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Fender Custom Telecaster FMT-HH

Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by Archangelmm, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. Archangelmm

    Archangelmm Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    56
    27
    Jun 13, 2017
    Valrico, Fl
    I have been considering buying the
    Fender Custom Telecaster FMT-HH but have not found any to try at any of my local guitar stores, has anyone tried these? Any thoughts?
    I already have the Classic Vibe 50’s Strat which I love and will get the Classic Vibe 50’s Tele in Butterscotch Blonde soon.
    Thank you
    Michael
     

  2. zumzool

    zumzool Strat-Talk Member

    15
    Aug 19, 2015
    chi
    I've owned two and I've sold two of them. Resale values suck on these. Overall, the guitar is well made and the Black Cherry burst is gorgeous. However, it's closer to a Gibson SG than a tele and I did not jive with the Jumbo frets. Fairly versatile and light weight.

    Korean made with flawless quality. The flame maple top (FMT) is very well done. It's very light and offers a belly cut for comfort. The mahogany body with set neck made it feel like an SG more than a Tele. My original one had Fender Humbuckers which were quite good (it had a Pink Floyd sound to it). Later models switched to Seymour Duncans. I preferred the Fender humbuckers better. Also has a coil-tap so humbuckers turn into single coils. Also has jumbo frets which I personally don't like....

    The black cherry burst is simply beautiful. It came with Seymour Duncan pickups. A '59 and a Pearly Gates Pickup. I ended up swapping them out for Gibson P-94 pickups. I really enjoy the P90 sound and thought they would look really good in this guitar. Because there was a coil tap already set up and P-94s are single coil, I had the coil tap switch modified so it can be in series and in parallel. I eventually put in Seymour Duncan P-rails which were cool but still ended up selling it.
     
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  3. sumran

    sumran Fan of Leo

    Mar 7, 2010
    Gainesville, FL
    Great guitars. I bought a husk that started life as an FMT HH. I put P90’s in mine. I would have left the humbuckers in it if they had been in the guitar.
     
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  4. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've owned a number of these. When I bought my new Baja last month I was tempted to get another. Used is for sure the way to go though. This model takes a huge hit in the resale market.
     
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  5. BEACHBUM

    BEACHBUM Strat-O-Master

    516
    Mar 6, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Originally made by "Cort" Korea and now made by "Cort" Indonesia. I agree with zurnzool about the SG analogy. With the mahogany body, set neck and dual buckers the guitar is a lot like an SG in Tele clothing but without the infamous neck dive problem.

    [​IMG]IMG_0488-1 by Don Wiklund, on Flickr
     
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  6. rozman62

    rozman62 Strat-Talker

    216
    Oct 20, 2010
    New England
    I have 2 of these made in '03. One in black cherry with a '59 neck pup and Pearly Gates + bridge pup with '50's wiring. I had a wiring harness made as I was not pleased with the original wiring. 2nd one is Crimson red with the fender pups that I am thinking on selling. I received this guitar in a trade last year. The 15" radius necks are like toothpicks with railroad ties for frets. I like it for bending however have noticed my hand will hurt after extensive use. I have medium sized hands. Larger hands most likely would not get along with the neck specs. Overall I think these are great value guitars for the $. Buy used for the best deal and look for the older Korea guitars. '03-'07 I believe, not 100% on that. I had a gold top only made in '05 with a brown back that was pretty rare. I sold it as it was a dead guitar. Multiple pup changes, setups, etc and I could not get it to sound right.