Do all Tele roads lead to the '52?

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  1. tele salivas

    tele salivas Poster Extraordinaire

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    We all got our favorite telecasters, hopefully with most of us its the one we have right now.

    I love my tele. It's Bakersfield perfection, which means I got to take the tone control down to about 3 or 4 or I am going to be sticking ice picks in your ear.
    I love that!
    Not really, but I love that I can get there with the flick of a wrist. It's twangbanger deluxe! Still, when I check out telecasters at the stores, for say the last 5 or 6 years, I'm almost always been drawn to the '52 AVRI blonde/ butterscotch. More so lately since they are heavier on the blonde, rather than the butterscotch.

    And I used to really dislike that color. It's a stupid color combination really, it shouldn't work. But there it is and it looks warm and it grows on you and the sound is always there. it's the only model I try out at the stores anymore.

    Does it seem like eventually once players go '52AVRI or Nocaster, or American Vintage, somewhere in that realm, it's like the peak, never to return to other finishes, makes, or models? That any other tele is just a passing fancy and the '52AVRI is pretty much the ultimate?
    Granted, that's probably just the perception from this rank and file hack picker with a well worn MIM with some vintage appointments here and there. I don't really need another tele. I don't sound any better playing the '52, but it does feel different. Not better or worse, just different. But it seems to hold fast looking around the forum that those who get their '52 butterscotch/blondes don't mess with the rest too much.

    Hmmm....
     
  2. paratus

    paratus Friend of Leo's

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    My first Tele is a 52 AVRI. I have a BSB Baja as well. I love them both.
     
  3. J Hog

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    Even though I was born in '52 and the '52 RI's I have played have been great guitars, I wish Fender would have done a '53. To me the '53 was THE Tele. Think of the players that played '53's... Danny, Roy, James Burton, all played '53's. The real '53's I've played had serious mojo!!!
     
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    My favourite Teles are the 1950-54 era Blackguard blonde ones.The color whether light yellow or darker butterscotch(depending on aging degree)is so beautiful to my eyes and the black pickguard with maple neck perfectly compliments it.And then there is the tone....the early 1950s ones seem to have a bit more growl to the tone which is my preference too compared to some twangier Teles that exsist.I love Tele variations....early 60s with alder and rosewood or 70s style Thinlines with humbuckers are amazing too but the most iconic and desirable one for me is a nice early 50s style blackguard.
     
  5. trev333

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    I've seen pictures of them....:rolleyes:

    Telecasters are few and far between here,,,,let alone one with a AVRI title....:lol:
     
  6. Ricky D.

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    I like a fat neck. I like vintage wind pickups and have a set of OV's in my #2 Tele. I like visible grain on the body. That puts a 52RI right in my wheelhouse. :)

    My #1 is a partscaster that's as close to a blackguard as I could make it.
     
  7. boris bubbanov

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    There may be an accidental aspect to the color combination. For instance, why does one basically never see a Stratocaster in a similar color scheme? If the color scheme was intuitively arrived at, surely other designs would also feature it but none do.

    It doesn't matter, the die is cast. The fact that youngsters will accept the appearance of the guitar and sometimes prefer it, means it ain't bad. I think it means that. I really avoided sunburst guitars when I was a little shrimp but I always liked the looks of these. What took me longer was discovering how a Telecaster fit into my sound personally. I thought for the longest time I needed a big ole Gretsch, Starfire or Casino or something, to sound like me.
     
  8. Itwang

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    Yes, all roads lead to the '52. The look, the tone, the feel in my hands, mine's a 2010 AVRI and just can't get enough of it. I keep telling myself I'd like another Telecaster, but I just can't justify it since this is the one for me.........
     
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    I dunno. With BSB, over the last 5 years I've gone from huh? to cool! to meh... without ever actually owning one.

    My tele's CAR. :cool:
     
  10. trev333

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    All tele roads lead.. from... the '52..... not to it....

    your guitar is ONLY the year it was made..... it's not a '52 unless it's a real one from '52.....

    stop calling it a '52.... if it was made yesterday,,, mhea...
     
  11. 10thoufirst

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    So, where do you go from a '52? I'll tell you- a '64! Those two guitars are, in my opinion, the pinnacle of generally-available Fender guitars. I'm lucky, I've got both, but it's taken a long, long time to reach Tele Nirvana.
     
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    I have no interest in an SS tele that doesn't have a traditional 3-saddle bridge. So I broadly agree with the OP.

    I have my perfect tele already - blonde Baja with a white guard, otherwise stock.
     
  13. gmann

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    '53!
     
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    I think you and gmann are onto something there. For those of us who do not have Nacho's book or are not hip to the little variances in the early 50's blackguards, a little shift from '52 to '53 (AVRI for trev333:D) would support the little variances in wiring, neck shape and whatever else you guys could enlighten me with that would aid in a marketing plan. FMIC could totally run with that. We all know a lot of this stuff is crazy with consumerism and perception.

    But FMIC does have Fender's original spec sheets and machinery, for a long time, even some of the workers, and the reissues can be amazingly close in feel and sound to original blackguards. And the Bajas are very close to look and sound of the reissues. Never played a Baja right after an AVRI, so I can't tell if the feel is like that, but a tele is a tele is a tele in my book. The sound is available to all players, really. A standard tele with low output pickups pretty much nails it from any year. Things like finish, wood, metals or circuitry variances given their proper latitude. And still, something about that blackguard. Must be the kool aid I drink.



    Easy there, big guy.
     
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    The custom shop did a run of strats in nocaster blonde a couple of years back. Think they were 56 relics or something like that. They looked sensational to my eyes
     
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    lead to it, and beyond.
    For me. If they had the current 52ri back when I got mine, it may have been my last Tele, but the neck wasn't thick enough on them prior to 2012.
    I went on to a Nocaster and then a Custom Shop 54 Tele.
    I've since moved on to putting together my own high dollar partscasters.
    Did a 53 clone and a mixed spec Tele with rosewood fretboard.
     
  17. TeleTex82

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    Howdy,

    For me, my AV 52 was the guitar that really solidified my love for telecasters. I had owned and played several teles before, including the old AVRIs, and while I always had a strong affinity for for them, it wasn't until I bought my AV that I really fell in love. To me, the current AV line perfectly distills everything that is great about the telecaster in design and concept. I think the 64 is an equally great guitar, but it's hard to beat the allure of a blackguard.
     
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    Looks like it's going to for me. I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on a AV'52. I did look at the '58 as i really like the white blonde, but the neck of the '52 just feels better.
     
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    Originally Posted by trev333 View Post

    All tele roads lead.. from... the '52..... not to it....

    your guitar is ONLY the year it was made..... it's not a '52 unless it's a real one from '52.....

    stop calling it a '52.... if it was made yesterday,,, mhea...



    Easy there, big guy. > LOL < yes +1000 !
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    Took me a long time to figure out I prefer the "60s tele" sound. Low wind alnico III, steel saddles, rosewood board, cool colors and alder for the bodies.

    That produces the most pleasing "fender tele" sound to my ears.

    52s sound great but they don't have that clarity I crave.
     
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