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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Strato50, Jan 23, 2020.
She’s a beauty.
Is that the Texas Tea? Be still, my heart!
Yep. Neck is very nice.
Love the contrasting binding with the black. How are you liking those noiseless pickups?
This is actually a customers Tele. I’m gonna see whats up with neck pup. It’s dead. Probably have to get Fender to replace it. The bridge shocked me how twangy it is. The neck is beefy to. It’s a fine guitar. He got a great deal on it. We’ll get it right for him. Love that damn tummy cut.
The neck pup is easy to replace it's just a harness, no soldering.
I like getting something like this to examine. It makes me feel really good about my home builds. It’s a great guitar. But right off the bat a few things stick out. First off the nut is cut way too high. Way up there. The rolled edges are cool.... but I guess that an acquired feel. The neck is beefier than their modern C....but not enough for my taste. It’s a fine guitar with some great features. But I notice fender slacking in the QC. If I’m going to charge 2 grand for a guitar it would be perfect! Does this prove it’s the name that commands this kind of cash? I dunno. That’s up for debate.
I’ve come to the realization that marketing goes a long way.
That Texas Tea is beautiful. I have the Elite Mystic Black, which is similar. I also had a problem with the neck pickup. Ended up swapping everything out, S1 switch included. Went with the traditional Tele setup and CS Twisted Tele pickups.
Fender is being shady about the pickup. They want me to take it out and send it to them. That’s cool. But I usually can show a pic on the MM of it not working and they will replace it. These have that trace like a printed circuit board so if I heat up the solder joints on it they will not warrant it. I would do they same thing if it was mine and change out the pickups. But this a new guitar and I can understand wanting it to work as it should. I’m baffled at how high the nut is. It needs to be popped out polished and lowered. We’ll see what he wants to do.
I did the same exact thing for the same exact problem but with my ultra:
All I had to do to remove my neck pup was just unhook it's harness like I showed in the photo above. Yours isn't like that?
The problem with the nut is a strange one. Apart from the pickup issue, my Elite is perfect. The neck is hands down the best Fender neck I have ever played.
Yeah it is. But he wants the same pickup. They’re only sold in sets. So trying to work with fender to just send a neck pickup. The three prong plug is a cool idea.
Yeah, but if they made all pickups like that, people would just be swapping out their pickups willy-nilly!
Which is TOTALLY unlike what happens around here at TDPRI....