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What kind of Tele is this?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by pulteney, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. pulteney

    pulteney Tele-Meister

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  2. Gregorski

    Gregorski TDPRI Member

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    Fenders serial number search just says American Telecaster 2000-2008

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    looks legit to me. worst case scenario: maybe a refin (?) and a changed top hat on pickup selector switch. other than that, it's good to go. neck and body appears 100 % genuine FMIC stuff to my eyes. i'd bet money on it.
     
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    Certainly appears to be what it claims
     
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    Thanks a lot guys. If I remember correctly, American Series Tele’s came with the molded hardshell case, so this might not be original.

    Slightly off topic. How can you tell an American Series from a Highway One?
     
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    Quickest way without checking specs: Highway one has a vintage style bridge.
     
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    Thanks :)
     
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    So many similar models in those years playing around with vintage white / white blonde finishes :rolleyes: let me see, American series, Highway One, 8502... and I’m pretty sure there’s at least another one
     
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    mfguitar Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    The guitar looks legit but I don't care for the pickguard look, they might have changed/upgraded components as well. Retailers don't always include the cases even if they ship with the guitar.
     
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    It may help sorting out what you want from a given era by going through the catalogs and price lists.
    There's a whole bunch here:
    https://guitar-compare.com/catalogs/fender-catalogs/
     
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    John C Friend of Leo's

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    Regarding that photo - if whomever entered the serial number information didn't specify a color Fender uses in that photo of a generic G&G style case instead of a photo of a guitar.

    I do know that the information is entered manually: I've heard two versions of who enters the info and I'm not sure which is correct:
    1. Someone at Fender enters it at the time it's boxed up and sent to the warehouse
    2. Someone at the dealer enters the information when the guitar is sold
     
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    53Strat Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    You've got the serial number. Ask Fender Consumer relations.
     
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    First time I've heard of this specific step in the process, I'd never thought about it. Thanks!
     
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