Fender California Special: Thorn Edition

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  1. SAVEStheDAY

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    Very cool, and the trem is really interesting. I hope we'll be seeing more of that.
     
  2. Cymbaline

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    Why only 21 frets? Seriously, there's no reason for a new guitar to have less than 22.
     
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    and the real Thorn models DID have 22, I see.
    What is going on here?:waiting
     
  4. derekd

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    Kinda what I was thinking, also.

    Excellent execution of some cool ideas.

    Congrats, OP.
     
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    Ah! Of course!
     
  6. Chris Scott

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    Dude, that guitar looks good on ya. And maybe it's a bit of the camera angle, but you're what - 6'4" - 6'5" ?
     
  7. rowdyyates

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    I’ve been playing for a long, long time. Never needed a 22nd fret.
     
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  8. big mike

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    That’s Austin, who worked for Ron. I think 6-5. Cool guy

    I’m 2” shorter but girthier lol
     
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    Yep

    Besides it’s a vintage imagined.

    People can order a 22 fret version in sure should they desire
     
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  11. VintagePlayerStrat

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    I like the name and the ergos. The neck is fire too. (Pun intended.)

    Gibson=Running over unsold Firebird X with a tractor.

    Fender=Killer new collaborations while staying true to their roots.
     
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  12. superstratjunky

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    This is missing a pup & a trem.;):p
    Ron's new creation is missing an OFR, a figured top, & 3 frets!o_O
    That neck heel needs to be pushed for every new Fender outside of reissues. That gets the heel out of the way!
     
  13. Chris Scott

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    Ahh, ok then - I saw a big guy with an ear-to-ear grin and just assumed it was you.

    ...I suppose it could be you though, are you planning on acquiring one of those little gems?
     
  14. big mike

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    The red one is mine in the pic. The crew sent me that before it shipped out.

    The fender C/S version is out of my league..but I play the crap outta my thorn.

    It's happily living here amongst it's older siblings...
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Jimmy R

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    I really liked it when I first saw it. It's the only other Fender I would consider buying besides the Strat and Tele. Unfortunately, I just can't swing that Masterbuilt price. I would order one if I could get it team built.
     
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  16. Bryan T

    Bryan T guitar owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I really do hope that Fender takes Ron's ideas and finds a way to make them more broadly available. The one-off stuff is fantastic, but the innovative stuff really should trickle down.
     
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    It’s different but to be honest it does have a fender look n vibe to it! The Custom shop does beautiful things!
     
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  18. big mike

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    I'm sure it will really.
     
  19. big mike

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    'Couldn't disagree more.
    Strat pickups, Jazzmaster/strat body hybrid.
    Bridge is a throwback look
    Control plate could be jazz bass influenced.

    It still very fender in look and tone to me.

    My custom thorn is further away from the fender recipe I agree.
     
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    Thanks for this thread!
    I’m EXTREMELY proud of the model, it’s acceptance by the Fender team, the Vibra-Dyne tremolo that has finally come to fruition since designing it to go on the C/S many years ago, and the fact that dealers are ordering them!

    Dream come true for me and thank you for all the comments and feedback!
     
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