An unusual (but cool) 1996 'Custom' Fender Telecaster

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  1. vibrolucky

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    I picked up this a couple of months ago and thought I'd share it here. Bought from Doug Mills, now retired Director of Operations at Fender Musical Instruments, who retired here in Alabama. He was an engineer, and count not play a lick on guitar. Guys who worked for him in assembly decided to teach him how to play during lunch breaks, and built this guitar for him in 1996 using an interesting combination of parts you wouldn't get otherwise. Not a custom shop build, but custom made for him at the factory. Doug was kind enough to give lots of details about the guitar and its pedigree, including a letter verifying its authenticity (otherwise it would be seen as just a parts-o-caster and worth only the sum of it's parts). The guitar did not get played much at all and spent most of its life hanging on the wall in his office :)

    First off it's a crazy lightweight guitar (approximately 6.5 lbs) SPRUCE top chambered body, finished in 3-color sunburst. Fender offered some of these in 1996, but the factory model had the 'American Standard' style neck. This one has a 52' AVRI neck (pencil dated XX-XX-96), as well as a 52' style bridge (with serial number) and brass saddles (I changed those to steel saddles which I prefer the feel/tone of).

    I know the chambered Spruce body would be a turn-off to most Tele purists, but I'm loving the resonance of it (as well as the weight). It definitely has a different tone from that of Ash Body, a little more 'airy' sounding and not a bright as a traditional Tele. Anyways, just thought I'd share a few pics...check out the Spruce grain on the top, very much like an Acoustic guitar top (I'm assuming they used Sitka based on the grain). Enjoy!


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    Cool!
     
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    That’s amazing! But I’m pretty sure the Neck pickup is upside down? Otherwise it’s an awesome looking Tele!
     
  4. rze99

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    Very cool. Looks classy. The fact that it is unique just adds to it. Nice find.
     
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    Works OK for these guys in Greeny. lol

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    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

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    Nice guitar OP. I really like the mild figuring on the top.
     
  7. dustoff

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    Way cool !
     
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    Very cool, congrats.
     
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    congrats, really nice find.
     
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    Yes, flipping the neck humbucker orientation was done by many, including Peter Green. I believe they feel it provides better tone.
     

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    PinewoodRo Tele-Afflicted

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    Amazing!
     
  12. Wally

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    Nice looking guitar. That spruce top and chambered body would work well if a person wanted to use some piezo saddles on the guitar.
     
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    I did it to my 335 by accidents. Sounds good enough that I have no desire to change it. If it ain't broke...
     
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    No but it makes your coffee taste better.
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    A beautiful and very special Telecaster! :) Thanks for sharing.
     
  16. Wally

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    Re: the pickup orientation. IF the adjustable pole pieces are radiused properly for the fretboard/bridge radius and the type of G string one runs...wound versus plain..., then the difference in that orientation will be more pronounced because those adjusted pole pieces have a bigger contribution to make to the output of the pickup.
    This reorientation of the pickup does not affect the phase relationship of the pickups. Peter Green's Les Paul's pickups were out of phase because the magnets had been flipped. That greatly affects the middle toggle position sound.
     
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    Cool guitar - classic look. Enjoy!
     
  18. vibrolucky

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    It was put in upside down by accident ;) when I took it apart to check everything out.
    Its correct now - you guys are sharp, I didn't notice it for weeks!
     
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    i could live with that
     
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