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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-12-2012, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Talking Fender Telecaster Select

I went in to my local guitar store today to buy a Fender Telecaster. I know, I know - what am I doing buying something other than an Ibanez....... I wanted something for use in the studio that gave me a nice jazz / blues tone and to be honest I was after a one trick pony.

I went in with the intention of getting an American Standard Tele with an Ash body or an American Deluxe.

I tried the MIM version, the American, the American Deluxe and then..........the American Select series.

The neck on the MIM was poor. It sounded reasonable plugged in.

The neck on the American standard and it sounded reasonable plugged in.

The American Deluxe had a great neck but sounded very average.

The Fender Telecaster Select was incredible. Wonderfully smooth and very playable neck with a great finish on the frets and board.

The pickups were wonderfully smooth with a great clean bluesy sound and just a nice bit of bite when I rolled up the volume. Far more versatile than I would have expected.

Overall the guitar looks AMAZING - Violin Burst gloss-lacquer finish and natural binding on a resonant honeycomb-chambered ash body and a solid flame maple top.

I seriously WANT this guitar. I would have walked out of the store with it had the price been a touch lower. ($2950.00 Australian [I have subsequently found it for $2629.00 AUD]).

The other thing I am worried about is how much I would use the Telecaster. My RG (RG 520 with FRED Neck / PAF Pro Bridge) is my main player and I have no real desire to put it to the side as it is a great all rounder. However, I am seriously thinking of getting rid of one or two guitars to get this!

-Wolfram
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Those selects are amazing. I don't know how available they are in australia, but if you can check out som G&L Asats
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Just did a quick search and they do sell them in Australia - $3450.00, so in the same ball park - so I will check them out.

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They aren't very available in alot of brick and mortar stores. When I got our Strat Select in, my first thought was that Fender was shooting to fire back at Suhr and retake their own market; and maaan it's an incredible guitar. Top to bottom their are no details missing. Fender put every available resource into their Select series. If you want one i'd order it via interwebs if it isn't there anymore - the specs will be the same. They are all coming out of the Corona custom shop.
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Thats it - I'm getting it! No self control here!

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That's the spirit!
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. . . maaan it's an incredible guitar. Top to bottom their are no details missing. . . .
Wow, really? Sorry to be skeptical, but my first impression of them was that they were pretty but not worth the extra dough. Maybe having come to understand Gibson, I class them as a "Standard" or "Pro" with the regular Teles being the "Studio."

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And ordered....I would have kicked myself later if I didn't get it. Went with the gold hardware too.

http://www.fender.com/en-AU/products...tno=0170303733

Now the wait.

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Wow, really? Sorry to be skeptical, but my first impression of them was that they were pretty but not worth the extra dough. Maybe having come to understand Gibson, I class them as a "Standard" or "Pro" with the regular Teles being the "Studio."

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Play one. This guitar had me weak at the knees. Looks are great but then the sound.....

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The one that we had in had a birds eye maple neck that literally made me . I don't think you'll be dissapointed! And I don't "WOW!" out loud at alot of guitars that come through Guitar Center week after week...
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That is a big $ ticket guitar - but I think you know when you pick up a guitar if it is the right one for you...and it sounds like you know ;o) I'm excited for you - looking forward to seeing pics when you get it Cheers!
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Got the guitar today! Pics getting uploaded tonight. Absolutely in love. Could this be the end of Ibanez for me? Probably not but this thing is so well built and sounds amazing. I have never had a guitar that responds so well and brings out the dynamics in my playing style so easily.

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And here she is. Enjoy, I know I am.







-Wolfram

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Glad the office is quiet today - I just had to have a little 'moment' looking at that. STUNNING. Many congrats.
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I think their new Select are as good as their Custom Shop. Congrat.
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