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2017 American Professional Tele, Surf Green, one piece rosewood neck. It is just delightful. I spent a lot of time with it Friday and went back for it today. My hi-res, high quality, high definition photography follows:

 

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So a happy day and a sad day, as it is the first time in a couple decades there are no Gibson guitars in the house. It feels weird for a minute, but walking the walk isn't always the easiest thing I guess. So, well, there it is.

 

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Way Cool!!!

Congratulations!

 

But I'm not following your walk.

I'm definitely NOT giving up my Gibsons. [-(

 

Oh no brother, do not follow mine or anyone else's walk! Most of the time we walk alone, which is as it should be.

 

And thanks!

 

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Beautiful guitar!

I've never played one with an all rosewood neck.

Does it compare similar to a rose/maple, or all maple or is it a different feel?

Enjoy~!

NHTom

 

Satin finish on the neck, so it is really smooth. Similar to a one piece maple. This has somewhat taller frets which I don't mind. Plays really nice!

 

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Oh no brother, do not follow mine or anyone else's walk! Most of the time we walk alone, which is as it should be.

 

And thanks!

 

rct

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You are the man

I admire your walk and agree with your words 100%

 

And what is that neck like ? Do tell! Do Teli!

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Oh thank you all folks.

 

Sounds ridiculous, but here goes.

 

I'd call the neck just a smidge deeper than my other Tele, Esquire, and Strats. I'd say it is shaped and sized really close to my '97 one piece maple necked Tele.

 

Fretwise it is different for sure. Fender usually starts with medium width, medium high frets, so my #1 Tele after a long time has fairly flat, wide, highly polished from wear frets that Luther is under no circumstances to mess with outside of occasionally taking a tad off a higher fret in spots if I'm fretting out too much, which has happened. I hope to leave this life with those frets still on that guitar.

 

This Tele has "narrow tall" frets, skinny like on a Les Paul Custom of yore, which were ridiculously low, but taller than normal Fender 6150. So you know those frets are there, and my legendary technique shines as I shove F barres and assorted open chords all over the place and create quite the intonation trainwreck down there at the cowboy end. But'll get over that.

 

The back is smooth, satin finished, and since a Fender scale and distance from body and as Milo used to say, "geometry" is normal for me, that satin neck let's me literally day dream and watch tv while moving around the neck and not missing at all.

 

The fingerboard surface is also...satin'd I guess. If I spend an hour mashing the strings into my other guitars I will know that I am a guitar player, my callouses will let me know. If I spend a night out mashing the strings into the fingeboard, which as a knuckle dragging electric guitar playing arena rock caveman I do, I am pretty much hurting until the next morning, I usually wake up ok.

 

This guitar I walked around the store about an hour just flogging at it, making sure I could move and move on the neck without much thought. Then standing a half hour in a Blues Junior, then standing and walking around chatting with assistant to the acting assistant night manager about maybe making a deal for this thing.

 

So about two hours with it and when I got to the car to go home and think about it I realized my hand felt exactly as it did when I left home. I can't explain that, I'da thought dragging it across taller, thinner frets I would notice these old digits. I didn't ease up at all in fact made sure I played like I always do, just like I did for a couple hours yesterday after I got it home and "set it up" [laugh] [laugh] [laugh] for me. Same thing, nothing noticeable at all for my digits.

 

Somebody put 9's on it, I put regular old Fender 10's on it, got the strings down a tad, tightened the truss a half turn, got the three barrel bridge intonated close enough for jazz. It'll do until it goes in for a professional set up, and it has the old tilt-o-whirl neck angle adjustment hole of doom, so I'm certain somebody fooled with that. I'll keep the stock singles in it for a few gigs, see how that goes, but I'll take the other Tele with Duncan Stacks in it in case these noisy dumps we play in are too noisy for delicate singles, and even then I might just keep them in it, they are Shaw V-Mods, whatever that means. I've never been a card carrying member of The Cult of Tim Shaw buy hey, they sound good and like Lindy Fralins, are really quiet.

 

Staggered machines are nice, I have them on my EJRW. I haven't wound a string since the mid 70's when I started knotting them, and these are nice and stable. I'm actually thinking about a set of staggereds for the 20 odd year old Grovers I put on my other Tele.

 

The bridge is three barrel which I've never minded, but it is "compensated", which is fancy talk for Fender saying "...hey! let's put this on there see what happens!". It has the back edge lip like the old ones, and then the lip goes down to only a little going towards the neck. It comes with the Mini Ash Tray, which is just ridiculous, I never used the full size ashtray. But nice hardware, once it is set it should be just fine for a lifetime of the same gauge.

 

Pots are heavy and nice, I put my pearl top knobs on them. Jack is the usual grrrr Tele jack, have to see if I have an elekrosocket laying around. Or not, probably won't worry about it.

 

And yes, it is screaming, loudly, for White Pearl guard, which is on the way.

 

Nice guitar. I took it and some money home for my last two Gibsons, which was sad, but had to be done for me personally. Les Paul was getting up on needing a refret, the Grovers were getting shot I'd say, the '57 Classics, bridge, and stop bar pretty gnarly, and it was dinged and clearly used, but they gave me good on it. Explorer was in really great shape, bone stock, a few dings here and there but nice, and they gave me very good on it. They were great guitars, just unfortunate circumstances is all. I won't be rubbing that in or making comments about horsefights that I have no dog in, I promise.

 

rct

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Bone nut stock on this. Of course, the skinny E is too close to that edge of the neck. Really Fender? 2018 and I'm still playing around Fender fretitis? [laugh] [laugh] [laugh]

 

We used to loosen the neck screws and pull it up and tighten it back up.

 

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