american standards...your thoughts now that they're discontinued?

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  1. Big Lug

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    I really, really, really like mine. 2015 American Standard. Mods: changed the string tree to a button-style one. Wife bought it for me for one of those milestone birthdays. Rocked it like crazy and it always held its own on stage. Recently downsized from a big iron tweed amp to a Princeton Reverb and I am enjoying a second honeymoon. To each their own.

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  2. Crawldaddy

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    My experience has been a mixed bag:

    2008 Am Std had a twisted neck. Even a Plek could not save it. Sold it off.

    1995 Am Std was okay, but a little too heavy, even for a strat.

    My conclusion is that the Am Std and any 'modern' USA range is just not for me.

    From now on it's parts-assemblies only. I love putting guitars together from specifically chosen parts suppliers like Warmoth, Allparts and MJT, and getting a great reaction from people when they try my creations because they are astounded by the end product and how much I paid for all the parts, which is typically <$1000.
     
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    while it is always possible to get a "bummer", regardless of year built or country of origin, it happens, but overall the American Standards have been very consistent. I was fortunate to grab a used 08 back in Nov 2018, a wall hanger for $799 at GC , I couldn't put it down. It is now my #1 even of over my treasured 89/52RI. But the fact of the matter is I bought it because it FELT like my 89/52RI. I had a reference. Interestingly enough there were two others just WAITING for me to be done with it. One even said "hey man let me try it" . I wasn't born last night , I said.. "wait till I'm done". If I handed it over it would have been HIS. Even the GC clerk kinda laughed, she looked at me and said " smart move " ! I replied, go get the case ! I went into the store looking for a new strap which they gave me !

    I don't know if all American Standards are the same, probably not, but the series from 08 to 12 are pretty darn good .

    I can't speak to the other 3 or 4 million laying around out there.

    That 08 now has a Forrest Lee Jr B Bender installed , its one fine Instrument.

    I guess the moral to the story is before we pick up the NEW guitars which are under a grand, at least take a LOOK at the used guitars hanging on the wall on the other side of the store. Ya never know. The fact that someone traded this guitar in for whatever reason is proof positive that one mans JUNK is another mans Diamond !

    I did let the other guy play the guitar after I bought it, he said the same thing as me, "Best Telecaster in the store". Especially at $799.
     
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    I had a couple back in the 90s. They were toys for kids, not the pro musician. They failed miserably onstage, and half the screws were stripped from the factory on the Strat. The Tele had no balls onstage.
     
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  6. superjam144

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    That sounds like operator error.

    An Am Std tele can keep up with SRV's strat on any stage with a good tube amp.
     
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    The American Standards were the best thing Fender done in the last 20-30 years imo.

    The build, the bridge pickup and those wonderful necks are a definite asset. Most importantly, the feel of these is really something imo.
     
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    Agreed. The necks are awesome. The quality of the rosewood on mine is outstanding.
     
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    Bumpity bump.
     
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    Got a brand new 95 with my first income tax check. White with rosewood. Amazed I still have it. Can't imagine playing anything else. It's all I know.

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  12. Electric Mud

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    Guitar porn. [​IMG]

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    I have a 1990 American Standard Tele I bought used in '94. I've owned close to 30 guitars in my lifetime, and this one is my number one. I've modded it with Barden pickups, a 4-way switch and a Parsons-White bender.

    I've owned and played "nicer" Teles that don't have this one's sound. It's an unmistakable Tele character, but slightly thicker, fatter, and fuller with a wonderful harmonic richness that sounds amazing with natural tube breakup. It does Don Rich twang, smooth, woody blues and even AC/DC crunch as good or better than any guitar I've ever played.

    I admit I didn't know what a great instrument this was when I bought it; I had to play a lot of others to be able to appreciate it. A few years ago I bought an amazing Custom Shop '62 reissue and had the same Barden, 4-way and Parsons-White mods. It's a gorgeous, very high quality instrument but I'm sad to admit it doesn't have the wonderful sound of my American Standard, so it mostly hangs on my wall where I admire its stunning looks.

    Very recently, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy another early post-CBS American Standard for a great price. Oddly, it's a 1990 by serial number but has an April, 1991 neck stamp. It shows some telltale signs of being 30 years old, but it's hardly been played. The frets still have that stiff, scratchy feel. I did the Barden and 4-way mods on it and it sounds every bit as good as my #1.

    There's some odd alchemy they put into making these, I'm convinced of it. I've considered that my opinion of their tone can be explained by personal preference, but there seems to be a tonal quality when compared to 'lesser' Teles that is like comparing the tone of a cheap dollar store wind chime to a bigger, nicer one; anyone with two ears should be able to hear a difference, I believe.

    Also have a 2013 American Standard Strat that I bought new. It's also an amazing sounding and playing instrument with great fit-and-finish. I'd put it against my factory-PLEK'd USA G&L Legacy any day.
     
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  14. Electric Mud

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    I hear complaints about the thin neck and 6 saddle bridge, but again it's all I've known for 25 years. Those baseball bat necks just feel weird. And I love the tone bypass.

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    White tele with a rosewood neck is sweet.
     
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  16. Electric Mud

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    Undoubtedly.
    Inherited the Gretsch when my daughter quit playing due to an iphone being permanently attached to her hand. Can't really dig it though. Even with 11's.

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    I visit my American Standard, on average, five times a day. It is a porcelain white unit, with a water saver tank!:p:D:rolleyes::lol:
     
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    The American Standard series have certainly held their value. Far better than my 401k, comic book collection or all those baseball cards. I believe I paid around $700 for mine brand new in the middle of the 90's. Seems like I could get that back out of it. Not that I'd ever part with it.

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  19. Electric Mud

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    Haha. I see what you did there.

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  20. superjam144

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    I think that price was fair for a great instrument... Seems like they keep going up and up, but beggars can't be choosy! I will admit, I won't buy a guitar without the Fender name on it... USA too.
     
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