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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Frank'n'censed, Jan 21, 2016.
It's undoubtedly a Squier, I believe they were set necks, but I can't see the headstock...thanks.
Definitely NOT a Squier.
Thanks Jay, I confused it with a similar Squier offering, but didn't recall this finish. Although it's a setneck, they retained the typically 25.5", Fender scale, with SD's, (a Pearly Gates bridge).
I got one, 2006 or 2007 special I believe. Korean build nice quality, fat tone almost sg-ish. Skinny neck and super flat fingerboard 16'' I believe.
Everything sounds good except for the skinny neck...unlike the ladies, I like 'em chunky.
Well, it is manufactured side by side in Surabaya with Squiers. I feel it has some similar feel, similar DNA to the Squiers.
Mine was made in Korea, it is far superior to any Indonesian build I've seen. It's a shame if the production moved.
If it has twin humbuckers, it aint a Tele. it just has a body shape like one.
real teles have one up front and one in the back.
Yeah, when the big highly mechanized Cortek plant in Surabaya got going, they really curtailed the manufacturing there in the old facilities in S. Korea. Used to be on the Korean guitars they'd be marked as inspected by (and then they provided the inspector's name). We don't know the name of ANYONE at the plant in Indonesia and that bothers me, frankly.
About the superiority, some of the Special Edition models out of Indonesia are better in some ways but just lousy, unplayable instruments as a whole. However, I felt there was a dramatic improvement in the G + L Tribute products, at least the premium version ones, as that production went from the one Cort plant to the other. And if you wanna compare Squiers, as good as some of these newer Indonesian models are, the Korean made Pro Tones are still the standard once production left Japan.
The retained value or resale value of used Korean made Fenders and Squiers has been deplorable. Because each guitar and bass made at the Indonesian plant costs so much less to make than the same guitar in Korea, the retail price can be lower; there's room to lower the price and still make profit - so you could buy a new Indonesian version for less and it would sell used for at least as much as the Korean used ones had.
Well, this guitar is surely not for chicken picking.
I remember these pickups as being hot. When someone else was playing one of these; trying 'em out in the shop, NEVER were they plugged into a Fender design amp. They were usually plugged into Marshalls.
I can attest about that; I just purchased a ASAT Deluxe and it is wonderful to play.