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Fender 1998 Telecaster Collectors Edition (1998 made or not)

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by MailMan, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. MailMan

    MailMan TDPRI Member

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    Im an owner of number 0955 of this limited run of 1998 beautiful guitars (as pictured in the TDPRI logo ). And in the time that I had it I have been searching for as much info as possible.

    Now I've run across 15 - 20, or maybe even more of em on the internet, but none of them had a number that was running in the thousand or higher.

    Maybe this was just by chance, or maybe Fender saw this line wasn't as succesful as they hoped and stopped halfway at 999?

    I know there are some other TDPRI'ers that have this guitar. What's your number? :D
     
  2. AjayTele

    AjayTele Tele-Afflicted

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    Good question...may be true.

    Mine's #846.

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  3. Sarge

    Sarge Friend of Leo's

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    I have one...I'll get back to you with the number. I did speak to a Fender employee and he told me there were ONLY 1998 made and sent me the spec sheet.
     
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  5. MailMan

    MailMan TDPRI Member

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    Yep the information released with these guitars says there have been only 1998 made. But I also read somewhere that these guitars were far from a succes back then (same goes for the 1997 strat). And when you take 15 guitars and none of them go above 1000, either chance's playing with me, someone has the last 999 of these beauties or there were never more made than 999.
     
  6. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied

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    Telenator has one. Maybe his is a higher serial # I do remember he tried out several Teles before he got his.
     
  7. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity

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    If it's a nice Fender, I'd bet that csapo has one.
     
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    csapo Tele-Afflicted

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    #409 for me...
     
  9. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied

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    Shes real fine my 409.

    Sorry couldnt resist.
     
  10. csapo

    csapo Tele-Afflicted

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    Nice Mark :D :D :D

    BTW, congrats on hitting the 10k level and thanks for all the great info.
     
  11. Frank B

    Frank B Tele-Holic

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    We had one in a shop in Qc city and I almost bought it. I don't recall the exact number but it was under 1000 I'm pretty sure.
     
  12. MailMan

    MailMan TDPRI Member

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    Well more evidence suggesting that there are no numbers above 1000. I'll go and mail Fender to see if their administration is any good.
     
  13. Frank B

    Frank B Tele-Holic

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    We usually get the leftovers up here... :D
    So if it was in the 3 digits it means there were none over that :D
     
  14. Larry K. Williams

    Larry K. Williams Tele-Meister

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    I used to own # 785. Look at my avatar.
     
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    serialsteve Tele-Holic

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    Something tells me that there's a kid in a dusty village in Africa strumming #1550 dressed to the nines in his New England Patriots-2008 SuperBowl champs shirt and hat.
     
  16. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

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    I played one here locally some years back so don't recall the serial number.
    Nice guitar although this one was a little roughed up. Think these have
    a 9.25" or 9.5" fingerboard radius.
     
  17. peteb

    peteb Tele-Afflicted

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    were these 50th anniversary teles?

    The reason I ask is that I remember reading, on the subject of the obscure history of the development of the tele, that Fender was unsure of the history of the tele, so much so that they released a 50th anniversary tele based on a beginning date of 1948.


    The significance to this thread is maybe they started out making 1998 of them when they thought they had their facts and dates straight, but after the model came out someone must have enlightened them causing Fender to change their plans.
     
  18. 91xlntS-3

    91xlntS-3 Tele-Afflicted

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    Had one and sold it about 5 years ago. What was I thinking?? Don't remember the number, but it was a great guitar!
     
  19. Larry K. Williams

    Larry K. Williams Tele-Meister

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    I remember trying to buy one from a guy in Australia. I do remember the number of that one being 4 digits.......so there were more than 1000. I just don't remember the exact number.
     
  20. MailMan

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    Hmm could be:

    "January 29, 1998

    This year, Fender pays tribute to the guitar that started it all-the Fender Telecaster. First introduced in 1950 bearing the name "Esquire," the Telecaster laid the foundation for a new breed of electric guitar--the solid body. Only 1,998 of these elegant guitars will be produced for world-wide distribution each bearing a unique pearl inlay at the 12th fret commemorating the year."

    Do you know if it started with a 1? Because they are all 4 digits, except the numbers below 1000 are like 0954.
     
  21. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Mine is Serial Number 667. I too have never seen one with a 4 digit serial number. Awesome guitar! I played over 80 Teles before buying this one.
     
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