NGD: Fender American Original 50s Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by grayn, May 23, 2019.

  1. grayn

    grayn TDPRI Member

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    I'd raised a bit of cash, to go to the North West Guitar Show last Sunday but didn't get anything.
    So I decided to go to Sound Affects Premier today, to try out some lovely guitars.
    Had a vague plan of getting a Tele or something with P90s.
    I ended up trying a vast array of instruments, including some PRSs, a Peerless, a Schecter and even a fantastic Charvel Surfcaster.
    However I eventually whittled it down to 4 Fenders.
    3 Teles and one of those new, Alternative Reality, Sixty Six's.
    I was surprised at how much I liked the Sixty Six, it was a natural wood finish model.
    A lot better looking up close than in photos and a nice, playable neck.
    The pickups are pretty decent too.
    The 3 teles were a Select model from 2012, a Japanese Hybrid and an American Original 50s.
    The Select was super glamourous, with flame maple body, wood binding and gold hardware.
    Great neck and pretty light too.
    The only thing that let it down was the pickups.
    They were smooth and sweet sounding but for me, lacked that gnarly edge, you expect from a Tele.
    The Japanese hybrid had locking tuners, a gorgeous blue colour body and great pickups.
    Just how my ears thinks a good Tele should sound.
    I was thinking, I could afford this Japanese Tele and the Sixty Six.
    But the American Original 50s Tele, with it's chunky neck, overall, great quality and edgy pickups won the day.
    A bit of a classic, to my ears and eyes.
    It may not be an authentic 50s Tele but it's whole vibe is just so solid and vintage.
    That semi translucent, buttersccotch blonde body, black pickguard and maple fingerboard just look right.
    That real classic design, works it's magic again and you get to take it home in a very tasty, tweed hard case.
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    Specs:
    Body: Ash
    Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Colour: Butterscotch Blonde
    Neck: Maple
    Neck Shape: "U"
    Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Scale Length: 25.5"
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Radius: 9.5"
    Frets: 21 Vintage Tall
    Pickups: 2x Pure Vintage 52 Single-Coils
    Controls: Volume, Tone, 3-Way Toggle,
    Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage Style w/ Brass Saddles
    Tuners: Pure Vintage
    Pickguard: 1-Ply Black Phenolic
    Comes with Vintage-Style Hardcase
    Fingerboard Material: Maple
    Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
    Number of Frets: 21
    Fret Size: Vintage Tall
    Nut Material: Bone
    Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
    Pickups: Pure Vintage '52 Single-Coil Tele
    Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Brass Barrel Saddles
    Strings: Fender USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
    Case: Vintage-Style Hardshell
     
  2. horax

    horax Tele-Afflicted

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    congrats! I love mine! <--avatar

    In all honesty, I was trying tons of 52 reissues, but this one was way better IMO.
    nothing wrong with either, but the AO 50 is one of the best teles on the market. People need to give htem some credence.

    You'l llove it!
     
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  3. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire

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    Very nice. Wish I could handle the bigger necks on most of those types of models because I do like ‘em.
     
  4. Tywashere

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    Nice!
     
  5. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Sweet!
     
  6. ejphotos

    ejphotos Tele-Meister

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    Nice. I'm digging the AO series
     
  7. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

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    Congratulations...those are great Teles!!
     
  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Cool!
     
  9. OldDude2

    OldDude2 Tele-Holic

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    Very nice excellent color and fantastic grain - shows character;)
     
  10. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

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    What a beauty, congrats!
     
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    Congrats !

    HNTD !
     
  12. marcflores

    marcflores Tele-Meister

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    Very nice. I love U shaped necks. They're probably my favorite.
     
  13. Treynor

    Treynor Tele-Holic

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    Sweet!
     
  14. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Congrats on a beauty.
     
  15. grayn

    grayn TDPRI Member

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    Really loving this Tele.
    Clean with a touch of crunch just sounds so good and cuts through the mix just right.
    Love that U-shaped neck.
    The whole guitar is so soild and resonant, I can understand why acoustic guitarists gravitate toward the Telecaster.
     
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    she's a beaut
     
  17. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

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    That is really nice. I had the itch for an AO50s Tele for a while.
     
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    Nice looking Tele! Enjoy!
     
  19. guitfiddles

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    That is super nice! I love big fat necks. Hey, does the neck have rolled fingerboard edges? I was putting one together on the Fender Mod shop with this neck but it doesn't specify if the fretboard has rolled edges or not and I can't find out anywhere.
     
  20. grayn

    grayn TDPRI Member

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    Sorry for the late reply, been away.
    Yes, the edge of the fretboard does seem to have that rolled feel.
    No hard edge to bite into your fingers.:)
     
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