CME Exclusive Fender AO ‘50s Telecaster “Thin Lacquer” Blackguard with Roasted Maple Neck

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  1. RYAN1987M

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    With all of the excitement for NAMM and for the newly announced Fender 70th Anniversary Broadcaster, I think that this little announcement from Chicago Music Exchange (CME) seems to have slipped under the radar.

    It sounds like CME is releasing a CME Exclusive Fender American Original '50s Telecaster. And, perhaps most excitingly, their touting a 'thin lacquer' finish!

    Edit - just found the link on the CME website and can confirm that it has a Roasted Maple Neck too!

    https://www.chicagomusicexchange.co...de-wroasted-maple-neck-cme-exclusive/29918751

    Listed for $1,974.99 USD

    "This Fender American Original '50s Telecaster features a CME Exclusive "Thin Lacquer" Blackguard Blonde finish and Roasted Maple Neck!"

    Honestly, for my tastes, I'm more excited about this release than the Broadcaster announcement (due to a personal preference for 9.5" radius fingerboards).

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    How much?
     
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    "This Fender American Original '50s Telecaster features a CME Exclusive "Thin Lacquer" Blackguard Blonde finish and Roasted Maple Neck!"
     
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    That's...ummm....perfect!
     
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    OK then...
     
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    Heck.
     
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    I'm curious about that. CME hasn't yet explained what 'Thin Lacquer' means...but I wonder if it's their equivalent to 'Thin Skin'. If it is, then perhaps these don't actually have that poly undercoat.
     
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    It also appears the price is cheaper at CME - $1,974.99 vs $2,199.00
     
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    I find for these types of clarifications, it's best to call the supplier and pray they know what they're talking about lol. I was going to buy a Jimmy Page white blonde Tele from Wildwood when they first came out, but called them first and they knew from talking with Fender that its finish was the same as the AO's.
     
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    Very pretty!!
     
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    Beautiful. It’s a winner!
     
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    It's ash, it needs a grain filler. What are they using under the thin lacquer?

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    I put a Warmoth roasted maple neck on my Esquire build. Finished with pure Tung oil and then waxed, and love it. Gave the guitar an 'instant old' vibe. But that is a Fender I might actually buy!
     
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    I think this poly sealer thing makes almost no difference as they’ve always had sealers on the body of different formulas and the current one isn’t some sort of super thick anomaly

    I recently had a chip on my A.O 60’s and the finish is a lot thinner than the internet myth makes them out to be
     
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    You won't convince the poly undercoat naysayers.
     
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    Correct.

    There's also poly filler and nitro based filler. Purists want no poly on a nitro guitar. Does the current iteration of the AO's make a big difference? No, probably not. They're still incredible. But purists will be purists.
     
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    FWIW, I think the above pictures are outstanding. That is an amazing display of grain imo, and the roasted isn't too dark. Sometimes the roasted necks are very dark, to each their own on that, but I like the lighter pictured one a lot!

    The only actual issue I see from the pictures, and it's in another recent post on here, is the E strings are close to the edges and the neck is aggressively rolled with the fret edges beveled to match. Had to let go of my dream guitar (2016 52) because of the edges/neck.
     
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