somebody at Fender is smoking crack...

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by ruger9, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Country Gent

    May 20, 2016
    QLD Australia
    The Floyd is made for slab bodies. I wouldn't want one but to me it is a heap neater than those monstrous Bigsby's on Telecasters and probably way more functional.
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  2. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Just another in a long line of tweaks to a 70-year old guitar design. Not to worry, like most the others, this too will pass.
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  3. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    I own guitars with both... neither is "better", they are just different. For someone who only uses the bar for a little "wiggle", the Bigsby or Fender vintage-style Strat trem works fine. But a Floyd Rose would not only be overkill, they are SUPER touchy (move VERY easily- TOO easily if you don't know what you're doing), string changes are a PITA, as is initial tuning up.

    Of course, there's also aesthetics- a Bigsby on a tele ain't bad...that's been going on almost as long as the tele has been around, so it belongs.. A Floyd Rose on a super Strat ain't bad- thanks to the 80s, it even belongs. But when you start putting mud tires on Honda Civics, somebody's smoking crack.
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  4. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    It's not like they don't have 500 other traditional models. Nobody is talking about this being the 'only' model. Some people will like it fine, some will add EMGs and go to town with it.
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  5. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    ...while smoking crack... :p
  6. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Man, you are so old fashioned... crack is so 80s...
  7. DennisC

    DennisC Country Gent

    May 11, 2017
    ... not my choice, but whoever likes the offer, ... I mean, why should Fender only offer what a stubborn Tele-player like me would like? There's plenty Teles and Tele-derivatives I like, and some are for others.

    But ... still, it does look weird ... and not really Telecasteresque, if I'm allowed to say this in a snobby fashion.
  8. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    Yeah, well... I'm old. LOL. Well, I'm 51... I grew up in the late 70's-late 80s.
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  9. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
  10. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    I like the look, but the Tele control plate location and the tremelo arm are in conflict with using the controls. The arm's in the way to get at the knobs and the switch.
    Looks?: 8
    Ergonomics?: 4
  11. Runamok

    Runamok Synchromatic

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    I guess if you don’t like it, you don’t buy it.
    Me: I don’t like the look of teles at all.

    Whatever they’re doing — its different.
    That movement, failed ot not, is a small attempt at something new. They could try left hand Floyd on right hand guitars with the lever on top.

    [Not] unlike builders changing colors one year to the next as “innovation.”
  12. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

    Jan 19, 2017
    I dig the smaller footprint wide range pickups if that's what they are. Some of them WR are funky in a deep and smoothe kind of way.

    Apart from that it's a very functional Tele and as such shouldn't have binding IMO. It's got a Modern Player vibe which puts me off a bit because that particular series was a glorified Squier with poor QC in my experience. This is high-end Fender so QC should be top-notch though.

    At least this black headstock matches the body...
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  13. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada

    Just like the Beatles weren't Beatles anymore when they walked across Abby Road, the OP's post does not show a Tele.

    Tele's look like my attached photos...and...

    I've maintained for years, the best ''Fender Tele's'' do not come from Fender.

    As far as ''Fender Guitars'', I've only ever been interested in Tele's, the only ''Strat'' I've ever had any interest in has Red/Black/White stipes on it,'s not a Strat.

    The best Tele's come from shops like Rock-N-Roll Relics/Nacho/Mario Guitars/Nash...there are a few others...none of them bearing the name ''Fender''.

    Photo 1, Nacho, 49 Prototype, Photo 2, Nash, Early Tele modded relic...

    The Nacho is expensive, the Nash, half the price of a Fender Relic Tele, and IMHO...much better!


    Nacho 1.jpg Nash Tele.jpg
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  14. afire

    afire Country Gent

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  15. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    It's like the island of misfit guitars.... only not nearly as cute (as the toys).
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  16. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Disgusting! They totally desecrated that Floyd with that weird shaped body with the phallus hanging from it!
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  17. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    If you're upper class, it's called 'freebase' :)
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  18. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    I like it. It's weird looking for sure, but it's amazing what you can get to used to. Far more interested in how it feels in hand and how it sounds.
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  19. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

    May 1, 2018
    This looks like a weird Ibanez or Yamaha or something
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  20. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    I sort of like it. I’ve never had a guitar with a Floyd, but a Tele with a whammy appeals to me. I’ve played the wide-range HBs, and they sound great.

    The biggest problem with Gibson is that they take their own PR seriously. Once you start believing your own crapola it’s a short step to a straight jacket. :)
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