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Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 1st, 2016 09:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tend to like to keep things close to the original design. I do recall changing to the Strat 5-way switch in '73-74 after a tech told me I didn't have to keep hunting for that in-between position on the switch.

Teles? Traditional 60's wiring.

BTW, the seller claimed this was just under 7#. We'll see. Shipped out today from LA.

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Mar 2nd, 2016 12:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"BTW, the seller claimed this was just under 7#."

Wow, that light!
My pine body CV 50's tele weighs in at 8 lbs 6 oz!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 2nd, 2016 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tracking shows it's a week out (next Tuesday). As it's coming from LA, I *hope* it gets here sooner!!

Dennis
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Denver, Co

Not practicing enough daily for 20 years
Mar 3rd, 2016 02:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love the irony of inspecting a road worn guitar for shipping damage...

Peegoo
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Repeat
Mar 3rd, 2016 05:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The guitar is mint! It exhibits all the realistic marks of a lifetime of gigging..."

Yeah that stuff cracks me up.

But the Roadworn line is very good Fender gear.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 3rd, 2016 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That line of marketing was heavily used with the Relic line. Mint Relic is like jumbo shrimp.

Dennis
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Denver, Co

Not practicing enough daily for 20 years
Mar 3rd, 2016 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just popped the Fender compensated brass saddles on the road worn this morning. Fuggedaboutit! Intonation is perfect and great tone!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 6th, 2016 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The guitar has left Salt Lake (we're a couple hundred miles away) so it could show up tomorrow or Tuesday. I'm a little antsy as I've never bought a guitar through ebay and this was a rather impulsive purchase.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 7th, 2016 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Showed up today. Looks very good. The finish seems appropriately aged and sunken. The upgraded parts are nice and whoever did the aging did a good job.

Lot of natural resonance and the just under 7# claimed weight *feels* right. It's definitely lighter than my other two ash Teles.

Set-up is poor but not terrible. Intonation needs to be adjusted but is slightly better than fair. I do not like the vintage jumbo frets and the need some dressing in any event but I can manage (I'm used to those skinny vintage frets).

Two photos:

Photo 1

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 7th, 2016 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And:

Photo 2

M Tracy
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Lafayette IN

Mar 7th, 2016 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks good. So you're done buying Teles now right?

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 7th, 2016 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh yes. 3 Teles, 5 Strats. I'm good.

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Santee CA

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Mar 7th, 2016 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Bakelite guard is perfect for that Tele. Me like!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 7th, 2016 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Changed the strings and adjusted the saddles. Plugged it into my DRRI and it sounds fine but the frets really suck in their present condition. No sprout but really poorly finished. While I don't have proper files, it may be worth getting a set. Once properly dressed, this will be a fine guitar. I sure hope that's not how the Road Worns are coming from the factory though. The rest of it seems fine although the nut *might* be cut just a hair low on the bottom E. Regardless, other than the poorly dressed frets, it looks, plays, and sounds terrific. Not too shabby for $675 + shipping.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 8th, 2016 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tell you what, once I get the frets cleaned up, this *could* become my favorite guitar in the stash. After I did a little set-up and worked a bit more on the intonation, it's really easy to play. The Tex-Mex pups sound great in it too. Need to tweak the neck pup height a little bit but have to take the pickguard off to do that. I adjusted the bridge pup a little. In any event, this thing looks, sounds, and plays great. Just gotta polish those fret bevels.

reverend mikey
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Mar 8th, 2016 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Chris, with most Tele's, you can remove the pickguard without even loosening the strings. Then you can adust the neck pickup's height (while plugging in and testing for volume/tone), then slide the pickguard back under the strings and screw it back down.

You're welcome.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 8th, 2016 07:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, I know, thanks.

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Mar 8th, 2016 10:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's just another small reminder of what a design genius Leo was...

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 8th, 2016 10:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I prefer the clean look of the 5 screw guard and pup mounted to the body but the change to mounting it to the pickguard made it easier still to adjust the pup and not have to remove the guard. Problem is, it looks wrong. Only one of my three Teles has the guard mounted pup.

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Vancouver, Wa.

Mar 8th, 2016 10:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice guitar, very classy indeed.

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