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Dennis
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Feb 12th, 2016 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am far too impatient normally to order online but I had some gift cards sitting in my desk drawer amounting to $200 bucks so i figured I would put that towards a new road worn butterscotch blonde Telecaster. Ordering online is showing my wife how crazy I am. I opted for 2 day shipping and I keep checking the tracking info every half hour. My wife is tired of hearing my amazement in how they can get a guitar to me in under 48 hours I am sure.
I am also scared at what may arrive. Will it be a lemon? I ordered it new from Amazon (gulp) but I know I can return if everything isn't right. You guys order guitars online ever? I have been playing for 20 years but this will be a first! Should be here by 8pm tomorrow. I am excited and nervous!

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Feb 12th, 2016 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I am excited and nervous!"

after reading your post I am too!!...;-0

Seriously there are few things more exciting than waiting for a guitar to arrive...done it many times!


please post after you've given it a thorough going over....


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Feb 12th, 2016 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guitars are very personal, like a pair of shoes--they have to be the right color, they have to look great, and they have to fit. If you're going to order a guitar or shoes online, make sure the seller offers a generous return policy. That way you're not stuck with something that's not working for you.

Speaking of shoes, Tyrone Shuz has a tune on his CD called Brown Truck Blues. It's about the craziness that happens in a guitar player's brain while awaiting delivery of a new guitar. Great tune!

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Idaho, USA

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Feb 12th, 2016 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've ordered a number of guitars (and amps) online over the years. Almost always, it's been a good experience.

IIRC, my first online guitar order was for a Jimmie Vaughan Oly white Strat back in 1998. No issues with the order and the guitar is fine. However, it's much heavier than any other Strat I've owned and I might not have bought this specific one if I were in a shop where there were some choices in that color.

Late in 2014, I decided to get a Martin acoustic. Because of the FDP's relationship with our sponsors, I was able, over the course of a couple weeks, to get a few in here and play them against each other, returning the ones that I liked the least (and let me tell you, that was hard as I liked them all!).

I had mixed experiences with a couple other guitars which were fine but I wouldn't have bought them had I had a chance to play them first. Just not as suited to what I wanted at the time. One was used (an AV '57 reissue Strat) and the other was a Fender Custom Shop Nocaster (while I like a big neck, I could not get along with this one which was a shame as the guitar and neck were gorgeous). Both were sold to FDPers.

I kinda regret selling the '57 Strat but I got a Custom Shop 1956 NOS where I was able to pick out the body and neck so I knew what I was getting in advance. The '57 was too close but the Sherwood green color was to die for. Heck, I even regret selling the Nocaster as it had a custom neck plate - CSG-001!

Dennis
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Denver, Co

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Feb 13th, 2016 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The guitar was supposed to be here at 8 p.m. tonight so imagine my surprise when at 11 in the morning I hear the doorbell ring. This was the one thing I wanted more than Girl Scout cookies. I opened it up to find exactly what I had paid for. The 50s road warn Tele in Butterscotch Blonde. I haven't had a ton of time but so far I really like how it looks and feels. It is a great contrast to my thinline. I like how the new road worn are less beat up. I'll do a full review after my daughters Bday party.

50s road worn Tele and family

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

There's no money like old money
Feb 13th, 2016 12:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks great. I really need to get another butterscotch early Tele. My '52 reissue with the after market WD cherry burst body sounds great, looks great, but doesn't capture that early Tele appearance. I'd be ahead to replace that body and sell it vs. adding yet another guitar to the dozen or so I already have.

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Feb 13th, 2016 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

wow... nice looking Tele....

its like Xmas all over again!

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Feb 13th, 2016 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep! Looks like a peach of an early 50's Blackguard Telecaster.


Nice guitar.


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Feb 13th, 2016 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad to hear it all worked out for you.
And noice guitah!
But mate, you could at least made the bed! ;^)

I've bought a few guitars online the past year without playing them, but my decisions were based on good reviews/demos and return policies (as peegoo mentioned).
2 of the 3 were keepers and the one I sent back was a full refund and free return shipping!

One of my keepers is a Squier Classic Vibe BSB 50's Tele. Great guitar.

Oh, what's it look like you ask?

Oh, ok. I'll show you :^)

Dennis
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Denver, Co

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Feb 13th, 2016 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys! I'm embarrassed about the bed. I work nights and was sleeping when the Fed Ex guy rang the bell. I jumped up and never thought twice about it! Haha Good looking guitar mick, I am a sucker for natural wood and tortoise guards. I bought a white guard for the new tele but I think I prefer the black one.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Feb 13th, 2016 10:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I didn't think it was a messy bed, I thought it was an artful background...

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Feb 14th, 2016 02:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...I'm embarrassed about the bed."

Just joking mate!
I haven't made the bed since about 1986!

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Feb 14th, 2016 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Noice guitah!"

Goodonya! That's pure Aussie, Mick :o)

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