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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by murdude, Jul 28, 2017.
Much difference? Better? Worse?
They differ in the details specified by whomever chose to have an FSR run. Finish/pickups/bridge/etc. is down to the decretion of whoever ordered the fsr. But they're built in the same plant as standard mim fenders
From what I have seen the FSRs usually are a bit better quality than the Standard , my theory is on a short run they have a more experienced worker build it.
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My FSR in Natural Ash is MIM
Traditional Telecaster ash body
Maple neck and fretboard
Modern C-shaped neck contour
21 medium-jumbo frets
Die-cast machine heads
Standard Tele pickups (neck & bridge)
3-position blade controls
Master volume, master tone
Standard Tele bridge with 6 saddles
1.650: nut width
The Standard MIM
Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape, (gloss finish)
Fingerboard radius: 9.5" Radius (241mm)
No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
Pickups: 2 Hot Standard Tele Single-Coil Pickups (Neck & Bridge)
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup
Bridge: Standard 6-Saddle String-Thru-Body Bridge
Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
Width at Nut: 1.650" (42mm)
Unique Features: Vintage Styling, Fender Transition Logo, Parchment Plastic Parts
One Ash and one Alder. Hotter??? pups in the new standard???
I love my Ash FSR. Only have played the Alder at GC. The ones I picked up I was okay with but didn't notice any remarkable difference. Better? That is in the eyes and ears of the beholder.
Having owned both, most recently a 2010 MIM Standard Arctic White and a 2015 Special Edition Deluxe Ash BSB (FSR), I've got a few observations.
The overall fit and finish on the Special Edition is better. It's a see through finish so I think a bit of extra care goes into wood selection for the body.
The Standard weighs about 1 pound more than the Special Edition. From what I understand that varies though.
I believe the necks are the same, just finished better on the Special Edition. My Standard neck is very pale. The Special Edition neck sure looks tinted, but that's not indicated on the spec sheet.
Tuning machines and pickups are identical.
Even strummed unplugged my Special Edition rings out louder than the Standard. Maybe due to the lighter weight?
If you can find a good deal on an FSR, and can play it first, then I'd say maybe it's worth a little extra. My Standard was a fine guitar though.
My experience is the build quality is the same between the 2. It's about what options are offered on the FSR. Some are more visibly obvious than others, maybe a paint job or special electronics, others aren't, like neck shape or pick up type. Most, if not all, of the MIMs I have ever played have been really good instruments.
Thanks people. The FSR has the 3 saddle bridge. The Standard has 6 individual. Thoughts on the better? I am leaning toward the Butterscotch FSR but hate to give up the Lake Placid Blue Standard.
I prefer the tone of the 3 saddle bridge. On my 2010 MIM Standard the first thing I did was swap the 6 saddle bridge for a 3 saddle one.
Did the same bridge swap on my 2006 MIM Standard.
I also did the bridge swap on my MIM and added a bone nut and hotrails in the neck
My Ash FSR is an excellent guitar, but for the most part, all MIMs are pretty darn good. My theory is that ones where you can see the grain have better bodies, otherwise, components are the same unless specifically called out. I too am a three barrel fan, but again, the six saddle ones are very nice too and can be intonated much easier.
Although I'm new to Teles (but not new to Fenders), I opted to swap out the bridge on my 2012 FSR Antigua because the sides on the bridge were getting in the way of my picking. I opted for a Gotoh cut-down bridge, but stayed with the three brass compensated saddles to keep the Tele look and mystique intact.
Took a while to intonate, but I really like it. I'm sure the 6-saddle is just as good, if not better.
The two MIM FSR I have owned ,a Lake Placid Blue Baja ,and a blizzard Pearl FSR Blacktop Jaguar ,were both excellent but a bit heavy .
Anyone seen one of these recently?
The recent press about a new 50's style FSR Telecaster got me thinking about getting another Tele. I used to have a standard tele and sold it, always regretted it. I might replace it with a FSR tele. I like the reversed control plate on this model and the ash tray bridge.
I just can't seem to find one locally - I'm considering importing one (which may be a bad idea).