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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / Custom Deluxe Tele body



Dec 18th, 2012 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just bought a Custom Deluxe Tele second-hand, COA says Jan 12. The guitar has hardly been played and is like new, plays and sounds great, but having a close look around the body, there is a noticeable seam along the back of the body, where I presume the two pieces of wood join (the body is a vintage white solid color). I can feel the obvious seam along the back of the body, and see the seam in the paintwork. Now even with my basic woodworking skills, I would at least have carefully filled and sanded to the point of not feeling any join like that before I painted, and then I wouldn't expect to see or feel it. I'm a little disappointed with this from the CS. I don't think I'm being too picky?

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QLD Australia

Jan 14th, 2013 02:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I guess the other side of the coin is that I wouldn't want to think there was a heap of fill under the paint.

On a clear or trnsparent finish you wouldn't expect to see filler under the finish and on my thin skin custom classic tele (transparent finish) the join could be seen in the right light and from the right angle.

If you want the finish thin enough that you see the grain then you are going to see the joins too.

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QLD Australia

Jan 14th, 2013 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

On a different tack.

There was a 2012 Custom Deluxe for sale on ebay which I nearly bought.
I noticed the tuners were not locking as they should have been and checks with FMIC confirmed that.

The strap with the case candy was definitely not the original "vintage" strap normally issued with custom shop guitars.

In the end I was not convinced the thing was not a partscaster put together around a Customshop neck with a COA to match the serial no. on the neck plate.

Now, that one could have had any vintage white tele body on it.

At least in your case you know you have a two piece body.

(This message was last edited by Alderandash at 01:16 PM, Jan 14th, 2013)

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