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Recognize this Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Slim Chance, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Slim Chance

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  2. Andy B

    Andy B Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Fender Elite Telecaster. Vintage early 1980's.
     
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    Elite Telecaster cca 1983
     
  4. Slim Chance

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    Thanks! What are the pickups?
     
  5. Bard2dbone

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    I vaguely remember those. Fender got kind of weird for a while there. I think this was around 1990-ish or so. They did something like this with the Tele, Strat, and P Bass. I don't remember a J Bass version. This was the then equivalent of the Ultra Series. I think it would have been called something like 'the Tele Elite'. I don't remember anyone liking either guitar from back then. But the P Bass with a high mass bridge and two P pickups was actually pretty good.
     
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    Yes I have one of those

    Take out the pick ups and actives and its a great guitar

    Build quality is great and dare I say a little deluxe compared to todays efforts
     
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    I like it with the lp style pickguard
     
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    It must be awfully quiet without pickups! :lol:

    What did you replace them with?
     
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    I think they were Lace Active pickups.

    I like it a lot!

    :) Peter
     
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    price is a bit high but these are collectible. Last of the Fullerton factory guitars.
     
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    Yup.
    Cool lookin’ guitar!
    A friend had one when I lived/toured in western Canada.
     
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    Only famous player I can think of who had one was Dave Davies. Saw the Kinks several times in the 80s and he played one each time.
     
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    These actually predate Fender using the Lace pickups; they made these pickups in-house.

    Very interesting times for Fender - they were trying a lot of different things at the time. The Elites were made from about April 1983 until the end of 1984 - when FMIC bought the company from CBS they did not put the Elites (or the Standard series for that matter) back into production.

    If I'm remembering these correctly the controls are separate volumes for each pickup, a master TBX tone control, and an MDX active mid-boost. I think these pickups were mini-humbuckers under the solid covers (more like Gibson Firebird style than the other style of mini-humbuckers). As mscmkr said the Strats had a dummy coil for noise cancelling so maybe the Teles did as well.

    As the Vintage Guitar article mentions there were 3 levels of Elites:

    The Elite series with chrome hardware
    The Gold Elite series with gold hardware (the one the OP posted is a Gold Elite)
    The Walnut Gold Elite had a walnut body and neck (and maybe an ebony fingerboard - not 100% sure about that)
     
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    I've seen that one on Craigslist for a while. They know enough about it to price it in the right range, but they provide no information about it in their ad. I'm always intrigued by the unusual Teles, though when I own them I tend to go right back to the regulars.
     
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    Bare Knuckle slow hand bridge and neck - more stratty, which is my preference
     
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    Hmmm... I was thinking those were later, just after I got out of the Navy, but apparently they were just before I went in.

    I still think the only Elite I ever saw that was a keeper as-is was the Precision Bass.
     
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    There was one of those on my local CL for at least a year at $2000. Don't think it ever sold.
     
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