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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Freakyfresh, Dec 31, 2016.
Hey gang, couldn't wait to post a pic of my new baby! 1999 American Deluxe.
Happy new year!
Congrats on a beautiful tele! I love a unique guitar that really stands out. I hope she plays as good as she looks.
Great color! Do you know what the official name of that finish is?
Thanks Texas! She plays great. I'm doing a level, crown and polish on the frets soon. Not crazy about the vintage noisless pickups. Might swap them for a decent set of alnicos.
Thanks jondanger, it's transparent teal. I dont know the color code off hand but I've got the specs and color code from Fender on my laptop.
She sure is purty!
Gorgeous. I had the fat strat counterpart in the exact finish & setup. Most excellent guitar, really, really top notch. As good as they made then, outside of CS. And that trans teal is one of the unique finishes, maybe only produced for those years..?
The neck on mine was sooooo comfy, those rolled edges.
Thanks pondcaster. I love the finish too. I think they only made the deluxe with 3 pickups for 1 year. Not sure how many they made in trans Teal but the specs show they also made a trans purple!
Very nice; I love those first-generation American Deluxes in the transparent teal. Very cool to have the first year Nashville version.
Trans teal was only made for the 1st generation American Deluxes but I'm 99% sure it was made every year for them (1998-2003). The trans purple didn't last very long; I believe they had issues getting it consistent as some were that deep "grape soda" purple but others faded to blueish-purple "bruise" color so they just replaced it with a natural finish.
Regarding the 3-pickup American Deluxe - I think they ran for a bit more than a year. I recall the American Deluxes not being ready for the 1998 NAMM show and coming out more like March of 1998 (I got an American Deluxe Strat in May and it was one of the first ones to hit the city I was living in at the time) and by the summer of 1999 Fender had switched them to the 2-pickup version.
Thanks for the info!! There is a wealth of knowledge in this forum. I use it often to research but rarely ever post. Thanks again and happy new year!
Why did Fender switch these to the 2 pickups? Seems like the perfect setup!!
Love the trans teal, my favorite color. Beautiful guitar, lots of enjoyment !
I suppose they didn't sell well enough, and people were asking for a more traditional 2-pickup verson.
The 3-pickup/Nashville configuration on a USA "upscale" Tele goes to the second version of the Tele Plus that came out in the second half of 1996 - that version had Lace Sensor pickups (a chrome-covered Tele style neck pickup, a chrome-covered Strat style middle pickup, and a black-covered Tele-style bridge pickup - all with gold-colored "Fender Lace Sensor" logos so they were "vintage voiced"). The 5-way switch and mini-toggle controls start on this model; the other differences were the satin-finish saddles instead of chrome saddles on the American Deluxe, a TBX tone control instead of the American Deluxe's no-load tone control, and the Tele Plus had an alder body with an ash veneer top unless it was in natural finish - which was all ash (American Deluxes from 1998-2003 were ash solid ash on most transparent colors except for 3-color burst and crimson red). The Tele Plus version 2 was also the start of top binding and a back contour - carried forward to the American Deluxe Teles.
I had one EXACTLY like that! Loved everything about it. Unfortunately traded it in for recording equipment. Really miss it.
Love it. The color is outstanding !