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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by bayside, Sep 24, 2017.
Anybody have any experience with these? American made $2000, any thought welcome?
I like em'.
The series 4 Noiseless pickups are a great improvement over the series 3.
The series 3 sound bright and brittle, IMO.
The Music Man-like truss rod adjustment is a little different, but not a deal breaker.
I also like the finishes, and the ebony fret board option.
Like my favorite wife used to say, "What's not to like?"
"Elite tele" is an oxymoron.
I love my Elite.
Looks like this, can't find my picture, will have to take another.
Looks like this...
The neck is probably the most unique thing about it so you have to determine if it works for you, I have no complaints.
Well made with great fit and finish, nut and frets were perfect, pickups sound great. If you're not a purist there is a lot to like.
I love mine, and agree with all comments so far. (with the exception of the oxymoron comment )
I have the Tobacco Burst with RW board. I 'bonded' with the neck straight away,
but I would say try before you buy if possible, just to check if the neck is for you.
I have a Fender American Elite Tele in Mystic Black and i love it. Was using a standard Tele before it, and a MIM one before that. Almost every aspect of the guitar is better, so it was worth every penny.
Play-ability, build quality, finish, frets, sound... etc. All top notch.
The second you play it you can tell it's a cut above the rest. I can't imagine going back to one of the older models now.
Being my main guitar, i am of course biased about it and would encourage you to at least try one. You'll see why it's "Elite".
Here's a pic of mine with my amp...
(Those black-dot fret markers are not plastic, but Black Pearl! Thought that was pretty darn cool when i finally noticed them.)
thank you, thank you very much.
I made a Partscaster just like that ( wish I knew how to post a photo).
It has a GFS bound Sienna sunburst body
Gotoh 6 way bridge ( interesting Fender using these)
Tonerider Hot Classic p/ups ( Alnico 111)
Mighty Mite Licensed Telecaster neck / Rosewood board
Plain white guard
Screwed in front p/up
and it is my second favourite Tele ( I have 3) my others being a 2004 Hwy.1 and another Partscaster like Elliot Easton used.
That's 3 of my 6 guitars. Favourite acoustic is a
Taylor 214-CE. One of these days I'll post a
photo of them all plus a Peter Greene Les Paul
I am working on-real flame maple top which will be
old yellow and cherry mahogany back, sides and neck.
They are great guitars, but taste is ultimately the biggest factor.
I don't like the neck, it's too thin in the middle and I am in general not fond of compound radius necks. But it is a great guitar. I especially like the musicman wheel
That's the twin of mine, definitely the best finish / fingerboard combo!
Very nice guitars indeed. Don't forget that the S1 switch gives you the series pickups option (humbucker-ish) without losing the chunky simplicity of the 3-way switch, which I prefer to the Baja 4-way.
I,m liking that black finish ... but I think I'll stick with champagne. It arrives in 2 weeks. The vendor will pay return shipping if I don't like the neck.
I've got the blue Thinline and like it a lot. Doesn't have quite the same natural spank as a 52 RI, for example, but it's close--and noiseless. Very light and I like the neck. Also the weird removable bridge and the locking tuners. Nice blend of tradition and innovation in a really playable guitar. And the S1 switch provides a really cool additional tone.