NGD: Fender American Performer Telecaster (it's awesome!)

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  1. Guitarjon

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    Hey guys!

    I got a new guitar last week!
    It's one of the new Fender American Performer Telecasters in a nice light blue finish.
    I own a lot of rock and metal guitars so I thought it was time for something a little bit more 'traditional'.
    Years ago I owned an American Special Tele but those Texas Special pickups just weren't for me.
    When this new series came out I felt like I had to give it a chance and I'm super glad I did!

    The guitar looks really nice with the satin finish.
    We all know how a Tele looks but the rosewood breed they used here has a very nice red 'hue' to it.
    Beautiful fretboard indeed!
    The satin neck feels super smooth in my hand so it's a joy to play.

    This guitar has tone for days!
    The new Yosemite pickups sound super balanced and I don't have anything negative to say about them.
    They have a nice transparent sound to them with great clarity but that clarity is balanced out quite well with a good amount of girth.
    So they don't sound thin but they do have that classic Tele spank.

    When I got this guitar from Thomann it was super cold and the action was very high.
    I also noticed that the fret-ends were a little on the sharp side.
    Since the guitar was so perfect after I got it set up I decided to just file those fret-ends myself and within 15 minutes it was perfect.
    I guess the fingerboard wood shrunk a little since the guitar was built.
    Not a big deal for me because everything else about this guitar is perfect.

    The frets are perfectly level so I got the action nice and low.
    It plays phenomenal with very little fret-buzz.
    I don't know what else to say but I made a short demo video of this guitar into my new Marshall DSL 50.
    I think the sound speaks for itself in this demo:

     
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    Congrats!

    I've played a handful of Performer guitars and have really enjoyed them. One of the Tele's was the satin surf green and the maple neck was SUPER flame-y and had a great 3-d effect; not to mention, the rosewood board was very dark and looked gorgeous. If I had the money I would have bought it then and there.

    The Satin finishes on these Performer guitars are my fave (Satin Sonic Blue like yours is amazing). Also really really love the Penny-finish Tele.
     
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    Thanks!
    Yeah they really nailed the finishes in this line!
    Love the white/yellow-ish one with the neck humbucker too.
     
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    Happy NGD and glad you like it. Really hoping to pick up one of the Mustangs myself in the following months. :D
     
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    Those Mustangs are really cool indeed!!
     
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    Congrats!

    The tele bug seems to be in season :lol:
     
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    Hasn't it been in season since the 50s or so? Lol
     
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    I meant sso particularly.
     
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    I was just joking, but yeah, I think you're right!
     
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    I realized after I replied :lol:
     
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    That rich rosewood board alongside the satin blue and stark white pick-guard...gah! Gorgeous tone/ gorgeous guitar.
     
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    Cheers man!
    Yeah, this one is special!
     
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    Nice sounds sweet. Do I spy another Tele in the background?
     
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    Well, shit. I finally listened to the demo you made. Now I really want to get one of these. That's a perfect Tele tone in my book. :D
     
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    Yes sir! A Jim Root Tele!

    I agree, and yes, you should get one!
     
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    That sounds god damn great!!
     
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