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NGD American Ultra Telecaster!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by JDB2, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. JDB2

    JDB2 Tele-Holic

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    I had my eye on this particular model online for awhile. I went into a neighborhood shop today and there it was. It is pre-owned, 2019, but essentially new. Played and sounded great and price was fair. Took it home! Hoping to make it my one and only. IMG_0473 2.jpg
     
  2. GGardner

    GGardner Friend of Leo's

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    Wowzer! I love the binding, belly cut, black, and rosewood neck. So glad it has a D-shape neck so I won't be tempted to buy one.
     
  3. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    Classy!
     
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  4. StevesBoogie

    StevesBoogie Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    That is a beauty!! Congrats
     
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    Telefsantasia1 Tele-Meister

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    Nothing but class !!!!!
     
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    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    Tuxedo! Cool.
     
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  7. Old Plank

    Old Plank Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Wicked sharp, Congrats!
     
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    SixgunElectric TDPRI Member

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    Congrats!
    That is one beautiful Tele!

    Which noiseless set does that one have in it?
    How do you like them....do you plan to keep 'em?

    (Personally I could do without the belly cut)
     
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  9. JDB2

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    Although the neck is thin, I'm used to even skinnier necks than this and I find it very comfortable. The edges are nicely rolled. Also I'm used to playing vintage radius so the 10-14" compound radius is something new to me. So far I'm liking it!
     
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  10. Wallaby

    Wallaby Friend of Leo's

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    Congratulations!
     
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  11. JDB2

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    According to Fender they are the "Ultra Noiseless Vintage". Fender says: "The sound of Fender’s flagship instruments. Fender Ultra Noiseless pickups are the pinnacle in stacked single-coil design, crafted with new winding techniques for livelier and more expansive tone. Alnico 5 magnets with polysol wire deliver a vintage voice with classic Telecaster sparkle without the 60-cycle hum. Ultra Noiseless Telecaster pickups have the twang and bite that you expect from vintage Telecaster pickups, with no hum."

    I don't have a lot of experience with Telecaster pickups, and I know that the noiseless variety sometimes isn't the most popular around here, but so far I'm impressed. I would describe the tone as balanced, full, bright, and articulate. Maybe a little compressed. Definitely sounds like a Tele overall though. Those are my first impressions -- I plan to give them a good run before I consider trying anything else.
     
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    Cali Dude Tele-Afflicted

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    Has a cool vintage look to it. Nice! Enjoy.
     
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  13. Fendereedo

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    A beauty, congratulations to you.
     
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  14. Mr Swisher

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    Great choice.

    I have one too. Man those pick ups though... I'm just not sure.

    Everything else about it is fantastic!!
     
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  15. playforfun

    playforfun Tele-Afflicted

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    Beautiful congrats and enjoy.
     
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  16. Manothemtns

    Manothemtns Tele-Meister

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    Very nice! I like the Ultra series a lot. There's a gorgeous blue one I've got my eye on. F
    Fender'sprice points make it easy to know what level of pickups and hardware you're
    getting without even looking at specs. Another important
    thing I've noticed in recent year is that there's a direct relationship between price and average model weight. The higher you go, the lighter the series. At retail pricing, you've got to get up to $2K to get into seven-to-sub-seven pound territory. $1,899 gets you mid-seven, $1,599 gets between mid-seven and
    eight, $1,499 gets you close to eight pounds, +/- a few ounces. And $1,299 and
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    underyields eight pounds, +/- a few ounces. The Ultra line averages seven and a half pounds. Of course, as with any data set, there are outliers, but this little
    algorithm generally works. It's a good "pocket reference" for those, who, like myself, operate with terrible backs or those, perhaps, who are getting older (again, like me) and just prefer carrying lighter guitars around their necks. At mid-seven, the Ultra series is light but not uber-light...and for many, probably just right.

    It's only after four back surgeries that weight ever really mattered to me.
     
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  17. Keithp

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    I own the blue one, bought it last year. At first, I played it like crazy. Loved the feel, the TONE is outstanding. But it kinda sucks at anything dirty past mild gain. By kinda suck, I mean it's useless in a rock format compared to my HSS strat or other humbucker guitars. If I were a country player, this would be the holy grail guitar :) But I'm not.
     
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  18. Manothemtns

    Manothemtns Tele-Meister

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    Yeah, I know what you mean. It's a shame to have to spend hard-earned cash on new pickups when the originals outta be good enough. For me, stock Tele pickups seldom get the job done. Everyone's got their favorites...I'm prone to Porter's 9T's. Thanks for the intel on the Ultra's range of tone.
     
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  19. ping-ping-clicka

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    It is by design absolutely beautiful,
    wait why has it been relic-ed?
    oh well, go ahead, and keep it if you must, just this one time.;)
     
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  20. peteycaster

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    Love the look of that guitar. Nice score. Hope you work out the pickup situation.
     
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