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    Default Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    There have been a few for sale on Reverb lately and more pre-orders.

    Saw an online review today @ Reverb. Not very flattering.

    "Reviewer: Bob R.

    Great idea, so-so execution
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    Nov 11, 2019

    Good points: nice finish, pickups (they sound very good).

    Bad points: Worst setup and fretwork I've ever seen on a Fender-brand instrument - sharp fret ends, poorly leveled frets, insanely high nut slots. I don't know how quality control let this get out of the factory."


    I'll have to wait and see.
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    Received the following email from Fender today:

    "HURRY - GET YOUR ALTERNATE REALITY TENOR TELEŽ BEFORE IT'S GONE

    Great news! Your Alternate Reality Tenor TeleŽ is available and ready to ship. Place your order NOW, as products sell out quickly.
    Alternate Reality Tenor TeleŽ
    ORDER NOW
    Want your gear right away? Take advantage of our expedited shipping options. You'll be plugged in and playing in no time.
    Have questions? We're here to help.
    Contact the FMIC Consumer Relations Department at (800) 856-9801 or email us at consumerrelations@fender.com.
    Thank you for choosing Fender Musical Instruments!"


    The link (https://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...yEmail_Clicked) gave the capability to order the Fiesta Red only online. Called Consumer Relations and was told that only the Fiesta Red is available to order directly from Fender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck View Post
    The link (https://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...yEmail_Clicked) gave the capability to order the Fiesta Red only online. Called Consumer Relations and was told that only the Fiesta Red is available to order directly from Fender.
    If this comes [straight from Fender to customer] with a crappy setup then everyone has a right to gripe at Fender's poor QC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck View Post
    The link (https://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...yEmail_Clicked) gave the capability to order the Fiesta Red only online. Called Consumer Relations and was told that only the Fiesta Red is available to order directly from Fender.
    All colors now appearing available online.

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    Default Re: Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    Butterscotch Blonde arrived yesterday.

    Fit and finish is great. No issues with the frets. Translucent finish shows wood grain.

    Sounds great.

    Fender F610 Mini Stratocaster gig bag is nice.

    Headstock is tiny, will not fit on a Hercules stand or wall hook.
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    Nice.

    The above link now redirects to Fender's online store. The "Alternate Reality" section of their website doesn't have an entry for the tenor. Someone in another thread said Fender is making another batch after the first run sold out, so I wonder why they're being so weird. If peeps want one, take orders and gear up production. This on-again-off-again stuff is beyond odd.
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    Default Re: Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    Thanks Verne,

    I was always under the impression that it was a limited run.

    From Fender:
    https://www.fender.com/articles/gear...reality-series

    ...Alternate Reality Series, a limited-edition run of models where multiple Fender design clues are mixed and matched within a single instrument.

    "The Alternate Reality Series continues our recent tradition of creating limited runs of uniquely compelling guitars with interesting body styles and tonal configurations," said Fender Vice President of Electric Guitars, Basses and Amplifiers Max Gutnik.

    I would think a limited edition would be what 500 guitars? A thousand?

    It is showing here: https://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...rnate-reality/

    Thanks again,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck View Post
    Butterscotch Blonde arrived yesterday.

    Fit and finish is great. No issues with the frets. Translucent finish shows wood grain.

    Sounds great.

    Fender F610 Mini Stratocaster gig bag is nice.

    Headstock is tiny, will not fit on a Hercules stand or wall hook.
    Beautiful guitar! Thanks for posting.

    It's also listed on the Fender website in the Telecaster section.

    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...rs/telecaster/
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    Default Re: Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    It doesn't seem like good business sense to redesign and tool up for a completely different size, unlike anything else Fender makes, only to make one short limited run. Even tho CNC programming is used, there is also the bridge and two pickups that requires tooling. So i'm hoping the next run, and the one after that won't be a long time in hitting the streets.

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    I found it in the telecaster section - thanks for the link Chip/Huck - but doesn't show in the original link on my machine.

    Thanks Huck, I wasn't aware it was a limited run. That said, they don't seem to be mentioning that on their site that I can find.
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