A Conversation for The Fender Telecaster: Plank That Made Good

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Post 1

Steve K.

... Fenders have a nice "feel" when played (and of course sound good). I never played a Telecaster, but I own a Fender Mustang, pictured here on the left, the red one:

http://www.jag-stang.com/MrMaxima/

My previous electric guitars were low quality imports (oddball brands, not Fender knockoffs) that actually hurt to play, the neck was so badly designed. I can play the Mustang all night and never get sore fingers ... but I do have to reuse my three licks over and over ... smiley - fullmoon


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Mr. Dreadful - But really I'm not actually your friend, but I am...

Most Fenders I've played have sounded pretty ropey and were pretty uncomfortable. All a matter of taste, I guess... more of a Jackson man meself. \m/


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Tonsil Revenge (PG)

Fender owns Jackson, now. smiley - tongueout

I played one down at Heart of Texas a couple of months ago that I really liked. The neck was wider than normal and it had Gibson-style frets. The pickups were better than I expected, as I normally don't like humbuckers. I think they were EMG's.

I owned a Hagstrom III many years ago and it was like playing a large spoon! While it was cool to look at, it was extremely hinky, particularly in the circuitry and that very narrow neck and nut!


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Post 4

Steve K.

I should clarify my comment as going back MANY years ... my 60's vintage Fender Mustang is compared to a similar vintage obscure brand, and the Mustang wins hands down. But due to a long and continuing detour into keyboards, MIDI, digital audio, etc., I haven't played a new guitar in eons. It sounds like the technology has continued to improve, no surprise I guess, but so many toys, so little time ... smiley - drool


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Post 5

Tonsil Revenge (PG)

Does or did your Mustang have the short neck or the long one?


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Tonsil Revenge (PG)

If I understand correctly, since Leo never really sat still, the vibrato bridge on the Mustangs was better than the ones on the Strat, Jazzmaster and Jaguar.


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Post 7

Steve K.

"Does or did your Mustang have the short neck or the long one?"

I dunno. It looks exactly like the one in the picture at the link in message 1, as near as I can tell. A friend bought it new in about '67, then became a bass player and years later dug it out of his attic and sold it to me to play in our geezer band. If that helps ...


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Post 8

Tonsil Revenge (PG)

As the article you linked to says, there is almost a 2" difference.
The long one has a scale like a Strat, while the short one has a scale like a Les Paul Jr.


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Post 9

Steve K.

It must be the short neck, its only an inch or so longer than my Gibson acoustic (LG-1) which is a pretty small guitar. But you can still turn the amp up to 11 ... smiley - monster


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Tonsil Revenge (PG)

smiley - huhsmiley - headhurtssmiley - yikes


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