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  • Phil O'Keefe
    started a topic The new American Performer series from Fender...

    The new American Performer series from Fender...

    They were just announced today.


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    https://www.harmonycentral.com/news/...es-from-fender

    I was on a conference call last week where they were introduced to the press and demoed... as a big fan of the shortscale offsets, I was really excited to hear that they're making a USA-built, non-custom shop Mustang for the first time since 1982...

    We have a couple of the new American Performer series guitars incoming, so stay tuned for the HC Reviews...


  • GAS Man
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    Originally posted by Daryl Flynn View Post

    Yeah, the American Specials are great. I recently bought one and I love it. The Texas Specials still get that Tele thing, but they push everything a little harder than my old American Standard Tele did.

    I'm going to get a '52 Reissue and have that as my traditional old school Tele, and then put a 4 way switch on the Special and have that as the rock/blues Tele.

    It's all I really need. Well, and a Les Paul, gotta have one guitar with humbuckers.
    Yeah, you should get a '52 RI, they are a particularly great sounding Tele. At least mine is. It's got the deepest sounding tones of any of my Tele's but I had a harder time putting down my Am Spc. Tele. The '52 I have is stock wired so that you do not get the B+N pickup selection without installing the included mod kit. But where most Ash bodied guitars sound more "toppy" to me, that '52 is deeper sounding. I got lucky and found mine new for $800 from a ma 'n pa store. It just hadn't sold, so they were blowing it out. Lucky me. The other thing that was a bit troubling is that I read that they did a nitro finish over the top of a thin poly finish. Assuming that was correct, I noticed that I was getting the "tacky" feel nitro without the fabled benefit. But regardless of those internet philosophies, it does indeed sound great. Mine was bought somewhere around the beginning of the 2000s, so I imagine their may have been some slight tweaks to the manufacturing since I picked up one. Happy hunting!

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  • Malcolm Ramone
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    Like a Jagmaster, minus the Jag.

  • Blackface
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    I'd prefer it if they used the finishes from the highway one series.

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  • Phil O'Keefe
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    I’ve got 57 classics in my 2013 SG Standard... I love those pickups!

    I’ve got smaller paws too... those Fender Fullerton AVRI’s have really comfortable necks on them - at least all the ones I’ve tried have been like that.

    If you ever think about selling yours, please let me know....

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  • Mikeo
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    Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
    Very nice Teles! I've seen the MIJ before... didn't you post a pic of it in my bound Tele thread?

    Is the neck really thin on the red AVRI Strat, with a C-shaped profile?
    yes it is, it's really slick for smaller paws like mine.

    The 62 Tele RI has a little fatter neck.

    I think the guitar I have with the thickest neck is a ES-135. My 135 has 57 classics, as opposed to the P100's.

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  • Phil O'Keefe
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    Very nice Teles! I've seen the MIJ before... didn't you post a pic of it in my bound Tele thread?

    Is the neck really thin on the red AVRI Strat, with a C-shaped profile?

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  • Mikeo
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    Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
    Nice Strats Mikeo!

    Is the '62 RI American or Japanese?

    I don't think your first Strat is a '76 though... the serial number dates to '74.

    https://www.guitarinsite.nl/serienummers-fender_eng.php

    https://www.guitardaterproject.org/fender.aspx
    American on the 62 RI Strat

    I have actually never looked up the serial number in the 3 tone sunburst, good to know.



    The only MIJ Fender I have is a 62 RI tele. It's my fav grab and go, and has plenty of fret wear after 33 years. They say the Japanese Strats and Teles are even closer than the American ones to being the real thing. IDK

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    Here's the 52 RI I got in NYC back in 83. There is no V on the serial number.

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  • Daryl Flynn
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    Originally posted by GAS Man View Post
    I was just on the MF site, checking on the SDOTD, then took a moment to look at their promo and the models for this new "Performer Series". I remembered seeing you'd started a thread on this topic, so I circled back here.
    Like you, the Mustang was the first to catch my eye since I also could not recall a recent American made version of the Mustang. That said, I'd be a bit happier if they'd preserved the original phase switching config, but I'm sure this version has it's performance advantages.
    But while it's cool to see a more affordable offering of American Series offsets, I have to say that I'll also mourn the passing of the former "American Special" series of Strats and Telecasters. I own an American Special Telecaster and it's a favorite of mine; very resonant. I was able to get that guitar for $710 new (I think they were asking about $800 when they first came out) but I've been seeing the price increases So $1,100 isn't quite the affordable entry price they used to have, but in particular I thought that their inclusion of the Texas Special pickups (which are faves of mine) made the Specials quite the bargain. I'm naturally curious what the Performer "Yosemite" pickups will sound like. But if I were looking for a Strat or Tele in the entry price range, I think I'd be looking for a deal on an American Special before they're all gone.
    Yeah, the American Specials are great. I recently bought one and I love it. The Texas Specials still get that Tele thing, but they push everything a little harder than my old American Standard Tele did.

    I'm going to get a '52 Reissue and have that as my traditional old school Tele, and then put a 4 way switch on the Special and have that as the rock/blues Tele.

    It's all I really need. Well, and a Les Paul, gotta have one guitar with humbuckers.
    Last edited by Daryl Flynn; 01-08-2019, 11:00 AM.

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  • Phil O'Keefe
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    Nice Strats Mikeo!

    Is the '62 RI American or Japanese?

    I don't think your first Strat is a '76 though... the serial number dates to '74.

    https://www.guitarinsite.nl/serienummers-fender_eng.php

    https://www.guitardaterproject.org/fender.aspx

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  • Mikeo
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    Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post

    When I was starting out in the ‘70s, large was all you could get new, so of course, everyone loved the smaller ones that you could only get on the used / vintage instruments. Larger headstocks have grown on me a bit since then, but I still prefer the smaller ones on a Strat. On a Mustang, anything but a large one looks out of place IMO.
    #Me too

    Here's my first strat purchased used in 1980 for 300 bucks. It's was made in 1976
    I have 4 strats all together.

    Blackie an Am Standard, I think it has the swimming pool cut out. That was my bar brawler.
    57 RI I bought in 1984 in NYC.
    A 62 RI I bought in the mid 80's I ruined the finish on the back by leaving a leather strap on the guitar.
    and the 76 strat.

    Turns out I'm more of a tele guy.



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  • Phil O'Keefe
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    Originally posted by AJ6stringsting View Post
    I love the larger 70's style headstock on the Strat. For some reason, IMO, it looks more majestic than the smaller headstock.
    When I was starting out in the ‘70s, large was all you could get new, so of course everyone loved the smaller ones that you could only get on the used / vintage instruments. Larger headstocks have grown on me a bit since then, but I still prefer the smaller ones on a Strat. On a Mustang, anything but a large one looks out of place IMO.

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  • crustoleum
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    they look cool to me, ya, they do, very , very

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  • AJ6stringsting
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    I love the larger 70's style headstock on the Strat. For some reason, IMO, it looks more majestic than the smaller headstock.

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  • 1001gear
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    I don't know if this clip is "axe"mplary of anything but it sounds amazing.

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