NGD - 2014 American Standard

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  1. jwmanz

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    I just bought a 2014 American Standard. I recently sold a 1999 MIM Standard to fund it.

    I’m really liking the American Standard. It has a great neck and the belly contour is really nice. It doesn’t hurt that I got it for a pretty good price on Reverb.

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  2. Muinarc

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    She's a real looker! Congrats!
     
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    Congratulations man. That’s a keeper. Never had a tele with a belly cut.
     
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    I intentionally went after the ‘12-‘16 range for the belly cut and the pickups. I found I like the belly cut even more than I thought. It is really nice when just lounging on the couch and noodling around on the Tele.
     
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    Nice going.
     
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    Looks great with lots of black on the edges of the burst.Congratulations!!
     
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    In my opinion, that range of years for the Am Std series is the best I've ever encountered.
     
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    congrats, great upgrade
     
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    Cool but that string tree looks wrong.
     
  10. jwmanz

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    How so?
     
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    On the headstock by the A tuner looks like a string tree that is to be parallel to the nut.
    The pix is blurry for me.
     
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    String tree is correct. I have the same exact guitar but with a rosewood fretboard. The day it came in the mail I thought, this is a guitar i’d Take on any stage in the world — sounds great plays great stays in tune. I do wish mine was maple.
     
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    Cool!
     
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    Freakin' love the guitar! Love Reverb too! LOL
     
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    Nice catch! Congrats!
     
  16. T Prior

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    Excellent , congrats ! As a recent 08 Tele owner, I am totally convinced that USA Fender made great guitars for both the 08 thru 12, then 12 and beyond. I sent the 08 I bought ( which just floored me when I picked it up at GC ) off to Forrest Lee jr and had the Bender installed. This guitar is as close to my all time favorite goto 1989 / 52 RI that a guitar can be. True , this one has a 9.5 profile compared to the 7.25 /52 RI profile, but it sure feels the same which is what attracted me to the guitar in the first place.


    I went in to GC last NOV to buy a strap and some polish and came out with the used 08 Tele. It was hanging across the room on the USED wall for $799 and I was stunned that the NEW guitar area was packed with players/buyers trying out various Teles ( same prices) and walked right past this one. Well, NOT me ! I couldn't put it down so I bought it .

    I did get a strap and polish as part of the deal !

    Kinda looks like yours but no belly cut out.

    Enjoy it !

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    Thanks everyone for the compliments. @KC, you're right on, not that I'm playing any stages anytime soon, but I certainly feel confident playing it anywhere.

    @Orpingtons Reverb is pretty great. It's good to know your price points going into. I watched this range of American Standards for a few months and had a really good idea of what's a fair price. So when I was ready to buy I just started messaging different sellers, asking some questions about the guitar, and if I felt good about the guitar, I started negotiating. It took a few different tries, but I found a seller willing to negotiate. He was really friendly and answered all my questions quickly. Overall it was a great experience.

    @hdvades Maybe the picture is just blurry. My string tree looks just like the one shown in the picture @T Prior posted. Speaking of which, nice bender there @T Prior!
     
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    THX ! The Bender on the Tele is a Forrest Lee Jr system, its really excellent, very stable consistent and high quality. For me the issue was which guitar do I send to FL Jr, I was considering my 89/52 RI but was not sure. I have a Fender PG and a Gibson Music City with a Glaser system but as things go evidently I needed another . When I ran across this 08 at GC for $799 and played it, I knew. This is the one. I wasn't really sure of what I had in my hands but several TDPRI forum members chimed in and "educated" me. I stopped viewing various Tele models years ago as I have been a rock solid 52RI player for the past 20 years.

    The main concern for me was $799 for very nice guitar, which it is , and another $650 for a bender system. Today looking back, it was maybe the best GUITAR decision I have ever made. I bring this Bender to every gig, every rehearsal. Its my daily practice guitar as well. I am now rethinking sending my 89/52 RI to FL Jr as well.

    These USA guitars, this era, I am guessing 2008 and beyond are great guitars, 6 saddle steel bridges ,( vintage strat style) balanced pups, nice weight, excellent neck profiles, even though specd at 9.5 to me they feel like 7.25's. For the USED prices of 8 to 900, I cant imagine why they are not swooped up over the new models in the same price range hanging on the walls of guitar stores.

    maybe just like I was, players are just not aware. When I decided to buy the 08 on the spot, the first thing that crossed my mind was " who would trade this USA made guitar in for another and why " ? Of course that question can never be answered. I hope they didn't trade it in for a slick looking new Tele for near the same price !
     
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    Great looking Tele!
    Congrats.
     
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  20. jwmanz

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    @T Prior The nice thing from a buyer’s perspective is that a lot were made. So it’s not hard to find one in good shape at a good price ($750 in my case which included shipping).
     
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