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Old November 9th, 2011, 10:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fender Modern Player Telecaster: anyone tried one?

I'm looking for a nice tele below $500 and also a strat. I stumbled across the Fender modern player series telecaster with a HSS config and an aux switch for the HB.

Has anyone tried this yet? I can't find anything in the way of audio files or reviews so I thought I'd ask here.

Could this be Fender's attempt to make a tele with "strat-like" features and tones?

The humbucker in there makes me wonder how twangy the axe gets........both with the humbucker and with it split via the switch.

And also, I wonder if you can get strat tones out of it as well with the middle pickup in there and 5 way switching.

If this axe can be both, maybe I won't have to buy a strat after all

I found it at Musicians friend here

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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm curious about this too. I've been watching and they are very appealing to me. However I'm curious how the humbuckers sound and if it sounds like a tele at all or if it's just the tele body shape/style.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am wanting to know about the thinline with p90s. Was hoping for some good reviews.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 04:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm curious about this too. I've been watching and they are very appealing to me. However I'm curious how the humbuckers sound and if it sounds like a tele at all or if it's just the tele body shape/style.
I ordered Tele plus(charcoal transp.) from Thomann.de (shipment due to arrive on 16.12.2011) They have 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. So if its not good i can send it back.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 08:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I am wanting to know about the thinline with p90s. Was hoping for some good reviews.
Me too. I did find a vid on the Jag with the P-90's. I thought it sounded dang fine.
I'm still waiting for my GC. So slow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
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Old November 11th, 2011, 04:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Played the thinline p90 and the tele plus models at guitar center. I think they are great values. Comparable in quality to the classic vibe series. The thinline is very lightweight. Sounds pretty good. I liked the tele plus model a lot. The split bridge sounds were spanky thru a vox ac15. Not a true tele bridge tone but not too shabby. I would get one as a multitone tele to compliment a cvc50.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 06:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ive played a few of them, P bass and the marauder. The feel was CV's all the way but the marauder had a larger neck profile. Pretty good.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 10:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Really want to try the marauder
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Old November 12th, 2011, 01:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I ordered Tele plus(charcoal transp.) from Thomann.de (shipment due to arrive on 16.12.2011) They have 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. So if its not good i can send it back.
That's cool. When you get it, you can be the first one to post a review of it. If you can do an audio/video demo of it that would be great. Haven't found a single review yet.

I'm waiting for GC to get these in so I can try one out myself before I'd pull the trigger.....

The humbucker makes me question how twangy it really gets, but I like the 5 way switching for more tonal variations.

I was suprised that it's only $399, not much more than a CV50 tele which I'm probably going to get sometime soon.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 02:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm guessin' the new line of Fenders, are pretty much squiers with a higher price, because "people will believe anything they want to." Before we were snatching a bisquit out of a little okie baby's mouth, now it's a totilla that is going to be lost, oh the humanity of it all. Get in on the ground floor buy rice futures today!!!
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Old November 13th, 2011, 05:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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That's cool. When you get it, you can be the first one to post a review of it. If you can do an audio/video demo of it that would be great. Haven't found a single review yet.

I'm waiting for GC to get these in so I can try one out myself before I'd pull the trigger.....

The humbucker makes me question how twangy it really gets, but I like the 5 way switching for more tonal variations.

I was suprised that it's only $399, not much more than a CV50 tele which I'm probably going to get sometime soon.
Found one user review.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guita...&CJPID=1571798
(Press "1 reviews")
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Old November 13th, 2011, 10:51 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I played that mod. tele last weekend @ GC , while searching for a new tele.
The one I played was in really a different" trans. black finish".
I'll tell ya this thing was easy playing , great sounding , has a very thin neck,
impressive for the price, didn't spend much time on it (pu sounds, etc.)
as it wasn't the vintage appointments, feel , tele sound i was there for!
ended up with the MIM . gc player tele. that neck is a fatty!
hope this helped .
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Old November 15th, 2011, 12:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I bought the thinline with p90s on Saturday because I am wanting another mahogany guitar with p90s and am a 100% a tele guy. I got it home and changed the strings out to .10s hoping i would bond a little better. I couldnt get used to the cheap feeling of the neck. I know everyone loves the classic vibes but it felt just like a classic vibe. The necks are identical, which I hate. After playing it for about 2 hours trying to bond I took it back. I talked myself into buying it because it was such a good deal but to get it to where I would play it I would have to double my investment in upgrades. I own an original 72 thinline so anything is hard to compare to that. All in all for a first tele not bad if you want something unorthodox. It lacked sustain and the pickups were cheap and fizzy. They do look sweet though. Just my experience.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I spent about an hour or so on this one at Guitar Center last weekend:



Here are the specs:
  • Series: Modern Player
  • Body Material: Pine
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5"
  • Frets: 22, Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.650”
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Pickups: Modern Player Humbucking Pickup (Bridge) Modern Player Strat® Pickup (Middle) Modern Player Tele® Pickup (Neck)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Aux Switching: Mini-Toggle Rear Coil Selector Switch
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Vintage Style 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Hardtail Bridge
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome Dome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
  • Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
Some things to note:

Headstock has Fender Special Run stamp.
Made in China.
Pickups not identified as ceramic or alnico (probably ceramic).
The control knobs are press-on (no set screws).
The toggle switch splits the humbucker pickup only.
Gloss fretboard with 22 Jumbo frets.
Not particularly heavy - a nice weight (the one I played, anyway).
Traditional control plate config (3-way, volume, toggle, tone) - yippee!


Final thoughts:

This Tele feels good, sounds good and looks good, especially for $399. I played this one through a Blues Junior III, set up clean, with a hint of reverb, and was able to get a lot of useable sounds out of it.

I do like the open space in the middle of the body, provided by the traditional neck/bridge Tele setup, but I think I could get used to this 3-pickup setup.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 09:44 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Sweet. I have my eye on that one.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 02:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I got to play the Jag today. Pretty sweet. Played the Marauder, too. Awfully cool. I can't wait to play the Teles.
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I bought the thinline with p90s on Saturday because I am wanting another mahogany guitar with p90s and am a 100% a tele guy. I got it home and changed the strings out to .10s hoping i would bond a little better. I couldnt get used to the cheap feeling of the neck. I know everyone loves the classic vibes but it felt just like a classic vibe. The necks are identical, which I hate. After playing it for about 2 hours trying to bond I took it back. I talked myself into buying it because it was such a good deal but to get it to where I would play it I would have to double my investment in upgrades. I own an original 72 thinline so anything is hard to compare to that. All in all for a first tele not bad if you want something unorthodox. It lacked sustain and the pickups were cheap and fizzy. They do look sweet though. Just my experience.
That's sad to hear. That's the model I'm hoping to get my hands on. Whenever my GC decides to carry it.
I'm hoping that your experience with your 72 is clouding your judgement a little I have a CV50 that I like a lot so the neck is not an issue for me but 'fizzy' pups is definitely a deal breaker.
I just got a flyer from GC and they have these 'special editions' that look a bit like the Modern Players but with 21 fret RW necks, solid bodies and white P90s. It comes in solid black and an ash body in red. They don't look bad but they're more money than the Modern Players. Couple bills more.
Anyone seen these?
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First (tele plus) Youtube video. That 10w amp sounds horrible bad :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH33j6QjBh8
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Here is a picture of charcoal transparent or BLACK.!!!



Not mine. found it from internet.
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Old November 20th, 2011, 08:59 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Here is a picture of charcoal transparent or BLACK.!!!



Not mine. found it from internet.
Ya have to see this finish in person to appreciate it!
the pic. really doesn't do it justice,(just looks blk.)
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