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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / $825. for a made is Indonesia tele?

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Jan 22nd, 2018 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't put a great deal on where a guitar is made, it's a factor but not a big one to me. I love MIM Fenders for example. Anyhow this guitar caught my interest as I'm looking for a P90 guitar and it's not cheap so when I saw made in Indonesia I was a bit taken back. Am I wrong? I thought the whole made is the east thing was about low cost.

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(This message was last edited by Tony F at 07:32 PM, Jan 22nd, 2018)

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Jan 22nd, 2018 05:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does seem a little on the pricey side for an Asian, but that is one sweet Tele. I would prefer a thicker neck and not to have the names on the pups. You could come close to building your own exactly like you want it for that price but it would be a bolt on neck. FYI - your link says MF but it's to Sweetwater.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Jan 22nd, 2018 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

my second choice, also made in Indonesia but close to half the price.

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Jan 22nd, 2018 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That first Tele is way too expensive for what it is.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jan 23rd, 2018 03:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

AFAIK, the Indonesian factory is where a majority of Fender's FSR models come from.

I had a MII Fender FSR Tele a few years ago that was *very* nice instrument.
I just didn't bond with it as it was very "untraditional" (carved top, set neck, 2 SD HB, 15.75" radius) but the build quality was fantastic.

Those Jim Adkins go for $1400AU street here, and Indonesia is one of our closest neighbours!


twangdoodles

michigan usa

Jan 23rd, 2018 04:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Different scale lengths on those guitars, in case you hadn't noticed...

Eight bills doesn't seem too bad for a set-neck thin line, given that a standard mim is six.


Te 52

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Jan 23rd, 2018 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very reminiscent of the old Telesonic, which went into the ditch in short order.

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Jan 23rd, 2018 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are USA made Gibsons that are similar for about that same price. Just sayin'.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Jan 23rd, 2018 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Why did Fender even bother to make a guitar that's so far removed from what fender is about???
rev I tried the Gibson P90's in there wisdom they completely changed the P90. It no longer sounds like a P90 just some low output no girth brittle ice picky P90 light abomination. I retuned a Gibson jr that I paid under $500 for with a hard case , I really wanted to like it but it sounded nothing close to a typical P90. Listen to the vids on youtube you have to hear it to believe it. I'll add a link later.
At least the Jim Atkins sounds good!

Gibson LP junior

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 04:37 PM, Jan 23rd, 2018)

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Jan 24th, 2018 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You’re also talking Solid vs. semi hollow.

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Jan 26th, 2018 04:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Both of those 'Teles' look sweet. I'd probably pick either of them over the lifeless Gibson P90's that I've played recently.

You could also go for something like this, though

Reverend, MIK

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Jan 28th, 2018 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well Gibson use to know how to make a P90 but I guess it's just not polite enough or appealing for todays market according to the pencil neck suits that run Gibson today.

What a P90 use to sound like

jtheissen

Montana

no hitch in my git along yet
Jan 28th, 2018 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought one.




jtheissen

Montana

no hitch in my git along yet
May 11th, 2018 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great guitar!

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May 11th, 2018 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FWIW, if you want to go in the budget direction, you can probably find a Squier Tele Custom II for around $175-250. They don't make them anymore, and I think there were a couple of versions. Mine is MII, about 10 years old.

It's Squier quality--meaning less refined than the Jim Adkins, but solid enough. Chunky neck.

The Duncan Designed P90's are excellent, though. Much better, to my ears, than recent Gibsons I've played, which are pretty flat.

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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
May 11th, 2018 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The Duncan Designed P90's are excellent, though."

The DD pickups (generally designated with "101" in the model name) are indeed great pickups.

They are made to the same specs as the US-made ones, but are mfd in Korea.
I have them in a Squier Deluxe Strat that I got in January, and they sound great. I have no need or desire to replace them.


Sorry for using the "S" word in the "T" forum ;^)


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