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FDP Forum / The Lefty Forum / Fender's "American Design Experience" - Any lefties used this?

reverend mikey
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May 15th, 2016 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was on the Strat Forum and there's a thread about this.

Some of the discussion there is complaints that it doesn't really offer that many options (for colors, necks, options for more mixtures of vintage and modern specs, etc.),

But... as a lefty player who sees Fender's standard lefty options shrinking (while the number of Strat and Tele models they offer keep growing exponentially - go figure!), this is a pretty good way to get something outside the box (at least a little bit) with Fender on the headstock (instead of building a Warmoth or an AllParts guitar that depreciates horribly).

I built a nice Strat with options that I'd use and the price was $1599.99. That's a lot less (half the price!) than a Custom Shop guitar, and the quality should be pretty decent.

Anyway - anyone else taken advantage of this, or is it too pricey in your opinion?

Just trying to wake up the lefty forum a bit...

Some options for lefties...

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 08:04 PM, May 15th, 2016)

LeftRightOut
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May 16th, 2016 01:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not available in oz have thought about it but the options are limited, like poly bodys but nitro necks i'd want a nitro body.



reverend mikey
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May 16th, 2016 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm over the whole "nitro vs. poly" thing ... especially since many companies have come up with much thinner poly finishes in recent years (Fender, Larrivee - not sure about Martin...).

I have a 2003 Japanese Epiphone Elitist which has a poly finish rather than Gibson's nitro. It also has a long neck tenon, which I think is more important to tone - and it has USA pots and pickups. It is by far one of the BEST sounding (and playing) LP style guitars I've ever had my hands on!

About 3 years ago I was tempted to trade it in aon a USA LP Traditional - the local dealer was going to give me a great deal on a lefty he accidently ordered. I literally hemmed and hawed for a couple weeks, but I finally had to admit, after playing them back to back several times, the the Elitist was the superior instrument in every way.

So the finish on these Fenders doesn't bother me, but to each his own. Variety is the spice of life.

I agree with others - I do wish they offered more color selections and other options. but for us lefties it does expand things a bit without getting into Custom Shop pricing (and possibly build times)...

SinisterStrat13

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May 17th, 2016 12:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought an American Design Experience Strat two years ago, and I was very happy with it. Obviously, it's a little bit pricey (starting at $1,500), and it is a shame that Fender doesn't offer more options. But the latter complaint is more true for right-handed players than lefties. Righties can just find something off the shelf for much less money. For lefties, the ADE option considerably expands what's available versus Fender's stock southpaw Strats.

I had always wanted an HSS Strat with a large headstock. The HSS configuration has never been available in a left-handed Strat, and since the mid-'90s, the only time the big headstock was offered was on the Highway 1 Strat (which didn't last long in the Fender lineup and featured a cheap matt finish on the body). So I was pretty thrilled to get the guitar I'd always wanted, especially since I had more color options than just black, white, or three-color sunburst.

If you have the money for it, I think the ADE is a great option for left-handed players. I'm actually considering buying another one with vintage styling, since you can build a '59 Strat via ADE for much less money than the $2300 Fender charges for the American Vintage '56 reissue (though obviously you don't get the nitro lacquer finish or reproduction case candy with the ADE).

(This message was last edited by SinisterStrat13 at 02:49 PM, May 17th, 2016)

reverend mikey
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May 17th, 2016 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 SinisterStrat13 - we seem to agree that for lefties, it offers some options that can't be had without jumping up to the Custom Shop.

I was in my local guitar shop today and asked if the ADE must be purchased online through Fender versus "built" and bought at a local store. Yup - only available through Fender. This salesman's comment was, "It's just one more way Fender (and other companies) are squeezing out the middle man."

I understand his position. And - if you get the guitar and it needs a better set-up, what do you do? Can you take it to your local Fender dealer and get it set up? Can they charge it back to Fender?

Just curious, I'm still tempted by the one I designed and saved as my laptop screensaver...

SinisterStrat13

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May 17th, 2016 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The salesman's position is understandable, especially since you can now buy Fender's full product line directly from the company website.

My ADE Strat came from the factory with a beautiful setup. A few weeks after it arrived the neck settled to the local climate and I had to give the truss rod a slight tweak. But that was it. I don't know if Fender would eat the bill if you needed additional setup work and had it done at an authorized Fender dealer. It's definitely worth asking them about. If you go to the Fender website you can chat with a customer service rep online and ask about setup charges.

Also be aware that when you submit your order, they will tell you that it will take up to 90 days for delivery. They're making you a custom build and of course you have to get in line with all of their other pending orders. In my case, they used the full 90 days. Once that time was up I contacted them, and I received a very prompt response. They assigned a customer service rep to me, and he gave me updates on where my instrument was at on the production line, including a shipping notice on the day it went out in the mail. So it may take a while to fill your order, but other than that I was very satisfied with the whole experience. The customer service was excellent.

(This message was last edited by SinisterStrat13 at 05:32 PM, May 17th, 2016)

reverend mikey
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May 17th, 2016 09:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any pics?

LeftRightOut
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May 18th, 2016 02:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey don't get me wrong nothing wrong with poly bodies I've got a few guitars with them.

I would probably go this route if it was a little less pricey just did a rough mock up of what i'd want and it was $2080. in a strat

and $1700 for a tele.

but again we don't have the option in Australia to do this and the local distributor would probably add another $500 on top if it was available

reverend mikey
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May 18th, 2016 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

LeftRightOut,

I agree - it's a deal breaker for you for sure...

...I didn't get too crazy with options on mine, so it was only around $1,599 - UNDER the price of the new Elite lefty they just came out with, and also cheaper than the '65 Strat that's available in lefty (in sunburst only, and it's a sunburst finish that doesn't let the wood show through - so I'm not crazy about tit).

So for me, building one of these makes $$ and sense - IF - I don't plan to sell it any time soon and lose a bunch of my investment.

LeftRightOut
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May 18th, 2016 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey I do like the concept of the virtual guitar builder.

Ii'm sure if this was available in oz i'd jump on it.


it would be nice to have the option of bigsby on the tele or binding

or reverse headstock for the strat.

but that's me the always got to think out of the box


reverend mikey
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May 18th, 2016 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does Australia have any well reputed electric builders who would build decent lefties? Can you order from England w/o getting killed on import duties, etc.?

SinisterStrat13

USA

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May 18th, 2016 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

reverend mikey, I will post some pics if you can tell me how I do that. :)

LeftRightOut
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May 18th, 2016 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey

I'm sure there is but the price is custom shop territory. If I ever had to flip the guitar I might as well have fender on the headstock its hard enough to sell a lefty guitar in oz let alone a boutique aussie builder.

On the UK it's just as bad as ordering from the US.

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