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Roadworn 50s Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Sean69, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. PixMix

    PixMix Tele-Holic

    Aug 30, 2008
    I really wound't say so. Many of the older ones, both teles and strats had a poor neck alignment or bridge placement that resulted in the high e string to almost fly out of the fingerboard at the 21st fret. I don't see this problem with the recent roadworn fenders.

    The one op linked looks good.
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  2. ieatlions

    ieatlions Tele-Meister

    Jul 26, 2013
    Wales, UK
    Cosmetically the older ones are way over done. It's not really an issue for me. Depends how important looks are to you. When I shopped around for a RW I found the older models played better and sounded better! I tried a decent number of RW's and I found this to be consistent. This being said, I don't think i tried one that didnt need a good fret dress/set up. This was true of mine, after the set up it played like butter :)
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  3. since 1963

    since 1963 Tele-Meister

    Jan 15, 2017
    So...a modern guitar made to look like a 50's guitar, with phony wear patterns on it and bad intonation makes it a "fantastic instrument"? Funny.

    It doesn't matter what you play, it matters if you can play it well and emote to the crowd.
    I played a blues club once with my Peavey Classic 20. I took the "Peavey" name off the grill (hate the way it looks). After the gig, some people came up, shook my hand and said "only an old Fender could sound like that!". Yeah, right.
    I think I see what is going on here.

    As you can see, no "road worn". The Lyle on the right, I bought brand new in 1968.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2017
  4. old guitar player

    old guitar player Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 7, 2007
    the basement
    I don't really have a negative opinion on the Road Worn series other than I agree that the older versions looked fake in terms of the relic job. The newer ones look much better.

    That being said I did try out a RW Tele when they first appeared years ago and I really liked how it felt. I didn't plug it in at the time since I know what a tele sounds like. If I really wanted to buy it I would have plugged it in though. I must say that I do like the looks of the current RW 50's strat in black finish.

    I currently have two Fender style guitars that I bought used within the last 12 months. One is a 1998 Squier Affinity strat and the other is a Vantek tele copy (my avatar) that apparently was produced 30 years ago. Both these guitars look "aged" and have normal play wear. That is to be expected.

    To each his/her own!
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  5. ekkie

    ekkie TDPRI Member

    Oct 7, 2017
    the netherlands
    i have a tele 50's roadworn from 2015 and i realy think they should come with a warning, that they are so damn hard to put down!!!!!!!!
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  6. variantboy

    variantboy Tele-Meister

    Jul 4, 2008
    Well - i've gone on record many times saying how much i like the RW necks. Without going to a custom builder I'm not sure where else someone would find that neck profile with 7.25 radius with 6105 frets, without paying a very pretty penny for the whole guitar. I have a couple builds that i've specifically put these necks on and despite their warts, i really like them. Comfortable, not glossy or sticky... they have a good feel.

    With that said - i'm not in total disagreement with what some have said about these models. The relic jobs on earlier models being.. well... a little weird. Large spans of 5 or 6 frets with almost bare finish, and then 3 or 4 frets right next to that with normal finish. Was the relic job supposed to be mimicing something being spilled on the guitar?? Just strange. The later ones look better for sure.

    Also, if it's supposed to be a 50s tele - why the tex mex pickups? The neck pickup is super dark, and the bridge pickup being up at 8k despite being more period correct with no baseplate - lacked a bit of signature tele "dimension" and as a result the middle position just was missing something. I think Fender could stock these with a more balanced set (i think 50s were avg N/B 7/7.5 thereabouts) and people would be more happy.

    I can not boast having played 50 of them as some can claim... maybe i've played 5 or 6... but yes, the fret edges are 'pokey'.. but not enough to make me ignore the good/rare combination of fret profile and overall neck profile.

    the body of the guitar... well... not much to say about it... wasn't bad wasn't great.

    However - overall .. for what fender was offering these for - about $799, right? .. it wasn't an altogether bad option if you like the look/feel of a little relicing. I used to disparage the very idea of relicing altogether, but i'm somewhat converted. I just don't get why someone would buy something new that looked like someone had put it in a washing machine - and i swear some relics look like that .... but now that i know the feel/look of a tastefully reliced neck/body... i'm no longer a hater.

    bajas and roadworns... good options for the money altogether, imo.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2018
  7. telerocker1988

    telerocker1988 Tele-Afflicted

    May 2, 2010
    I much prefer the older ones. I think the relic job looks great and I've had many people try to buy mine. One guy, who I used to be in a band with, wanted to trade his wife for the guitar! I've also had many people thinking it was an old 52. So the relic job isn't THAT bad on it. I like heavy relics. I even went further with my guitar and reliced it a bit more, added a cigarette burn on the headstock, added some other things to make it look like it had been around.

    It's the best Tele I have, and I have several high end ones as well. It's airy, woody, and very acoustic-y. It has a very nice tone and sounds amazing clean or with some overdrive. It never sounds too bright. To me, it's one of a kind. It's from 2009, the first year, btw. It's just a very "organic" sound, honestly. To me, the telltale mark of a great guitar is how it rings unplugged acoustically, and this one rings and even sustains for days. Very light guitar also. Right now it has a Lollar Vintage T in the neck and a Lollar 52 in the bridge. I've had piles of pickups in this thing, just trying to find one that doesn't cover it up.

    To me the new ones aren't worn enough. I want 0 finish on the back of the necks of my guitars, and I want a very thin finish so that the wood breathes some. It gives it a bit more of an open sound. I also like Nash guitars for the very same reason. To me less is more when it comes to paint and lacquer.
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  8. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    Buy a newer used one.

    Put Blackguard, Original Vintage or Nocaster pickups in there.

    The newer ones have a more convincing age job. The older ones look terrible, really amateurish.
  9. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Friend of Leo's

    I thought the rule was to use "IMO" when making a discourse BASED ON OPINION!!!


    For the record, I think the roadworns are great. If they weren't so bloody expensive here.
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  10. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    Your answer has nothing to do with the question that was asked. Guys like you always feel the need to vent your relic hate in every thread that mentions road worns or relics, why? Just taking the opportunity to mention that you have "the real thing " one more time?
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  11. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY

    Yeah, you're acting like you are superior.
  12. AndrewG

    AndrewG Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2007
    Exeter, England
    That Lyle, was sold in the UK as 'Commodore'. I had one back in the 60s (my first electric), and I recognised it right away. Cost my dad £38.
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  13. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

    Aug 23, 2014
    Just one guy's opinion. I started playing electric guitar professionally in the 60's and still do. I've owned a lot of high end guitars over the decades. I picked up my 2016 RW Tele in a small shop a year ago and loved it from the git go. It has everything I look for in a guitar, great playability, construction and sound, and I'm partial to Fender types these days. I especially love the neck on mine (yes, the frets could use a dress and I'll take care of it when I wear it out a little more). I put in compensated saddles and a treble bleed right away - cheap and easy. I've always had to take care of something with any new guitar anyway. I really couldn't care less about the looks. Yeah, I would prefer real vintage blonde, sea foam green, whatever. Oh well, it's not bad as it is. It has turned out to be a great workhorse Telecaster, my favorite. I get an unusual number of compliments on the sound. I'm down to 11 electric guitars. I take 2 to the gig. One of them is the 2016 RW. It's the one out of my others that I can't seem to put down. That's what its all about for me anyway.

    At last weekend's gig :):

    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
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  14. Willy-son

    Willy-son TDPRI Member

    I have a newer one and love it. Very mild relicing. Added aged brass saddles and Seymour Duncan Antiquity neck humbucker. The stock bridge pickup is great. It's now my main guitar. Like any guitar under a grand new it will need a setup when you get it. The finish is fantastic!
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  15. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    How many times has anyone come up to you after a gig an accused you of being a poser and perpetrating fake mojo?

    I'm guessing zero.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
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  16. dalezjc

    dalezjc TDPRI Member

    Jun 16, 2017
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Love the Road Worn Tele's
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  17. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Friend of Leo's

    Haha, Awesome!
  18. Art VanDelay

    Art VanDelay Tele-Holic

    May 20, 2018
    I almost started a riot on another forum when I sarcastically said I was going to relic my car by cracking a headlight and sanding my hood so it looks oxidized.
  19. OldStyleBlues

    OldStyleBlues TDPRI Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Once you play one, you’ll get it.
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  20. jtelecaster62

    jtelecaster62 Tele-Meister

    Jan 16, 2014
    Adding my two cents. Why? Because I feel like it.

    I'm about to obtain my second RW50 Tele in Blonde. My first RW ranks among the top 3 guitars that I truly regret selling. As a point of reference, I've owned an AVRI 52, a Wildwood Thin Skin Hot Rod 52, multiple MIJ & MIA Teles, as well as more Les Pauls than I can possibly count. Somehow, compared to ALL of these great guitars, that first 2014 Road Worn Tele ranked among the best of the long list. It just had that mojo. Granted, I installed OV 50 pups and new controls along with some Rutters saddles, but that beast was killer!

    Conversely, I spent about an hour at Elderly Music in Lansing last week playing a wide selection of Teles, including a few mid to heavy relic CS models. It is my opinion that the RW50 Blonde Tele is EVERY bit as good as those CS models that I played, aside from possibly the pups. The relic work on those CS models was WAY over the top and wasn't very convincing. It wasn't horrible, but I'd take the light relic on the RW at less than 1/4 of the cost, any day of the week. Of the three CS Teles that I played, they all had sharp fret ends and just weren't anything special to play.

    In closing, I have a solid point of unbias reference, and I'm here to say that the RW50 Tele is a killer guitar for the $899 price tag.
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