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  1. John C

    NGD - 2022 Fender American Pro II Strat

    I've been seeking a Strat to replace the Schecter Nick Johnston that I've had since last September - the NJs a great guitar, super value, but it also has a thinner neck with a flatter radius than what works best for me. The NJ was sold a few weeks ago, but I've been "auditioning" since June...
  2. John C

    NGD - EVH Wolfgang Standard

    Back in July in a fit of EVH nostalgia I ordered a Wolfgang Standard maple top in a finish they called black fade; it has been on back-order status ever since. It finally shipped right before Christmas and I picked it up this week. Not much time on it yet - planning to do so today :D - but...
  3. John C

    Belated NGD - American Performer Tele

    I actually ordered this one on Black Friday after demoing one with the neck humbucker at Guitar Center and got it the following week so I've had it a month now, but was waiting until I was sure it was a keeper before posting. I started out looking at Player Teles but didn't find one that spoke...
  4. John C

    New Fenders - AO series 60s Thinline Tele & 70s Tele Custom

    No fanfare or announcement yet, but Fender has added two new Teles to the American Original series - they are up on the website. I was following a Gear Page link about new AO colors for the existing models (including burgundy mist on the AO 60s Tele!) and found these two new models: An...
  5. John C

    American Elite Replacements Leaked - American Ultra Series

    I spotted something on a USA dealers site this morning called an "American Ultra Jazzmaster", but before I could post it anywhere it was taken down. Just for kicks tonight I did a search for this and found this page on an Australian site - it appears we have the replacements for the American...
  6. John C

    NGD - PRS Vela

    After churning through a Gibson 2019 Series SG Standard Tribute, a Fender Vintera 60s Strat and a Fender Vintera 60s Modified Strat (granted the 2 Vinteras wound up being returned to Guitar Center) I've landed with this guitar - a PRS S2 series Vela. I've had it for a couple of weeks now so I...
  7. John C

    Help in valuing a Tele

    Hi All, I've been trying to sell my 2019 SG Tribute here locally for a week or so and was offered a modded MIM Tele plus cash. It started life as one of those Guitar Center/Musician's Friend FSR Deluxe Ash Teles that has the reversed control plate. It has had the control plate replaced with...
  8. John C

    Gibson SG in the house

    Well I finally parted ways with my Player series Tele - nothing really wrong with it, but the whole affair with the messed-up bridges and Fender having to replace the guitar completely (and not in my preferred color to boot - unless I wanted to still be waiting for the replacement!) just left a...
  9. John C

    Something Different - Fender American Performer Mustang

    Hi everyone - I posted this first on The Gear Page and then yesterday on Strat-Talk, but with the glitches TDPRI was having I couldn't get it posted here. So cut & paste from Strat-Talk: Let me preface this by saying I've never owned a short-scale Fender, but I've always been intregued by...
  10. John C

    Player Tele - Take 2

    Fender finally sent me my replacement Player Tele - to catch everyone up I was an early purchaser of a Player series Tele - buying one in their Sonic Red (in-between Fiesta and Hot Rod reds) over the July 4th holiday (Guitar Center sale). The early Player Teles have bent steel saddles that lay...
  11. John C

    New Player Series Tele Bridge Saddles Surface

    It looks like Fender has started using cast bridge saddles for the Player Series Teles - I noticed that some (but not all) of the guitar photos have changed to the cast saddles (both sunburst models, the white with maple neck, the sonic red and the tidepool show the cast saddles; the white with...
  12. John C

    Fender's Response - Player Tele Bridge/Re-stringing Issue

    I got a response from Brett Arney at Fender Consumer Relations about the restringing issue with the Player series Teles. They are aware of the issues; he specifically referred to it as with "first run Mexican Player Telecasters". What they will do is replace the bent steel saddles with the...
  13. John C

    NGD - Player series Tele in Sonic Red

    My first NGD in quite some time - as a bit of backstory I essentially got out of playing about 3 years ago due to being slammed by medical bills (having a $10K deductible plan sucked) and a minor wrist injury - I figured if I wasn't playing I should be the "responsible adult" and sell the gear...
  14. John C

    Fender Lead Series Owners Club

    I didn't see one so I thought I would start up a club for these. Does anyone else have a Fender Lead I, Lead II, or Lead III? Here's mine - it's a 1979 that my folks got for me around Thanksgiving that year (early Christmas present:grin:). It was probably the only time my dad was ever in a...




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