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Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by Esquire Bob, Jul 5, 2020.
I’d like to show you my fenders.
Left to right, ‘61 Strat Ron Thorn, ‘51 telecaster Ron Thorn, ‘59 John Cruz, ‘54 Greg Fessler
I obviously think there’s a difference between custom shop and master built. Okay, flame on
Nice family !!!
That '59 looks super sweet!
Which one do you play the most ?
Not gonna get any flames from me, great collection, I especially like the '59. Very, very nice.
Thanks everyone! I probably play the ‘51 the most right now.
I have had a lot of different guitars (vintage, team built, etc) and these seem to be the best of the best. The necks on all of these are great. Thanks again guys
that blue burst looks amazing.
I'm sure there's a difference, and if it's significant to you, terrific and those are great guitars that I would love to own myself (except the blue floral; no thanks). My experience is such that a decent CS is sufficient. However, I do not think of basic CS as anything like a custom guitar like yours; they regular CS stuff is not custom at all, simply more carefully spec'd and made regular old Fenders with special editions mixed in. I despise what Fender does with its constant tweaking of regular production, making standard guitars unnecessarily expensive if you want standard vintage spec. Yours are all genuine custom production. I'm sure they all play beautifully. The Cruz and Thorn Teles look seriously perfect.
Works for me - lovely, I have 2 master built Teles and they are beautiful.
I'd take that '59 and be done for life.
As it seems to be the case for everybody else, I too think the 59 looks terrific.
But I have to admit I find this blue floral by Greg Fessler very attractive.
Great collection indeed!
Nice, is that blue flowery tele actually a double esquire? I ask because of the neck pickup.
No, it’s a 1954 build. It’s interesting that the floor traveler for the flower guitar says it’s just a regular h/w ‘51 telecaster neck pickup. I was told once the type of pickup it is, although I don’t recall it now, so I’m guessing the builder changed it at last minute. I’m glad he did. Great pickup, very airy, tubular sounding. Very Strat-like. The flower telecaster sounds the best of the tele’s I guess, very twangy, quacky in first position, 2nd and 3rd are very clear and snappy (if that makes sense).
One of the best things I’ve found in master built guitars is the necks, I think the builders really hang there reputation on the way they fit and finish the neck. That’s not to say a fair bit of effort doesn’t go into the entire guitar, it’s just, I feel, that when the master builders are all privately sitting around after work on Friday, maybe having a beer, it’s the necks that they probably bust each other’s balls over. Guys being guys.
Cool, thanks. I have a similar pickup in my double esquire and nocaster thinline, which are both Custom Shop Hand-Wound '50-'51 Blackguard neck pickups. I agree they sound great!
Very nice indeed. I am a huge Fender master builder fan!
very, very nice guitars! Thanks for the photo.
I'll take the blue one and the white guard, thanks. No rush, I'm home all week.
As for a difference between masterbuilt and custom shop. Probably but after owning both I think it more comes down to which one serves you the best.
I had a masterbuilt nocaster and it was a fantastic guitar. The best one I owned up to then, after several custom shops.
I finally found the perfect custom shop for me, a 52. Comparatively the master built was too relic'd for my liking, the neck not quite as nice as the 52 except for I did like the feel of the back of the neck on the MB better. The 52 tone was more to my liking. After finding the 52 I had no need of the MB nocaster. I don't go out to find a masterbuilt or a custom shop because I think they're better. A custom shop can be better than a MB or the other way around to me. Or even something from a lower line.