smaller bodies and the slim maybe Soft V necks are "to die for".

Google Fender Lead I, Lead II and Lead III "Owners Manual" they're available free online (from Fender) review them as they are excellent tutorials on using the switching system.

The Lead Series necks are unique, Fender does not manufacture anything matching it's profile today, the closest was the early Strat/Tele Bullet 1's and Squier II Strat necks made in Korea (probably from leftover Lead Series blanks. Two years ago I inquired of Fender as to whether they'd consider reproducing the Lead Series neck profile for Strats and Teles but there was no interest not even from the staff at the Fender Custom Shop where they hand build high cost guitars. NOT one aftermarket company sells a Fender Lead Series type neck.

(This message was last edited by JerseyJettFan at 08:27 PM, Feb 11th, 2014)

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