Fender California Special: Thorn Edition

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  1. lifeson1

    lifeson1 Member

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    I'm really enthused by this design, he is certainly making his mark over at the CS - on a very personal level. This looks very Fender appropriate classy. I bet it's an amazing tone machine. . . That upper fret access is killer. . . The only guitar that gives me that much access would be my Majesty. . . Kudos, Ron!!!

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    That guitar is all kinds of impossible sexy....

    It's SO hard to make something look RIGHT and that looks RIGHTEOUS!!!
     
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    Yeah, that thing looks amazing. Looks old and new at the same time in the best sense.
     
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    What the hell is that trem? I LOVE IT!!
     
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    upper fret access? Those Elite Strat and the new Lincoln Brewster has right? Maybe I'm missing that part...
     
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    Control plate smudges.

    Now you can't unsee them
     
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    Just the lower horn opening up for all that upper access. Other guitars, like strats can achieve that to a degree, but this one is wide open.
     
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    Designed and machined by Ron Thorn. That guitar is all kinds of awesome.
     
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    Usually don't like new fender designs, but that looks cool. Like a prototype that never made it past design stages. I like how the volume knob is within reach for volume swells too, be cool to try it.
     
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    MIM Road Worn version in Fiesta f^n Red please!!!!
     
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    Badass

    The wildwood guys had a vid on Instagram too

    Love that body shape
     
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    In case you children haven’t seen them, this is what the original California Specials looked like:

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    That’s a killer design!! Really captures the traditional fender style with some of the experimental things they’ve done over the years, but also unique as hell. Wow.
     
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    Whoa, what?! I LOVE that!!!
     
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    Yes...and it looks killer as a Fender. Love that Thorn is building them there.
     
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    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    My fave....

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    rhinocaster Supporting Member

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    I dig all of the versions in the thread.....I do love that deep Fender finish on the one in the OP. Fender gets knocked a lot for many things (not all of them justified) but their finishes really do have their own thing going on.

    And that bridge...my word...
     
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    So nice to see someone being good at their job! Nice one brah!!
     
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    That top one is all kinds of beautiful!
     

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