NGD - American Performer Tele Vintage White

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  1. lance71

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    Pleasantly surprised with the new Performer Tele. I had an American Special in the past and something didn't sit right with it, mostly the pickups. I've been going through my guitars a lot recently finding what I really like and don't like and wanted to give the Performer a try since even the color looked interesting and the pickups were new to it. I really grew to like it quickly. I've come to just feel comfortable with the modern C 9.5 and larger frets. Even have been using 9's on the guitars lately. Odd thing with this color is it changes pretty radically in different light. Daylight it almost looks peach and inside it's a light yellow. Not sure if that was intended but interesting. I do like the pickups a lot. They seem to be a little more middle of the road without getting too ice pick sounding or muffled. There just seems to be a nice balance and fullness with some grit. The guitar came in a little heavier at 8 lbs but that doesn't seem to bother me much anymore. I do have an older squire from '83 that I played a lot. This one just feels like it fits me better. Workmanship overall looks very good which is nice to see. I don't think any pickups come close to my Custom Shop '53 Tele but this one fits me better for playability. Nice surprise!
     

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  2. tah1962

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    Nice tele. Congratulations.
     
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    That Cal Webway Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Congrats!!

    I got mine late last fall, it's light blue.
    It's a wonderful instrument obviously that's why I bought it!

    I'll probably have put in the Fralin Split Blade High Output pickups that are noiseless too.
    They're only a touch hotter. Very Tele-ish.
     
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    I have a satin surf green Performer body that I'm using for a P90 build.

    One of the pickguard screw holes was not perpendicular and the lower control plate screw hold was not centered either. I can see why the body was being sold separately.

    How is the fit and finish on yours? Was the Fender employee on the ball with your detail work?

    This satin finish is VERY thin. How's the gloss? The body cavities in mine show shielding paint peeking through the finish and several extra ground screws. Yours must be decently quiet. Are those pickups also RWRP?

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    A classic look. Congrats on a beautiful guitar.
     
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    A beauty for sure. Congrats
     
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    I’m going to tryout the Performer been looking at the Honey Burst with rosewood neck
     
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  10. lance71

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    jfgesquire - The fit and finish looks really good overall. I was concerned with the frets as you never know what you might get. Everything feels even and smooth. Thats a plus. The store that ordered it offered "for a price" to set it up properly. I feel it plays fine and I'll get it adjusted in the future if it needs it. Fender did a nice job on setting it up. I kept the pickguard sticker on it as I may change out the guard, plus it's the first "new" guitar I've gotten in a while right from the factory. Ground seems to be good. Middle position is fairly quiet. Really like the bass end of these pickups to be clearer about it. They have a definition and bounce to them which to me stands out.
     
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    retracting question
     
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    I know nothing about these new Yosemite pickups, but I hear good things. I may have to keep an eye out for people selling when they "upgrade"! If it's quiet or quieter in the middle that sounds like RWRP... I'll need to check out more details.

    I think maple necks get a little better fret end dressing than rosewood.

    I bought an Allparts TRO-62 neck (vintage round lam rosewood) to put on the Performer body. With the vintage bridge holes on the Performer body it's a nice platform for a '63 replica.... with a P90 in the neck.

    I would leave the pickguard on yours. I like a single ply on vintage white.

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    Congrats.
     
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    Congratulations, enjoy.
     
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    I still have my Antiquity P-90 pickup from an earlier "hopeful" build of putting it in the neck position of an American Standard Tele I used to have. This guitar to me feels really good so maybe i'll do that down the line. The only thing I'd change for now is putting the pickguard to a 3 ply white/black/white. This pickgaurd is a thick single ply. Just might try the look of another.
     
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