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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Something interesting I just learned about the Road Worn Tele I bought through ebay

Chris Greene
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Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 8th, 2016 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I called Fender to talk about the rather poor fret dressing and wondered what sort of issue this was for them.

I told him the serial number (made in February 2015) and as he looked into it, he told me the guitar was sold along with all these added parts to Marc Sallis, formerly of the English band, The Duke Spirit. Apparently, Marc, is on the books as a Fender Artist. It was interesting, because the seller, retrotoyshop, is based in England but the guitar was shipped from LA. So, very curious. Is Marc Sallis doing a little ebay selling or?

Obligatory link to listing. What do you think??

(This message was last edited by Chris Greene at 05:35 PM, Mar 8th, 2016)

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Mar 8th, 2016 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, whoever they are, they like their action figures. (?!?!?!)

Click the "See other items".
Only 1 guitar related item...

Chris Greene
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Mar 8th, 2016 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, that's one of the things that had gotten my curiosity up. Really rather bizarre if you ask me.

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Mar 8th, 2016 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just listened to a few of their songs. Not bad. The female singer is easy on the eyes.

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Mar 8th, 2016 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maybe he's in LA doing some recording or studio stuff and his buddy owns a toy shop.

Obviously just guessing, here...

Chris Greene
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Mar 8th, 2016 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I solved it in the thread I started in Moe's related to the possible history of this guitar. I think, based on some googling, that Marc Sallis *is* retrotoyshop.

Chris Greene
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Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 9th, 2016 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was able to confirm through ebay that I was right. Marc Sallis *is* theretrotoyshop and this was a guitar of his for the past year.

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Mar 9th, 2016 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I called Fender to talk about the rather poor fret dressing and wondered what sort of issue this was for them."

and.....? Just curious.


Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 9th, 2016 08:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not surprisingly, they took no credit for sloppy fret work. If you do a little googling, you'll see it's not an uncommon complaint on the earlier models but one would think it would have been addressed from when these first came out until the 2/15 date of mine. An easy enough fix although a nuisance and a little time consuming.

Regardless, I'm really loving this Tele. I have no other Road Worns to compare it to but it plays and sounds great (after I did a set-up) and looks just right. It's a definite keeper, especially with all the extra goodies on it. After I attend to the frets there will be nothing left to do. Haven't played any of my other Teles the last couple days.

I'd had both a 90's '52 Reissue which I sold (foolishly) after I got my Time Machine CC Nocaster directly from Fender. I never bonded with the Nocaster and it was passed on to FDPer MacManus. This Road Worn was my third attempt at an early style Tele and I think the third time was a charm.

Now I have this, my recent parts late 50's Tele, and my extra-wicked cherry burst (WD body, the rest '52 Fender parts) Tele. My Tele journey is complete.

Well, unless I can acquire a USA rosewood a la the George Harrison version.

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Mar 13th, 2016 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Well, unless I can acquire a USA rosewood a la the George Harrison version."

And that one will be heavier than lead (!) - see the current thread on Tele weight...

;^P

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Mar 13th, 2016 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Well, unless I can acquire a USA rosewood a la the George Harrison version."

Well...they're now available, apparently. I got an e-mail the other day from Fender detailing these new Custom Shop replica George Harrison rosewood Teles.




Get one now!

Chris Greene
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Mar 13th, 2016 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, $12.5k. Seriously?

I don't know what's going on at Fender these days but their prices are insane. The used market is where it's at for me.

But I should add, I would LOVE one of these. ;o)

(This message was last edited by Chris Greene at 09:54 PM, Mar 13th, 2016)

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Mar 13th, 2016 09:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow. I didn't know what they'd be charging. I figured it would be expensive. But that's over the moon.

For me, it's like a lot of art. I can enjoy it by just looking at it and what it took to create it. Doesn't mean I have to own it. I'm happy.

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Mar 13th, 2016 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think they said somewhere in the video that they'd be making 300 of these George Harrison Teles. That seems like a lot of them for such demanding pieces of wood and assembly, etc. But calculating that out...well...it comes to $3,750,000. Not a bad chunk of change.

Edited for spelling...

(This message was last edited by stratcowboy at 08:30 PM, Mar 14th, 2016)

Chris Greene
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Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Mar 13th, 2016 11:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Haven't they had pretty much the same thing for the past few years for under $6k? I get that this is *supposed* to be a replica of Harrison's Tele but wasn't it a rather ordinary Fender Tele just made out of exotic wood? I thought they made a bunch of these and sent one to Harrison as a gift to try to get a Beatle to play a Fender.

There's a video on YT of Conan O'Brien and Dani Harrison looking at and playing the original.

Wouldn't you like to be in Conan's shoes?

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