Anyone on here own a 1982-1984 Fullerton RI?

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I bought this new in 1983. This shows the original pickups. I put Bardens in 15 or 20 years ago. Still have the originals. Everything else is stock. Great guitar! Still looks fairly new even though it's going on 40 years old. Apparently I don't have toxic sweat. Same guitar in my avatar.

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I had a March 1982 Fullerton-built "Vintage" Telecaster (as they called it back then), what we know today as the '52RI.

Serial number was less than 1000. A5 pickups were microphonic, neck was a slim C, body edge radius was laughable, and now they go for mega bucks.

Never again!
 

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Yep my number one. sn. 037X. also have a 1982 strat 57.
Still see a lot of dissing of these guitars. But they play as well as any custom shop.
Funny they were good enough for David Gilmour.
They are now older than the guitars they were replicating. And many of the same employees from the golden era were still at the factory at the time.
Like any Fender guitar your mileage may vary.
 

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I bought this new in 1983. This shows the original pickups. I put Bardens in 15 or 20 years ago. Still have the originals. Everything else is stock. Great guitar! Still looks fairly new even though it's going on 40 years old. Apparently I don't have toxic sweat. Same guitar in my avatar.

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Wow, that is so clean. Congrats! Don't you know that it should look like this now? :p

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Left to right: 1984 Fender '52 reissue Telecaster, 1983 Fender P-Bass (not a reissue), and 1984 Fender '57 reissue Strat. The Strat was my one of the favorite guitars in the '80s. I recorded lots of demos on it, because it paired so well with a Scholz Rockman going into my cassette four-track recorder. I had the fretboard replaned to a 9.5 radius a few years ago, and it's become a favorite once again.

Vintage ads for those guitars from the '80s:

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And my November 2004 Vintage Guitar article: Fender's First Reissues.
 

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I had a March 1982 Fullerton-built "Vintage" Telecaster (as they called it back then), what we know today as the '52RI.

Serial number was less than 1000. A5 pickups were microphonic, neck was a slim C, body edge radius was laughable, and now they go for mega bucks.

Never again!
I recall replacing my neck pickup with a Seymour Duncan Broadcaster.
 

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Left to right: 1984 Fender '52 reissue Telecaster, 1983 Fender P-Bass (not a reissue), and 1984 Fender '57 reissue Strat. The Strat was my one of the favorite guitars in the '80s. I recorded lots of demos on it, because it paired so well with a Scholz Rockman going into my cassette four-track recorder. I had the fretboard replaned to a 9.5 radius a few years ago, and it's become a favorite once again.

Vintage ads for those guitars from the '80s:

i-dGQLCMt-X3.jpg


i-VFGfgg7-X3.jpg


And my November 2004 Vintage Guitar article: Fender's First Reissues.
Story is that 57 strat was a Japanese made guitar as the the USA was not ready. I Can't remember where the rumour came from.
As a kid I had that catalogue
 

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Story is that 57 strat was a Japanese made guitar as the the USA was not ready. I Can't remember where the rumour came from.
I hadn't heard that one before, but by about 1987, when the frets were really worn down on the R7, I mostly kept it at home and supplanted it with a Japanese Squier Strat that was another great guitar, especially considering that Squier was thought of as the discount, "beginner" line. Kind of sorry I sold it about 20 years ago:

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I hadn't heard that one before, but by about 1987, when the frets were really worn down on the R7, I mostly kept it at home and supplanted it with a Japanese Squier Strat that was another great guitar, especially considering that Squier was thought of as the discount, "beginner" line. Kind of sorry I sold it about 20 years ago:

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Mine have been both re-feted twice.
Other thing was Ted Greene's guitars were some of the ones used to model the Tele.

 




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