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50's Thinline ?????????????

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by Gary in Boston, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    Does it bother anybody else that the Fender Custom Shop issued a 50's Thinline when no such item ever existed ?

    Isn't there enough mis information out there on the internet w/o the actual company in charge of the history of the Telecaster making stuff up ?

    Do they say in their marketing " We know this guitar didn't exist in the 50's but hey if it did it would have looked like this"

    What's next?

    Why not a 50's Nashville Tele ?

    How about a wide range humbucker equipped 50's Strat ?

    Am I being grumpy, old school,

    Gary
     
  2. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I don't think this guitar is about historic accuracy or misinformation. Fender came up with a new hybrid guitar that may be very appealing to some players. I for one, would like to play one and see what it sounds and feels like--I love Thinlines.
     
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  3. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I loved the idea *shrugs*
     
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  4. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I though that was a little odd, but not "wrong".
    My dream Tele looks like a Thinline, but ain't.
    I love the F hole, and the shape of the pickguard.
    I do not like the resonance/sound of Thinlines.
    My avatar critter is close, but still not exactly right.
     
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  5. robt57

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    Seeing how easy most folks here [not me] will build [me] or buy anything new, different new, and especially a crazy [sometimes me] deal...

    Fender may well drive what they put out in the market based on the TDPRI model.
     
  6. 3-Chord-Genius

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    It sounds like more of a hybrid than a re-issue. Cool idea, I think. There are so many telecaster variations out there now, re-issues and such, I don't even know what is historically accurate anymore - all I know is what looks cool.
     
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  7. JohnS

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    It's absolutely wrong, and get off my lawn. :mad::lol:
     
  8. Artslap

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    From the marketing:

    "The perfect balance of light and dark, the Limited Edition Relic ‘50s Tele Thinline definitively answers the question “What if the Telecaster Thinline had been released in the ‘50s, instead of ‘68?”

    I don't think it was a question anyone was asking (except Fender Marketing), but still...

    CP
     
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  9. robt57

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    Well the folks that will pluck down the coin will realize the would have eventually, or maybe were about to. o_O
     
  10. Artslap

    Artslap Tele-Afflicted

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    Still, Fano have an entire portfolio devoted to such questions...

    It'll sell.

    Cp.
     
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  11. horseman308

    horseman308 Tele-Holic

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    No.

    Who cares? Seriously, who cares?

    Don't like it? Don't buy it. Don't even bother playing it. God forbid people try something new and different and find out it works better than they thought.

    I get the whole vintage/nostalgia thing most of the time, but this is one area where getting twisted because it's not vintage-correct or whatever makes no sense to me. It's their company, they can call it whatever they want, and they're not even trying to hide it.
     
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  12. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    I love hybrid stuff.

    Put a girl in cowboy boots and a little black dress? I'm hooked.

    Les Paul Special/Junior body with Tele-style pickups and controls? Hand it over.

    A weird-looking mutt dog, with God-knows-what heritage? That'll be the best dog you ever have.

    So a Thinline (love it) Telecaster (love it) with 1950's accruements (love it)? Well, I just said, "Love it," three times, so what do you think I feel about it.

    My #1 Telecaster is a combination of elements (historical, modern, vintage and anachronistic) that Leo never put together in one instrument--but it works for me, so...

    You can't make me get off your lawn! :p
     
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    Why would it bother me that they made a guitar that never existed that's way out of my price range?
     
  14. blowtorch

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    Why in the world should they feel limited to only making stuff that actually existed?

    The answer is of course, there is no reason they should

    It's not like the Custom Shop is known for only ever making reissues of guitars from the past, and now they're pulling a fast one, or something
     
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    I'm pretty shure it actually exists.
     
  16. screamin eagle

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    I agree BT. The custom shop isn't a historic shop. "Custom". While I won't be in the market for one, what's wrong with a 50's style semi-hollow tele? 50's type pickups, 50's type bridge/saddle. 50's type neck. F-hole semi hollow body.

    Doesn't sound like a particularly bad combination to me.

    I don't see it on their website. Does anyone have a link to what it is exactly that we're talkin' 'bout?
     
  17. screamin eagle

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    Are you Suhr?
     
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    It's a "Custom Shop" not a "Recreate Historically Accurate Instruments Shop."

    So, yes, you are being grumpy.

    And I will now get off of your lawn. ;)
     
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    I probably wouldn't have gone with that name myself (who knows what fenders marketing team is doing?). All it really has in common with a 50s tele that's exclusive to 50s telecasters is the string tree and the pickups, everything else can be found on later models like the bridge, tuners, etc. Also it has an lacquered rosewood neck (rosewood neck not fretboard as in the whole neck is made from one piece of fretboard and maybe a walnut stripe). I don't have a problem with the model but I wouldn't have labeled it a 50's style fender guitar, after all didn't Leo Fender make the broadcaster/esquire/nocaster/telecaster because it was a simple and cheap alternative to archtop semi-hollows? Fender making a thinline in the 50's but that would require skilled labourers and non native timber and that would cost more money... :eek:

    EDIT: I like it but I would have much prefered it if it was a closet classic, NOS or timemachine edition what ever means it's the shiniest than that relic.
     
  20. backporchmusic

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    I came here to say this.
     
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