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NGD: American Standard Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by nosuch, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2008
    Cologne
    I've been lusting after a modern specs tele for some time and really liked the standard whenever I played one in a store. As I noticed they get phased out for the american professional series – which takes back some of the modern specs in fave of vintage features like an ashtray bridge – I thought I better get one in time and maybe save a little money. I may have bought one of the last 2tone sunburst in germany and got it for a nice discount. It arrived this morning and I am already convinced I like it. Great feeling neck, great pickups, nice wood – what's not to like?
    I love vintage specs like we all do but really wanted a workhorse guitar that's easy to tune, intonates perfect and balances well.
     

  2. ElectricKaibutsu

    ElectricKaibutsu TDPRI Member

    Age:
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    30
    Oct 13, 2016
    Philadelphia, PA
    HNGD! We need pics :).
     
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  3. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    virginia
    Beauty!
     
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  5. faasie85

    faasie85 TDPRI Member

    Age:
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    75
    Jul 6, 2016
    Netherlands
    nice burst on beautiful grain
     
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  6. John C

    John C Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 20, 2005
    Kansas City
    Nice! I love the 2-color burst over ash like that.

    While I want to play one of the new one American Pros I'm also regretting I'm not in the position to pick up one of the last of the American Standards. I miss my old 2013 and wish I had kept it.
     
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  7. Pete'67

    Pete'67 TDPRI Member

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    Apr 2, 2013
    Munich
    Would be my favorite one out of the "old" AM Std as well. Very nice ash grain. Congratulations!
     
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  8. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

    Age:
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    Jan 1, 2014
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  9. Thin69

    Thin69 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 28, 2009
    Galveston, TX
    Beautiful! Congrats on one fine guitar!
     

  10. esetter

    esetter Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 1, 2011
    MI
    HNGD! I got one in Bordeaux Metallic a few weeks ago and am loving it!
     
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  11. ElectricKaibutsu

    ElectricKaibutsu TDPRI Member

    Age:
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    30
    Oct 13, 2016
    Philadelphia, PA
    Oops! I couldn't see the pics through the app. Beautiful Tele!
     

  12. Crobbins

    Crobbins Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.

  13. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2008
    Cologne
    It's great. I was pretty set in my ways that I need a big neck and at least .010s strings for a couple of years. But trying one in a store really opened my mind that I can play any kind of neck after a couple of seconds to adjust. And I am loving the skinny .009 strings. I think I will play at least one gig with it to see if I still like that light touch in a gig situation.
     

  14. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2008
    Cologne
    There is one thing I like to change: I would raise the neck angle with the micro tilt screw a bit to get the saddles a bit higher and hide the height adjustment screws.
    The manual doesn't describe the procedure to adjust the tilt. Can anybody help?
    I think I have to loosen the neck first. can I keep the sting tension to see how far I raise the angle?
    Is there any sonic disadvantage if I use that feature?
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2016

  15. Jushden

    Jushden Tele-Meister

    276
    Dec 31, 2013
    Orange
    Loosen the two screws closest to the bridge and use a hex key to adjust the microtilt. Don't turn the hex screw more than a half turn. That's the max imo to get the bridge screws in the right place. You can keep the strings at tension. Tighten the two neck screws back up and make sure you don't over tighten. I don't hear a negative effect and I feel my tele plays much better now actually. Nash guitars does the same thing to their teles.

    Edited: wine.
     
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  16. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    45
    Jun 16, 2009
    austin texas
    Very pretty...congratulations!!
     

  17. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2008
    Cologne
    Thanks, that worked out great. I straightened the neck and readjusted intonation and pickup height while I was at it. It now plays even better while I would have no problems gigging it as it came from the factory ... It's great to have all the adjustments available without having to take of the neck or pickguard like I'd have to on my 52RI.
    I just wonder what the three other wrenches in the case would do. Maybe they are there for strats?
     

  18. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    Gorgeous Tele and glad to hear it's such a great player too.
     

  19. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Friend of Leo's

    Feb 12, 2010
    Jacksonville
    Congrats. I love the American Standard and I'm sorry to see them being replaced.
    The Am Std has been a great value for guitarists.
    If I had to do all over again, I would have kept my 1997 (or thereabouts) Vintage White Am Std Tele and saved myself a bunch of money.
    Enjoy.
     

  20. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    Ohio

  21. AndrewG

    AndrewG Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    64
    May 15, 2007
    Exeter, England
    Very nice, and they're selling at good prices now too.
     

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