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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / navigating modern Telecaster choices

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vomer
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Aug 25th, 2018 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like that white. I nearly suggested a MIJ if you can find one, but didn't for two reasons: not all of them have the Texas Specials and you might want to swap MIJ pickups out. The necks are likely to be thinner on MIJ's as well.

jaguarplayer

NYC, United States

Aug 25th, 2018 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I *think* I'm used to a "thin neck" based on my amateur comparisons of my pre-CBS Jag to modern Teles. The modern ones often feel incredibly thick and chunky to me.

stratcowboy
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Aug 25th, 2018 10:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Then vintage style Teles won't be much better for your thin-neck preference. Older style Teles are often known for their thicker necks.

Leftee
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Aug 26th, 2018 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

"It's very daunting, though, the idea of buying a guitar without touching it first."

Welcome to the lefty world. It's pretty much how we buy most if not all our guitars.

The key to success is buying from a seller with a good return policy. (-:

vomer
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Aug 26th, 2018 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's not exactly a bite-their-hand-off price for that tele, but based on what you said it could be good for you. For me, a lot would depend on fret wear, it is 14 years old, and whether they might take an offer. Otherwise, if you are buying second hand, the Mexican models will give you similar for less money.

jaguarplayer

NYC, United States

Aug 26th, 2018 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm confused with some of what I'm hearing here. Stratcowboy said, "Then vintage style Teles won't be much better for your thin-neck preference. Older style Teles are often known for their thicker necks."

But I *have* and like my vintage neck. I don't see why a person accustomed to a 63/64 neck wouldn't be thrilled with an early-60s replica.

stratcowboy
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Aug 26th, 2018 10:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's certainly possible. But traditionally--and this is a generalization--Teles tended to have thicker necks...especially in the '50s. Don't ask me why the neck geometries differ from model-to-model, but they do. Even my modern Fenders have differing neck geometries. While they tend to be similar on many guitars within an era, you have to realize that the necks on all these guitars are finish-sanded by hand. That changes things. Maybe the Tele guys (builders) never leaned as hard on the sanding wheel as the Jaguar players. But, again...the neck geometry from model-to-model has always differed; often having nothing to do with the year of manufacture.

Hopefully someone with more thorough knowledge than I will chime in. This is just what I'm relating as my experience over the years.

(This message was last edited by stratcowboy at 12:23 AM, Aug 27th, 2018)

jaguarplayer

NYC, United States

Aug 27th, 2018 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Color me surprised!

I just spent two hours playing through a range of Tele's at my local GCenter. My favorite was the opposite of what I thought I wanted: a 50's-style FSR, maple neck, $699.

I never would've even picked up that guitar to try it out without having posted here and read your responses, so thank you.

Mick Reid
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Aug 27th, 2018 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

"My favorite was the opposite of what I thought I wanted: a 50's-style FSR, maple neck, $699."

Did it follow you home??? :^)


jaguarplayer

NYC, United States

Aug 27th, 2018 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I actually had my credit card out. Then I noticed that the pick guard was already scratched to hell - the plastic film was long gone - so I happily trekked to another nearby Guitar Center to buy their new-in-box model (after playing it first.)

As I sat happily strumming it, I asked the sales clerk if they had any American Originals, 60s series, I could play.

They did.

And lo, my entire plan to spend $699 on a FSR Telecaster went straight down the drain.

Leftee
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Aug 27th, 2018 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

LOL

That’s how it goes sometimes.

jaguarplayer

NYC, United States

Aug 27th, 2018 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

*sigh*

stratcowboy
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Aug 27th, 2018 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you liked that American Original '60s, you'd be wise to give the Baja version a try.

jaguarplayer

NYC, United States

Aug 27th, 2018 09:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, I actually did play a Baja! I forgot to mention that. I really really wanted to like it, but I liked the FSR more, and the Original made me lose my mind.

At the end it was between the FSR (which I think is called a "Special Edition Deluxe") and the American Original, which was a gorgeous 3-color burst, double binding, fret wire that reminded me of my Jag, and most importantly, way more body and sustain in its tone than the other two guitars.

Everything will go on sale for Labor Day, so he advised me to put it on lay-away and re-negotiate the price when it goes on sale (which he's sure it will.) And that's what I did.

I haven't put anything on lay-away since about 1982, so that was amusing.

(This message was last edited by jaguarplayer at 12:37 AM, Aug 28th, 2018)

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Sep 16th, 2018 04:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a MIJ 62 custom reissue in black/rosewood board. The one with the bound body. It didn't have the Texas Specials so I changed the pickups, pots, switch, socket and wiring and it was a fabulous guitar.

jefe46
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State of Jefferson

Sep 17th, 2018 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

"What is "pau ferro?" "

Pao ferro goes by many names such as "morado" used by Gibson, Bolivian Rosewood by those who want to BS you into believing it is a true rosewood, which it is not, Caviuna in brazil. and about a dozen other names.

Nice wood, hard , beautiful grain..

I have several very large very old planks.
Saving it for special projects.

TheProfessor
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MI

After 30 years, I should play better.
Dec 1st, 2018 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a super fan of the 2000-2007 American [no "Special"] Series. They feel good due to their cast saddles and edgeless bridge.



Foggy1
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So, so you think you can tell?
Dec 2nd, 2018 05:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Baja +1

JMO.

Oops, sorry i missed this...

"Oh, I actually did play a Baja! I forgot to mention that. I really really wanted to like it, but I liked the FSR more, and the Original made me lose my mind. "

(This message was last edited by Foggy1 at 07:36 AM, Dec 2nd, 2018)

lox

Columbus, Ohio

Docofrock
Dec 13th, 2018 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Jag,
I have tried the FSR ash Tele. they look nice but are a little heavy. And to my liking, the Baja tele neck (at least on the 50s model) is about the best neck going on a Tele this side of a Nocaster from the Custom Shop. and some might very well prefer it to the Nocaster neck. To me it is almost a flip of the coin between those two necks. The pups are good on the Baja, the S-1 system is unnecessary, but the neck is the bees knees as they say. If you can get a light one around 7 pounds or so then that would be it for me. For the money, the best Tele made today. In my opinion, only bested by some custom shop Nocasters.

Bigfoot

Indy

Come on hands, keep up...
Dec 13th, 2018 09:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I suggest, if you haven't already bought a Tele, that you checkout a Nashville. You get the best of both worlds: A Tele bridge pup and a Strat middle pup, and a 5 way switch. I would opt for a Strat neck pup over a Tele, and I think they were made in the past, that is a Strat neck and middle pups, and a Tele bridge. All you need in 1 package.

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