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Determining model of Mexican Fender

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  1. Jones89

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    Hi guys,

    Does anyone know if it's possible to determine a model of Fender via the serial number?

    A guy is selling a Mexican tele, that I think is a classic series 50's tele, but I'm not sure and would like to know.

    - Jonas.
     
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  2. boris bubbanov

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    J, you could contact Fender in Scottsdale. Sometimes they can match the serial number directly to the model, down to the color.

    If you can provide us with the color, fretboard material, type of tuning machine, type of bridge, color of pickguard - these kinds of things - we can probably tell just from that which model it is. A view of the guitar body with the pickguard removed, tells so much.

    The model you describe, only came in a semi-transparent "white" blonde, 2 tone sunburst, and black, but there were "FSR" examples in other colors and this is particularly the case in Europe (due to Thomann and others).
     
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    You have to create an account and act like you're going to "register" the guitar, but it'll look up the serial for you before you complete the "registration".

    In general, if a MIM Fender has the spaghetti logo and a 3-saddle bridge, it's not a Standard.
     
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    Here are two pictures of it. It has marple neck (glossed), 3-saddle bridge and vintage tuners, if I'm correct.
     

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    Yep, most likely a '50s Classic.

    And jeez, who taught that guy how to string a guitar?
     
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    Yeah, I thought so too. Unfortunately, it's not that close to where I live, but pretty to close to where my parents live. What's the word on these Classic Series teles? I read some good stuff about them, but how do you guys think they compare to, say a Fender Vintera 50's tele?

    And yes, a re-string wouldn't hurt!
     
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    Looks like a 50's classic series to me. I had a blonde one a few years back. Great guitars!
     
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    Cool! I really like when the wood grain is visible on a sunburst, otherwise it can look a bit boring.

    I think I tried a tele like this a few years ago that was pretty good, so I might get it before someone else buy it.
     
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    I have a Classic 50's blonde. Lovely guitar. Mine has the string ends inside the tuners though. ;)
     
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    I would say '50s Classic, but for the marple neck. :D
     
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    Yeah well, English can be difficult, so sometimes you just need to take a wild shot in the heat of the battle. Maple it is, then :)
     
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    So, it is what we hoped it would be. Excellent.

    Now, just make sure the neck is straight and the frets are undamaged, and maybe check on the weight of the ash body. Most are fine, but a very small number can be quite heavy.

    Good luck!
     
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    The two tone bursts were a rarer option. Should be a sweet guitar.
     
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    What a waste of split shaft tuners.
     
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    Yeah, the question is just whether I've the guts to wait untill I can try it in person of if I should just go for it and hope for the best buying it untried. I don't see used Classic Series very often and I've been wanting a tele for several years now...
     
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    I think you have to check it out in person.

    Here's why: This model is the vintage sized wire (6230) and then Ensenada sprayed a coat of poly over that and while it works just great when frets are new or pristine, the relative life span of such frets is shorter than most of the other MIM products. The frets are there, they're just partially submerged in plastic.

    Less important is the chance the ash body is too heavy for your liking.
     
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    I got 'corrected' a few months ago at a Guitar Center after asking (in my loud way) "is that a Mexican Strat up there ?" to a polite " It was made in Mexico, yes "
    just sayin' ...chuckling...
     
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    Was it next to the American Strat?
     
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