Fender cabronita any good?

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  1. John E

    John E Tele-Afflicted

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    Yep Fender made them in black, at least the Squier ones anyway... I love the Cabs. Great guitars, love the stock pickups.
     
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    I love the La Cabrionita Thinlines. I built one myself and love it. However, I recently pulled the neck out for a different guitar so now I am in the market for a new neck. I may step it up and get something really super. That how much I love this design.
     
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    Recent prices I've seen on Reverb and EBay are about $600 - $800 or so for the solid body Classic Series MIM model I have, with a few ridiculously priced ones that'll never sell for over $1K. I did see one a few weeks ago on my local CL for $550; I thought hard about that one, but I really don't have the cash.

    I traded a Korean Epiphone Sheraton at Guitar Center for mine, the cash price was $400. They had a black one too, felt just as good, but I chose the white because you can see the woodgrain underneath and it looks cool.
     
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    The body on mine is a 2011 "Telebration" USA body. I made the Flame maple and wenge neck and pickguard and it has a stacked pot with a tone control, TV Jones Powertrons and a Callaham bridge.

    Here is the "build thread"

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/cabronita-body-identification.712699/
     
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    Thanks! I think I remember them being priced in the Classic range when new. At $800 I'm not shopping but at $400 I'd be really interested if it felt right!
     
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    Been thinking about putting one together with Warmoth parts and TV Jones Classic Plus or a Super'tron. I wanted one when they were still in production and took too long before they stopped production. Now it seems like the used prices caught up with what they were new.
     
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    I guess the used prices are high because they are not being made any more, are somewhat scarce, and we players LOVE them!

    I think Fender would sell a bunch of them, if re-released

    Are the Thinlines more rare than the solid bodies? Thinlines are my preference.
     
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    Mine is a MIM white with see thru ash body and huge neck. Very cool guitar but the pickups aren't great, imo.
     
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    Yeah, and honestly, that's what's kept me from buying a used one. I bought mine used, at $620 (I think they were 599 new?) but it had been heavily upgraded: new bridge, tone control, new electronics, graph tech string trees... and it was mint. So I was OK with that, those were upgrades I likely would have made anyway.

    They would sell. Altho does Fender still have their "Standard" (MIM) series? Even I would pay 1900 for a Cabronita MIA "Ultra", I'd just build my own...

    There's one on reverb right now that'd I'd snag- gorgeous- but I just dropped almost 2K on a bucket list amp...

    https://reverb.com/item/28952448-fe...4-fender-classic-cabronita-telecaster-thinlin
     
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    I think the.thinlines sold for $800 new, which would probably be $900-1000 if they sold them new today. Part of the classic player line, so better than standard MIM.
     
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    I think the lack of a tone control doomed the Cabronita, it's not the 80s anymore.
    The vast majority of guitarists will not consider a guitar without a tone control.
     
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    I just picked up a 2011 Telebration Cabronita last night via trade.

    I need to make some pick-up adjustments, but I'm digging it so far. Did you buy one of aftermarket wiring harness with the stack-tone pots or make your own? If you bought an after-market one which maker? thx!
     
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    I agree...
     
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    That may be true but about 3/4 of them or more just leave the tone control cranked up all the way all the time anyway.

    Cabronitas are very nice guitars. I have a surf green one that I installed a Marc Rutters bridge and saddles on and a TV Jones Magnatron pickup in the bridge. I have a Gretsch Hi-Lo tron pickup I want to try in the neck position too. Although the standard pickups are not bad at all if height adjusted properly. I paid $400 for mine when they were being blown out. Well worth the money.
     
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    Which is funny, because the stereotype (if there is one) is of guitarists leaving their tone controls on 10 and never touching them.
     
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    95% of the time, my tone control is on 10. But then I choose my pickups "wisely", to give me what I want when vol and tone are on 10. While my Cab has a tone control, I only use it if I'm going for more warm/jazzy tones on the neck pickup, and that's only at home.
     
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    With me it depends on the guitar and the venue, but with Teles I almost always roll the tone off when the bridge pickup is on by itself.
     
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    I would never buy a wire harness for a guitar, it's just a few wires. I used the metal concentric knobs for a jazz bass.

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