NGD: 2019 Limited Edition Honey Blonde Lightweight Ash American Pro Telecaster

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  1. Tarkiner

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    Here she is. It's been a long wait but I finally own a telecaster. I haven't weighed her yet but she's pretty light and very resonant. The neck feels nice and meaty and very smooth. The retailer set her up with 10's for me and did a fantastic job on the setup. I've run the tuner, ruler and feeler gauges over her and she's pretty damn good, plays very nicely. I wont be tweaking at this stage. The only mod so far is some Schaller strap locks and I don't think I'll be changing anything else. The sound is pretty much what I'm after in a Tele and I look forward to milking what I know she has. IMG_20191018_132156.jpg
     

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  2. skerwo

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    Congrats, beautiful guitar. The american pro series has got a lot of good features.
     
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  3. boris bubbanov

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    Absolutely gorgeous.

    I guess I like this trend towards more "3 barrel" products from Fender. I'm just annoyed that the saddles can't really be raised much on a Pro, and IMO this model can't really be played in the old fashioned way of fingerpicking; getting under the raised string and popping it.
     
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    Very, very nice!
    Congratulations.
     
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  5. Tarkiner

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    She pops enough for me. How high do you need the strings to do it? Specs for the set up at the moment are around 1.6 mm (2/32") at the 17th. Is there a reason why I can't raise them more? Not that I would want it much higher. I realise the string through holes are closer to the barrel for the Pro assembly but I don't see it as a problem. Am I missing something?
     
  6. unixfish

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    Really nice.

    There is one suggestion I would make to Fender on the American Professional line - mount the neck pickup to the body (rather than the pick guard) to avoid the two extra screw heads you see. Just a tad busy looking.

    I would probably buy an American Professional if I were in the market for a Tele. I've played a few and really like them.

    Congrats on our new Tele!
     
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  7. Tarkiner

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    Thanks mate. I couldn't find a Fender Tele that had everything the way I wanted. I got sick of waiting and thought this one is probably going to be as close as what I'm going to get. Body mounting the neck p'up may be a mod for me to think about down the track. I like the idea of keeping this one pretty stock at the moment though. Fender has done a pretty good job here. I'm not sure how many they made of this limited run but I like the fact there's not that many about, particularly here in OZ. This is only my first Tele after all ;).
     
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  8. unixfish

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    I know what you mean.

    I did the Fender mod shop app a few times - every time I ended up building an American Professional with locking tuners. Yeah, well, I could buy one and a set of tuners for $200 less than the mod shop would charge. The screw thing I would get over quickly - it just looks a bit busy. I just really like that line; it is so close to everything that I want, the few final details are insignificant.
     
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    Great looking tele - fantastic score!
     
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    Wow - that is really nice
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Nice! Love that honey blonde finish.
     
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    I only have a 2 word Tele, "Baja Tele". You have a NINE word Tele, "Limited Edition Honey Blonde Lightweight Ash American Pro Telecaster". I am tele, tele jealous :) lol
    She's gorgeous, play the frets off her!
     
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  14. Tarkiner

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    Thanks mate, I will.
     
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    Big congrats lovely juicy Telecaster sounds well done
     
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    She's a looker congrats. Weight??
     
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    Nice, that looks great, congratulations!
     
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    I've looked into this myself on my AmPro, and decided it wasn't worth the trouble. The screws *do* look a little busy, but like you say you get over it.

    The reason it isn't straightforward to do is that the 22-fret neck has an overhanging ledge. Removing the pickguard seems problematic because of this.

     
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    Beautiful! Congratulations on the new Tele! Very nice indeed.
     
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    Very nice!

    Is the difference between this and Desert Sand how much grain is showing?
     
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