NGD: Fender American Original 50s Telecaster

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grayngrayn Frets: 276
I'd raised a bit of cash, to go to the North West Guitar Show last Sunday but didn't get anything.
So I decided to go to Sound Affects Premier today, to try out some lovely guitars.
Had a vague plan of getting a Tele or something with P90s.
I ended up trying a vast array of instruments, including some PRSs, a Peerless, a Schecter and even a fantastic Charvel Surfcaster.
However I eventually whittled it down to 4 Fenders.
3 Teles and one of those new, Alternative Reality, Sixty Six's.
I was surprised at how much I liked the Sixty Six, it was a natural wood finish model.
A lot better looking up close than in photos and a nice, playable neck.
The pickups are pretty decent too.
The 3 teles were a Select model from 2012, a Japanese Hybrid and an American Original 50s.
The Select was super glamourous, with flame maple body, wood binding and gold hardware.
Great neck and pretty light too.
The only thing that let it down was the pickups.
They were smooth and sweet sounding but for me, lacked that gnarly edge, you expect from a Tele.
The Japanese hybrid had locking tuners, a gorgeous blue colour body and great pickups.
Just how my ears thinks a good Tele should sound.
I was thinking, I could afford this Japanese Tele and the Sixty Six.
But the American Original 50s Tele, with it's chunky neck, overall, great quality and edgy pickups won the day.
A bit of a classic, to my ears and eyes.
It may not be an authentic 50s Tele but it's whole vibe is just so solid and vintage.
That semi translucent, buttersccotch blonde body, black pickguard and maple fingerboard just look right.
That real classic design, works it's magic again and you get to take it home in a very tasty, tweed hard case.
Specs:
Body: Ash
Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Colour: Butterscotch Blonde
Neck: Maple
Neck Shape: "U"
Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fingerboard: Maple
Radius: 9.5"
Frets: 21 Vintage Tall
Pickups: 2x Pure Vintage 52 Single-Coils
Controls: Volume, Tone, 3-Way Toggle,
Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage Style w/ Brass Saddles
Tuners: Pure Vintage
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black Phenolic
Comes with Vintage-Style Hardcase
Fingerboard Material: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage Tall
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Pickups: Pure Vintage '52 Single-Coil Tele
Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Brass Barrel Saddles
Strings: Fender USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges) 
Case: Vintage-Style Hardshell
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  • grayngrayn Frets: 276
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 19962
    Very nice - the definitive colour combination for a Tele. Congratulations! 
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  • tony99tony99 Frets: 916
    that's fab, sold my tele last year but know I'll go back to one eventually, when I do, I hope to get one that looks exactly like that
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  • bloomerbloomer Frets: 22
    congrats she's a beaut!
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1854
    That's lovely. I played a few of those when I was looking for my Tele. Great guitars with a lovely neck.
    "A city star won’t shine too far"


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  • robertyroberty Frets: 1225
    Yeah man that's definitely how a Tele should be done
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  • NikcNikc Frets: 232
    A Tele - in the right colour with the correct pick guard and proper pickup combo - looks great what's not to like - Enjoy ;)
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  • antonyivantonyiv Frets: 155
    You can’t go wrong with a tele. :)
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  • DB1DB1 Frets: 1146
    Congratulations, that's a beauty. I bought their 52 reissue last week, and that colour combo really does it. A perfect Tele colour! 
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  • grayngrayn Frets: 276
    Thanks guys.
    This is my 3rd Tele.  The first was a poor Squier, many years ago, then a couple of years ago I had an American Elite Mahogany Thinline style Tele, that was beautiful to behold but never really had that proper tele vibe and was slightly neck heavy.  This 50s model is just how I'd imagined a good tele would be.  Really resonant, solid, very playable and played with a little crunch, sounds great in the mix, as well as solo.  The bridge pickup is thick yet bites and both pickups together have a little space and sound almost Gretsch like.  And finally the neck pickup has that bit more warmth but stays really solid and able to come through other instruments rather gloriously.  All that and a superb neck.  Lovely.
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  • markjmarkj Frets: 287
    Superb guitar I’ve got one exactly the same. I’ve upgraded the pickups to a set of BKP blackguard flat 50’s. 
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1331
    Very nice, I have the Original 50's Strat and am over the moon with it, got my first little chip in the Nitro yesterday, its really quite thin.....excellent!
    Stranger from another planet welcome to our hole - Just strap on your guitar and we'll play some rock 'n' roll

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  • CountryDaveCountryDave Frets: 219
    Great choice. My Tele is a 52ri and looks just like yours. Does everything I'll ever need and more besides. 
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  • NeilNeil Frets: 2561
    That's a great looking guitar outfit - and I'm not really a Tele fan.

    Shame they ditched the 7.25" radius on a vintage style instrument IMO but I guess that's what the masses want. 
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 19962
    Neil said:
    Shame they ditched the 7.25" radius on a vintage style instrument IMO but I guess that's what the masses want. 
    It doesn’t really bother me either way - but having recently played a Silver Sky I can confirm it’s possible to have low action that doesn’t choke on a 7.25” radius board.
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  • grayngrayn Frets: 276
    I quite like the 9.5 radius, not too flat
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  • riverciderrivercider Frets: 164
    That looks lovely - HNGD!
    I'm hankering after a tele myself..does the nitro finished fretboard feel much different to the lacquer on a typical Fender maple gloss finish, i.e. a Baja or American Pro? I struggle a bit with the 'stickiness' of some maple boards, but I think they look fantastic.  I need to try an AO50s, looking at this thread, so that means a road trip  :)  
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  • grayngrayn Frets: 276
    That looks lovely - HNGD!
    I'm hankering after a tele myself..does the nitro finished fretboard feel much different to the lacquer on a typical Fender maple gloss finish, i.e. a Baja or American Pro? I struggle a bit with the 'stickiness' of some maple boards, but I think they look fantastic.  I need to try an AO50s, looking at this thread, so that means a road trip  :)  
    The finish on the fretboard is nothing like the thick varnish you used to get on some Fender maple boards or indeed Rickenbackers.  The fingerboard isn't all shiny, at all.  No stickiness to my fingers.
    Good luck with the road trip.
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 6270
    Looks great, enjoy it.
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  • bacchanalianbacchanalian Frets: 347
    Congratulations, that looks great. 
    I am looking for another T-style and am finding there is too much choice. The American Original Fenders are definitely on the short list.
    How chunky is the neck? Can anyone compare and contrast it to a Nocaster 52 U profile.  I tried one for a very short time and don't think I could adapt.  Is the AO 50s neck as big as a 52 U profile?



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  • AlterlifesonAlterlifeson Frets: 119
    That looks lovely, the American Original series gets some great reviews. I like the 9.5 radius personally, I sometimes wish my Roadworn had this instead of a 7.25.
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  • grayngrayn Frets: 276
    Never had the pleasure of playing the Nocaster 52.
    Mine does have quite a chunky neck though.
    i love it but it might deter some.
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  • riverciderrivercider Frets: 164
    Congratulations, that looks great. 
    I am looking for another T-style and am finding there is too much choice. The American Original Fenders are definitely on the short list.
    How chunky is the neck? Can anyone compare and contrast it to a Nocaster 52 U profile.  I tried one for a very short time and don't think I could adapt.  Is the AO 50s neck as big as a 52 U profile?



    There's one on Wildwood now showing measurements of .92-.1.02 if that helps.  I don't really understand how much use these figures are though because it seems the shoulders have a huge effect on the feel, more so than these measurements alone. 
    My Bernie Marsden (well, other people's actually, I don't own any calipers to have measured my own!) seems to be in the .87-.98 sort of range from what I see online, and whilst I like it I don't think it felt anything like as big as the AO50s I tried in a shop ages ago.  Need to try another AO50s (and indeed 60s) to refresh my memory, but the Bernie is more like a sort of V by the nut, if I'm describing that correctly, whereas the AO50s struck me (at the time) as feeling way bigger / fuller at the nut, though not so different the further up you went.  Hard to describe necks, I think, and probably not much value in it.  I'm more interested in the nitro finish as I don't like the draggy feel of a glossy maple fretboard much. Road trip it is!
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  • markjmarkj Frets: 287
    If anyone’s interested I might be selling mine.
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  • riverciderrivercider Frets: 164
    markj said:
    If anyone’s interested I might be selling mine.
    Thanks Mark. Need to try one out before extending my interest.
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  • adam1990adam1990 Frets: 15
    Congratulations on the AO Tele. I have the LPB 60's version and I must say its the best Tele Ive ever played!

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