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New 'Amercian Standard 2008' Telecaster

mikenixon316

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Does anyone have one of these? If so would you recommend it?

I'm in the market for a good Telecaster with a sub $1000 price tag.
 

TheFlash

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I played one at Guitar Center yesterday, and I was very impressed. The neck felt and played great (which is always where it starts for me). The thing is I actually (very slightly) preferred the highway one tele which is about $200 cheaper. The neck shape felt almost identical, the frets on the highway are bigger. The weight of the guitars was almost exactly the same (american standard slightly lighter I think).

In any case, I'm in the same shoes as mike...I'm looking for a sub- $1000 tele and so far the highway one seems to be a good choice for around $700.
 

cacibi

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IMHO - the best, cheapest tele is the MIM Classic 50's Telecaster. Swap out the pickups and saddles - and you're good to go.

I hate the American Standard bridges (they are tone killers), and what they were thinking putting Strat-style saddles on the new ones is beyond me.

My Classic 50's Esquire is now my favorite guitar - after installing some Don Mare Pickups and Glendale saddles. New you'll pay $639 - used, you can find them for $450, leaving you plenty of dough for upgrades.
 

TheFlash

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I played every MIM tele in the store (including the classic 50's) and I hated the necks. I much much much preferred the necks on the american standard and the highway 1.
 

cacibi

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I played every MIM tele in the store (including the classic 50's) and I hated the necks. I much much much preferred the necks on the american standard and the highway 1.
Kind of a personal taste thing. I play both - vintage spec and modern spec necks. I find vintage necks to be better for chording, and modern necks better for lead work.
 

gkoelling

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I'm sure the Am. Std. Tele is a nice guitar but can't see getting used to Strat saddles on a Tele. :NUTS YMMV
 

GregoryL

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The strat style saddles are nothing new - the previous American Standard Strats and Teles had the same saddles. Actually, the Custom Shop uses strat style saddles on the Custom Classic Tele model.

Personally, I think Fender is right on the money with the new American Standards - I picked up a new Strat and it's a great guitar.

Make your decision based on the guitar, not the hardware - it can be changed if you really want to.

There's a used CS Custom Classic at Hill Country Guitars for $1250 that I've been eyeing - if I was in the market for another tele in the $1000 range, that's a good deal.

For objectivity - that's not my guitar on consignment and I've actually never bought anything from Hill Country ... just came across it while surfing.
 

daddyo

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Callaham makes an 3 barrel brass bridge that fits the new AM St drilling so why worry about it.
 

dhayden7

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I actually just bought one of these today and absolutely love it. I had played a 52RI Hot Rod, and while I agree that is a stellar guitar, I cant say enough about the 08 standards. The overall feel of these guitars is awesome, mine is in natural with the ash body, and she looks stunning. Sounds pretty damn good too. I do like the look and feel of 3 barrel bridges better, but I plan on getting one from callaham to remedy that. Since this post is worthless with out pics:



 

mikenixon316

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that's really nice. I like the look of the natural with rosewood fingerboard too.

Does the six saddle bridge really make a difference to the 'tele tone' or is it just a cosmetic thing that you guys don't like? I only ask because, if I buy one of these, I want it to be a guitar that I don't have to spend extra on modding/upgrading.
 

Flyin' Brian

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I bought one a few weeks ago and I really like it. I was surprised at how loud it is unplugged and how it sustains. The Strat saddles look different but they sound very good. I A/B'd it against a Baja for about an hour and took the Am Std. I tried a few MIMs too but at least in the store I was in, they didn't play the way I wanted. Sweet guitar for small $$$ that required very little tweaking, except for changing from the 9s it came with to 10s, which required 20 minutes of adjusting time.
 

treeofpain

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I like them fine. If you decide to change the saddles, you don't need an entire bridge. Pretty easy and cheap to mod, and you can always go back.
 

jbgordon

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I just bought a 3-tone sunburst with maple fretboard 08 tele earlier this week. Its one of the best Fender guitars I've played and I think the improvements made a big difference. The thing that I noticed the most is how resonant the guitar is unplugged. Being an acoustic player at heart, that is what impressed me the most.

I'll post pics later.
 

Lucidology

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I played one at Guitar Center yesterday, and I was very impressed. The neck felt and played great (which is always where it starts for me). The thing is I actually (very slightly) preferred the highway one tele which is about $200 cheaper. The neck shape felt almost identical, the frets on the highway are bigger. The weight of the guitars was almost exactly the same (american standard slightly lighter I think).

In any case, I'm in the same shoes as mike...I'm looking for a sub- $1000 tele and so far the highway one seems to be a good choice for around $700.
Makes sense .. doesn't the Highway 1 also have a flatter radius ..?
 




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