Fender revolutionized popular music and guitar playing in the early 1950s with the introduction of the Telecaster guitar. Designed simply, smartly and elegantly, it quickly became a trusted and revere... Read More
Fender revolutionized popular music and guitar playing in the early 1950s with the introduction of the Telecaster guitar. Designed simply, smartly and elegantly, it quickly became a trusted and revered go-to instrument for guitarists everywhere, and it created a new sound for the 1950s and decades to come at the very heart of popular music.
The Classic Series '50s Telecaster Lacquer evokes the instrument in the decade of its origin, with an authentic nitrocellulose lacquer finish on its ash body. Other features include a C-shaped maple neck, 7.25"-radius maple fingerboard with 21 vintage-style frets and black-dot inlays, dual vintage-style single-coil alnico pickups with three-way switching, single-ply white pickguard, knurled chrome control knobs, vintage-style string-through-body bridge with three chrome "barrel" saddles, and vintage-style tuners. Tweed case included.
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Comments about Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster Lacquer:
Decided a Telecaster was needed but was unsure as to which model. Stopped by GC to try a variety of models in the hope to find an answer. Played examples of the MIM Standard, FSR Ash, American Standard, American Deluxe, and the Classic 50's Lacquer. Was looking for classic Tele tone, so I shied away from any model that featured humbucker pickups.
Although the American Standard and Deluxe models are outstanding instruments, because of budget limitations I quickly narrowed my choices down to the three lower priced MIM models.
The 50's Classic has a very comfortable C profile neck with vintage (lower profile) frets which played easily. The Ash body seemed much lighter than the FSR and MIM. The vintage style tuning machines operate smoothly and are very stable. Although the Classic Lacquer model sports a vintage 3 barrel bridge, I had no problems with intonation up the neck. The feel of the lacquer felt better in my hands as compared to the thicker poly finish of the MIM and FSR. It just seemed easier to move around the neck and the guitar seemed to resonate more acoustically than the others being compared. The thinner finish also looked better to my eyes.
The output level of the pickups was significantly lower in the 50's Classic as compared to the others, but what was lacking in output was minimized by an incredibly sweet and versatile tone. Lots of classic twang in the bridge position, and very rich and full in the neck. The middle position yielded a wonderfully balanced and useful tone as well. Overall, a brighter tonal personality when compared to the other two guitars, but not at all harsh or shrill -- Very musical. The reduced gain is quickly remedied with a quality compressor and/or clean boost pedal when needed. The tone control is smooth and effective without injecting mud into the tone. I was quickly able to move from one musical style to another with a twist of the tone control and a flick of the pickup selector switch.
Another major advantage to the Classic 50's Lacquer is the inclusion of a tweed covered hardshell case not offered with the MIM Standard and FSR. It is an excellent quality case that fits the guitar well.
When taking into consideration all the advantages described, the decision to go with the 50's Classic Lacquer Telecaster became easy. Although technically an import model, this guitar has all the key features you'd expect from an American built Fender. Excellent value and highly recommended!!!
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