Classic 50s lacquer vs. Road Worn 50s Tele?

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  1. Loobs

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    Which would you get, and why? Price difference on the RW seems a little unjustified IMO.

    I have nice pickups waiting to go into whichever guitar.
     
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    Bump to this thread. I vote RW50s. Have an blonde '08 and it's simply outstanding. Bridge pup was changed before I acquired it & I've swapped out the neck pup as well but it is a 100% player, no doubt. Prices used to be more reasonable (got mine for $625, seen the SB ones for as low as $450) until the word got out how good they are. Now hard to find except the newer ones. EDIT: hahaha, just saw the next post. Gotta respectfully disagree with surfoverb, like the early ones much better.

    Never played Classic 50s Lacquer but I've heard good things except that most dislike the bridge pup. Had a classic 50s esquire and it was nice. Especially the neck which was just right for my tastes. Only sold because it wasn't being played enough after getting my AV64.

    Hopefully others will chime in with better comparison info for you.
     
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    roadworn!

    wait the new rw right? if it were the old rw id take the classic 50s
     
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    The new one, yup.
     
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    Don't like the relicing on the older models.
     
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    Gotcha. Still think RW > C50L.
     
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    I've always liked the looks of the roadwork series, even the first (pretty battered) version, but comparing the two, Fender's specs say the neck on the RW is poly and lacquer on the Classic 50s Lacquer Tele. Personally, I think a lacquer neck is the bee's knees, especially when it matches the body. I never quite understood why people would want different finishes, so I chose the classic 50s, but if a lacquer neck isn't a big deal to you...
     
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    I'm gonna go play a few Saturday. It's all academic until then.
     
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    the satin poly on the RW neck is to die for. Much better than sticky fender nitro.
     
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    I was really nervous about the neck since everyone says its sticky, but I think it's more comfortable than the poky neck of, say, a classic vibe Squier. But the BEST, I would think (as far as feel goes) is a tru-oil neck like on an EVH.

    Anyway, my point is that I never had a problem getting around on Fender's lacquer neck, but that's just me.
     
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    funny after playing a roadworn in a shop I went straight home, stripped my 52RI neck and refinished it in tru-oil to simulate that satin-poly feel.
    smoother than a prom queens thighs!

    i never liked any fender nitro neck ive owned
    (52RI tele, 62RI Jag, 57RI Strat)
    but, its an easy fix so no worries really
     
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    Never found it an issue either.
     
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    It's a non-issue for me to. Just put some play into a nitro neck... it will all get better. ;)
     
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    The big thing about the RW is the chunky neck and the 6105 frets.. Who really cares what the fingerboard wear looks like? If you play it hard the necks on the RW's start to dirty up real nice. The lack of wear between 10-12 is a bit odd but doesn't effect the way the guitar plays.

    Want a shiny guitar then get a Classic 50's just understand it's going to have vintage frets and a smaller neck but the fretwork will be better.

    The whole idea of asking other people what they would do doesn't make much sense to me, if you've narrowed the pool down to these two only I want to know why the Baja or the American Special isn't in the running. Is it because of the radius? Hope not because the Road Worn doesn't feel like any other 7.25" radius neck I've ever played.
     
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    Both are stocked. I will try all :)
     
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    There is also a used 50s Esquire for sale for under half the price of either.
     
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    That's my experience too. A little polish will remove any stickiness and now, a year down the line, the neck is starting to feel satin smooth, feels great.
     
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    I'd say buy this.. but until you try some others you never know. On the other hand at half price you'll have no prob moving it without being hurt. It's relatively simple to upgrade to a Tele.. a set of Nocaster pickups and a new pickguard and you've got a serious contender.
     
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    wow those are nice too
    id probably get that, you almost never see those anywhere
     
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    Came home with a Baja

    Weighs 6.5lbs, smoked the C50s Esquire which was an anchor and difficult to play with the tiny frets.


    Baja Telecaster:
     
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