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  1. #26

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    Hey Dan,

    Still loving the Blonde!

    Fiesta Red showed up Saturday - I let it acclimate for a day and didn't get into playing it too much, so I can't comment on the sound yet.

    Once again, Chicago Music Exchange did a good job before it went out the door. They include a checklist card of what they go over and I am satisfied with everything so far.

    The Fiesta Red finish is opaque. Kind of a faded red, a little pinkish maybe - "tomato soup" color. At first I was indifferent, but it grew on me quickly. My daughter will like it.

    Great fit and finish again - no flaws on the outside - intonation a little better than the blonde. I will set it up when I change strings. Slack keyed it to open G (DGBD)with the stock strings and had just a little fun before life got in the way of me playing.

    Thanks for asking! Hope you are as satisfied as I am, when your's arrives.
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    Best of luck,
    Huck

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    Huck - I've always liked the Feista Red color pictured. It would've been my first choice, but I like to see some wood grain.
    Has the lack of a string tree been an issue?

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  7. #29

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan in va View Post
    Huck - I've always liked the Fiesta Red color pictured. It would've been my first choice, but I like to see some wood grain.
    Has the lack of a string tree been an issue?
    The Fiesta Red certainly has grown on me this week. I think the red just gets me fired up. The pickguard is more creamy than minty to me. It looks great. The Blonde has more of that quintessential Telecaster look.

    Lack of a string tree on the two highest strings has not been an issue for me. I tried to include a few pictures that show the break angle. I'm not sure I am as qualified a player as Baron to determine if it needs more. Perhaps you can let us know after you get yours.

    Hope yours is on-time for you tomorrow and arrives set-up from Fender to your satisfaction. I also hope you enjoy your guitar as much as I'm enjoying mine. Looking forward to your thoughts after it arrives.

    Happy Holidays!

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  8. #30

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    Hello!
    I signed up here to join in on this thread.
    I got a butterscotch blonde tenor tele from Chicago Music Exchange.
    I love it!
    So much that I ordered a fiesta red one from Fender. I messaged with Fender and they said the run is done and there only a few fiesta red copies left for sale.
    They also said the remaining tenor Teles are currently awaiting inspection and will ship out once thatís done.

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  10. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by creebobby View Post
    I messaged with Fender and they said the run is done and there only a few fiesta red copies left for sale.

    As in they have made as many as they are going to and have stopped production?

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  12. #32

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    Yes, thatís what they told me in live chat:

    Chat started: 2019-12-13 05:54 PM UTC

    (05:54:18 PM) Jacob: Hello, is the Alternate Reality Tenor Tele in Lake Placid Blue going to be back in stock?
    (05:54:22 PM) *** Justin joined the chat ***
    (05:56:27 PM) Justin: the Alternate Reality series are limited and production has ended.
    (05:56:40 PM) Justin: I did check that color and it doesn't look like we are expecting any more.
    (05:57:02 PM) Jacob: It looks like the fiesta red is the only example still in stock?
    (05:57:25 PM) Jacob: How many more of those are there?
    (05:57:38 PM) Justin: Yes those are still available for purchase and I can sell you one of those if you'd like but the others you would have to seek out on the open market.
    (05:58:08 PM) Justin: only a few.
    (05:58:16 PM) Justin: of the Fiesta Red

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  14. #33

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    Hi Jacob & welcome to the forum. Thanks for all of the information.

    Our friends in Europe are still awaiting shipments. Any chance you can expound on your statement?

    Quote Originally Posted by creebobby View Post
    They also said the remaining tenor Teles are currently awaiting inspection and will ship out once that’s done.
    Thanks again,
    Huck

    P.S. Cool website.

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  16. #34

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    Thanks Huck!

    I called Fender to ask about the status of my Fiesta Red order because I hadn't gotten any tracking info. I got an email reply:

    From Fender:

    Dec 16, 11:48 MST

    Hi Jacob,

    Thanks for contacting us today.
    I reached out to our facility regarding your order.
    They informed me that the Tenor Teles are currently awaiting inspection and will ship out as soon as they're confirmed and through inspection.

    Best Regards

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    So between the chat and the email I take it to mean that they have concluded production on these (they were announced as limited for 2019 after all) and the rest of the Tenor Teles are all built but awaiting final inspection before shipping.

    Also, I sent an email asking Fender if they could give me final production numbers on the tenor tele, and also if:

    1. A person could order a tenor tele from the Custom Shop, and if so, if it could be a standard custom shop build or if it would have to be a (more expensive) Master Build?
    2. Could a Fender Retailer order a batch of Fender Special Run Tenor Teles to certain specs?

    I for one would love to see a MIM FSR tenor esquire with vintage Kluson style staggered tuners, thin skin nitro white blonde finish, ash body, tele style saddles, one ply bakelite pick guard, special four pole Fender Noiseless bridge pickup . . . well I could go on!

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  19. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by creebobby View Post
    ...I sent an email asking Fender if they could give me final production numbers on the tenor tele...
    I'd love to know that as well.

    I have one serial number in the 5500's and one in the 800's. So no rhythm or reason there; probably total production from the plant.

  20. #37

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    I started a Facebook group for Tenor Tele owners, if anyone is interested:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/5801...903/?ref=share

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  22. #38

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    Quote Originally Posted by creebobby View Post
    I sent an email asking Fender if:

    1. A person could order a tenor tele from the Custom Shop, and if so, if it could be a standard custom shop build or if it would have to be a (more expensive) Master Build?
    2. Could a Fender Retailer order a batch of Fender Special Run Tenor Teles to certain specs?
    If they say yes, can you please ask if you can get the fret marker moved from the 9th to the 10th fret where it's supposed to be?

    Years back when I approached the Custom Shop about a Jag Tenor I was told they couldn't because they never made a tenor before. That argument goes in the toilet with the Tenor Tele.

    If Fender ceases production of what appears to be an in-demand hot new product, they hereby forfeit any and all future whining rights about lost and/or poor business.

    BTW, welcome to the Cafe and may you get many years of enjoyment from your new Tenor Tele.
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    Good news! I heard back from Fender and have some production numbers! Also, I got a shipping notification for my fiesta red Tenor Tele so the last of them should all be shipping out soon.

    From Fender:

    I searched our records and here are the current numbers for each version of the Tenor Tele.
    These may include prototypes and sample guitars as well.

    Fiesta Red = 178
    Butterscotch Blonde = 268
    Lake Placid Blue = 236

    We don't handle Custom Shop builds directly so I can't say indefinitely regarding your question.
    For more details on Custom Shop pricing, options, and turn around time you can contact any of the dealers on this link:
    http://www.fendercustomshop.com/dealers/
    They are the ones who facilitate these orders.

    We don't do one-off FSR runs, so a custom spec request for this wouldn't be possible at this time.

    Enjoy and have a great 2020!

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  25. #40

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    Thanks creebobby.

    With NAMM happening in a matter of weeks, I await new Fender announcements with great anticipation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verne Andru View Post
    With NAMM happening in a matter of weeks, I await new Fender announcements with great anticipation.
    With the apparent success of the Tenor Tele, could a Tenor Strat be in the future based on the Squier Mini?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck View Post
    With the apparent success of the Tenor Tele, could a Tenor Strat be in the future based on the Squier Mini?
    That would make the most sense but sense doesn't always prevail. All they'd have to do is rework the headstock as the body is already shrunk to an appropriate size and the neck scaling is done. They've done the pickups (which sound great) and I'm not sure the whammy bar is really necessary.

    Fingers crossed...
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  29. #43

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    Thanks for those production numbers, very interesting!

    I bought a sheet of bakelite with intentions of having some pickguards made, I can keep anyone in the loop if they are interested in going in on the project with me. Not a huge fan of the three ply black guards on the butterscotch.

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    Anyone in the UK got one yet????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Collins-Hill View Post
    I bought a sheet of bakelite with intentions of having some pickguards made, I can keep anyone in the loop if they are interested in going in on the project with me. Not a huge fan of the three ply black guards on the butterscotch.
    Thanks,
    Baron
    Baron, Iíd be interested in one with the pickup cutout, and one with no pickup cutout, Esquire style.

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    Cool, I’ll keep you posted!

    There’s a lake placid and a butterscotch on reverb now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmmando View Post
    Anyone in the UK got one yet????
    Kevin don't give up hope. I just got off the phone with Zzsounds here in the US, they said the word from Fender is the second week in January. So getting them to Europe in February kind of fits that time frame.

    I would think that they included all pre-orders in those production numbers; 682 is a lot of guitars. That might be a gross rationalization but I'm hopeful.

    Cheers and Happy Holidays,
    Huck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Collins-Hill View Post
    Cool, I’ll keep you posted!

    There’s a lake placid and a butterscotch on reverb now.

    Ha! Fellow Mainer, I was gonna post the same. You beat me to it

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    Thanks Huck, fingers crossed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Collins-Hill View Post
    Thereís a lake placid and a butterscotch on reverb now.
    Also a used Fiesta Red one in mint condition the seller was originally asking $799.

    https://reverb.com/item/30636672-fen...ic-guitar-2019

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