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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Doug B, Dec 3, 2018.
Want the Jazzmaster, Macawber Tele and the hss Strat.
I have an American Special, that is one of my favorite guitars. I also have a PRS with a satin finish. I just don't think that I'm ready for a satin finish, that's on a painted body. I would rather have a gloss finish, or a satin finish on a stained body.
It's kind of "back to the future" since Fender had a satin/matte finish on the Highway 1s - the predecessor to the American Specials.
I'll try the Strat and Tele of course, but the stripped-down Jazzmaster and the Mustang have my attention at the moment.
Satin Sonic Blue Tele has my vote. Yum! Waiting for the used ones to start showing up
Major GAS for me today. That vintage white tele is so sweet!
Not a fan of the headstock logo. :/
Hmm intradesting. The Tele's have vintage tuners and 1.65 nuts. Strats have vintage tuners. The Penny finish is nice. The finish is definitely a more matte metallic.
The Satin Sonic Blue Mustang has my interest
Modern C neck on all of these is a fail, as is the Strat trem on the Jazzmaster.
The good thing about these is that the American Specials will be blown out for around $600 now
Yep, I am biased to the spaghetti logo. This one not so much but not to the point where it would be a deal breaker.
The American Performer Stratocasters have some of the hottest pickups ever put into an American Strat.
Neck pickup: Yosemite Strat single-coil (Alnico 4, 7.8K)
Middle pickup: Yosemite Strat RWRP single-coil (Alnico 4, 8.5K)
Bridge pickup: Yosemite Strat single-coil (Alnico 2, 8.9K)
I would not recommend this guitar for anyone who plays clean or needs dynamic range.
In fact, I don't see how these pickups can be wound with such high output without sacrificing tone.
Just as a comparison, this is readings for CS69, which many on this forum consider to be one of Fender's finest pickup sets:
Yeah I agree. If I loved the rest of the guitar then it would be fine.
I’m partial to the spaghetti logo or the (now retired) MIM Standard logo.
The silver fill logo just looks cheap to me idk why
I wonder if the nut width is really 1.65 or if it's a typo on the pages for the 2 Teles. It's unusual for Fender to have 2 different nut widths across the same series.
All of them have these new "modern/vintage" tuners with the split posts, modern ratio, screw down bushings and evidently pin mounting since they don't have mounting screws on the back.
I try not to be one dimensional or too much of an aesthetics whore, but I can't do 70's style fat headstock strats. Insert the "your a hypocrite / It was good enough for Jimi!!" reply here... Happy Tuesday!