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Is this a legit CS tele?

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by lightningflash, Nov 24, 2020.

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  1. 53Strat

    53Strat Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Does look odd but the American Professional Teles do have this combo - not that this is anything like the Professional series instrument.
     
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    Yup, I've got a custom shop tele, verified by Fender, that has a different case. No way of knowing how that came about.
     
  3. Nick Fanis

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    The AP doesn't have locking tuners.
    There's not a single Fender with this combo.
    I agree that any kind of modern tuner does look odd with a vintage bridge.
     
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  4. 53Strat

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    You're right.

    I must have specified the locking tuners when I purchased my Tele from 920D Custom.
    :oops:
     
  5. slumpy

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    The wear behind the neck plate would set off alarm bells with me, is someone really going to spend $4k and do work on it that would leave damage like that behind the bottom left screw?
     
  6. lightningflash

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    Probably came with vintage tuners and upgraded. Those tuners can't be cheap I'm guessing.

    I let you guys know if I actually take the time to go look at it, probably only something I'll do if I have time to waste or bored.

    I called Fender and they said the sn matched to a 2020 relic strat of some-sort (couldn't hear the guy all that well) but kind of tells me what I needed to know. It's probably a partscaster of some-sort...but built with good components.
     
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    This......
    Take the damn Pick guard off. Ie: A pressed “Custom” shop pressed into the body?
    Look in the neck pocket ie: Stamped dates, signatures ALL are indicators of Fender, or Warmoth, or even Musikraft, AllParts
    Is there a “Red label” early 90’s or what stamps markings are there.....
    Signatures on the neck heal? A picture of that reveals the truth and Fender customer service will immediately know your answer
    Take the pickgaurd off and look under the hood
    Look at the solder joints, pickups etc.....

    the answer is under the rug
     
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    The best way to look for better verification is to take it apart. Remove the neck, check for custom shop identifications on the heal, date codes etc. For the body, need to remove the pickguard and pickups and look for CS marks in the cavities and other production labels. As everyone has said already, case is not CS but have seen this quite often that the guitar and case are separated for various reasons. Not a deal breaker on the case because you can purchase CS cases online, figure around $200 there. Also good to contact Fender directly for further verification.
     
  9. Yuro

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    ...I would say very good components. Curly maple necks like that are not common and they're usually very resonant. If the body is light and you want this for playing and not collecting, I'd say offer a lower number, tell him why and see what happens. Otherwise, walk away. Sounds like you've got a handle on things now.
     
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    It does look right but, buyer beware. I wouldn't drop a ton of bucks on it though.
     
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    The first red flag for me is the story.
     
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    Yes that's true, mine did as well.
     
  13. bigjohnbates

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    Not true, my 2010 American Tele has that combo.
     
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    Is there a custom shop tele that uses that pickguard? I have only seen it on the thinlines and the Merle Haggard.

    This would seem to be the most recent flame top
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Nick Fanis

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    Pictures and model name please.
     
  16. Yuro

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    Bridge is different from this Haggard. The guitar in question has an ash tray. You don't get the ashtray baseplate with Haggard model.
     
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    This guitar, like the Merle Haggard above, has the new version base-plate without the sides that hold the ashtray on....no ashtray and no place to attach one on these...so the OP's prospective guitar isn't a Haggard and isn't one of these either.
     
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    The guitar looks right. But... Email to Fender Customer Service, ask for data sheet (floor traveler) and that will list out all the guitar parts used. This will take 1-5 days to receive. It will assure you that you are not buying a parts-caster.
    The case is totally wrong. Somewhere there is the right CS case with the Certificate and all the case candy. That would be worth asking about.
    The $1,700 price is a very low price, even as it is, without the case etc. CS cases are available on line as is some case candy.
    Chase the case, mostly for the certificate.
     
  19. Nick Fanis

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    Maybe but what does this have to do with MY post? :)

    And which guitar is "this guitar" you are talking about?
     
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    Yes, i am aware this it not a Haggard model "reminds" being the operative word here, there are several other critical details that differentiates them too.
     
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