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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Road Worn 50's Tele

avsalesman

Australia

'scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Apr 1st, 2015 08:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any opinions on these? Love the chunkier neck. Guy at the music shop say's they're pro level instruments.

lox

Columbus, Ohio

Docofrock
Apr 1st, 2015 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an older one that is more "worn" and I think it is pretty nice, especially for the money. I have a Nocaster which is my best Tele. But the road worn is a very capable guitar, especially with a 4 way switch mod.

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Apr 1st, 2015 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Giggable right out of the box.

Get one that speaks to you!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Shake your groove thing!
Feb 20th, 2016 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any other owners of these? Only seen them online. Wondering if one of these could be a better way to go to get another butterscotch blonde vintage style Tele rather than sourcing parts and making one up or spending the now crazy money for a '52 RI or Nocaster (both of which I owned in the past and sold).

I am jonesing something something fierce for a butterscotch vintage Tele. I suppose I could simply buy a replacement body for my cherry burst Tele which is all '52 reissue parts with a WD body but I like that one too much to take it apart.

Dennis
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Feb 20th, 2016 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I own one in butterscotch blonde. It is the newer style that has less of a relic job, tastefully done in my opinion.

I think it is a great guitar, well built and solid. I ordered it off Amazon and was worried since I have never purchased a guitar sight unseen. Luckily everything was ok. When I got it the truss rod and action needed some adjusting, quarter turn did the trick, maybe another 1/8th of a turn would get it perfect. The build quality is great. Feels heavy compared to my thinline of course and my 85' MIJ.

I like the satin neck, the only part of the relic job i don't like is the little bit of "buckle rash" on the back but you never really see it.

It is definitely a looker and seems like a great guitar right out of the box though I could see it being a real great platform if you wanted to improve the electronics.
Heres a link to the roadworn with white guard and black and my tele family photo

Roadworn

(This message was last edited by Dennis at 04:58 PM, Feb 20th, 2016)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Shake your groove thing!
Feb 20th, 2016 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hate the idea of buying one of these sight unseen. Just seems like the cheapest way to get a blackguard, butterscotch Tele. If I go the parts route, I suspect it will cost me more in the long run.

What I really want is another '52 reissue. I'd bought mine for about $900-950 in the early 2000's but sold it when I got my CS Nocaster. However, I couldn't get along with that particular guitar and sold it to one of our members.

Now, with the white blonde parts tele (Stewmac body, MIM Fender neck, standard neck pup and what I *think* is a Nocaster bridge pup, and white single ply guard) and my '52 reissue with the WD cherry burst body, I still have a burning desire for that blackguard butterscotch Tele to round out my little Tele stable.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Feb 20th, 2016 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Chris,
I know this isn't exactly what you're looking for, but the Squier CV 50's tele in comes in BSB/Black guard. Great guitars and value for money.
Of course it doesn't have Fender on the headstock.

I guess it may depend on your neck requirements mostly.
The CV 50's have a 9.5 radius and wider frets (jumbo vs narrow jumbo - what ever that is).
The body is pine but I was stunned how hefty mine was and has great tone to boot.
Also, the saddle barrels are brass.

Just another option...


Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Shake your groove thing!
Feb 20th, 2016 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, can't do a Squier but I admit that some of what they're doing looks OK. I do own an old Korean Pro-Tone Strat which is a pretty decent guitar (picked up at a local pawn shop for little money many years ago). However, it's that transparent sapphire or aqua finish and gold hardware. Shudder.

Dennis
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Denver, Co

Not practicing enough daily for 20 years
Feb 20th, 2016 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Chris, I was in the same boat as you looking for a butterscotch and black Tele. I looked at the special ash but I really thought it felt cheap. I have the same bigotry towards Squiers. I wasn't a person who ever thought I would buy a relic style guitar but I think it is a great option and it did ship directly from Fender.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Feb 20th, 2016 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Yeah, can't do a Squier..."

Fair enough, but FWIW, the CV Tele is all US spec as far as the hardware goes so upgrades to Fender parts is simple.
Of course, it still says Squier on the headstock. ;^)

I stopped caring so much about the brand a while ago. If it feels & sounds good to me, I'll buy it.

I still have a pet peeve about signature models with the artist's name on the headstock though!
Just can;t get past that, go figure...


Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 20th, 2016 07:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I feel you, Mick. I hate the Jimmie Vaughan signature on the back of the headstock on my JV Strat. I'm not a signature model guy but when I bought this back around 1998 for under $400 new, I was looking for an oly whiteStrat like I'd owned from '73 to around 1990 and was intrigued by the soft V neck. I didn't want the big headstock or 3 bolt neck but I loved that color (I'd bought my '72-'73 oly white Strat back then because I wanted a guitar like Jimi played at Woodstock). The JV Strat hit all the right buttons at the time.

I am stuck in the vintage Fender mindset. I'm just wondering if the Road Worn Tele for $900 or less will push those same buttons. I hate myself for selling my '52 RI but not so much the Nocaster.

Lynxtrap

Way Out East

Feb 22nd, 2016 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is that color really butterscotch? Looks a bit lighter yellow and not as transparent to me, although it's not that far off.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 22nd, 2016 06:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Always hard to tell on the computer about colors.

I've got a line on one where I could get it (new) for $720 but I'm still sort of on the fence if it's even worth that.

Dennis
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Denver, Co

Not practicing enough daily for 20 years
Feb 22nd, 2016 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a 52 RI today and I was worried it would outshine my road worn so much I would cry. Wasn't the case. I prefer the feel of the road worn, however the pickups on the RI are better.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 22nd, 2016 11:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's an easy fix.

Lynxtrap

Way Out East

Feb 23rd, 2016 04:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I see now that Fender lists the Road Worn as "Vintage blonde". Then there is the "blonde" Baja and the Butterscotch blonde '52. Hard to spot any significant differences by the pics.
Butterscotch always seem to look different in different light and different photos.
I once tried to recreate the Springsteen color (which is not even butterscotch) but I couldn't find two pics (and there are many) where the guitar looked exactly the same.

Dennis
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Denver, Co

Not practicing enough daily for 20 years
Feb 23rd, 2016 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I find the finish to be the same color as the 52 RI. Many butterscotch blonde models to me look more orange than the archetype I have in my head for old Teles. The difference is just that the road worn looks more dull.

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Feb 23rd, 2016 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In my experience, the Baja is definitely a blonde color...certainly not butterscotch (you can definitely see the grain through the color/finish). But it is a humdinger of a guitar. I think one of the best thought out and produced guitars (not to mention playability and tone) that Fender makes.

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