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Fender Custom Shop Set Neck Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Paul B, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Paul B

    Paul B Tele-Meister

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    What I am trying to find out basically - does the Robben Ford elite model in the youtube video have the same tone that the
    picture of the last page of the colour section of the Tele Bible with a "gorgeous quilted maple top" ?

    These are the two models that I am comparing.

    I am also trying to get feedback on anyone who has own this Set neck Telecaster with the maple top.

    Does anyone know how thick the maple top was on these instruments ?
     
  2. Paul B

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    Is there any one out there that owns these guitars ?
     
  3. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied

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    This looks like mahogany to me.

    Mighty fine geetar, Ajay, might fine indeed.

    You know, this could be a maple neck through body guitar with mahogany wings, only I've never heard of Fender doing such a design. Comments?
     
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  5. tiktok

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    If pickups or construction have anything to do with tone, it seems doubtful that the Robben Ford and the set neck Tele sound "the same".
     
  6. timmer

    timmer Tele-Afflicted

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    There's one on eBay now.
     
  7. postjob62

    postjob62 Tele-Holic

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    There is some sort of Tele on the Fender website that shows as some of the alternating background on the left side of the screen. It appears to have a mahogany top and two black humbuckers, and a Les Paul type selector switch on the top bout.

    From what I can see it's beautiful, but I can't figure out what it is.

    Anyone know?
     
  8. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity

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    I think you're referring to this one. Whatever it it I don't think they make it anymore. It looks a lot like the Tele-Sonic in the 2002 Fender Catalog although the pickups and knobs are different.

    ...... Mystery..JPG
     
  9. postjob62

    postjob62 Tele-Holic

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    That's it, Jack!

    Figures they wouldn't still be making it if I wanted one. That's the first Fender-made Tele that's lit me up in a long time.

    Wonder why they'd do that if it's discontinued?
     
  10. Jack Wells

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    It might have been a limited edition Tele-Sonic HH. They do make a Strat-O-Sonic HH ...... or did.
     
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    Setn neck tele

    Hey guys do you think the tele I post is good. its about 1400USD but without hard case and custom shop certificate.

    Its quite rare, cos I have never seen any tell with block inlay.
    Does any know the spec of this tele EG
    wood , pickup model.
     
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  12. Bill  Hullett

    Bill Hullett Tele-Afflicted

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    Hey Paul B

    Hey Paul......
    http://www.musikraft.com offers a build your own neck set tele that looks really outstanding! It looks like from the pics that its a chambered body check em out......

    I smell a partscaster

    Bill Hullett
     
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    is there anyway one can provide me some advice?
     
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    hey SS
    sorry I cannot say...
    but I am sure somebody here will be able to help you.
    You will get the most feedback if you start a thread specifically for identifying your tele, people will not want to fill up this thread off of the original topic!
     
  16. Brett Faust

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    I worked on the first generations of the set neck Tele guitars during my time at the custom shop.I remember then starting in 1990 OR 91
    For those that want to know.
    The top thickness is about .25" if I remember correctly, the wood for the back and neck was Honduran mahogany. There are 11.. 1.5" round chambers under the top.They were not to reduce weight, but add tone. Fretboards were Brazilian on early ones along with Ebony for some models. There is also a stiffening bar of ebony or later maple under the fretboard. Truss rods are American Std. style ,frets med jumbo 12" radius. The pickups are custom Dimarzio. There were different versions available with hardtail or locking trem. colors were antique sunburst, transparent red ,blue, black, amber top with red back and neck as standard range options. A few custom versions were made with other specs like Bajo Sexto. The Jr and CA speced guitars were made after my time there so I have no more to add about those models.
    You can find more info in the Fender Telecaster book by A.R.Duchossoir

    Sombiesam,the guitar looks authentic from the photos . Is there a custom shop decal on the back of the peghead? If so ,is there a master builders signature there? That might be why that guitar is the only one we have seen with blocks. It may be a one off.

    Paul B ,As I remember they do not sound at all like the Robben Ford guitars. Different beast but still quite good. Articulate open sounding pickups ,nice mids, good sustain, not Tele enough for traditional types. Not meant to be. Also a coil tap is standard on some models.
    I have a set neck Bajo Sexto w/ humbuckers myself, an employee prototype guitar. The only Bajo with humbuckers that I know of,but it sounds quite different than a regular guitar so a comparison is not in order.
    I hope that helps, good luck
     
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    Brett Faust
    thank you
    I have posted another thread with the picture of the Body.

    Its with a custom shop decal. the decal seems to be a more recent custom bulit one.
    You said that one might been an one off. you meen its only produced one of it?
    Is the one post a antique sunburst?

    and is the dimarzion pickup only custom made for this model which was not on sale on the market?

    thank you so much for your information. you can reply in this thread or my other thread. I would like to learn more
     
  18. Brett Faust

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    sombiesam, I can't say what the specs are for the guitar since it was made long after I left Fender. When I said one off I meant, one guitar custom made. That guitar looks like it has some very high grade wood on the top.
    I think if you write the custom shop with serial numbers and a description you might get some useful info.
    I wish I had more to tell you about it. Sorry.
     
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    Brett Faust

    Thank you very much. Its nice to know some people who make guitar.
    I have emailed to fender official website for the specification of the guitar. they claim that is one off. and they said they have not information of the specification.
     
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    Nice thread.....I like the P 90's. I bet there awesome sounding guitars...
     
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    Did you happen to check the date of the original post? What we would call a zombie thread.....

    M
     
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