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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by fatcat, Dec 16, 2016.
Couple months in and I'm absolutely inspired by this guitar. I've all of a sudden been sideswiped with the overwhelming desire to fingerpick everything.
Believe me i can't finger pick. I am used to thinking it's some kind of black magic.
But the inspiration is there and im better for it.
Played it at a jam night straight into my ac15 cranked. The spank was too killer. That's what inspired the finger picking.
Yes, finger style is the goods. Practice makes perfect. I'm working on it too, daily. Most intimate music w/counterpoint.
That has got to be the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen!Love the color and the Rosewood just sets it off.beautiful!!
Very nice. I didn't even know they came in that color...
Very nice! I love LPB with a rosewood board. i had a Strat in the same scheme a while back. I have a brand new (NOS) 2015 American Special and I'm loving it
Cool guitar - congrats! (Been away for a while so only seen post today)
I guess you're used to the bridge by now and yes, 3-saddle bridges are kinda classic especially on a Tele. However, I bought a used Classic 60s a couple of years ago which was sweet but not an easy guitar to play. The previous owner is a heavy handed player and had set it up with .011s. And I hated the Classic 60s' bridge, certain strings would keep hopping over to other grooves on the same barrel.
In the end I got the shim pack from Stew Mac and got the neck angle right with the 0.5 degree shim. I also bought Fender's own Vintage 6-saddle bridge to replace the original 3-saddle. Contrary to what everyone was telling me I got better sustain, a harder twang and of course much easier intonation. And of course the string spacing is now even and consistent.
I've tinkered with it, and played it enough that I wouldn't change anything at this point.
Heretofore, the American Special was only available in three (3) colors: Vintage Blond, Olympic White and 3TSB - "classic" colors for the Telecaster.
Nice to see that Fender is branching out and experimenting with rosewood 'boards and colored bodies.
Any love for the older version of the AS?
I have a vintage mount modern bridge that I only used for a couple weeks. I had it on my Am special. Fits perfect. It's a Kluson. Chrome plated brass saddles. I would let it go cheap if ya wanted it. I dint; like the tonal change. Really fattened it up, but I ws using a fat bridge pup at the time too. It was a Dimarzio Pre B-1 bout 14k.