NGD - Fender '52 FSR Deluxe with binding

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  1. mslugano

    mslugano Tele-Meister

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    I haven't bought a Fender in 10+ years...I am pretty much a Suhr, Anderson, Ruokangas guy. However, I saw this 2005 Fender '52 FSR Deluxe bound Tele and the price was great (meaning I can try it and, if it doesn't work out, I'll not lose any money on a resell). The main reasons I bought it were the contoured neck heel, wide nut and fatter U neck...I usually buy custom builds because Fender doesn't make them fat and wide enough for me unless I shell out $4-6000 which is ridiculous.

    I'll probably replace the pickups (though I think the SCNs are really not bad) and I will for sure replace the bridge and control plate (Rutters) but I think it's an unusual and very cool looking guitar with most of the specs I'd normally want.

    What do you guys think?

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  2. musicmatty

    musicmatty Former Member

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    That guitar is Stunning :eek: Truth be known, probably the best Tele in your fleet on many fronts. And you want to replace the bridge plate with what..a 3 barrel sling shot rig :eek:

    If I were you, I would savor that guitar before I started molesting it with a foolish makeover...take a couple aspirins and lay down until the notion to change anything goes away ;)

    The new Fender N3 noiseless pickups in those guitars, are probably better sounding than those SCN pups, because they are AlNico pickups and more Tele sounding...non the less, much can be said about having a guitar with noiseless pups ;)
     
  3. Zillinois

    Zillinois Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats, I have one of these as well, and overall it's a nice variation on the American Deluxe Series. If I were Fender, I'd keep making the classic color schemes like this, instead of making them FSRs.
     
  4. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Gorgeous.

    Always thought those looked so cool.
     
  5. xtrajerry

    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

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    Where does the 52 come into this?
     
  6. mslugano

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    I guess the '52 is the large U shaped neck.
     
  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I think so.

    Otherwise, I think the guitar is spec'd like the other bound Deluxes of that year, cherryburst, etc.

    I think the guitar would've sold better with a more descriptive name.
     
  8. mslugano

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    Yea, I think you're right. "American '52 Telecaster Deluxe FSR" is a pretty long name and not particularly descriptive. I like the Deluxe models in general and, for those like me that like a larger neck, I think this model makes a lot of sense. I'd never seen these before this one came up.

    Edit: I think some people were also concerned about the SCN pickups and non-vintage bridge.
     
  9. Fusoya

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    I love the look of a bound tele.
     
  10. t-ray

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    Very nice! I have a 2006 Deluxe. Never liked the SCNs and it mostly sat unplayed, until ...
     

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  11. Zillinois

    Zillinois Friend of Leo's

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    These were original titled "'52 American Deluxe Vintage Player". Not a very catchy title, but very limited edition via GC. I thought it was a cool idea, as it's the modern version of a '52 with all the modern features that I prefer.

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  12. mslugano

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    Wow, that looks great (though I kinda prefer black dots on maple)! Was the original pick guard white? I like the black a lot. Did you replace the bridge pickup too?
     
  13. mslugano

    mslugano Tele-Meister

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    Did you stick with the original pickups?
     
  14. Zillinois

    Zillinois Friend of Leo's

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    I did, I actually kind of like them.
     
  15. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Meh. Needs a black Bigsby. ;)
     
  16. mslugano

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    If I want vibrato, I'll play my S types that come equipped with a real man's trem bridge. I wouldn't dare ruin a good guitar with a Bigsby. ;)
     
  17. Sacdubro

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    Sweet looking Tele congrats!
     
  18. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    "Play?" Who said anything about playin'! I meant for looks!
     
  19. 69 Thinline

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    I absolutely LOVE that binding on there! As a big fan of Rickenbacker guitars who have always bound their guitars in one way or another, it is very cool to see something as iconic as a Telecaster with the same treatment!

    I will have to look into perhaps finding myself one of those!

    Great score brother! How does she sound? What are you running it through?
     
  20. orangeblossom

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    Congrats beautiful axe.
     
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