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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by fender4life, Dec 17, 2014.
This many posts and no pictures? Opening this thread was a disappointment.
Lol.. Was hoping for pics too..
The bass player in my band has a recent one of these in his music room. I tried it when I was round there and was quite impressed - if told 'you have to do your next gig with only this guitar' I would have been quite happy.
ask and ye shall receive!
I've got a Candy Apple Red one, changed the saddles for brass compensated ones, upgraded pots, switch, caps and replaced standar pickups with Duncan Broadcaster and Fender Twisted and it became a killer. 6105 frets were the cherry on top of the cake. It was my main tele for quite some time.
Thanks all. I think this is the way I want to go, tho i need to buy in country in order to find one that i can see before i buy. Bad enough buying online (i almost never do with guitars) with no demo, but i at least have the see the exact one i'm getting because i'd be quite disappointed if the wood looked off. I'm somewhat particular about grain and especially about how the grain matches in a multipiece body.
I'm torn tho...can't decide on burst or the white with black binding. I'm leaning towards white tho.
Mine is an '85. For all their rep of having weak electronics, it's fine. Full-sized pots, good-sounding pickups, etc. No repairs in 29.5 years. Not bad.
And yes, the build quality is outstanding.
They're excellent guitars.
By the way, i read that ishibashi is no longer allowed by fender to export to the USA. Is this true or has that been repealed? Because there are still people talking about buying from there recently.
My '85 mij CAR
here she is .. together with her sisters...
Here's the only pic I have of mine:
A while back
One sunburst left
Had one for a while. Very well made but as others have said, the pickups were junk.
Mine was 2005 and had Texas Specials. No twang and very squealy.
Mine's a 2006 model.
Very good build. I replaced the pots & switch with MIA parts, SD pup at bridge.
The neck profile is exactly like the '66 Tele I had .
japan makes great guitars.
a refret will cost $200
a new neck at least $300
any 'luthier' (air quotes) that wont refret a non-US neck is an idiot.
i also had a late 80s 62 - at that time in australia, i think most fenders were made in japan. it was a very well made guitar and i eventually made a handsome profit selling it because i looked after it.
a personal point - i prefer the MIJ rosewood necks, but dont like the feel of the maples.
also: go for the bound blonde...it's a stunner!
Ha ! Thats the very one i was considering. unfortunately i think i am going to pass on buying from japan. I've been trying to communicate with Ishibashi but getting nowhere partially due to long waits for any relies and bad communication due to the person who's been emailing seems not to grasp English well enough to get an answer i can understand on various questions. One of them being i can't seem to get answers as to whether i can get a particular one that they can give me the weight on and send me that particular one. And a pictue of the neck especially the fingerboard. I'm not risking nearly a grand only to end up with a boat anchor or neck color/grain i'm not happy with that ends up costing me $200-300 of total shipping charges to and from. Other sellers of the very same model are asking $200-400 more and i haven't asked but even if they WILL accommodate my requests. So i will just have to wait and hope i find one in the states where i can get what i need b4 buying.
A common predicament when buying online. I know it's indulgent, but have you considered having a week in Tokyo or Osaka - both cities are a muso's paradise.
Also, if it's any help, I held the current 62 blonde in melbourne last month. The colour and balance, the feel,of the neck too, were very nice