Fender got drunk namm 2020

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by RoCkstAr256, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    The new Parallel Universe II stuff should fall into a black hole IMHO...
     
  2. Cysquatch

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    I dig the Leads. I've fooled about on a Lead II that sat in a local luthiery for quite some time and enjoyed it. Still can't decide if it looks better or worse than a regular strat in shape, but I like that it's not just another exact copy of one. That green is certainly not my cup of tea, but I'm sure plenty will enjoy it. The red on the one I played a couple times was gorgeous though.
     
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    Bought a Lead III brand new in 1982 , great little guitar , but I wanted a Stratocaster ....
     
  5. Geoff738

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    Kinda surprised they haven’t been all over the 70th anniversary of the Broadcaster. There’s still time I guess.

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  6. Brian J.

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    always liked the lead series of guitars, think like most things the old ones are selling for more than they are worth, and the new ones are priced around the same as those. Maybe sell them at $400 and I think they'd move a few.
     
  7. Rusty Spanner

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    There's only so many ways you can skin a Strat.

    I like the green.
    And the purple. :)
    Far too many sunburst and boring blonde guitars about already.

    Time to get funky again my friends.....

     
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  8. John C

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    They're thinking that there are some people who had one 30 years ago and would like another one now - so why not make a limited run of 150 or so in each color?
     
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    it's a little pricy for what it is, but i like that it does away with the useless middle pickup.
     
  10. 985plowboy

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    I like it
    Bet I get a used one one day and add a tele bridge and a custom pick guard for a funky esquire
     
  11. Rusty Spanner

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    Ooft, contentious.....:)

    I love Strats, but it's nice to see something different.

    The new Epis and Squiers look interesting too.
    I think 2020 might just be a superb year for reasonably priced, interesting, good quality guitars.
     
  12. Dan R

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    You forgot: Get off my lawn!
     
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  13. zippofan

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    I wanted one of those so bad when I was a kid in the late 70's. Our local place had the Lead series guitars, and the Gibson Melody Maker I lusted after, circa 1980.
     
  14. rob2

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    I gigged a wine red Lead 2 in the 90's,very comfortable little thing but weighed a lot for its size...even compared to the 70's Strats I used as well!
    ...the pickups were what kicked off my dislike for "hot" single coils,I had them as low as could go,still hash and stiff....the saddles were nasty too,flat diecast jobs with no springs,just two nuts for intonation......only sold it a few years back...don't imagine I'll be revisiting though these might be better sounding.
    Odd they use the 70's Schaller style F tuners....
    That amateur looking extra overhanging fret added as well.....
     
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    To me, bringing back the 80's guitars signifies that they are shifting to the next cash cow demographic. Generation X. And we will lap up the nostalgia just like our boomer parents did.
    Fender, if you're listening I want a '81 Champ II reissue. No tubes mounted to a PC board please. I'll buy several. It's the best amp nobody knows about.
     
  16. BorderRadio

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    NAMM? More like Hamm(s).

    For the record I like all the new Parallel/Paranormal stuff. All those fugly Strats and figure wood furniture guitars can stuff it.

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    I like the black one. Sure brought back the old “Lead” series from my youth.
     
  18. Lamar Fandango

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    Fender knocked it out of the park this year ... with its Squier designs. The Fender stuff is meh. I had a Lead II 30 years ago. Don't think I'll go there again.

    Edit: The Spark-o-Matic Jazzmaster has a certain elegance to it.
     
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    I won a trans red lead II from Jims house of guitars in San Diego during the LA riots. I won because the turnout was so low. Woo for me and no one got a brick in the head :) I still have it. Its here in the back middle.
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    Its part of my $1000 guitar collection.
     
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    Hollywood Bowl seats, according to an earlier posing.
     
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