One of the best Telecaster I've played so far. I mean original(Fender) ones.
Price: $0.00 EURO
This one is made in Japan, I've no idea when but it's not so important. Neck is made from maple and it has a maple fretboard. Body is semi-hollow mahogany. Natural finish. It has 21 one frets(not original ones). 6-strings as you thought.
Master volume and master tone controls didn't work well when I got it. There were lot of crackling noises and other noises. Also the pickup switch did have crackling noises. Pickups have been changed. Original ones were OK but nothing special.
Playabiliti is now very good because of new frets done by Ruokangas Guitars. Awesome work by them! Neck is ok, not too thin and not too fat. Not too wide either. Compared to other telecasters I've played this one has best neck and playability so far. Nothing negative on this side.
I've played this trough many amps and it sounded pretty good with most of them. In some cases this was pretty too trebly but the tone pot worked well. With this one(like other teles) I like to play funk, soul, jazzy stuff and bluesy stuff. Works well.
I could use it live, no problem with that. I adjust it few times a year, intonation and everything stays well.
I put straplocks to this and they've been working well. No any problems. Very very light-weighted!
Other guitars played before chosing this axe:
MIM Strat (not a bad axe for the dough), PRS Santana II,
Schecter Semi-Hollow and Diamond Series C1 Elite (well crafted axes), Gretsch Jet.
Nothing felt as alive under my calluses as the Thinline. I highly recommend it! Playing on and off 35 years.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $599.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Ringing, singing tone with incredible sustain. Telecaster configuration as described in first review.
Passive, noisy electronics, but that's the classic Fender sound. The mahagony body is well crafted and finshed off with clear POLYESTER! You'd have to work hard to put a scratch in it. The neck is fast, finished with polyurethane. Small frets, which suit my small hands fine.
Delivered with factory setup, which was very playable but the E/A saddle bridge needed adjustment to get rid of -excessive- buzz. I consider a small amount of buzz to be characteristic of the era, so I instructed the luthier to remove most but not all the buzz. Plays like a dream. I've owned a Gibson Les Paul Custom and a Fender Japanese Strat, and this instrument has the sweetest voice of all.
I have never been able to get harmonics as easily (sometines even accidentily) as I've been able to with this guitar. The sustain is incredible (think semi-hollow body construction) clean and chruched up. Using with a Champ 30 DSP. Fender to Fender has always been my favorite sound. When I gigged, I used a Fender Super with my LP. I played many a friend's Fender through the Super, including the original Thinline. I don't know what the fuss is about solid state vs. tube amps. Tube amps were a pain in the ass, heavy and relatively unreliable. I backed up with an Acoustic 150, which certainly didn't sound as good but was -very- reliable.
To my ear, the current setup sounds very much like my earlier Super Reverb(pre-CBS Blackface)setup. Bright, jangly and twangy at the bridge pup and mellow at the neck pup. Tone is mostly in the player's hands! Attack, technique and finese add the final touches to the final sound.
I'd say this axe is useful for any style excepting heavy metal and shred. Great for blues and jazz.
The finishes on this guitar are POLYESTER and URETHANE. I imagine they are going to be durable. I've given the axe a few soft knocks, and no damage.
The tuners are old style Schaller F type. The guitar stays in tune very well, and being a blues play primarily, the strings get bent alot.
One of the best investments you can make in preserving the integrity of your axe is -Strap Locks-! I use Schallers, and I never worry about the strap coming off the axe and the guitar busting up. That's peace of mind.
If you like Teles, you owe it to yourself to at least try one in the store. This one is turning out to be my favorite.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Ebay
Mexican made Fender w/Mahogany body, maple neck, and gloss maple fretboard. She has 21 frets w/ 2 single coil pickups controlled by a three way selector switch. Has a master volume control as well as a master tone control.This particular guitar has a natural finish, but a few others are offered from the manufacturer.
This guitar can hold it's own. The neck and finger board are super smooth and the action can be set up as low or high as one would like.
I play this guitar thru a Fender Blues Jr. I play rock and roll as well as the blues. You can coax alot of different sounds out of this guitar, but my favorite is the neck p/u on an overdriven tube amp. Being a semi-hollow, this guitar really resonates. No mods at this moment and the only noise you get is from the single coil p/u. But I happen to like that noise. It's part of playing a Fender.
I don't play out, but I play hard and so far this thing is holding up just fine.