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Elite Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by bayside, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. bayside

    bayside Tele-Meister

    Sep 22, 2008
    eastern side of the Pacific
    Anybody have any experience with these? American made $2000, any thought welcome?

  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    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?"
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  3. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    "Elite tele" is an oxymoron.
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  4. bluzkat

    bluzkat Tele-Meister

    Feb 20, 2011
    Lansing, Michigan
    I love my Elite.

    Looks like this, can't find my picture, will have to take another.

    Looks like this...

    Tele Elite.jpg

  5. MRey

    MRey Tele-Meister

    Jan 30, 2017
    Love mine.

    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.

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  6. bluetinstar

    bluetinstar TDPRI Member

    Aug 1, 2017
    Hampshire, UK
    I love mine, and agree with all comments so far. (with the exception of the oxymoron comment :rolleyes:)
    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.


  7. Evil Funk

    Evil Funk TDPRI Member

    Sep 23, 2017
    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.)


  8. chemobrain

    chemobrain Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Nov 5, 2016
    oakland ca.
    thank you, thank you very much.:cool:

  9. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    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
    Gotoh Tuners
    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.

  10. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

    Jul 15, 2013
    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 :)

  11. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

    May 29, 2016
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    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.
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  12. bayside

    bayside Tele-Meister

    Sep 22, 2008
    eastern side of the Pacific
    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.
    MRey likes this.

  13. nedray

    nedray Tele-Meister

    Apr 26, 2003
    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.

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