Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by TomBombadil, Nov 5, 2019.
Please tell me I'm not the only person underwhelmed.
Just slightly tweaked Elites. I don't know why anyone would care.
As a Fender fan boy I have this to say ... great, another recycled name for a guitar I won’t be buying. Ymmv
well, I would be underwhlemed too, if I did not expect EXACTLY what they put out.
so I just don't give a rats a$$.
why they just don't release a California Special (not the custom shop unobtainium) is beyond me.
I couldn’t make it through the whole video.
I just noticed there's no ebony. Ugh
Can't watch it with sound atm. Looks great though! The fat strat seem to have everything I already have in my Edwards Snapper, for double the price. I'm being a bit cheeky here... But if I absolutely had to have the Fender name on the headstock, I'd be interested.
So it's 2k for a Tele Ultra or I could just be patient and get a used Deluxe for $800.
Just looked at them all on the Fender site. Color choices range from mundane to just plain ugly. That’s the best they could come up with. I guess “Plasma Burst” sounds better than “Almost A Clown Burst”
I'm not sure what they were trying to say they are now doing compared to what they already have done.
I'm all the way to Clown Burst, already.
One should, as Cutaway said above, buy the used Deluxe for $ 800. $ 1,200 will buy one heck of a lot of fantastic pickups.
Remember, not all new products are better than the ones preceding them.
Plasma burst lol
That's actually a more complimentary image than most of those I have seen.
The Elite series seems to have been renamed Ultra, so these are just incremental updates.
Elite had a compound C to D neck profile - the Ultra has "Modern D"
Elite had a 9.5"-14" compound radius - Ultra has 10"-14"
Elite had N4 Noiseless pickups - Ultra has "Ultra Noiseless" pickups (a 5th generation?)
Elite had S-1 switching - Ultra has S-1 plus 'Gilmour' switching option
Additional sculpted body contours
Looks nice to me. The Elites were already great and I think this will improve them even further to the eye of those who aren't vintage purists.
I’ll be a good consumer and give the Jazzmaster an honest try, but from what (admittedly very little) I’ve seen and heard so far, a used American Pro/Std JM is much more likely.
The Deluxe/Elite line were very good guitars, but the extra bells and whistles have always been unnecessary or felt tacked on. I can’t imagine that not being the case here. It’s kind of a curse — at some point of sleek sportiness, they just don’t feel like “Fender” to me anymore. Like a ‘68 Ford Mustang trying to be a BMW M8 or something: too nice for their own good, if that makes any sense.
Sad to say but I agree. Pretty boring release if you ask me. I do like that they’re trying things out though.
I mostly just wish they had better colors. Why do I have to get a custom shop strat to get one in shell pink?
I hope this drives down Elite used prices.