2008 Fender Ash Body Tele MIM - any experience with a similar?

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  1. oldmark

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    Looking at one online, nice grain wood finish ash body, maple board, tort shell PG, standard electronics and 6 saddle bridge...all factory, good condition but for one bump on the back/bottom.
    Play one? Like it? Hate it?
    Thoughts, please - thank you!
     
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    I own one. 2008 as well. Got it used dirt cheap as it needed work (noisy/loose input jack, stripped strap button, proper setup). It's my first and only Tele and I love it. Gigging with it this weekend. Mine is a tad heavy, but great tone from the stock pickups. Tuners work well. Really can't fault it and would recommend it to anyone. Good luck!
    P.S. It's my avatar pic...
     
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    Just took the pics now...Not sure about the torti PG , but it does grow on you...
    Looks like a 2 piece body judging from the grain. Pickups are pretty good, too.
    Neck pup can be jazzy, bridge can be Tele...hard to go wrong.
    This is my second MIM Telecaster in the last 2 weeks...These things are great!
     
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    Easiest way to tell the number of pieces is to look at the end grain along the bottom. Not sure if the pic makes it obvious, but mine is a 4 piece. They do a pretty good job of grain matching on the top though...number of pieces not as apparent...
     

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    I have one. Or sorta have one.
    The only original things left are the pickguard, neck plate, control plate and body.
    So, to answer your question if I like it or hate it - i can't be sure. I like the parts that are still there.
     
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    Love the parts you're with...
     
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    Mine does look like it's two pieces...right down the middle. I doubt it matters much, but it looks that way... IMG_1285.JPG That seems to be it...
     
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    Agreed...doesn't really matter. You scored yourself a nice one. Looks great. Enjoy!
     
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    All that shows is that it's at least two pieces, check at the horns on the end for more seams (not that it matters really, how many pieces a body is made from).

    Nice guitar either way!
     
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    A friend of mine got one and he loves it. Every now and then I'll offer to buy it from him, but he won't sell. It's just a MIM Tele, but his is a nice one. I've been keeping my eyes open for a used one, but nothing has turned up yet. In my experience, people who own them generally like them.
     
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    Had one. Regret selling it. Loved the ash body (bright and resonant) and Tex-Mex pickups (alnico). Only thing I did was swap in a B/W/B 'guard. Bear in mind that ash tends to be on the heavy side.
     
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    Found this one on GC's Used guitars site... look under Used Fender Telecaster there - several pages of them, prices generally pretty good.
    This one came with a nice flat hard case for under $300...needed some clean up and tweaking, clean frets, strings, etc...nothing big.
     
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    I'm used to Les Pauls and basses...this ain't nothin'
     
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    Just did that - it's 4 pieces but somebody did a nice job matching the grain... It sustains great and has a very nice clear tone...and I think I notice a slight difference from my 2013 Alder body Telecaster...maybe...
     
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    I've noticed how this one cuts through in a live mix - more than any other guitar I own. Not sure if it's the ash or just a characteristic of the Telecaster in general. Great guitars man...
     
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    Amen, brother.

    The neck needed a little tweeking on mine, but that's done. Plays just fine and sounds great. Got it really cheap from GC - about $250 - because it needed just a little work.
    Did the work, love this Telecaster.

    Added- I have to stop now...I have 2 Mexican Teles, a Squier CV and a parts Tele...I'm afraid I have enough of them now...
     
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