NGD: Fender Prodigy

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by tabdog, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. tabdog

    tabdog Tele-Meister

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    Hay Folks,

    As I was browsing CL I noticed a Fender Prodigy
    for $167. It has a locking Fender hard shell case.

    That just sounded like a deal. Just couldn't pass
    on it. I'm sick that way sometimes.

    This guitar is awesome. It sounds way better than
    my MIM Strat. It was kind of controversial and was
    only made in 1991-1993. It's in great shape for 20
    years old. Only down side I see so far is the jack
    location, but I can live with that,

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    Thanks fer lookin,

    Tabdog
     
  2. tabdog

    tabdog Tele-Meister

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    The Fender Prodigy was produced by Fender from 1991 to 1993.
    It was one of Fender's attempts to compete with the superstrat
    style guitars produced by Ibanez, Jackson/Charvel, Carvin and
    Yamaha during that era.

    Since the Prodigy was discontinued after about two and half years
    of production, it is considered one of Fender's rare models because
    of its limited production.

    The Prodigy features a SSH pickup configuration with the humbucker
    at the bridge position. It has one tone and one volume with a five way
    toggle. The tone works in all settings, even the bridge position.
    The body shape is similar to the Stratocaster, however, it features an
    offset body, sharper body edges, and a smaller headstock. It has Leo
    Fender's classic Synchronized tremolo system.

    The headstock is imprinted with "Made in U.S.A." which has led many
    people to believe the Prodigy had been manufactured entirely in the
    United States, when it had not. The Prodigy necks and bodies were
    cut and sanded at the Fender factory in Ensenada, Mexico. They
    were then shipped to the Fender factory in Corona, California to have
    the finish applied and were then subsequently assembled into finished
    guitars with American made components and stamps.

    So, it's a Mexican neck and alder body that was finished in the USA
    with American parts.

    That caused a controversy. I don't know the whole story, but they
    were discontinued.

    It's a great guitar. The neck is fabulous. Everything about it seems
    somehow better than my MIM Strat, except the input jack,

    Tabdog
     
  3. Mark Moore

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    I had a white one for a couple of years, a 91 model IIRC, with a Kahler locking trem. Nice guitar.
     
  4. Bill Clay

    Bill Clay TDPRI Member

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    I tried so hard to get a prodigy on craigslist that a guy was offering for a great deal. Was on the phone with him for over 2 weeks trying to get him to commit to a pickup time and place but he kept delaying and delaying. We finally worked out a deal and I called him on the day just to let him know I was on my way and he revealed that he never really had any intention to sell the guitar, he just wanted someone to talk to about guitars. Said that every 6 months or so he'd put up one of his guitars on craigslist generate interest and get callers. He then wanted to know if I was still planning on coming out to see him, and if I'd want to join his church group. Keep in mind the guy lived two hours away.

    About a year later he put the guitar up on craigslist again. I'd call it the one that got away, but that would suggest I'd stood a chance of getting it in the first place.
     
  5. gitold

    gitold Poster Extraordinaire

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    Great deal!! Looks like a great guitar at a incredible price..Win Win for you Tabdog!
     
  6. tabdog

    tabdog Tele-Meister

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    What a Demrod,

    Tasbdog
     
  7. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    GREAT score for that price. I couldn't have passed that up either.
     
  8. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

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    Cool guitar...
     
  9. Hornacho

    Hornacho NEW MEMBER!

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    tabdog: just a little FYI on the Fender Prodigy... it was my first electric guitar I've ever bought... still to this day the only electric I own. Honestly, I don't love it and I'm working on getting a couple new guitars. Mine's in great condition but I wanted to warn you about that input jack. These are notorious for breaking the end of the pickguard. If you hit your cable once with a pretty good kick of your leg or bust it into something like a table, it will likely crack the pickguard right at the bottom. So, I would just take care if I was you.

    Also... replace the pickups! That humbucker is so muddy sounding it actually pissed off my guitar teacher and he had a pair of custom Seymour Duncans put in for free!

    You got a real good deal on that one. I've seen these sell on ebay for $300-$500. I think i initially bought mine from Guitar Center in 1995/96 for $299. I remember I almost went home with a Squire but the salesmen pushed the Prodigy on me. I had no idea what I was buying since it was my first guitar. As time went on... I started losing interest in it though and want to try other guitars!

    Anyways good luck with it and enjoy!
     
  10. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    the case is probably worth $75 ... nice score !!!
     
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