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    Default Re: Fender Tenor Tele - First Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Collins-Hill View Post
    Update: 5 pounds 7 ounces.
    That's 3 pounds shy of the legal definition of "Telecaster"

    Thanks for the review, great demo. Looking forward to getting one when the next batch comes in.

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    Default Re: Fender Tenor Tele - First Impressions

    Hmmm. Maybe my taste is in my mouth, as my favorite ash tele's have all been at or under 7 pounds, with one 8 pound exception. And swamp ash's popping tone tickles my ears much more than the hard sound of heavy ash. I doubt that Fender would be able to produce light weight ash guitars for a reasonable price, so maybe that's part of why they went with alder, whose medium weight seems to sound quite good in the demo in this smaller 4 string. So 5 lbs 7 ounces is thrilling!!

    I need some help understanding the legal tele definition idea. Whatcha got?

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    Default Re: Fender Tenor Tele - First Impressions

    It was just a joke. The 2 Teles I've owned were both just under 9 lbs, but admittedly they were Squiers (Classic Vibes). It was the only thing I didn't like about them. 5 1/2 pounds seems amazing, though they're obviously smaller.

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    Default Re: Fender Tenor Tele - First Impressions

    Okay, i was wondering what i was missing out on. There was once a MIJ Squier tele in the house; not as good a guitar as its Strat counterpart and with the weight on the heavier side of medium with basswood body was uninspiring. You might like a lighter weight Tele or G&L ASAT.

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    Hello Baron,
    I agree about the break angle problem on the first string. On mine the high E has a changy chorus kind of tone when open because of the lack of a string tree.

    I think staggered tuners like the ones that come on the E. Johnson strats might be the solution. I put a set of staggered post Sperzel locking tuners on my wish list, which I'm hoping will improve the problem and will be a direct fit replacement - no drilling.
    https://reverb.com/item/38807-sperze...-locking-tuner

    About the grounding and buzz - I had great success on a project guitar by replacing the pickup wire with shielded wire, covering the bottom and sides of the pickups with copper tape and building a shielding box out of copper tape around the jack plug.

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