NGD - American Standard Telecaster (Natural Ash)

Telefsantasia1

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I've been gigging for around 25 years and have had dozens of guitars but recently I've been consolidating - I get option paralysis! So I decided to have 1 good Strat and 1 good Tele.

This 2012 American Standard in Natural finish with an Ash body really took my eye and I just bought it today.

I've mostly had solid colours and the odd sunburst, but I do really like the look of this. It has the 6 saddles which I know isn't traditional, but I can work with either 3 or 6 to be honest. It also has the belly cut. I've always found Strats to be so comfortable, so although I love a vintage slab Tele I'm quite happy with this contour on a more modern appointed guitar.

Previous owner has installed Fender locking tuners. I've never needed or had them before but they do seem nice. They don't add too much weight do they?

Anyway I have only gave it a quick strum but will play it out properly soon!

Here it is...and alongside the American Pro Strat which I also acquired this year this is all the electric guitar I have. Thought I wanted a blonde (or white or even butterscotch) Tele but I really love the look of this one...

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Awesome looking duo!!!
 

That Cal Webway

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Really nice and a super congratulations

I too have consolidated down, just my Telly, Strat and acoustic
 

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Congratulations!
I also have a 2012 natural ash American Standard. Great guitar.
 

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How do the neck profiles of those two guitars compare?

I concur about the pickups; the V-mods in the Pro Tele are not as good.
Interesting question. I'm struggling to notice a significant discernable difference. The American Pro is supposed to have a little more meat on the shoulders than the previous standards but if I was pushed I'd say the tele neck is a shade thicker. Both feel like a C and there's not much in it to my hands.
 

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Interesting question. I'm struggling to notice a significant discernable difference. The American Pro is supposed to have a little more meat on the shoulders than the previous standards but if I was pushed I'd say the tele neck is a shade thicker. Both feel like a C and there's not much in it to my hands.
I think people forget sometimes that there's a human element involved in the shaping. My Pro definitely has more neck depth than some.
 

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I've been gigging for around 25 years and have had dozens of guitars but recently I've been consolidating - I get option paralysis! So I decided to have 1 good Strat and 1 good Tele.

This 2012 American Standard in Natural finish with an Ash body really took my eye and I just bought it today.

I've mostly had solid colours and the odd sunburst, but I do really like the look of this. It has the 6 saddles which I know isn't traditional, but I can work with either 3 or 6 to be honest. It also has the belly cut. I've always found Strats to be so comfortable, so although I love a vintage slab Tele I'm quite happy with this contour on a more modern appointed guitar.

Previous owner has installed Fender locking tuners. I've never needed or had them before but they do seem nice. They don't add too much weight do they?

Anyway I have only gave it a quick strum but will play it out properly soon!

Here it is...and alongside the American Pro Strat which I also acquired this year this is all the electric guitar I have. Thought I wanted a blonde (or white or even butterscotch) Tele but I really love the look of this one...

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By all means, if it’s got the feel and tones you like, keep that one! It’s beautiful and even kinda has a butterscotch look to it.
Keep’er if she feels right in your arms.
 

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I've been gigging for around 25 years and have had dozens of guitars but recently I've been consolidating - I get option paralysis! So I decided to have 1 good Strat and 1 good Tele.

This 2012 American Standard in Natural finish with an Ash body really took my eye and I just bought it today.

I've mostly had solid colours and the odd sunburst, but I do really like the look of this. It has the 6 saddles which I know isn't traditional, but I can work with either 3 or 6 to be honest. It also has the belly cut. I've always found Strats to be so comfortable, so although I love a vintage slab Tele I'm quite happy with this contour on a more modern appointed guitar.

Previous owner has installed Fender locking tuners. I've never needed or had them before but they do seem nice. They don't add too much weight do they?

Anyway I have only gave it a quick strum but will play it out properly soon!

Here it is...and alongside the American Pro Strat which I also acquired this year this is all the electric guitar I have. Thought I wanted a blonde (or white or even butterscotch) Tele but I really love the look of this one...

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Gorgeous! Traditional or not, I love the belly cut. I have 2 Am-Stds, a 2013 with the belly cut and a 2005 without and I like them either way. I put Danny Gatton Bardens in the 2005 but I love the stock pickups in the 2013 and they’re staying put. The 2013 is translucent red, so I can see the grain which I enjoy. I wish mine had locking tuners like yours. My Strat has them and they’ll spoil you!
 

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RonL

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Nice! I like the belly cut on the Telecaster. I thought the only Fender Tele with a belly cut was the Richie Kotzen model. So I see your Strat has a rosewood fingerboard and your Tele has a maple fingerboard. I always wonder if there's a reason for preferring one over the other.
 

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I've been gigging for around 25 years and have had dozens of guitars but recently I've been consolidating - I get option paralysis! So I decided to have 1 good Strat and 1 good Tele.

This 2012 American Standard in Natural finish with an Ash body really took my eye and I just bought it today.

I've mostly had solid colours and the odd sunburst, but I do really like the look of this. It has the 6 saddles which I know isn't traditional, but I can work with either 3 or 6 to be honest. It also has the belly cut. I've always found Strats to be so comfortable, so although I love a vintage slab Tele I'm quite happy with this contour on a more modern appointed guitar.

Previous owner has installed Fender locking tuners. I've never needed or had them before but they do seem nice. They don't add too much weight do they?

Anyway I have only gave it a quick strum but will play it out properly soon!

Here it is...and alongside the American Pro Strat which I also acquired this year this is all the electric guitar I have. Thought I wanted a blonde (or white or even butterscotch) Tele but I really love the look of this one...

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It's swamp ash, kinda heavy but, man what sounds. Bright and the sustain is incredible!!!
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I've been gigging for around 25 years and have had dozens of guitars but recently I've been consolidating - I get option paralysis! So I decided to have 1 good Strat and 1 good Tele.

This 2012 American Standard in Natural finish with an Ash body really took my eye and I just bought it today.

I've mostly had solid colours and the odd sunburst, but I do really like the look of this. It has the 6 saddles which I know isn't traditional, but I can work with either 3 or 6 to be honest. It also has the belly cut. I've always found Strats to be so comfortable, so although I love a vintage slab Tele I'm quite happy with this contour on a more modern appointed guitar.

Previous owner has installed Fender locking tuners. I've never needed or had them before but they do seem nice. They don't add too much weight do they?

Anyway I have only gave it a quick strum but will play it out properly soon!

Here it is...and alongside the American Pro Strat which I also acquired this year this is all the electric guitar I have. Thought I wanted a blonde (or white or even butterscotch) Tele but I really love the look of this one...

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You have it covered!
 

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What a classy pair, enjoy!

I totally get the option paralysis thing, I make more progress when there are less options
 

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I need to get a Natural Ash Tele to go with my Natural Ash Hardtail Strat now.

Nice guitar.
 

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I've been gigging for around 25 years and have had dozens of guitars but recently I've been consolidating - I get option paralysis! So I decided to have 1 good Strat and 1 good Tele.

This 2012 American Standard in Natural finish with an Ash body really took my eye and I just bought it today.

I've mostly had solid colours and the odd sunburst, but I do really like the look of this. It has the 6 saddles which I know isn't traditional, but I can work with either 3 or 6 to be honest. It also has the belly cut. I've always found Strats to be so comfortable, so although I love a vintage slab Tele I'm quite happy with this contour on a more modern appointed guitar.

Previous owner has installed Fender locking tuners. I've never needed or had them before but they do seem nice. They don't add too much weight do they?

Anyway I have only gave it a quick strum but will play it out properly soon!

Here it is...and alongside the American Pro Strat which I also acquired this year this is all the electric guitar I have. Thought I wanted a blonde (or white or even butterscotch) Tele but I really love the look of this one...

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Guitar porn indeed mate!
 

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Very very nice! I just picked this up Friday - partscaster Esquire with a natural Ash body by Musikraft and 2008 Fender Nashville Deluxe MIM neck - it’s got the Mike Elder custom 3-way switch wired and Fender Vintage 62 bridge assembly and pickup. No belly cut but it’s light I guess because of the Swamp Ash, and a pleasure to play.

Picked it up for $350 from a retired musician in his 70s downsizing and moving to a condo - he’s been playing in bands for 50 years and full-time professionally for the first 25.

How much was yours if you don’t mind me asking.
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Mine is a 2011 ash body in 2-tone sunburst. I added straplocks, locking tuners, and a tort pickguard, and I've honestly never before had a guitar where I didn't want any other guitar more. Literally every other guitar I've ever owned I'd have gladly traded for an upgrade. Not this one. This one is a forever guitar for me.
 

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Great guitar! I need to start thinning my heard too....

I have a 1978 American Deluxe natural color ash tele with Lollar vintage pickups. Bought the tele used in 98. Only change I made was to add abalone knobs I found on eBay. The Lollar pickups *really* have that tubular tele sound the originals had. Pricey tho...
 

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