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reverend mikey
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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
May 29th, 2018 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

"New Lefty Guitar Order Day"

I got bit by the Tele bug by watching the linked review by Shane at In The Blues - he's a lefty player that checks out lots of lefty guitars, among other gear.

He did a highly positive review of the (new?) Fender Original Series 50's Telecaster - are these replacing the Vintage Tele?

Anyway, because of his review, I went and took a peek at Sweetwater. They have a demo that's basically mint for $180 off MSRP, so I caved (I'm so weak...). Picks look great, and it's 8 lbs. even, which is manageable.

Will be here Thursday, but I'll be out of town till Friday evening (of course!), but it will be delivered at work, so will be safely stowed in my office till I get home...hope to play it this Sunday on our worship team.

If I decide to keep this, my Squier Vintage 50's will be for sale soon... and I just upgraded the tuners on it - sheesh! Will leave them on if anyone here is interested. Otherwise, might remove them before putting it on Reverb - we'll see.

In the Blues Tele review on YouTube

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 12:37 PM, May 29th, 2018)

LeftyMeister
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May 29th, 2018 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sweet! You can't go wrong with a butterscotch blonde Tele!

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 01:04 PM, May 29th, 2018)

Leftee
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May 29th, 2018 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice! You’re the first lefty I know to buy one of these. Looking forward to your review.

reverend mikey
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May 29th, 2018 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

They're evidently new - listed on Sweetwater's website as "2018 Original Series 50s Telecaster."

Foggy1
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May 29th, 2018 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice looking guitar Rev, hope it's a keeper for you!

reverend mikey
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May 29th, 2018 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

So, I got a call from Luke at Sweetwater (*my* sales rep - but he's a nice kid) checking with me to see if I had any questions about my order. I double-checked with him on the shipping and delivery date (Thursday) and he said that should happen (not that far from no. Indiana to so. Minnesota!).

He did confirm that this new "Original Series 50s Telecaster" replaces the previous "Authentic Vintage 52 Telecaster" - which was also available left-handed.

BTW - they make two lefty Strats - a 50's w/maple and 60's w/rosewood - for this series that look pretty sweet, too. If I really like this one, down the road I may be tempted...

I like maple, but I like the specs on this 60's model

reverend mikey
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May 29th, 2018 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

BTW - Chris Greene - I tried to get online to order this guitar earlier today from the Fender Forum, and I could not get on the page, no matter what I tried.

So I went ahead and placed my order direct with them - sorry. Don't know if there was a glitch in the system this morning?

reverend mikey
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Jun 2nd, 2018 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Guitar arrived Friday (not Thursday), but no problem; I wasn't home until late Friday evening.

I'll add links to pics - the guitar is cosmetically great! I like the ash body's figuring - nothing too crazy; just looks like a typical piece of ash. Neck is very plain, which is also good - no weird grain running through the fingerboard or headstock - the back of the headstock has one noticeable figuring, which is good for identification.

The pickups sound very good - but I don't know that they really sound "better" than my Squier Vintage 50 Tele! I need to raise up the neck pickup a little - it's too low and sounds anemic.

Also, notice they used "vintage appropriate" flathead screws throughout. Doesn't really matter to me, but a nice touch. Finish everywhere is perfect, "feels" like nitro, not slick poly.

The neck is beefy, as advertised, probably just slightly smaller than my Warmoth boatneck, which I love. Rolled fingerboard edges feel great. Fills up your hand, which I like. 9.5" radius, vintage size frets - again, this all works great for me, feels very good.

One MAJOR quibble: the instrument is wired left-handed, and is supposed to have lefty pots, but the tone control acts like an on-off switch (going from 10 to muffled instantly with little variation in between). Volume is only slightly better - but it could have a better range too...

I'm used to this, BUT, on the Squier with lefty rotating pots, it works perfectly (volume and tone controls) - on this $1,800 USA built guitar, I'm going to have to rewire the pots right handed or go find some true lefty pots! C'MON FENDER!!

I may also lower the nut slots just a little, but that's typical.

The wiring/V-T controls thing almost made me think about sending it back (I shouldn't have to fix something on a guitar at this price!), but I like/love everything else about it (including the very nice case - and it even includes an ashtray cover for the bridge!), so I'll keep it, and it will get used a lot...been playing a lot more Tele lately.

More gas-inducing pics in profile!

LeftyMeister
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Jun 2nd, 2018 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the update. It's amazing after all these years that manufacturers still can't figure out how to wire lefty pots so they actually work.

Leftee
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Jun 2nd, 2018 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great review and pics.

That is a shame about the pots.

reverend mikey
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Jun 2nd, 2018 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll deal with the pots on Monday or Tuesday. Just finished raising the neck pickup, adjusting the saddles' action and checking/setting the intonation. This thing plays/feels wonderful... but does also need the nut slots lowered a little. I'll also do that Monday when I can take my time.

The relief in the neck is perfect (I checked with a capo at the 1st and 2nd fret to emulate the correct nut height, and the thing plays like a dream all over the neck!) Nice to not have to mess with pulling the neck and adjusting the truss rod - that's the only down side to a vintage style neck like this. Hopefully with a large neck like this, it will be very stable. All my larger Warmoth necks have been.

Leftee
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Jun 2nd, 2018 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

The large neck on my Warmoth Strat is very stable. It also adjusts at the heel and I haven’t had to do that in years.

Mick Reid
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Jun 2nd, 2018 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice strap button!




Oh, and congrats on your NGD!

reverend mikey
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Jun 3rd, 2018 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Nice strap button!"

LOL! I posted a pic of that just to show the flathead screw - that was the first one I noticed on the guitar, then - sure enough - they're all vintage correct flathead screws (even the ones you don't see under the pickguard to adjust the neck pickup). They look very period correct, but require more care when adjusting things - one slip and you've just scarred your instrument with a sharp screwdriver!

Mick Reid
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Jun 4th, 2018 04:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Hah! I thought that was the reason!

I was just being cheeky :^)

Now be careful not to accidentally "relic" your new "old" tele!


reverend mikey
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Jun 6th, 2018 02:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Lowered the nut slots a little, then used it for worship last Sunday. I've got to say, it played and sounded great!

We had a brief rehearsal before worship Sunday morning and I was just going for it on the first song ("Forever"), just creating a great vibe - loved it! Then the guy in the sound booth asked me to turn down my amp (which I mic on stage - the Katana 100) ... wouldn't you know! Still sounded good, but before I turned down it sounded glorious!

Played 3 songs, used each pup setting for one song; went from bridge to middle to neck, covered everything very well. I'll probably use it again this coming Sunday...and I have lots to choose from.

Leftee
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Jun 6th, 2018 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Like!"

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jun 7th, 2018 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mike, are you still in Omaha?


reverend mikey
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Jun 7th, 2018 11:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nope. Moved to southwest Minnesota almost 2 years ago. Still have two sons living in Omaha, so I get back there as often as I can.

Also still do a lot of guitar business with Dietze Music there - I have a Custom Shop Martin on order from them that should be done any time now (ordered it 6 months ago, Dec. 7).

Dietze link

LeftyMeister
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Jun 8th, 2018 05:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I grew up in Omaha/CB and I'm going back next month for our 40th class reunion.

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