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NGD American Professional Telecaster Deluxe Limited Edition Silverburst

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by ejphotos, Jan 11, 2019 at 10:51 AM.

  1. ejphotos

    ejphotos TDPRI Member

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    Picked this up recently - it's a 2017 Limited Edition Telecaster Deluxe Shawbucker in Silverburst.
    These were spec'd with ebony fingerboards, however this particular board has me scratching my head. It feels like an ebony board, but looks like rosewood. I know there are some ebony boards that do look like rosewood...but this really looks like rosewood, lol.
    Already upgraded to Fender locking tuners, and I am acquiring all the parts for a 50's wiring upgrade - already have Emerson 500k pots, Emerson PIO .22 cap for bridge and .15 cap for neck.

     
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  2. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    No permission for me to view album?
     
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  3. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    same thing.
     
  4. ejphotos

    ejphotos TDPRI Member

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    Hmmm...how do I fix that lol?

    Edit, figured it out lol
     
  5. ejphotos

    ejphotos TDPRI Member

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    Oh, and I also put a black switchtip on it...flows better than the white one that came on it.
     
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  7. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Nice!! I've been a fan of silverburst since I first saw a Les Paul Custom in that color back in 1979. Love it on the American Pro Tele Deluxe just as much as on the LPs.
     
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    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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  9. ejphotos

    ejphotos TDPRI Member

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    Thanks all! I've been toying with the idea of putting a tort pickguard on it...not sure how it would look.
     
  10. wblynch

    wblynch Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    It looks really pretty. I am digging all the different colors and variations of Telecasters. Congratulations on your beautiful new Telecaster.

    Have you considered black enamel pickguard screws?
     
  11. DHart

    DHart Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Beautiful color.

    The fretboard may be Pau Ferro, which feels much like ebony and can also look quite like rosewood. For a time, Fender was offering Pau Ferro as a custom shop exotic fret board material.

    I have a Fender Strat neck with a board that feels like ebony and looks like rosewood - it's Pau Ferro.

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  12. ejphotos

    ejphotos TDPRI Member

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    Thanks! No I haven't considered them actually. I'm thinking of trying out a tort guard so the regular screws may go better with that.
     
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  13. ejphotos

    ejphotos TDPRI Member

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    Thanks! Those are two nice ones too.
    It doesn't have the grain and pore pattern of pau ferro, and it does feel smoother than the pau ferro I've played lol....it really does feel like ebony. Maybe it's got an old school G and L thing going on lol.
     
  14. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 20, 2005
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    The Silverburst limited run from 2017 did have ebony fingerboards - it was part of the "package" for them. Fender used the same streaked ebony that they use on the American Elites - I think it's macassar ebony.
     
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  15. DHart

    DHart Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    WOW... that really looks like rosewood or Pau Ferro to me. The open grain structure seen in your photos is very rosewood-looking. The reddish-tone is very Pau Ferro looking.

    Ebony and Pau Ferro tend to have very tight (not open) grain structure - quite smooth. Here's my Pau Ferro board up close:

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    That said... ebony isn't all black. In the past, black was the only part of the tree that was commonly used for fret boards. The brown, reddish, streaked, and cream colored wood was usually trashed or used for other purposes. People generally wanted their ebony boards to be BLACK.

    With ebony becoming more scarce, more of the lighter, more colored, and streaked wood is now being used for some fret boards.

    Wood samples can and do vary quite a bit, and macassar ebony is often streaked and reddish, so yours may well be ebony. And, I suppose that some macassar ebony samples may have an open pore/grain structure as seen in your photos.
     
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  16. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Some say the Macassar Ebony is ebony in name only. This board looks great and may be the best thing about the guitar but it doesn't seem like ebony and people will probably push back.
     
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  17. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    DHart, your neck looks great. This is so much nicer than the average Pau Ferro we see on MIMs in the stores. Really no comparison.
     
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  18. DHart

    DHart Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Thanks Boris... I've been wanting a pau ferro board for a while now, and keeping my eye out for one that looked good to me, so when I saw the looks of that one, I jumped on it. I have no doubt that pau ferro makes a great fretboard wood. I did have some hesitation because this one has a 12" radius, but I play a wide variety of guitars daily (including Gibsons), so I figured it would be just fine - and it is!

    This is one of the reasons I buy my necks and bodies separately, and "roll my own", to cherry-pick each component. :)

    ejphotos... whatever wood your fretboard is, it looks awesome!
     
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  19. ejphotos

    ejphotos TDPRI Member

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    Thanks! Yeah I don't care what material it is...just curious to see what it actually is lol
     
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