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Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by Collin D Plonker, Mar 2, 2021.
Or is this year's Custom Shop Prestige Line the ugliest bunch of guitars you ever saw?
Definitely not my cup o tea.
Investors? Definitely not me!
They look like something that would be hung on the wall in the office of a corporate executive who wants to show off what a cool dude he is in real life.
Agreed in general, but I do like the look of the acrylic Jazzmaster.
emporer's new clothes
i wouldn't play any of those except the amber one w P90s
Eh, they're just fun little statement pieces. If not for stuff like this we'd all be driving black Ford Model T's, playing blonde telecasters with maple fingerboards. What fun is that??
3rd & 5th from the left, I like. The far right Strat would look better w/ a different pickguard.
The 2nd from the left? WTF? It looks like someone took an Aria neck, slapped in on a Tele shaped Kay body & installed a humbucker they had sitting in a drawer, then prayed it would intonate.
I don't mind to two Teles with Maple necks, but I wouldn't want to spend CS prices on them to be honest.
There goes another rain forest. Ah well, I'm sure someone will buy this hodge podge of horse s***!
There is not a one of them that I would be interested in...
NOPE. 1. the concept of "statement piece" is bogus in multiple vectors. for starters, the statement should be coming from my fingers through the amp. Does anyone care what Art Tatum's piano looks like?
2. The cool thing about "rocky" or any of hendrix's guitars ETC. is that the artist or someone close to them customized the guitar themselves: so in these cases the "statement" is something along the lines of "i'm able to spend tons of cash on something someone else told me is cool"
3. A custom-shop knock-off of a danelectro is something i never thought i'd see . . .
4. The only statement i see from things like this is "why Fender's are over-priced re: Hartley Benton etc"
I hate to be a naysayer, but ....
To be honest, I very much respect the workmanship and artistry that goes into the custom shop art guitars. But I haven’t ever seen one I would be interested in owning. No accounting for taste I suppose.
It's 2021, and the electric guitar has probably reached it's zenith in popularity, musically and culturally. Gibson moves 300 units per DAY. Fender doesn't even disclose their production numbers but I would add a few zeros to Gibson's number. Modern guitar culture is a completely different animal than back then. Gibson studied some analytics and discovered that the average player today owns something like 7 guitars. It's impossible to compare a mid-20th century ideal of what's "cool" to today's standards. If they knew as much as we do now back then, Jimi would have sought out vintage strats signed "TG" on the neck, and Fender would have lost out on millions of $$ not selling reissue strats with a big headstock.
All this to say that guitar culture has expanded well beyond the days of two-tone burst, or car colors for a 2% up-charge. People want their 15th Telecaster to me made out of meteorite and hand built by Paul Waller now.
The tele with P90's is a nice simple design, I like it. The rest, not so much.
"it's impossible to compare" & yet you started to do just that . . .
'guitar culture,' especially the one projected by stunts like these intruments, is largely a figment of the marketing depts of the companies. that faux danelectro will tell you that even the custom shop is still looking at people like dan auerbach and david lindley or jack white as much as at bonnamassa.
and, for all we know, Hendrix woulda hung out with gabor szabo for a while and come back playing an es150 with a charlie christian pickup or an mim tele with locking tuners . . .
More nonsensical crapocasters from the minds of Fender’s product line management.
I'd kick every one of those out of bed for eatin' crackers.
The only one I’d even consider is the Tele with the P90 pickups. Even that Orange is a bit garish.