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Old January 3rd, 2013, 05:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fender Website Updated 2013...

Some new stuff, new look...What is up with the bridges on them Custom Shop teles???

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Old January 3rd, 2013, 06:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 07:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep, there it is!



Mike Eldred gave us a sneak peek of that a few months ago.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 07:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ohhh I dunno bout that design. I don't think I'll shop the Custom Shop teles this year.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 07:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Not looking to be unpopular here but I really like it
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 07:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Saddles look awkward also. It all looks like a broken down Bigsby bridge. The verdict is still out on this one. Lots of pretty stuff on the site though huh?
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 08:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 08:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Well maybe the bridge is for the cover ... Hopefully they won't change nocaster, coz I still want one!!
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 08:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Controversy aside, it's rather attractive looking.

Would this be a drop in replacement if I wanted to buy one?
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 09:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Controversy aside, it's rather attractive looking.

Would this be a drop in replacement if I wanted to buy one?
I wonder if they'll even be available for sale as parts. Oh wait--STRATosphere....
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:38 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Think I'll put my extra black bakelite pickguard on my sunburst Baja.

Thought the parchment looked good, until I saw this.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 11:03 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Think I'll put my extra black bakelite pickguard on my sunburst Baja.

Thought the parchment looked good, until I saw this.
So it's not just black, it's EXTRA black? How much more black could it be? The answer is "none." None more black...

CS is out of my reach, but I do like it. It's new, and it's a throwback to something very old. Fender walks a thin line between a cult following of vintage instruments and a lot of criticism that they don't innovate enough. I think they have something good here.
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S'ok...you were already unpopular ;-)

Three cheers for a new colour: Extra Black!

I like the bridge look. It's the old ashtray cover thing, isn't it?

And while those saddles look like they might be awkward in terms of intonation issues, I'm sure the CS thought this through.

Bridge pup looks staggered, which is cool.

So...stop being skeered of new things. Embrace!
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 11:11 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm always missing the extra details, like "extra black".

I'm more of a "close enough for me"
kind of guy. CS's are cool. I would love one too. My Baja and 52 RI are close enough.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 11:15 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I think the bridge is pretty darn good-lookin`. It`s got kind of a classy, modern/vintage look. I dunno...haha! But I approve. Not that it makes a difference to me, unless I`m handed a couple grande randomly to get a CS Tele, I`m content working with my Mexican Tele.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 11:30 AM   #17 (permalink)
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It's my opinion, that Fender has an ongoing flaw with their bridge plate design.

The bridge plate screws, always seem to be too close to the saddle legs. It's not uncommon to find the Bass E or A' saddle, sitting right on top of the screw heads. Some players prefer their actions a little on the high side, and in that case, the saddle has to be moved further to the rear of the base plate so that it can be intonated properly.

The base plate mounting screws, should be at the very end of the base plate where the lip is.. just behind where the strings come up thru the base plate. Even if the base plate had to be constructed a little longer, it should be done to allow this to happen. I have seen import models that do this and it seems to me, to be a far better design... completely out of the way of the Saddle adjustment legs.

I have to wonder, how many players for-go proper intonation with those saddles, just so they don't have to sit on top of the screw head ??
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Ha, " E X T R A black" that's like more Cowbell.

the UDA might grow on me.
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Maybe he has an extra pickguard and it is black.
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