Fender American Professional Telecaster at Sweetwater

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  1. Oneofthe

    Oneofthe Member

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    In my inbox this morning was a notice from Sweetwater the new Fender American Professional Telecaster is currently being sold. The price is $1399.00 for most colors with Vintage Butterscotch Blonde being a $100.00 more. Lefthanded available.

    Here is a link to the Sweetwater Page:

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/sea...&utm_campaign=national-fender-am-pro-20161207


    Thoughts on the Bridge and other Specs?

    My humble opinion is I'm really digging my American Special right now.
     
  2. Metal Tiger

    Metal Tiger Supporting Member

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    The 3 saddle bridge is cool and all but with $1500 you can get a used Grosh or similar and there is no competition of course. I understand they are targeting a different "audience" of course, not everyone knows of the boutique builders and alot of people are not open to used geat.
    Good changes though.
     
  3. JedimasterPaul

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    looks like they also got rid of the contoured body
     
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    I'm digging some of the color options! I wouldn't mind a mystic seafoam or antique olive
     
  5. Teleman

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    I like the changes they have made with the telecaster.
     
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    I agree.....Fender has made substantial changes for the 2017 models....
     
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    Bigger neck is implied but wondering what the true specs are. Small necks the deal breaker for me on most Fenders.
     
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    As with most of the guitars they offer for sale, Sweetwater has them on order. They are not in the store at this time.
     
  9. John C

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    I pulled up the "service manual" for the Strat version yesterday; Fender now puts the factory neck specs on the last page (they started doing this for models that came out this year). The American Pro spec is .820" at the first fret and .920" at the 12th fret. By comparison the American Elite is the same depth at the first fret but .890" at the 12th fret. In the real world Fender necks vary; I noticed that Wildwood has actual measurements of the ones they have in stock; some are slightly thinner and some are slightly thicker than the spec.
     
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  10. grapeshot

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    YES!!! This makes me happy.
     
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    Why?

    Is it only tradition, or is there another reason?
     
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    Yea, Wildwood has them listed between .80 and .82 at the 1st - afraid that's going to be a deal breaker for me. I'll have to play one, but that's not the numbers I was hoping for.
     
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    I can't speak for grapeshot but I find the non-contoured Tele body more comfortable. Not that the contoured body is uncomfortable by any means but I seem to be able to keep the guitar where I want it with the uncontoured body.

    I'm content with my 2 currently owned Teles. :)
     
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    I played one at GC. It's the same wider nut like on the Am Stds, and it's a noticeably deeper C. It's almost like the Baja neck but closer to the Standard C at the first 3 frets. I really like it.
     
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    They slip off a beer belly. I need a plank that sits in my ribs like a rifle, to remind me I am there and out of tune.
     
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