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Fender USA special Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by vishnu, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. Ex-riverman

    Ex-riverman Tele-Meister

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    464
    Jun 17, 2016
    Tulsa, OK
    Hmmm. Did the Standard have belly cuts? I guess I haven't played a special. Sorry - not helpful!
     

  2. bluzkat

    bluzkat Tele-Meister

    354
    Feb 20, 2011
    Lansing, Michigan
    The Am Std had a belly cut in recent years (I believe). Its replacement The Am Pro does not, nor does the Am Special.
     

  3. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

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    Sep 20, 2011
    Sacramento
    Are the post-2012 American Specials hum canceling in the middle position?
     

  4. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    Marion, NC
    Actually, it's post-October/2013 when Fender began using its Custom Shop Texas Special pickups in the American Special Telecaster; that said, the wind/polarity of the Fender CS Texas Special bridge pickup is in direct opposition to that of the neck pickup, so:

    Assuming a standard 3-way switch configuration, CS Texas Special pickups will not "hum" when the pickup selector switch is in the "middle" podition.

    Hope this helps.
     

  5. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

    721
    Sep 20, 2011
    Sacramento
    Thanks. I couldn't remember the exact date, but that answers my question.
     

  6. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    Marion, NC
    No problem.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2017

  7. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

    721
    Sep 20, 2011
    Sacramento
    My CS Nocaster bridge is RW/RP with the Texas Tele neck that my pre-2013 American Special came with.
     

  8. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    Marion, NC
    Interesting. What are the polarities of the Texas Tele pickup and the Nocaster pickup?
     

  9. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

    721
    Sep 20, 2011
    Sacramento
    I'm not home now, but I'll check tomorrow.
     

  10. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    I had a American special strat which was awesome! Not my best strat but not even close to the worst. I loved it. It went the way of trade a while back. Still miss it.
     

  11. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    Marion, NC
    Thanks. Very interested to know.
     

  12. Ripradiant

    Ripradiant Tele-Holic

    909
    Jul 31, 2014
    Alberta Canada
    I love my American special too.
     

  13. Ben kenobi

    Ben kenobi TDPRI Member

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    Jul 27, 2017
    Uk
    These do look awesome, wish id seen them b4 spending my money!
     

  14. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Holic

    641
    Nov 12, 2014
    Watford, UK
    Great reliable guitar. Does everything I want.
     

  15. LongLiveRock54

    LongLiveRock54 Tele-Holic

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    718
    Mar 30, 2010
    Alabama
    Here's my 2011. All stock less the Mint PG which replaced the stock Black one.
    2011 Tele.jpg
     
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  16. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    PICKUP ASSY HWY1 TX TELE LEAD
    North Pole up, Copper plate on bottom, counter clockwise wind 15,000 turns #43 Polysol wire
    Average DC 16-18K
    Alnico V

    PICKUP ASSY HWY1 TX TELE NK
    North Pole up Counter clockwise 10,000 turns #43 Enamel
    Average DC 7.8-8.0k
    Alnico V

    ▲Ray, you got that right from Fender ▲


    CSTS & CS Nocaster (noise reducing, nr) are Bridge SOUTH, neck north.


    Most common for all Tele necks (FENDER) to be north, so any of the sets made to be nr (Nocaster, Texas Special) can have the bridge give you that if you swap it with any FENDER neck.

    Fender Tex Mex, Tonerider, CV Tele pups, Keystone's, are the same as the Fenders, id ist, bridge south, neck north.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2017
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  17. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    LongLiveRock54 I think that mint looks killer on there !!
     
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  18. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    Marion, NC
    Yes, I DID, Steve. ;)

    Good post. Very informative - and helpful for those looking for hum-canceling when the 3-way switch is in the middle position! :)
     

  19. Fireball519

    Fireball519 Tele-Meister

    193
    Dec 26, 2014
    Walland, Tn
    Can't speak for the Tele but my strat is an American Special and it's the best guitar I've ever owned.
     

  20. LongLiveRock54

    LongLiveRock54 Tele-Holic

    Age:
    63
    718
    Mar 30, 2010
    Alabama
    Thanks!!

    I got a heck of a deal on that Tele. Bought it brand new online in 2011 for less than $725 delivered.

    Glad I bought when I did!
     

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