NGD: American Special Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by fatcat, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

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    Nice color...congratulations!!
     
  2. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

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    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.
     
  3. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

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    Played it at a jam night straight into my ac15 cranked. The spank was too killer. That's what inspired the finger picking.
     
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  4. Kebmel

    Kebmel Tele-Afflicted

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    superb color
     
  5. Route67

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    Yes, finger style is the goods. Practice makes perfect. I'm working on it too, daily. Most intimate music w/counterpoint.
     
  6. voodoo tele

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    That has got to be the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen!Love the color and the Rosewood just sets it off.beautiful!!
     
  7. Twang Tone

    Twang Tone Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice. I didn't even know they came in that color...
     
  8. ThreeChorder

    ThreeChorder Tele-Meister

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    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 :)
     
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    Very nice!
     
  10. pieterh

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    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.
     
  11. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

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    I've tinkered with it, and played it enough that I wouldn't change anything at this point.
     
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  12. FenderGuy53

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    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.
     
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    Any love for the older version of the AS?
     
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    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.
     
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