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When does a Tele stop being a Fender?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Fenderdad1950, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. golfnut

    golfnut Friend of Leo's

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    Fender body with all fender electronics and after market neck is a fender with an after market neck.
     
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  2. T Prior

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    I would side with those that say if you have the basics, body and neck made by Fender, the rest doesn't matter.
     
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  3. TelZilla

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    I prefer the MIJ Strads.
     
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  4. TelZilla

    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks. It looks pretty good from about 5 feet away.

    Its a warmoth body. Tried several finishes before just going with Reranch. I couldnt get the stewmac stuff to look right. Of course, im a rattle can in the garage guy so any blemishes are just part of the relicing process.

    Lets see. I think its a fralin blues special in the bridge, a duncan phat cat (‘bucker shaped p 90) in the neck. Callaham bridgeplate, knobs and switchplate-the unfinished steel ones. Some kind of compensated barrel saddles (I've gone through about 5 diff ones). Tonepros locking tuners. Necks been refretted twice.

    Its not fancy but its mine.looks ok for a 26 year old
     
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  5. Fenderdad1950

    Fenderdad1950 Tele-Afflicted

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    Hey thanks Mike, but when I pulled the neck it had a Walmoth stamp in the neck pocket. I am honest to a fault and could never pass it off as a Fender product. Though some questionable soul could rationalise 'since the guitar has Fender pickups' label it as a Fender and sell it to an unwary person.':D
     
  6. kookaburra

    kookaburra Tele-Afflicted

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    I used to have a copy of that Stones poster!

    On topic, I have no strong feelings either way unless it's being sold.
     
  7. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    Its funny, when I'm addressing a knock off, I use the term "tele". But, if I'm referring to my Fender Telecaster, I'll use "telecaster". Maybe the full name goes with more formality?
     
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  8. Recce

    Recce Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    A Telecaster can be made by many but a Fender Telecaster is made by Fender.
     
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    when it becomes a duck.
     
  10. strat a various

    strat a various Friend of Leo's

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    I understand historical recreations. Guitars from the 50s or 60s? Not so much. I think putting a Fender decal on a non Fender is like putting a Stevie Ray Vaughan label on your CD. It's you not him... it's a different builder, not Fender.
     
  11. Footsore

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    I have two Teles I'm putting together and both use Fender replacement bodies and necks. All of the components going into and onto these guitars are genuine Fender parts. I'm building them this way so I can get the neck I want to use with the pickups I want to hear in a configuration not put together by Fender as a production model.
    Are they Fender guitars?
     
  12. Audiowonderland

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    When does a Danish become a doughnut...
     
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    "When does it stop being a fender?"

    When it's an ASAT!
     
  14. itskohler

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    Is a hotdog a sandwich?

    IMO if it wasn't made and assembled by Fender its not a Fender.
     
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    I’d never put a decal on a partscaster. I take logos off of other equipment if it’s easy and I don’t care about the value if I lose it. If taking the fender logo off of my tele was as easy as unscrewing it, I probably would and just throw it in the case.

    It’s not even screw your “free advertisement” or a moral thing. I just think it looks so much cleaner. A nice piece of woodwork like a table doesn’t have a big fat decal slapped on it. My classical only has a little label on the inside. My pedals are mostly raw aluminum. I say leave it as is. Blank is cool.
     
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    I dont think I'd be bothered to sand the logo off. I got better things to do.
     
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    Unless it's a CuNiFe Widerange, it should have a single coil in the bridge .JMHO
     
  18. Matthias

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    If Fender make a guitar, it’s a Fender.
    If Fender make a neck and you put it on something else, it’s a guitar with a Fender neck.
    If you make a guitar out of Fender parts, it’s not a ‘Fender guitar’, it’s a concoction of Fender parts.

    No need to sand logos off that Fender put there. Just people shouldn’t sell the last two as a Fender guitar if they come to sell. To be honest, they’d make A LOT more parting them out anyway.
     
  19. ricardo1912

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    If it's made by Fender and has their parts then it's a Tele to me. I can totally understand wanting the F logo on a build or different brand for one's own use. I do worry when those are sold tho.

    If it's listed honestly and sold as non original that's fine. But if the buyer doesn't get on with it and flips, will they be as honest.
     
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    Its crazy how you could let's say build an American standard using the exact same everything from Fender but its still a partscaster which I do agree with but what if the parts were not serial numbered from Fender to begin with? I bet we would have a lot more partscasters being past off as real.
     
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