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am I officially in the telecaster club now then?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by ben smith, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Very nice!
     
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    Boom! That is one sweet gitfiddle! Congrats and welcome! Very nice, first, TC!
     
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    kinkstah Tele-Afflicted

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    Mighty fine! Enjoy that beauty
     
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    myteleplaysjazz Tele-Holic

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    I love it!
    <<<< Kinda looks like mine.
     
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    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Congrats.
     
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    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    I never get tired of that look.....................
     
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    Noice!
     
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    SapoAmpRepair TDPRI Member

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    They are chambered. I bought one early this year and read chambered ash on wildwood guitars and it almost made me not want it. I called fender and they confirmed it. I can say from experience... After pulling the trigger it doesn't bother me one bit and you can't tell at all looking at it.
     
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  9. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

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    for me that sounds good, I hate heavy guitars! but the ash must not be as good as I thought then? like I said if it's light it's from the top of the tree the good wood, I guess it's the bottom stuff after all. that does make me question things a bit though. I'm sure I'm going to love the lightness but it means it's not a two piece boy like I though it may be, how many pieces is it?
     
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    Looks like you're in the club. You know we share our women, right?
     
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  11. SapoAmpRepair

    SapoAmpRepair TDPRI Member

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    Hey Ben. I posted this other blurb in a different weight relief thread but it's probably useful here too:

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    I read up on this a bit when I was on the fence about buying my 2020 limited edition AO telecaster (mary kaye finish/hardware). I found out it was chambered and starting researching the topic. Here's what I remember ... and sorry for not citing the articles and sources (I'm pressed for time).

    There is a major shortage of ash due to flooding, climate issues, and an invasive beetle species destroying our beloved trees.
    I think the result of this going forward looks something like:
    - lightweight ash will be reserved for limited runs, and expensive custom shop models
    - We'll see other woods used more often especially for bodies where the grain isn't visible.
    - Lower end guitars will get heavier
    - Chambering will become more and more standard for guitars that do use ash
    "


    So my guess it ... most of the guitars will be chambered in the near future, and they are testing the waters and tooling with our limited edition run here.

    So I can't find a damn seam on my guitar at all. If I didn't know it was chambered I'd say it's a one piece.
    Now, it's definitely at least a two piece because of the chambering. There is a back piece they put ontop of the body after chambering the front.

    This thread on tdpri has great pictures showing how the do the chambering: https://www.tdpri.com/threads/what-is-a-chambered-telecaster.51890/

    So maybe with the ability to use wood that would otherwise be too heavy for a production guitar (through chambering), they can make more 1-piece bodies aside from the rear piece/seam? Either that or mine has parts that are so well matched that you just can't see the seam.
     
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  12. ben smith

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    this woman is out of even my league.
     
  13. olewaylonfan74

    olewaylonfan74 Tele-Meister

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    Nice! Looks official to me.
     
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  14. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

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    really interesting stuff thanks very much for that information. it looks a lot like how gretsch chamber their bodies, all 5 gretsche's i have owned resonated really nicely so for me it's probably more of a selling point but, on the other hand it's an unfortunate reminder of the state of nature and the world we live in isn't it? maybe even one day they will find an artificial substitute altogether?
     
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    You are always welcome, but beware, it seems the whole lot of us are slanted & biased to Leo's first creation. Beautiful guitar you have there, the gold really sets it off.
     
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  16. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

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    I was just wondering actually what the purists would think of this chambering business?
     
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    Well Ben Smith all I can say is Congrats on a beautiful Tele.
    I bet you're going to love that one.
     
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