New used Classic Series 50s telecaster

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  1. revelation2012

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    I picked this what looks to be a 2002 classic series 50s telecaster. Is been wel loved. Looks like the bridge had been cut down. I'm told they're the stock pickups. Low output 5.7 k neck and 6.3 k bridge. Any specs on the pickups these in 2002 or 2003. Pretty light weight, about 7 lbs. Paid $400 with a case which im sure is too much but despite how well used it is. It feels really good. What do you think?

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    Congrats!

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  3. theprofessor

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    Looks like a good one to me! Enjoy!
     
  4. Dacious

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    The pickups aren't terrible even bog standard. If you add a baseplate to the bridge it gives a more than usable twang.

    Easy upgrade is a set of American Vintage, Pure Vintage or Original Vintage of any era - often you can pick them up for modest prices.

    Other than that, they are a bargain piece of equipment. Four-way switch, jobs good.
     
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    Looks ideal to me. Price sounds fine if it was a decent case. Congrats.
     
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    So the stock pickup in this series does not have a base plate? So, i simply can glue one on? The neck pickup sounds pretty good. I have it s little clean boost and ot sounds good. I like underwound pickups.
     
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    The case is hard black toilex type. It's heavily used but in good shape.
     
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    No - and some people believe you don't need one.

    I still have the stock pickups in my MIM Thinline - I have 250k pots and fiveway switch. I never use out of phase serial so a four way is all you need IMO.

    If you file the boss on the mounting lugs on the stock pup the baseplate fits flush - you can screw the mounting screws through the baseplate which is threaded. I used silastic but you could use hot glue or Araldite.
     
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    It looks like you're ready for the road at a great price.

    Just take the time and set her up right @7 pounds you owe yourself to spend some serious time to get comfortable. She might be the ONE you've been waiting for?
     
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    Nice score!
     
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    Looks awesome! And I think I’m gonna have to mod my bridge plate now...
     
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    Way to go. Enjoy.
     
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    Yea i think you're right. Needs new strings and a good setup.
     
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  14. revelation2012

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    It's a fender plate. Looks like somebody took the time to do a good job as it's pretty smooth and evenly cut. Also they made holes at the top lik the barden bridge.
     
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    Congrats!
    The classic series is one of the best stock teles Fender have ever made. I love my classic 60s!!
     
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    Is the chipped off Nitro finish from regular use or do you think it was intentional when new?
     
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    Those are nice guitars, one of Fenders good ideas. Have fun with it!
     
  18. revelation2012

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    The seller said it was factory relic, but i don't know of a 2003 classic series that had this wear from the factory. I think it probably just started chipping and here we are today.
     
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    Pickups really depend on personal taste. I like the stock pickups in my Classic 50s a lot, better than the pickups in my Baja. Conventional wisdom would have it the other way around.
     
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    Looks like a good pick up to me, have fun with it.
     
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