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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / American Elite - not as twangy as Pro?


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David Evangelista
Jul 12th, 2018 04:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm interested in purchasing either an American Pro or Elite. I played both in the shop yesterday, through the same amp with same settings and in the same style. I was surprised to hear that I was not getting those twangy snappy tones out of the elite like what I've read and heard in reviews. I was getting more satisfying, expected tones out of the Pro. The issue is I love the feel and the neck on the Elite. Any thoughts?

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Jul 12th, 2018 05:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Were they both maple necks?

or was one ebony and the other maple?

They both have different pups and different bridges that does attribute a bit to the tone.

but it could be a little tweaking is all the elite needs.

or that one guitar might be a dud?

play a few more if you can and then make a decision

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Ooo that sandwich

is gonna get et
Jul 12th, 2018 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

"or that one guitar might be a dud?"

Spot on. Play five different Elites and they'll all have their own tonal personalities...just like any other model of guitar.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:06 AM, Jul 12th, 2018)


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David Evangelista
Jul 12th, 2018 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the advice. I will definitely try a few more Elites. I mean, don't get me wrong, it sounded good but just not as expected.

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So. Cal. USA

Jul 12th, 2018 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

The other issue may be amp settings. No two guitars, even the same exact model, will sound identical.

If you are able to adjust the amp to make the Elite sound the way you want it then it should all be good. If not then try other guitars.

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Slow horses,

fast women
Jul 14th, 2018 04:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

And the Elite has noiseless pickups. Going to be different and nowhere near as good a sound imho.

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Jul 14th, 2018 05:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here, buy this before I do.

Iâm a sucker for this color.... cool neck, too



Jul 14th, 2018 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

"And the Elite has noiseless pickups. Going to be different and nowhere near as good a sound imho."

Not until you get in a noisy environment, and especially when recording.

Someone once said on this forum years ago: Noise is not music. It's noise.
I agree.

I personally would have a very difficult time buying another guitar that does not have noiseless pickups of some sort. And when I am tempted, I automatically factor in the extra cost of new noiseless pups.

Revelation Sound

Pennsylvania, USA

Jul 31st, 2018 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer the original single coil pickups for Telecaster, Stratocaster and Jazz basses. The noiseless ones seem a little darker and yes they don't have that classic sound we hear on thousands of songs we hear on the radio. With that being said, it's great to own both as there are times when you will want the noiseless pickups.

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