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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / NGD - John 5 Telecaster in frost gold

Stratmanx
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Nov 5th, 2018 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

The picture does not do it justice.

Absolutely over the top bling factor, the paint is a smaller gold metal flake, and all the hardware gold.

As this is made in China I'm very surprised at the quality.

Alder body, maple neck and Indian Laurel fretboard.

All the frets leveled and smooth (I will dress and polish though..), excellent tight tuners, the pots are Alpha's, however they are full sized and feel smooth. No noise.

Intonation right on the money setup for the .9's it came with.

Pickups are surprising good. They are gig ready and really aren't too bad, however, John's got his loaded out with the DiMarzio D-Activators, so I've got a pair of them on the way.

The only cheap thing I found was the toggle switch. A great deal of sideways play in it, and a bit static, so this is being replaced with a Switchcraft.

For $449, no tax, and free overnight shipping, its awfully hard to pass on this one !

SWEET !

John 5 Telecaster

Peegoo
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A sore

for sighted eyes
Nov 5th, 2018 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a beaut. A modern Beckian Tele-Gib, but unlike many John 5's, it has a normal Tele headstock on it.

Looks peachy sweet!

Leftee
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Snipping the Bright Cap
Nov 5th, 2018 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a great looking guitar! Congrats!

BobbyMac
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Born in Fullerton, California, in 1952
Nov 5th, 2018 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Of all the John 5 Telecasters, that is my favorite! Congratulations!

Leftee
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Snipping the Bright Cap
Nov 5th, 2018 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

What BobbyMac said!

Pinetree
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Everyone dies...

not everyone lives.
Nov 5th, 2018 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dang.




Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Nov 5th, 2018 09:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, nice axe!
I also agree that the “regular” headstock is the best.
Those other J5 headstocks are just shtoopid looking!


dustoff

USA/Illinois

Turn it UP !
Nov 8th, 2018 05:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great guitar. I have the black one and love it...Congrats

Stratmanx
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Memphis, TN

Dec 3rd, 2018 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

The guitar had it debut performance in front of 26,000 people at the St Jude / Memphis 2018 Marathon !

A list of what I did to it:

Replaced the cheap toggle switch

Replaced the pickups with DiMarzio D Activators

Installed DiMarzio recommended Treble bleed with the following values:

Bridge - 330K resistor in parallel with a 560PF capacitor

Neck - 270k resistor in parallel with a 560pf capacitor

Installed a "Kill Switch"

Dressed and polished frets.

Plays and sounds like a charm !

Debut Tele Time

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 12:49 PM, Dec 3rd, 2018)

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Results not typical.

Do not try this at home.
Dec 3rd, 2018 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Lookin' good, man.

Leftee
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Caught snipping the Bright Cap
Dec 3rd, 2018 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Like!

Foggy1
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SC

So, so you think you can tell?
Dec 4th, 2018 03:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice!

Gene from Tampa
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There's an APP for that now
Dec 7th, 2018 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

:-)

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