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NGD: Fender Limited Edition American Elite Mahogany Telecaster Thinline

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by grayn, May 12, 2018.

  1. grayn

    grayn TDPRI Member

    May 12, 2018
    Been hankering for a Tele. Which is a little strange, since I've never been that
    fussed about them. I mean, I've thought they looked cool but not for me.
    I think it was the slab body and ash tray bridge that put me off, a little.
    Despite my previous misgivings, I started to think seriously about getting one.
    Went down my local and tried out a limited edition (from a few years ago) mahogany
    bodied beauty, with a humbucker at the bridge. Beautifully made but didn't sound
    right, to my ears. They also had a MIM standard, which I rather liked. Really
    solid and vibrant. Now I really wanted one. But which one? Quite a choice for
    the Tele lover. So, after much 'net trawling, I headed of to one of my favoured
    guitar haunts, Frets Guitar Centre, in Cleveleys.
    They really do have a fine selection of guitars, including quite a few Telecasters.
    I wanted to make sure it was a Tele I wanted, so decided to try out a few other
    guitars, as well. I like to play electrics acoustically, first. So I had a go
    on an Elite Tele, in mystic black, an Elite Mahogany Telecaster Thinline, an Eric
    Johnson Strat semi, in vintage white, a Fender Elite Strat, in pearl white, a
    Japanese Gretsch Jet, in Firebird red and a Yamaha SA2200 semi. All fine guitars
    but I whittled it down to 3, to try out through an amp. 1st, the Yamaha SA2200,
    which is a real beauty and such high quality. But as usual, I found the body a
    little too large for me. 2nd, the Mystic Black Elite Tele. The black body has a
    subtle metal flake finish, which I guess is what makes it Mystic. That with a
    maple fretboard, gave the guitar a really classy look. Sounded really nice, too.
    Good feel to the neck and fretboard, I thought. I was beginning to think I'd
    found a winner. Then I plugged in the Fender Limited Edition American Elite
    Mahogany Telecaster Thinline. Easily the best looking guitar and as I soon found
    out, also had the sweetest sounding pickups. The 4th generation, noiseless
    bridge pickup, is classic tele. Full of single coil goodness but with less hum,
    of course. The Shawbucker at the neck, is also very sweet, with a well rounded,
    beautifully defined tone. And when you coil tap it, it gets thinner but some
    how, even sweeter. Almost Filtertron like. And the tapped neck pickup, in
    comjunction with the bridge, has a glorious, again almost Gretsch like, tone.
    Superb. So it came home.
    It may be some way off a traditional Telecaster but this guitar, to my ears, sounds
    how a good tele should, with some lovely additions. The Elite Suspension Bridge is
    a unique design, with a screwless mount, that is said to increase the string's
    vibration transfer to the body. The compound-profile neck sports a 9.5"-14"
    compound-radius maple fingerboard. And that fretboard has some gorgeous wood
    grain, that reminds me some what, of walnut. All that, with locking tuners, too.
    Now it's home and I've tried it through my Blues Junior and my Orange amp.
    Sounds great through both of them. Very cool.
  2. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sou Cal
  3. Dukex

    Dukex Tele-Holic

    Nov 8, 2012
    Congrats, you are going to have a blast with that beauty!
  4. CJM3309

    CJM3309 Tele-Meister

    Mar 22, 2009
    Congrats! I have never seen that specific model, but I love it. I like the natural finish and the bridge. Enjoy it!
  5. Alcohen

    Alcohen TDPRI Member

    Jul 16, 2010
    San Francisco
    Everything about that guitar sounds perfect. Congratulations!
  6. LocoTex

    LocoTex Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 16, 2018
    Waxahachie, TX.
  7. AviA

    AviA Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Sep 18, 2015
    Well, that's something you don't see everyday.
    HNGD. looks great!!
  8. cactusrob

    cactusrob Friend of Leo's

    Aug 26, 2009
    Nice! Congratulations!
  9. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 18, 2010
    Paris France - Rome Italy
    Very nice indeed, congrats!
  10. Mike SS

    Mike SS Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 9, 2012
    That's one sweet looking Telecaster.
  11. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Very nice — good score! Welcome to the Elite club!!
  12. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.
  13. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
  14. nopicknick

    nopicknick Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Mar 4, 2012
  15. Dixon in Korea

    Dixon in Korea Tele-Meister

    Feb 17, 2018
    Busan, South Korea
    That’s a fantastic-looking guitar. Love those those mahogany Thinlines.
  16. StanleyAccrington

    StanleyAccrington TDPRI Member

    May 18, 2016
  17. The Birdman

    The Birdman TDPRI Member

    Dec 18, 2017
    Detroit area
    Congratulations!!!! Looks great!!!! :)

    I also have one that I recently purchased used. It turns out that Fender only made 300 of them, and just 130 stayed in the United States.
  18. Wobbles

    Wobbles Tele-Meister

    May 17, 2015
    Snowlake Arizona
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