1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Unboxing a Tele and first impressions

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Sotakoira Musti, Mar 31, 2021.

  1. Sotakoira Musti

    Sotakoira Musti Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,060
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2019
    Location:
    Helsinki, Finland
    The box:

    D7DCC334-14CC-43D8-8041-781D88F45FB2.jpeg

    So okay, it’s a Fender Tele.

    Opening up:

    3654C7E6-7516-4A1F-8466-93F5CE63CE7D.jpeg

    This can’t be good, the ”case candy” and ”Deluxe gigbag” which I hate tells to us this is MIM or Am Perf at the best.

    The gigbag:

    A8A8453D-58A7-4F1E-AF12-3A61250B3C59.jpeg

    Getting close:

    20F976FA-D167-41DD-9CC1-7E128F2797E4.jpeg

    Doesn’t look like Am Perf to me...

    Off with wrap:

    F2B3498A-EC7C-4941-A2E1-D2011962088C.jpeg

    Okay, so it’s a 50s modified Vintera in daphne blue.

    Backside:

    2B30A207-0F0D-4CF5-ACDD-5450FF130E03.jpeg

    In first glance the blue looks kinda plasticy to me. The black pickguard looks hidious. White or perhaps mint would be better? I like the tint in the neck.

    Feels quite light. The soft V neck profile and satin finish on the back feels nice and very playable. Fret ends need some serious work, but this is bad time to buy guitars up here. Setup is horrible and 9s feel like playing with rubber bands.

    The tones (tested with 65 TRRI and AC50) First problem, the jack is very tight; one must really force the plug to snap in. Easy fix. Seems to be quite noisier than the reference Tele (Player with 4-way and Texas Specials). Mics sound adequate enough, bit on the hotter side, and the 4th position is in good balance with other 3. S1 is useless to me.

    The verdict:

    Straight out of the box not worth the money. Got it cheap, 910€ when common reference Thomann sells at 979€ if they ever get a shipment.

    Pros:

    Neck profile and finish overall, neck color. Nice tones. Cheapish. Light.

    Cons:

    Fret sprout, stiff jack, a bit noisy.

    I think I’ll do some cavity shielding, do wiring all over, take care of the fret ends, buy compensated saddles, swap pickguard and lock it up in a proper case. It’ll be a player for sure, but not straight out of the box.

    Lastly pic with TPL Player:

    7AA00429-16CE-441B-9526-1798145F6B2E.jpeg
     
  2. netgear69

    netgear69 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,851
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2012
    Location:
    england
    Very nice totally agree change that pickgaurd
     
  3. mfguitar

    mfguitar Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    1,812
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    Location:
    Buffalo
    I don't think the black looks all that bad but the color does scream of a 50's combo white, blue, chrome.
     
  4. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    3,410
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2014
    Location:
    Meiners Oaks CA.
    Congrats, have fun.
     
    Sotakoira Musti and Fendereedo like this.
  5. BuckNekkid

    BuckNekkid Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    429
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2016
    Location:
    Virginia, USA
    I don't understand: If there's so much wrong with it, why did you buy it?
     
    JRtele, SRHmusic, Cyberi4n and 18 others like this.
  6. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    55
    Posts:
    7,400
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Location:
    Potato
    Congratulations, have to agree with the frets on the Vintera line, two of mine were totally awful. Like they had just been snipped and left no fretwork done at all. For a top spec MIM these should be perfect. Fender really want to get a reign on this, before they start getting bad PR for the lack of fret work.
     
  7. Boreas

    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Age:
    65
    Posts:
    3,373
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2019
    Location:
    Adirondack Coast, NY
    I wonder what a vintage tortoise guard would look like...
     
  8. Racer5

    Racer5 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,503
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    Happy NGD but there must be some kind of humidity issue lately at the factory or something. Are they not drying the wood properly? I don't know. But probably around 5 out of 10 of the new Fenders I've played recently have had this. So much so that I just bought a fret file for the first time in my guitar playing life.

    I had my mind set on a vintera for a while and the one I played at GC left me soured. It sounds like the other issues with yours are minor.

    I just don't feel like it's unreasonable to ask for a $1000 guitar to not have problems like this.
     
    Theorage, Deathray and Fendereedo like this.
  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,940
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2021
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Congrats! I cannot speak for the Vintera Tele, I don't have one. But I can say from experience that pearloid or tort pick guards look fantastic against Daphne blue. Enjoy. Play loud.
     
  10. bls82261

    bls82261 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    102
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2020
    Location:
    Virginia
    I don't know about the way it plays or sounds but I wouldn't change anything about the way it looks.
     
    tele_paul likes this.
  11. carpenter

    carpenter Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    901
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2018
    Location:
    Naugatuck, Connecticut
    No hard cases anymore?
     
  12. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,896
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2017
    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    MIM guitars have never come with hard cases. The higher end ones, and the entry level MIA ones, come with a very nice gig bag. It's my favorite bag, and I live in a tiny place and I need bags, 'cause cases take up too much space.
     
    Fendereedo and AAT65 like this.
  13. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,896
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2017
    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    It's gone through several differing environments going from Mexico to Finland! Mexico is hot and humid, Finland is cold and dry. Fret sprout should be expected on any guitar at any price level that goes through a lot of environmental changes in its travels.
     
    mkdaws32, Asmith, Steve Holt and 3 others like this.
  14. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,896
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2017
    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    IMO, it's screaming for a mint PG.
     
    netgear69, Fendereedo and carpenter like this.
  15. Racer5

    Racer5 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,503
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    I can get to Mexico in 3 hours so this is no excuse :lol:
     
  16. Sotakoira Musti

    Sotakoira Musti Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,060
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2019
    Location:
    Helsinki, Finland
    Well, it was in sealed box. Didn’t have a chance to test it until opening the box in our bandroom.

    All those things are small issues, and the soft V-profile feels so good. It’ll be a great guitar, no doubt about it. And I was aware that I’ll probably change the pickguard which is the most expensive mod.
     
    mojek, Manothemtns and Fendereedo like this.
  17. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    12,483
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Location:
    near Arnold's
    I’m not sure that’s true. I’m almost certain the Lacquer Series did. Not a big Fender hard case fan myself.
     
    Fendereedo likes this.
  18. Sotakoira Musti

    Sotakoira Musti Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,060
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2019
    Location:
    Helsinki, Finland
    You’re 100% right. Finnish winter is murder for guitars. That’s why I mostly store them in cases. RH is often somewhere 10-20% during winters. Even my 2017 George Harrison rosewood Tele had to have fret ends done. So it’s not a question about price/quality. This is just sh*tty place to live in :lol:

    Btw, 1000th post. Never thought I’d get past 50. But the content of posts, that’s a different story. Quality vs volume!
     
    61fury, nobis17, Tele-friend and 4 others like this.
  19. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    21,329
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2003
    Location:
    The North Coast
    Baja is not humid. Average annual humidity in Ensanada is around 20%, and that’s only cause it’s right on the ocean. The Baja peninsula is mostly desert like environment.
     
    boris bubbanov and Fendereedo like this.
  20. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,896
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2017
    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    average-relative-humidity-mexico-ensenada.png
     
    goonie and maxvintage like this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.