Convince me to buy a Custom Shop!

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by smuc, Jul 22, 2021 at 9:31 AM.

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  1. smuc

    smuc Tele-Meister

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    So, I have an AV 64 tele, an AV 65 strat, an MIJ Troublemaker tele, a Squier Esquire and a Chinese made Gretsch. Every single one of them is an amazing guitar. I got everything I need and I have been looking for a good reason to buy a Custom shop Fender, but still cannot find it.

    I have tweaked and set up all of my guitars to death and all of them fit like a glove, and every time I grab a CS, they just don‘t justify the extra cost, and to be honest, don‘t even sound better. Perhaps I have this tone of my guitars engraved in my mind and they serve as a benchmark for everything else.

    Maybe I should just shut up and be grateful for already playing some world class instruments…

    But hey, maybe you convince me? :D
     
  2. stepvan

    stepvan Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Buy it because you deserve it! How's that?
     
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    LOSTVENTURE Friend of Leo's

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    I have no problem talking anybody into a CS. I am lucky enough to have aquired 2, the EC and the Mary Kaye Strat. I bought both of mine used, for less than the cost of a single new one, so keep your eyes opened.
     
  4. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nope, I can’t and won’t do it.
     
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    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    After selling all my guitars and pedals to chase one of my dream guitars,

    id say do it. It maybe my only guitar for a while, but dang, its one heck of a guitar.
     
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    smuc Tele-Meister

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    Hmmm, nice try. My playing unfortunately, does not deserve even most of the ones I already own… :confused:

    And I‘m not kind of a guy to reward myself just for the sake of it. If I‘m buying it it needs to feel or sound better than what I already have.
    I mostly buy used, and I am on the lookout. I just still have not played a CS that left an impression on me.
     
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    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    I'm afraid I have no good arguments to offer.
    The good side being that you already have all you need to make the best music you can!
     
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    smuc Tele-Meister

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    I guess I still need to find one like that.

    One of my friends did exactly that for an very old 335. The guitar is worth a lot but every time I play it, it does not feel like anything special. For him, it‘s the best guitar in the world.
     
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    smuc Tele-Meister

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    Love it, I guess that‘s also one part of the reason why I cannot justify a CS :)
     
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    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I would never buy a guitar based on a human recommendation--unless it comes from one of my guitar pals that I trust.

    Pick up and play as many as you can, and the guitar will recommend itself to you.

    Or not!

    I have two CS Fenders (a Tele and a Strat) in my guitar library and both are pure magic. Really.
     
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    nickmsmith Tele-Meister

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    Nah. What will a CS do for you, that the other guitars won’t? If you buy a new one, it will decrease in value immediately, just like any other guitar.

    if you find one and love it, great! Otherwise, I don’t think it’s necessary.

    a cheaper guitar can be set up to feel like a CS. And pickups are swappable. People can’t tell a CS sound from a regular line sound.
     
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    What leaves you cold about 'em? Ultimately, if the price were the same as a new AmStandard, would a CS guitar be competitive to you? I guess the question I'm asking is whether the label is a turnoff, or the product itself?
     
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    I certainly understand the itch to shop/buy/compare/setup/tweak etc. but this is a solution in search of a problem. You aren't impressed by CS and you don't know what you'd want them to make you. Why do you want one then - status symbol? Never-ending quest for "the best guitar ever"? Maybe you're better off casually hitting guitar shops - small and local if possible - until something sings in your hands, or doing a build with Warmoth/Allparts/GFS etc. Or like you said, just play the awesome instruments you have.

    Hilariously, this is the most anti-GAS set of responses I've ever seen in a guitar thread in my 16 years perusing forums.
     
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    tery Doctor of Teleocity

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    bcorig Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    If “every time I grab a CS, they just don‘t justify the extra cost, and to be honest, don‘t even sound better” is your experience, you are in Gotta Acquire Stuff/“just so I can say I had one” territory. Only you can determine if those justify the outlay.
     
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    The best Strat I ever owned was a 2007 CS 1960 model.
    It was a GC special run, black with matching headstock.
    Being, uh, older, I owned many 50-60s Strats.
    This was as good, or better.
    It wasn’t new, or really that expensive when I bought it, about $2,000.
    I sold it to a friend, who tours with it.
    Conversely, if you’re satisfied with what you have, then you’re done, IMO.
     
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    Try a G&L
     
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    tfarny Poster Extraordinaire

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    So your current guitars are awesome and they do exactly what you want and you don't think a CS guitar will do anything for you? Maybe you need a boutique amp instead or a ton of super expensive boutique pedals.
     
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    If you have the means to buy a CS and it won't remove funds from necessities, and you want it, buy one. If it was me, I'd take my #1 and play side by side with multiple CSs until you find the one. I wish I had done this when bought a Les Paul standard this year. I still prefer my LP Special over the LP so now I have a "pricey" guitar that sits on a stand and looks pretty
     
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    If you can snag a used CS that speaks to you for a few hundred less than new, that seems like a good reason: you got a deal.

    I'll probably never own one. Once you get to a certain price point, typically $2k, I can't see a practical reason to go further, as you can buy a slightly cheaper used guitar that will be exactly as perfect except need a 4way switch, different color pickgaurd, etc.

    But, if you're financially able to scoop a CS and really want one, I'm not sure why not. They cost about what top of the line production US Gretsch costs, so I'd go for one of those and stick with teles costing $500-$1500.

    I'd want a specific and unique color, setup, etc. So I'd price myself out for sure. I saw a sparkle CS for like $4.5k on an add that had a Bigsby and 2 tv jones pickups, "journeyman " relic. I thought "sucks it doesn't have a tele single in the bridge and lighter relic....".
    Plainly, there would never be any pleasing me.......
     
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