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8502-American Ash Telecaster Club

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by telemon1, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. TheRoman

    TheRoman TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the Alnico 3 tip. I wonder if the CS Texas specials are close...or even the 64 vintage pu's. Are the original ones "hot?" What the output like?
     

  2. jim_pridx

    jim_pridx Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 1, 2008
    WI
    Well, for what it's worth, I just took a couple of resistance readings off of my 8502, and the neck measures out at 7.2K ohms while the bridge measures out at 7.1K ohms. Of course, this is with the pickups installed, and I tend to think the readings are just a tad higher when they're measured uninstalled.

    That said, they're a little hotter than a lower-wind set, but certainly not as hot as some Tele pickups out there. It would think that it would be difficult to recommend a similar set when considering that the Modern-Vintage pickups sort of did their own thing. I don't find them quite as twangy and bright as most Fender pickups (the steel bridge may have something to do with that), and they have sort of a "robust" or "rounded" flavor that I just haven't heard from many Tele pickups. Most 8502 owners like it that way.

    Now, if I were looking to replace the noiseless pickups for something somewhat similar to the Modern-Vintage, I'd probably look at a few aftermarket brands. One set that I've always been interested in is the ECT-52 set made by Electric City Pickups. I've tried their Strat pickups and really like them, but I would definitely look for something with similar resistance measurements along with alnico 3 magnets.
     

  3. jim_pridx

    jim_pridx Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 1, 2008
    WI
    So, I got around to "checking for dragons," and wouldn't you know, there it is......peeking over the manufacturer's sticker:

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    I never had any idea that these dragon stamps existed.
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2017

  4. 2tsashtele

    2tsashtele TDPRI Member

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    Cool!!
    Thank You for sharing that, this dragon business has had me intrigued for some time, and my guess is that it may have been used to distinguish the 8502 necks from others, just a hunch mind you.
    I have an 8402 from the 8502 period but the neck is that tight in the pocket, I'm too chicken to get the neck out of the pocket, to check it.
     

  5. 2tsashtele

    2tsashtele TDPRI Member

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  6. TheRoman

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  7. 2tsashtele

    2tsashtele TDPRI Member

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    The headstock and fingerboard look satin, but the back of the neck looks glossy!!
     

  8. Stevenk734

    Stevenk734 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Question for all.
    I checked out a nice, used, but in Perfect cosmetic shape, probable 2005 blonde 8502.
    Plays so smooth. Anyway, I r ad about the value if it's having a magnetic steel bridge. By magnetic c, does that mean that I need a magnet that see if it sticks to it or repels it. I know this is a dump question, but how would I tell. Seller is asking 1k. I'll deal with that.
    Any other obvious things to look for. I mistakenly bought a used Baja, which I'm selling. It's a beauty, but the neck is too chunky for my small hands and wrists.
    Thanks in advance. I really liked this guitar
     

  9. Stevenk734

    Stevenk734 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Last edited: Nov 12, 2017

  10. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    You asked for help. Check out Toronto kijiji. No affiliation to the seller.
     

  11. Bwanab

    Bwanab TDPRI Member

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    So, did you buy it?
     

  12. Stevenk734

    Stevenk734 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    No. I played it, really loved the tone, but the action was high and the truss rod had been fully tightened already, so I passed. I really liked it, but with a pretty chunky neck, once I couldn't adjust the neck, it was , unfortunately, a no go. I'm really struggling to find a decent used tele. I played a new pro and felt that it had no identity. I have small hands and these chunky reissues are just not my profile. My tech just st wants me to find a cheap one whose dound I like and he will just toss the neck and put one together for me. I'm cool ndidering buying a fully loaded Reissue body for 300 or so and have no him add a thin pro file neck on for me. Any thoughts, ideas, please share. I'm struggling here.
    I bought a 50s Baja used, but am reselling it for the same reason, neck too chunky. Great guitar. I loved the tone on the 8502. Really loved its overall vibe. But for 1k, I was not going to put snotger 3-500 into a neck. Oh well.
    Comments welcome!!'n
     

  13. Stevenk734

    Stevenk734 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Sorry about all the typos.i hope it's readable
     

  14. Bwanab

    Bwanab TDPRI Member

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    Some of the mid eighties MIJ Teles have smaller than normal necks. They’re getting popular so the prices aren’t cheap, but they can be really nice instruments.
     

  15. Stevenk734

    Stevenk734 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Funny you should say that.
    I have an MIJ strat that I love.
    Problem is, at least in my area, there just aren't any Japanese teles around at all!!!!! You're probably on the west coast. No MIJs around Boston.
    It's a total drag. I don't like buying guitars online, so I'm not going to do the reverb.com thing to buy anything, unless the seller was local. Thanks for the idea.
    What s journey!
     

  16. Stevenk734

    Stevenk734 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Bwanab,
    If you see something out there, feel free to send a shout out.
     

  17. Ripradiant

    Ripradiant Tele-Holic

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    An American Special is very close to this model with the 3 saddle bridge and choice of wood being IMHO the big difference. In my opinion the 3 saddle bridge of the Am Special gives a great vintage vibe.
     

  18. Stevenk734

    Stevenk734 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    How's the neck on the American special? Is it Jesus chunky than a Baja?
     

  19. Stevenk734

    Stevenk734 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Sorry. Less chunky, not Jesus chunky
     

  20. Bwanab

    Bwanab TDPRI Member

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    I'm in your locale. You should look on Reverb. There are several within a one hour drive that are listed.
     

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