What does it feel like...POST YOUR Custom Shop Teles!

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by Jackobeam, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    no, not rob, but i was wondering more what people do or whats the job. I want in.

    another problem kicks in though, how do I rotate them all to get even playing time? LOL
     
  2. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    i can understand this, and realize theres really not much to gain. thats why im struggling in pulling the trigger for one. Not sure it I’ll be happi-ER if I let all go and get just one great tele.

    I guess a part of me is hoping that they are indeed putting more effort in selecting top woods, even for standard production CS, than the top of the line AO. Or the AVRI62 i have.
     
  3. scooteraz

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    OK, here it is. 2005 Thinline.



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    I liked this photo so much, I mad it my avatar.
     
  4. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    So, is your guitar Peacock Blue?
     
  5. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    I actually have four CS guitars as I have two Strats in addition to the two Teles I posted earlier. I have not regretted spending the money on any of them.
    The detail, finish and playability are what I expected and I wasn’t disappointed. Simply put the four I had are finest guitars I’ve owned and I’ve owned plenty.
    I also had the 64 AV and it was a fine guitar but when I decided to sell guitars, including an 8502 Ash Tele, AVRI 62 Custom etc, I elected to keep my custom shops.
    Yes, you reach the point of diminishing returns at some point but there is something about have your “dream guitar.”
    I personally think it’s better to spec out your own guitar than to buy production model CS instruments. It’s more expensive but it’s yours.
    Lastly, I think there is a break point between guitars. At some point you may discern a tangible difference between models (MIM, MIA, AO, Ultra, etc) but then you reach the point where you can’t make a distinction.
     
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  6. scooteraz

    scooteraz Friend of Leo's

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    That would be a great color name! It is Lake Placid Blue. It was my first ever CS, and the one that made me re-think my prejudices against them.
     
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  7. scooteraz

    scooteraz Friend of Leo's

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    I’m confused. You did or did not regret spending the money on them?

    Yes, yes I am busting your chops. The rest of your post noted your satisfaction with the CS guitars. It also echoed my experience (albeit with one CS Tele and one Master Built Strat).
     
  8. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    LOL. I have NOT regretted them.
     
  9. VillainSean

    VillainSean Tele-Meister

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    I try to post when I can, love the site though I usually just linger in this forum.
     
  10. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Once you get to the nitro American Fenders, the only difference is unique specs.

    CS just aren’t better guitars. They are limited guitars with finishes and specs not found in standard production runs.

    Mythologize all you want of course.

    If you just have to have one, better to haunt local shops until you find the one, rather than spec’ing one, plunking down big cash, having it built, only to find it doesn’t speak to you.
     
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  11. Hari Seldon

    Hari Seldon Tele-Meister

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    Yes. But if you want or need the last 20% you'll have to spend the money.

    Btw, my 2009 CS Thinline:

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  12. VillainSean

    VillainSean Tele-Meister

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    Wanna Trade? I would have gone NOS last year, if it had been available. ;)
     
  13. Hari Seldon

    Hari Seldon Tele-Meister

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    That guitar has become part of my body...
    ;- )
     
  14. Hari Seldon

    Hari Seldon Tele-Meister

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    Btw.
    The guy that sold it to me playing it...

     
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  15. EsquireBoy

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    I’ve had two Fender CS:
    A 61 heavy relic strat, which was a great guitar, but I stupidly sold it.
    My current Esquire, limited edition for the 30th anniversary of the CS, journeyman relic (which is more my cup of tea, because it’s subtle), with an all rosewood neck:
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    I’ve played a lot of Fender CS in the last 15 years and, to me, there is a remarkable consistency in build and sound quality.
    That consistency would be IMO the bigger difference with other American Fender series.

    In your OP you are talking about getting a masterbuilt: having a Fender built to your personal specs is another advantage of the CS obviously, but for that you’ll have to unload big $$.
     
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  16. EsquireBoy

    EsquireBoy Tele-Afflicted

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    @csapo That first tele custom with the fade chocolate burst is a thing of beauty. I love it!
     
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  17. TelenTubes

    TelenTubes Tele-Holic

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    Wow, I was scrolling down, then back up, then down, then back up again... those are some amazing guitars!! :D
     
  18. Jerry J

    Jerry J Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes I remember Mars Music - I picked up '99 American Deluxe Strat for about the same price when they went out of business. I nice guitar but not like yours! That is a thing of beauty. Great score
     
  19. sloppychops

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    Such sweet Telecasters in this thread! The thing about a CS, though, is that you generally have to order one or buy one online, right? I've seen a few in a local shop, but it's not like most shops have much of a Custom Shop inventory. For anything over $1k, I have to hold it in my hands to really know what I'm buying before I buy it. I can't imagine ordering one, then finding it weighs 8+ lbs, or has some other disappointing characteristic.
     
  20. Joe M

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    I'm really lucky to have a local shop that at any one time has at least 10-12 CS Strats and Teles hanging on the wall....hmmm, that's probably the reason I have so many.....:D
     
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