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reverend mikey

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Dec 7th, 2016 03:46 PM        

Go figure. <br /> <br /> I've looked through the options on Fender's website for the new Professional Series (which replaces the American Series Strat and Tele), and the options just got LESS for lefties ... again.<br /> <br /> Only two colors for Strats - 3-color Sunburst and black (rosewood neck option available on both). Wow. Not even Olympic White? WTH? <br /> <br /> Three colors for Teles - Black, 3-color Sunburst and Butterscotch - NO rosewood fingerboard option (hasn't been one for years on the American Standard Tele either).<br /> <br /> It's official, if you're a lefty, it SUCKS if you were thinking of buying a new USA Fender. Even in the much maligned CBS/Fender 1970's there were considerably more options for lefty players (including some hardtail models). <br /> <br /> JMHO of course...



LeftRightOut

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Dec 8th, 2016 01:33 AM        

They're following Gibson. <br /> <br /> thankfully Warmoth make what we need and there are some lefty friendly shops doing other builders guitars.<br /> <br /> But Fender and Gibson have lost the plot it CBS all over again



LeftRightOut

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Dec 8th, 2016 01:48 AM        

Just looked at the pricing here in OZ $2550AUD or <br /> <br /> $1900 USD, another reason not to buy one



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Dec 8th, 2016 08:30 AM        

In their "Mod Shop" you can build a lefty with a lot more colors and other options (but not the neck or Tele bridge from the new Professional Series), but the final price of a lefty Tele with Rosewood board and Texas Special pickups was $1,699! W/O the TS pickups it was still $1,649... this is ridiculous when you consider that resale on one of these would likely be LESS than a standard (now Professional) series Strat or Tele. <br /> <br /> I think Mod Shop prices went up recently, too ... seems like a year ago I could build a Strat or Tele I wanted there for around $1,400.<br /> <br /> I agree - Warmoth is a much better option - so many neck profiles to choose from, plus woods, pickup configurations, etc.



LHW



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Dec 8th, 2016 10:07 AM        

I doubt I will buy another new guitar in my lifetime. I continually look for deals on used lefties, though.



reverend mikey

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Dec 8th, 2016 01:59 PM        

I may be in that same boat with you, LHW. My most recent purchase was a used 2012 Martin D-18 ($1400) - beautiful guitar and right now one of my top two...this was an excellent price for a lefty of this particular guitar (Martin redesigned the D-18 in 2012, and these are very highly regarded).



jleftyy



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Jan 9th, 2017 12:51 PM        

That's why the last 2 guitars I purchased were Carvins. Everything available. Endless options, great price.



jleftyy



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Jan 9th, 2017 12:53 PM        

Same thing happened when Fender bought Jackson. Before that you could get any USA select guitar made left handed with only a 10% markup. Now choices are very limited and the prices have doubled.



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Jan 9th, 2017 01:50 PM        

jleftyy,<br /> <br /> Yeah, it's very frustrating...Fender is NOT lefty-friendly. Period.



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