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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 4217

    valid comments about the 7.25" - in an ideal world, what fret size would you go for - surely not vintage/small - Clapton is one of the few pros that I know of that still prefers vintage frets - Models like the Landau Strat have a 7.25" radius, but use 6105 frets

    I'm actually thinking about frets.  My AVRI is shortly going to need a refret.  I don't mind the vintage wire, but I'll probably go for something a bit bigger.  I definitely don't like the really huge jumbo frets though.  I had a Custom Shop Tele with huge frets and I didn't get on with it at all.

    I don't know what all the different numbers that Dunlop use for their fretwire mean, but get on fine with whatever size PRS use.  The frets on the American Original series look like they may be ok, but I haven't tried one yet.
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  • BrizeBrize Frets: 2836
    edited January 12
    crunchman said:

    I don't know what all the different numbers that Dunlop use for their fretwire mean, but get on fine with whatever size PRS use.
    I may be wrong, but I believe PRS generally use 6150, not to be confused with those dreadful tall, narrow 6105s.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4867
    Brize said:
    crunchman said:

    I don't know what all the different numbers that Dunlop use for their fretwire mean, but get on fine with whatever size PRS use.
    I may be wrong, but I believe PRS generally use 6150, not to be confused with those dreadful tall, narrow 6105s.
    correct - PRS are effectively a 6150
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 5157
    edited January 12
    By the way - ALL Fender Custom Shop Guitars are now custom ordered - Fender no longer carry any stock in the USA, EU or UK warehouse , or any other warehouse

    So from now on-wards, all stock on a dealers wall will either be :- 

    Created from the 'Custom Shop Spec Sheet' - http://www.fendercustomshop.com/how-to-order/

    Ordered via the models available and listed as part of the 2019  Collection

    Ordered via Limited Edition runs as per the NAMM Show etc
    I've only just got round to looking at that 2018 Design Guide.  Good fun looking through the specs and it's nice to see all the different neck measurements, pickup details etc.

    I'm a bit disappointed to see there are no '70s Strats or Teles included in the base models.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4867
    Philly_Q said:
    By the way - ALL Fender Custom Shop Guitars are now custom ordered - Fender no longer carry any stock in the USA, EU or UK warehouse , or any other warehouse

    So from now on-wards, all stock on a dealers wall will either be :- 

    Created from the 'Custom Shop Spec Sheet' - http://www.fendercustomshop.com/how-to-order/

    Ordered via the models available and listed as part of the 2019  Collection

    Ordered via Limited Edition runs as per the NAMM Show etc
    I've only just got rounding to looking at that 2018 Design Guide.  Good fun looking through the specs and it's nice to see all the different neck measurements, pickup details etc.

    I'm a bit disappointed to see there are no '70s Strats or Teles included in the base models.
    yup, they never listed p/up info before regarding windings, magnets etc 

    I know one or two options are available that aren't listed, based on guitars I know they have built - Can get a 70's based Strat, based on previous models, but can't recall a 70's Tele - Part of me thinks it is because a CS would work out more than an original model, especially anything built after '74' - albeit the CS should be better built - On that basis part of me say's buy a good 70's and customise accordingly, as required
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 5157
    I know one or two options are available that aren't listed, based on guitars I know they have built - Can get a 70's based Strat, based on previous models, but can't recall a 70's Tele - Part of me thinks it is because a CS would work out more than an original model, especially anything built after '74' - albeit the CS should be better built - On that basis part of me say's buy a good 70's and customise accordingly, as required
    Mine - ordered about 3 years ago - is based on a '71 spec, but I don't know if that was an option at the time and no longer offered, or if they were able to do it as a special.

    I take your point about the price being more than a '70s original, but I just wanted the '70s look with none of the drawbacks - I had no wish at all to go round trying dozens of real '70s Strats in the hope of finding a good one which didn't weigh more than me.  :)
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  • I ordered a custom shop tele through Anderson's about 2 years ago, based on an early 60s model. It cost me about £2199 at the time but I think prices have inflated since then and you're probably looking at around £3000. Download the custom shop spec sheet from the fender site, fill it in and email it to a dealer. They'll likely have a response for you in a few days.
    i haven't looked at CS Fender for ages. Sold my 56 Relic for £1200 a few years back. What a bargain that seems now!! Wow prices have shot up
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  • crunchman said:

    valid comments about the 7.25" - in an ideal world, what fret size would you go for - surely not vintage/small - Clapton is one of the few pros that I know of that still prefers vintage frets - Models like the Landau Strat have a 7.25" radius, but use 6105 frets

    I'm actually thinking about frets.  My AVRI is shortly going to need a refret.  I don't mind the vintage wire, but I'll probably go for something a bit bigger.  I definitely don't like the really huge jumbo frets though.  I had a Custom Shop Tele with huge frets and I didn't get on with it at all.

    I don't know what all the different numbers that Dunlop use for their fretwire mean, but get on fine with whatever size PRS use.  The frets on the American Original series look like they may be ok, but I haven't tried one yet.
    I reckon you'd like 6155 frets on there - I have two Ashers and a 335 that have them (actually the Jescar equivalent) and I really like them, to the point I've ordered them for a custom build too.

    I'm pretty sure PRS use 6155 wire, and actually I think they now use Jescar frets too.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4867
    Philly_Q said:
    I know one or two options are available that aren't listed, based on guitars I know they have built - Can get a 70's based Strat, based on previous models, but can't recall a 70's Tele - Part of me thinks it is because a CS would work out more than an original model, especially anything built after '74' - albeit the CS should be better built - On that basis part of me say's buy a good 70's and customise accordingly, as required
    Mine - ordered about 3 years ago - is based on a '71 spec, but I don't know if that was an option at the time and no longer offered, or if they were able to do it as a special.

    I take your point about the price being more than a '70s original, but I just wanted the '70s look with none of the drawbacks - I had no wish at all to go round trying dozens of real '70s Strats in the hope of finding a good one which didn't weigh more than me.  :)
    I'd have to ask, but assume if they have built a 71 Strat in the past, then they can do it again today - Whilst that order form is fairly comprehensive I know there are other variations available outside this format - In short if they have the template from the past and parts are still available then it can be done
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 1042
    I ordered a custom shop tele through Anderson's about 2 years ago, based on an early 60s model. It cost me about £2199 at the time but I think prices have inflated since then and you're probably looking at around £3000. Download the custom shop spec sheet from the fender site, fill it in and email it to a dealer. They'll likely have a response for you in a few days.
    i haven't looked at CS Fender for ages. Sold my 56 Relic for £1200 a few years back. What a bargain that seems now!! Wow prices have shot up
    Yep, the days of £1200 Custom Shop guitars have pretty much gone now......but still you do see the odd bargain about. 
    (Cue shamless plug for @guitars4you ; '55 Strat) This has been reduced for a few days now, can't believe no one had snapped it up. Must be the only sub £2k new CS Strat on sale right now....

    https://www.guitars4you.co.uk/guitars/5563-fender-custom-shop-vintage-custom-55-strat-wide-fade-sunburst/
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4867
    Strat54 said:
    Yep, the days of £1200 Custom Shop guitars have pretty much gone now......but still you do see the odd bargain about. 
    (Cue shamless plug for @guitars4you ; '55 Strat) This has been reduced for a few days now, can't believe no one had snapped it up. Must be the only sub £2k new CS Strat on sale right now....

    https://www.guitars4you.co.uk/guitars/5563-fender-custom-shop-vintage-custom-55-strat-wide-fade-sunburst/
    you are eagle eyed and on the ball !!
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  • fretfinderfretfinder Frets: 2272
    edited January 13
    Strat54 said:
    Yep, the days of £1200 Custom Shop guitars have pretty much gone now......but still you do see the odd bargain about. 
    (Cue shamless plug for @guitars4you ;;; '55 Strat) This has been reduced for a few days now, can't believe no one had snapped it up. Must be the only sub £2k new CS Strat on sale right now....

    https://www.guitars4you.co.uk/guitars/5563-fender-custom-shop-vintage-custom-55-strat-wide-fade-sunburst/
    you are eagle eyed and on the ball !!
    Yep I’ve ogled that one more than once as well. If it was a Relic I’m sure it would have sold by now - or perhaps never would have been reduced in the first place. 
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 4217
    Strat54 said:
    I ordered a custom shop tele through Anderson's about 2 years ago, based on an early 60s model. It cost me about £2199 at the time but I think prices have inflated since then and you're probably looking at around £3000. Download the custom shop spec sheet from the fender site, fill it in and email it to a dealer. They'll likely have a response for you in a few days.
    i haven't looked at CS Fender for ages. Sold my 56 Relic for £1200 a few years back. What a bargain that seems now!! Wow prices have shot up
    Yep, the days of £1200 Custom Shop guitars have pretty much gone now......but still you do see the odd bargain about. 
    (Cue shamless plug for @guitars4you ; '55 Strat) This has been reduced for a few days now, can't believe no one had snapped it up. Must be the only sub £2k new CS Strat on sale right now....

    https://www.guitars4you.co.uk/guitars/5563-fender-custom-shop-vintage-custom-55-strat-wide-fade-sunburst/
    That's really nice.  Pity I don't have £2k to spend.
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