NGD -- everything I'm against and yet...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Paul G., Aug 8, 2018.

  1. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Rhode Island
    I'm a traditional guitar guy, I like 'em like they used to make 'em. I don't like fancy Teles, they seem kind of, well bourgeouis.

    This came into my local guitar shop as a return. They didn't know what it was but I think it's a 2015 American Custom FMT (Correction: I have paperwork in the case, says it's a 2015 American Custom). I humored my buddy the sales manager and played it a little.

    Long story short, some dickering, some trades, and it's mine.

    It has a Chrome-plated 6-saddle bridge. I hate those things.

    It has a compound radius neck with Jumbo frets. Meh.

    It has Fender-branded (look like Schaller) tuners with Pearloid buttons and holes not slots. That's just wrong.

    It has a Maple top (I don't know, I guess veneer?).

    Straplocks. Never use 'em.

    That's the bad, here's the good: Fat round neck feels great. Plays so easy. Workmanship, every detail just jumps out at you everywhere. Not a lightweight, but feels, well, good.

    And the tone!! Open the tone knob and you definitely know you're playing a Tele, work the knobs and your pick and you've got a versatile, exciting-sounding guitar. Clean? Yup. Dirty? Yup. That in-between gritty place (that's my house)? Double-yup.

    Enjoy making fun of me, I deserve it.
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  2. ftbtx

    ftbtx Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    WOW! Congrats
  3. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.
    Looks great, congrats.
  4. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

    Dec 21, 2017
    York PA
    Very nice... I been breaking rules right with ya, what plays the best is where it's at.. Enjoy, beautiful tele
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  5. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2007
    Big D
    She's a beaut!!

    It's kind of like dating a supermodel that has bad breathe. I think you can work through it!
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  6. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    NICE!!!!....but I'm with you, I probably wouldn't have picked it up in the first place. Where I veer from the "norm", I did a forearm carve in my Tele, to add more comfort, especially on a gig. That's kinda hard to do on a bound Telecaster. Maybe I'd get used to it over time, but honestly don't know how much time it might take. But I'm glad you found your (current) favorite.....
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  7. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 2, 2010
    Yeah but is it as good as a CV Squier?
  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    What's not to like?
  9. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

    Aug 23, 2014
    It's got the important bases covered (playability and sound). It's well-built and pretty too! Very nice!
  10. scottser

    scottser Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 6, 2009
    i would. i really would.
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  11. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Congrats! sounds like a player. Looks good. You can eat peanut butter and crackers for a week to make up for having such a fancy guitar.
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  12. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 22, 2016
    San Francisco Bay Area
    You loser! You gotta hold yourself to your standards or all is lost!!

    On the other hand...


    (Next time don’t play it, walk....away...)
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  13. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Fat round neck? I thought the FMTs had skinny necks. Mebbe because this is the MIA version?

    Anyhowdy, congrats!
  14. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Rhode Island
    Custom Shop model. Not sure if the name included FMT, I just assumed because, well, you know.

    And yes, the neck is quite substantial.

    Correction: The paperwork calls it a "American Custom Telecaster". No FMT designation.
  15. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Dec 21, 2004
    central ky
  16. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jun 11, 2010
    It broke all my rules to even own a Tele in the first place! I was a knuckle head, what did I know. Enjoy this guitar, it's a beaut!
  17. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Rhode Island
    Here's some of the paper:

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  18. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    I’m not into fancy-pants guitars either. That one somehow doesn’t look too fancy pants. I really like it. In fact, I love everything about it. If I was you, I’d have done the same thing!

    Enjoy that beauty. (My favorite kind of bridge, too.)
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  19. Skamania

    Skamania Tele-Meister Platinum Supporter

    Jul 27, 2018
    Very nice Tele! I like the wood grain. And the white outline on the body. Just a clean guitar and a NGD to boot! Enjoy!
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