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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Performer body with satin finish

Airborne1

USA

May 23rd, 2019 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’m 70 years old and got my first electric, a strat professional 2 weeks ago. Have only been playing one year (acoustic) but must go electric for physical reasons. Looking to get a tele and was wondering what the members think of the satin finish body on the performer. In this case its called mystic green. Is this finish durable? I wish I started years ago, but better late than never. Like rock, blues, that sort of music. Any thoughts on the performer hum? Thanks for any replies.

Bill

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May 23rd, 2019 01:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Bill, congrats on your first electric. I'm sure that pro Strat is sweet.

As far as the Performer Tele, I don't think you need to be concerned about the finish. They're all pretty durable. I bought a new one a few months ago but this particular one had sharp fret ends so I returned it. Other than that, everything about it was pretty good.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 23rd, 2019 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

The satin finishes on most guitars are no less durable than gloss finishes.

The big difference with a satin, matte, or flat finish is the appearance over time: play wear causes a glossy surface where the forearm rests on the body, where the fingertips brush the surface near the bridge or where you anchor your picking hand, etc. This is unavoidable if you play a lot.

Makers use satin finishes (Gibson calls it "faded" or "worn") to save production costs; there's no polishing required after a satin topcoat is applied. They advertise it as some sort of magical tone-enhancing thin finish or some other marketing wank, but the real reason is it increases sales margin on each guitar.

The hum that some players complain about is often due to environmental conditions (electronics in the room, noisy/dirty AC power, etc.). Single-coil pickups have their disadvantages here, but the huge number of very famous players that have strapped on Strats and Teles is a testament to the fantastic tone of the Fender single-coil pickup. The noise is something you learn to mitigate--not necessarily "live with."

Congrats on getting into electrics. They are an adventure!

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Planet Peegoo

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May 23rd, 2019 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

And welcome to the FDP.

Airborne1

USA

May 23rd, 2019 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

So is the tele with single coil pups preferable to the hum with the push pull system? Again, this is subjective, but I would like opinions.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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May 23rd, 2019 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back to the OP I have a Performer tele and it's a poly finish the satin finish is only on the neck. I might be wrong (not the first time either) but that how it looks to me.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 23rd, 2019 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ohhh when you said "hum," you meant the humbucking pickup.

That is a totally subjective thing. It all comes down to what your ears like and the style of music you play, because each pickup type has a certain voice. What do your favorite guitar players use? Generally, most players use that as their starting position and go from there.

Generally, humbuckers are more powerful (they more easily overdrive an amp), they have a thicker, meatier tone with pronounced midrange than a single-coil, and they are quieter in operation--they "buck the hum."

Single-coil pickups like on a typical Strat and Tele generally have pronounced highs and cut through a mix exceptionally well. They also tend to 'twang', unlike a humbucker. The neck pickup of the Strat and Tele has a unique voice that a humbucker is incapable of making--even a splittable humbucker can't nail it, even though it might come close.

P90s are another animal.

Filtertrons are yet another sound.

Rickenbacker toasters have their own sound.

The DeArmond 2K is sort of P90-like, but still different enough to warrant having a guitar with 'em in it.

Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what you like in a pickup.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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May 23rd, 2019 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ohhh when you said "hum," you meant the humbucking pickup."
I thought the same thing.

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