Fender CS Tele with "loaded" pups. Uggh. And vintage vs CS Teles.

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  1. Route67

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    This feed just came through on my end - excellent tone & chops!

    Generally speaking I’ve found for home use / lower volume applications, that low output pickups give better tone - (warm and complex with sparkle) especially for jazz and compares favourably with my quality acoustic guitars.
     
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  2. The bear

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    Thanks! I do a lot of duo jazz gigs and sometimes use this guitar, it has enough acoustic quality and warmth from the pickups, works great.
     
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  3. The bear

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    That's a beautiful guitar @Tag, congrats. I loose track of how many guitars you have gotten lately. Other than the fretboard I see very little reliving on the guitar. Is is a closet classic? What's the model name and the specs?
     
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  4. Tag

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    Thanks Jostein! I sold 3 guitars, bought 3.
    Really regretting selling the L5p now, I knew I would.

    This one is called a 2018 Namm ltd. Basically a Nocaster with AA flame neck, and what they call the "loaded" pups. They also call it a 56 soft V neck, but I am not sure that's correct.
    It feels like a big C shape. Big, but not Nocaster huge which I cant play, and I feel no V at all.

    I bought it mainly for the weight and bigger frets. I have a fantastic American original that weighs 6.8 lbs, but the smaller frets got to me after a while. My fingers are 60 years old now, and not as pliable as even 4 years ago. :(
    This one weighs under 6.5 lbs which is great for a solid Swamp ash/Maple Tele. It plays great and sounds really good, although not as good as my AO with the Fralins. That's all the pups though and will change soon.
     
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  5. Tag

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    My Fender American original sounds and plays amazing. I had to really search but I found a 6.8 pounder. The stock pups were at least on par with what this custom shop has IMO, and the guitar was under 2k shipped brand new from Willcutts guitars in KY.
    I put Fralin overwound pups in it, and it sounds very similar to my buddies original 57 tele, which happens to be the finest sounding Tele I have played, for what I like. (Thicker, not too twangy tones) So if money is a concern, find a nice lightweight 50s AO Fender. (Under 7.5 lbs) If the pups are not fat enough for you, pick up a set of Fralin blues specials or overwounds. IMO, this will get you about as good a sounding Strat with a phenominal neck as you will find at any price! The only reason I bought this CS was my fingers really need the bigger frets now.
     
  6. ProfRhino

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    she looks great !
    have you tried a decent amp ? :D
    lol,
    Rhino

     
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  7. The bear

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    Very cool. That thinline I used in the video is also a 2018 NAMM Ltd. totally different specs of course. Mine has the 57 mild V. It’s a huge neck.
     
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  8. scopa

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    Thanks!
     
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  9. bluejaybill

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    Very nice! but doesn't the flame mean that it's quarter sawn?
     
  10. Tag

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    I meant to say Tele in there, not Strat!
    Sorry!!
     
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    It is. My AO Tele, my new Teos turquoise Strat, my buddies 2 original Fenders, and 3 master built are the flat sawns. My old AO strat was flat sawn and it had some light flame too however. You cant get flame or quilt on flat sawn?
     
  12. scopa

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    Thats what I figured. And thanks again for sharing your guitar journey on this site, its awesome.
     
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  13. killer blues

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    Fluid, man
     
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  14. The bear

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    Thank you Sir!
     
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    And one piece body?? Thing of beauty.
     
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    That's another mystery. It states 2 piece, but I searched and searched and can find no break in the grain or any seam anywhere. It seems to me the neck is stated wrong, the body, and it says not sorted for light weight but it's under 6.5 lbs!
    :dunno

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  17. Rotten

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    I used to prefer hotter Tele pickups, until I had the opportunity to crank my amp. Then the lower output pickups made sense -- full and articulate. Now I like them both.
     
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  18. starbelly

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    And I’m just sitting here waiting for my tele with CS ‘51 Nocaster pickups to arrive, haha.
     
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    I've been eyeing several of the Wildwood "10" Teles recently and I have seen several that appear to be one piece as well. From the photos yours looks the same. Nice guitar, BTW!
     
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    Those are excellent!
     

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