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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Those alder MIM "Replacement" bodies...

mroulier
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Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Jan 6th, 2017 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They pop up occasionally on Ebay...looks like MF got a fresh batch in recently.
While I like getting a clean body that I know will accept all proper Fender hardware, I'm a bit scared of the weight after buying a used black MIM 50's Esquire body on Ebay that was almost 6 pounds!! Thankfully, I flipped it for what I paid.
Has anyone gotten one and are they OK weight wise? Any other concerns?

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looks like a prison break
Jan 6th, 2017 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am guessing that it's a crapshoot.

If they don't advertise weight with the body--you're rolling the dice and you may get lucky.

But don't bet on it :o)

Leftee
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Jan 6th, 2017 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

MIM bodies could sometimes be comprised of many pieces of wood. Like... 7. I've seen a couple that looked like cutting boards once stripped down.

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Jan 6th, 2017 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"MIM bodies could sometimes be comprised of many pieces of wood. Like... 7."

I believe 7 may be more true of lower budget MIC bodies (though even my MIC Squier bullet is 5).

From what I've seen MIM tend to average 2-3 pieces on clear finishes but could go up to 5 on solid finish.
To be honest, I would defy anyone to consistently pick the sonic difference between a 2,3 and 5 piece body in blind test.


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looks like a prison break
Jan 6th, 2017 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A typical Les Paul body is made with at least two pieces of wood. Alembics are made with multiple *plies*. Both of these designs sound great.

There's no guarantee a one-piece body will sound better than anything else.

If a single piece of wood were the secret to creamy endless sustain, guitar makers would not be gluing fretboards on necks.

That "one piece" stuff is all horse hockey. If guitar players paid more attention to practicing and less on obsessing over their holy grail one-piece body, they would have way better tone.

Leftee
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Jan 7th, 2017 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I might be remembering the older poplar MIM bodies. Late 90s.

Then again. I might be completely wrong. :-P

mroulier
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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Jan 31st, 2017 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a red one on Ebay. I forgot to weigh it before I put it together, but it seems "reasonable". The paint job is top notch! Pics when I get it back from the shop. (It needed a new nut and and wanted him to do the initial setup)

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Jan 31st, 2017 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool!

Your story reminds me of a Dave Barry column from years back. He wanted to buy his first electric guitar (he was already a grownup), so he asked a famous guitar-playing pal to go to the guitar shop with him to assist with a qualified decision.

Dave's pal explained all the variances in ergonomics, electronics, and tone across many guitars they tried out that day. In the end, Dave made his decision: "I want a RED one!"

True story.

Mick Reid
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Feb 1st, 2017 02:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

He's a funny guy!

mroulier
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Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
May 27th, 2017 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FINALLY got pics done on a nice sunny day. Geno already saw this at the FDP "March on Washington" jam...
I like the Eldred mod on the control plate...three usable sounds!
Still deciding on a pickguard; I waffle between wanting black or vintage white equally at different times!! At this point the 'cigarette and radioactive waste under a clear pickguard' is a bust. The cigarette is too big and I cannot find test tube for the neck pickup slot.
Other option is checkerboard from Avril Lavigne Tele...I've always been a big Cheap Trick fan!

Fender Tel-Esquire Red

mroulier
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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
May 27th, 2017 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And body close-up!

soooo red....

M Tracy
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May 30th, 2017 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks good. Those routes are clean enough to go without the pick guard, IMO.

Malcolm
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May 30th, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good color combo!

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Jun 2nd, 2017 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"That "one piece" stuff is all horse hockey. If guitar players paid more attention to practicing and less on obsessing over their holy grail one-piece body, they would have way better tone."


Less Ebay and more Mel Bay !



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