Fender American Performer Telecaster

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  1. Jackson753

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    Am I right in thinking that the only Telecaster available with Jumbo frets is the Performer? These look to me to be a good option if you want Jumbo frets. Can anyone school me regards this series? I'm a bit late to the party but I've been attracted to what I've seen on line. One thing I'm unsure about is the weight as I'm not looking for anything heavy.

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    Jackson, these are normally made of alder, so they're almost never really light, but I can't recall playing one that was really heavy. Alder is typically a "middling to heavy" wood and ash can be anything from super light to super heavy.

    Also, look for used examples of the American Special and some but not all Highway Ones, for this simply huge fretwire. There could be a Signature model or two with this huge wire, but I can't visualize one.
     
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    I bought one last year for my first Tele. Still trying to figure out what jumbo frets add to playability. By coincidence, I did weigh mine tonight after the weight seed was planted on another thread. Eight pounds.
     
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    Only model with jumbo frets. Limited finishes with either a maple or rosewood fingerboard. Gig bag included, no hard case.

    Yosemite pickups, thin c necks, comfortable and easy playing. The weight won't change very much considering they're older. The jumbo frets make them very slinky feeling and easy playing. Bends are very easy and almost so easy as to be kept in check.
     
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  5. Jackson753

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    Thank you all for the feedback.
    These do sound like a good buy to me.
    I watched a few videos on YouTube.
    This one stuck in my mind.

    "Fender American Performer Series Telecaster | Mason Stoops Demo" on YouTube



    Sounds good to me.

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    I have a 2019 in the Penny color. They are very nice guitars. And then I bought a 2017 American Special for super cheap. They are almost the same guitar, the American Special has jumbo frets as well. It's almost like they took the American Special, swapped out the Texas Specials for Yosemites, and added the greasebucket wiring and called it the Performer.
     
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    At first, I was turned off by the appearance of large frets on the American Performer. Then I played it. Wow, what a great playing guitar!

    mine....

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    The Specials have the Greasebucket as well, at least my 2017 Strat does....
     
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    I had an Am Special and loved the jumbo frets.
     
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    I got a Performer Tele a year ago. Love it. Cannot praise it highly enough. Flawless build, nice neck and frets, pickups are loud and clear. Pro-level instrument at a reasonable price.
     
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    My Tele Hum left a lot to be desired.

    Sloppy tuners, badly cut nut (both fixed under warranty).

    The HS config with the coil tap is not bad but far from perfect.

    Others will strongly disagree but this was my experience.

    I'm not dissatisfied, but I had to do lots of mods and tweaks to get it the way I wanted it.
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    Pickups, tuners and finish seems to be the only difference. Maybe American Special didn't have the same ring to it as American Performer?

    My guess is Fender had a cheap source for what ever material is used for those Yosemite pickups and figured they could rebrand the Am Sp line and save 20 bucks per unit at the same time. It's the bean counters justifying their place in the company
     
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    The Yosemite pickups sounded good to my ear on the GC Mason Stoops video. How would these compare to the CS 51 Nocaster pickups?

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    0927EEB5-FCE7-4274-8A57-73BB802CA45B.jpeg I absolutely love mine, and everything about it. Feels good, love the Yosemite pickups, and it looks great.
     
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    Thanks for posting the pictures.
    That does look very good as does the previous photo with the head and cab.
     
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    Mine is great
    Got it in early December

    I bought compensated saddles for the month ago and need to install them
     
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