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Old 12-17-2018, 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
Very nice, congratulations! I've GOT A MIM Strat, and I have to say I'm not a fan, I much prefer my Epi LP standard Pro and the double humbuckers. I accept delivery of my new Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 tomorrow, can't wait o play it through my Ibanez tube screamer amp. If I can figure out how to post photos I'll add some here.
Dam you - I wish I had that guitar and YOU had a WART on yer' azz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My son has a Custom 24 (circa '93 or so). It was about $1,500 back then but they are easily in the $3K+ range now. His is "Whale Blue", I think? It's like butta' playin' that thing! I have an SE245 that I really like. I ALSO have a pic (somewhere?) of Paul Reed Smith I took at a NAMM Show in Nashville back in early 2000's. So I got THAT goin' for me!


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EDIT: Just found the pic (of PRS) - it was in my THT album.
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Nice !!! Swamp ash or alder body?
Good question. I think it is Alder. This is a 2017 MIM version that they call a Standard. The 2018 MIM version is now called a Player. Here is the Reverb as I purchased:
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Very nice. Don't laugh but I'm probably juuuuuuust a little older than you lol, when I bought my first guitar in 1978 and it was a 77 Ibanez Les Paul copy (post lawsuit version) and I still have it! I was inspired by my older brother who bought a brand new 1975 Telecaster and also still has it. Nothing like the twang on a Telecaster but personally I'm a Strat guy and can't stop collection them. And of all my amps from Marshal stacks to Mesa Boogies to Peaveys, my favorite is my small, Fender Champion 30 lol! It just has the best sound out of all of them. Sometimes simpler is better.
Well I bought my first guitar 4 years ago at the age of 51. A $200 Yamaha FG700S. I made some good calluses with this guitar my first year:




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Really nice. The MIM Fenders have a great bang for the buck.

I have a few Teles. Here are two cheap and easy modifications to consider in the future. The first is to replace the jack with an Electrosocket when the cup jack starts to go (they always do!). Under $10, 2 screws, and 2 solder joints. The second is to turn the control plate around, and swap the volume and tone controls. That way, you can more easily do volume swells, and are less likely to accidentally bump the switch while strumming.
Many thanks for that. I have seen a few of these backwards from stock and I wondered why. I have already hit the selector switch a time or two.

I am hoping to pick mine up from the shop tomorrow.

Many good looking guitars guys...keep 'em coming!
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My first electric was an Epiphone Les Paul with dual humbuckers and using a Fender Mustang II modeling amp. Haven't really played it much at all these past 3 years.

Looking for simpler. I think I was just overwhelmed with this combo in the beginning, but I've come a long way.

I really tend to gravitate towards the more clean electric sound which tends to push me back towards acoustics.

So I decided I was in the market for a telecaster and treated myself to a new 2017 MIM Fender Standard. I also
went the extra mile and bought my first tube amp, a Fender Blues Junior IV.

They really sound great together and the Les Paul really growls though this new amp. The tele needs some work so I dropped it off yesterday to get a setup.






My first Telecaster!!!


My first Stratocaster!!
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I’m envious of all musicians. Especially guitar players. I can’t even play the TRIANGLE!

Saw Marty Stuart play last week with the Byrds. Just fucking W.O.W.!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Incredible talent. All I can do is watch in awe!.

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My .02 pass on all the MIM's you get what you plaaaaay for..................I just don't find the quality to be there / spend the extra $$$ buy AMERICAN MADE & you won't be disappointed, much better investment in the long run & always easier to unload if need be. Same with many EPPI's mine is an older made in KOREA model, night & day quality & sound vs made in CHINA. Do your homework..............AXES UP !
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Same with many EPPI's mine is an older made in KOREA model, night & day quality & sound vs made in CHINA. Do your homework..............AXES UP !
A large percentage of guitars sold globally are built by just two OEM buillders, Samick and Cort. All the cheap lines got moved to plants they both built in Indonesia as labor became expensive in Korea. In 2001 I got a chance to tour the Samick factory in Inchon from raw materials to finish setup on both electric and acoustic lines. This is the plant were all the hand work and attention to fit and finish is done on higher end guitars. Lots of different brands on the headstocks that come out of those factories.
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My .02 pass on all the MIM's you get what you plaaaaay for..................I just don't find the quality to be there / spend the extra $$$ buy AMERICAN MADE & you won't be disappointed, much better investment in the long run & always easier to unload if need be. Same with many EPPI's mine is an older made in KOREA model, night & day quality & sound vs made in CHINA. Do your homework..............AXES UP !
I got news for you, the American made Fenders aren't all that great either. At least not the production ones. Low grade fret material, poor fret leveling, low grade wood, and finish so thick (to make them look good) that it strangles all the sonic resonance out of the guitar. They are not the same guitars that made Fender famous. Perhaps the custom shop ones are, but definately not the production ones. I don't care if it's made in the USA or Mexico.

I have a couple late model Fenders for around the home practice use, or for back up or "guest" guitars. In every case, they needed a fret level when they were brand new, right off the rack. Then after a couple years if playing, the frets are worn down to nothing. After one hour of practice, my finger tips look like I rubbed a #2 pencil all over them. They're black from fret wear.
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Originally Posted by .Mike View Post
Really nice. The MIM Fenders have a great bang for the buck.

I have a few Teles. Here are two cheap and easy modifications to consider in the future. The first is to replace the jack with an Electrosocket when the cup jack starts to go (they always do!). Under $10, 2 screws, and 2 solder joints. The second is to turn the control plate around, and swap the volume and tone controls. That way, you can more easily do volume swells, and are less likely to accidentally bump the switch while strumming.
<<this guys knows...next few modifications should be pickup swap (any quality set will be an upgrade. I rec tele Texas specials), some new tuners, and maybe a rewire if you really like burning money like me. How do I know?
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Dam you - I wish I had that guitar and YOU had a WART on yer' azz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My son has a Custom 24 (circa '93 or so). It was about $1,500 back then but they are easily in the $3K+ range now. His is "Whale Blue", I think? It's like butta' playin' that thing! I have an SE245 that I really like. I ALSO have a pic (somewhere?) of Paul Reed Smith I took at a NAMM Show in Nashville back in early 2000's. So I got THAT goin' for me!


Regards,
Got mine delivered last night and opened her today, she sounds very nice and I love the neck. Mine looks like the one you posted the photo of except it only has 1 vol and 1 tone knob. It's a 2018 model but I should have mentioned it's an SE Custom 24, about $800 new. A far cry from 2-3K.
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Misread. Thought was gonna be awesome thread about “my first teacher”.

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Here's my pair of Tele's (well, one's not technically a Tele) surrounded by my primary S style guitars. The actual Fender Tele (the natural finish one) is a genuine (not a reissue) '72 Thinline. It's the only guitar that I've ever kept long-term. I bought it 38 years ago for $50. I see them selling now for anywhere from $3,500 to $6,000. The black one is a Suhr Alt T Pro. I bought it because I'd rather not gig with the Fender Tele any longer due to it being a collectible guitar. The two might look the same, but there are many significant differences. Fretboard radius (compound 9-12 on the Suhr, vs. 7.5 on the Fender), the Suhr's all have stainless frets (I was going broke shelling out $400 every other year for refrets) and coil splitting of the humbuckers. The red and green guitars are Suhr Classic Antiques. They are identical spec wise, though I had to have the green one custom made because that model of guitar had changed before I had bought it and I didn't like some of the things about the newer ones.

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Here's my pair of Tele's (well, one's not technically a Tele) surrounded by my primary S style guitars. The actual Fender Tele (the natural finish one) is a genuine (not a reissue) '72 Thinline. It's the only guitar that I've ever kept long-term. I bought it 38 years ago for $50. I see them selling now for anywhere from $3,500 to $6,000. The black one is a Suhr Alt T Pro. I bought it because I'd rather not gig with the Fender Tele any longer due to it being a collectible guitar. The two might look the same, but there are many significant differences. Fretboard radius (compound 9-12 on the Suhr, vs. 7.5 on the Fender), the Suhr's all have stainless frets (I was going broke shelling out $400 every other year for refrets) and coil splitting of the humbuckers. The red and green guitars are Suhr Classic Antiques. They are identical spec wise, though I had to have the green one custom made because that model of guitar had changed before I had bought it and I didn't like some of the things about the newer ones.

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I got news for you, the American made Fenders aren't all that great either. At least not the production ones. Low grade fret material, poor fret leveling, low grade wood, and finish so thick (to make them look good) that it strangles all the sonic resonance out of the guitar. They are not the same guitars that made Fender famous. Perhaps the custom shop ones are, but definately not the production ones. I don't care if it's made in the USA or Mexico.

I have a couple late model Fenders for around the home practice use, or for back up or "guest" guitars. In every case, they needed a fret level when they were brand new, right off the rack. Then after a couple years if playing, the frets are worn down to nothing. After one hour of practice, my finger tips look like I rubbed a #2 pencil all over them. They're black from fret wear.
Funny you mention that. My favorite Strat is the one made in Mexico. It has the best feel, the best neck and all I had to do with it was change the pickups and adjust action and the intonation. That's not to say my other American made Strats aren't as good, it's just something about the white with maple neck Mexican one that just feels all-around better than the others.

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My first Telecaster!!!


My first Stratocaster!!
I like the maple necks much more than the rosewood ones. Pretty cool too how your setup is the unique, you see every once in a while swap of the Stratocaster headstock on the Tele and the Tele's on the Strat. lol

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Well I bought my first guitar 4 years ago at the age of 51. A $200 Yamaha FG700S. I made some good calluses with this guitar my first year:
Beautiful. I love the sound of Yamaha steel string acoustic guitars as a matter of fact, 90% of what I play now is acoustic. I played Ovation steel string cutaways for 30+ years and in the last 5 years or so, I've switched and been playing strictly nylon and Cordoba acoustic guitars. I bought the flamenco series and the fusion as well and man do I love them both. The tone is impeccable.

This is a very cool video of Al DiMeola talking about his style of playing and the basics which he says make up the foundation of good guitar playing which include, of course, the first and most important thing which is timing. The up & down picking stroke and technique and adding accents etc. Some really great stuff. And man would I love to get my hands on one of those Conde Hermanos with that superb cutaway.

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oh now we are rolling out pics. this is the one I picked up this year,


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Here's my pair of Tele's (well, one's not technically a Tele) surrounded by my primary S style guitars. The actual Fender Tele (the natural finish one) is a genuine (not a reissue) '72 Thinline. It's the only guitar that I've ever kept long-term. I bought it 38 years ago for $50. I see them selling now for anywhere from $3,500 to $6,000. The black one is a Suhr Alt T Pro. I bought it because I'd rather not gig with the Fender Tele any longer due to it being a collectible guitar. The two might look the same, but there are many significant differences. Fretboard radius (compound 9-12 on the Suhr, vs. 7.5 on the Fender), the Suhr's all have stainless frets (I was going broke shelling out $400 every other year for refrets) and coil splitting of the humbuckers. The red and green guitars are Suhr Classic Antiques. They are identical spec wise, though I had to have the green one custom made because that model of guitar had changed before I had bought it and I didn't like some of the things about the newer ones.


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very nice collection of guitars.

Thank you.
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I like the maple necks much more than the rosewood ones. Pretty cool too how your setup is the unique, you see every once in a while swap of the Stratocaster headstock on the Tele and the Tele's on the Strat.

Thanks. The Strat is factory (MIJ) and it is called a "Pawn Shop 51". It has a Telecaster Neck ( I like the reduced head weight), Hot Enforcer humbucker and a Texas Special single coil. The controls are kind of unique. They are early Telecaster, but one is a volume and the other is a 3-way rotary pickup switch (no tone). I usually play through a little Marshall Class 5 stack and the PS-51 really has a good sound (seems easier to get a good tone out of it without having to work as hard) . They also made a Squire version of it with a few differences (like the bridge).
I think the Telecaster (it is called a DOVE) is pretty unique too. It is basically like the MIM 72' Deluxe RI only with a 4 bolt neck and p-90s. I swapped the witch-hats for the knurled metal Tele knobs.
I also sprung for the G&G cases. I love the orange and black for the black Tele and I have Tweed and Red for the vintage look on the PS-51'.
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I got news for you, the American made Fenders aren't all that great either. At least not the production ones. Low grade fret material, poor fret leveling, low grade wood, and finish so thick (to make them look good) that it strangles all the sonic resonance out of the guitar. They are not the same guitars that made Fender famous. Perhaps the custom shop ones are, but definately not the production ones. I don't care if it's made in the USA or Mexico.

I have a couple late model Fenders for around the home practice use, or for back up or "guest" guitars. In every case, they needed a fret level when they were brand new, right off the rack. Then after a couple years if playing, the frets are worn down to nothing. After one hour of practice, my finger tips look like I rubbed a #2 pencil all over them. They're black from fret wear.
If I bought a made in USA Fender any model, and paid the extra $$$$ vs MIM & it needed fretwork outa the box I would have returned it faster then I took it home........... CURIOUS ? what where you thinking .......
$2500- $3,000 + Guitars shouldn't need anything after taking them home except a set up to your liking & tuning PERIOD !
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If I bought a made in USA Fender any model, and paid the extra $$$$ vs MIM & it needed fretwork outa the box I would have returned it faster then I took it home........... CURIOUS ? what where you thinking .......
$2500- $3,000 + Guitars shouldn't need anything after taking them home except a set up to your liking & tuning PERIOD !
USA made production Fenders are $1,000 to $1,500, not $2,500 to 3,000. The Fender guitars I'm referring to are from the American Standard line. They were about $1,000 at the time. I believe they've since changed the name of that line to American Professional, and raised the price.

They did the fret level for me free of charge as part of the setup. The frets were perfect after that. Well, until I wore them flat down to the fretboard after about 4 yrs of playing. Lol. I bought two of them back then and they both needed the same fret treatment.

I would never pay $2,500 to $3,000 for a modern Fender when I can buy a Suhr or an Anderson for that price. Suhr frets are perfect (they use a plek machine) and stay perfect since they're stainless, not nickle.
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got Very nice collections of guitars posted here..keep 'em coming!

Many thanks for the good advice on American vs. MIM Vs. China. Here is my .02....

When I started this thing 4 years ago I really really wanted an American made Gibson Les Paul. I found out very quickly that the price point compared to the Chinese Epiphone and at my beginner level, that was not going to happen. I told myself if I EVER were to perform anywhere, I would treat myself to such a nice piece. This hobby is WAY LESS expensive than boating!!

I just my MIM telecaster back yesterday after a setup and new strings. This is a new guitar but must have been a demo and some frets needed leveling. I am totally good with this, knowing that a tech I trust has gone through and gave me the best advice and a good playing guitar.
So on that note the difference between a $500 tele and a $1500 tele, leaves me a mountain of $$ room for upgrades, correct? Just my.02.

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