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Warshington State

Jul 31st, 2012 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've bought 2 CS Teles in the last 16 years, one being a '99 Nocaster NOS. They are two of the most used guitars I own. They can do it all.

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before you accuse me...
Aug 5th, 2012 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought the guitar on last Monday July 30th 2012. On Friday I received an email about a 48 hour 12% off any one item and they price adjusted for me! Got $433 back. Definite benefit of shopping with large stores. I definitely got lucky though that they had this guitar in stock for me to try before buying. Most cases its online ordering only for these types of guitars which is a definite NoNo for me.

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Enjoy it while you have it!
Aug 6th, 2012 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They are just so good that I've got two!
One of the best guitars to come out of the Custom Shop, IMO!

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Chicago, IL USA

Aug 12th, 2012 05:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hard to believe that my 2001 Nocaster is already 11 years old. Still going strong.

Now that I'm actually playing in a band again she will see much more stage time.

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Lago, CA

Aug 15th, 2012 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The NoCasters are special guitars for sure!

Don't give up on a trem bar though. I had a STETSBAR tremolo system installed on my Tele and it is FANTASTIC. A beautifully engineered piece, it's like having power steering on a car.

Also, the STETSBAR requires no new holes to be drilled. If you ever wanted to go back to stock (you won't), no problem. Also, there is a definite increase in sustain with the STETSBAR in place.

Not a cheap system to buy, but worth every single penny IMO.


STETSBAR on my Tele



Aug 18th, 2012 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Best guitar Fender has ever made, IMHO. Mine's an '08. I'm having sticker shock seeing the prices the CS is charging for these now.

Mine was setup perfectly right out of the box. I've never adjusted anything on it. Never had that happen on any guitar I've ever owned. The sound is just fantastic, best I've ever had, can play anything I want on it.



Aug 26th, 2012 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Fender Custom Shop "Vintage Telecaster Relic" has a Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1 in the neck position and a '51 Nocaster pickup in the bridge position. I have a lot of great guitars, but this is my favorite. Don't know how similar it is to yours, but here is a video of me playing mine:



’04 Fender Custom Shop ’56 Stratocaster Relic RI 50th Anniv. Aztec Gold
'10 Fender American Select Mahogany HSS Strat
'07 Fender Custom Shop Vintage Heavy Relic HB Telecaster
'03 Gibson ES-345 RI
’08 Gibson Les Paul R-7 Historic Series 1957 RI VOS Gold Top
’93 Gretsch 6120SSU Brian Setzer Signature
’96 Schecter California Custom Hellcat
’98 De Armond by Guild M-75T
’10 Squier Classic Vibe 60’s Stratocaster (Fender CS ’69 /Candy Apple Red)
’10 Squier Telecaster w/Bigsby (Fender CS Texas Specials/Candy Apple Red)
’09 Squier Stratocaster HSS Standard (Pearly Gates HB/SSL-1/SSL-1/Silver Sparkle)
’02 Squier Bullet HHH (S. Duncan: Little ‘59/Duckbucker/JB Jr. /LockingTuners)
’10 Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH (Fiesta Red)
’00 Fender American Hot Rod Precision Bass (P/J pups/Sunset Orange Transparent)
Breedlove AD25/SR Plus Acoustic

Yamaha S90XS Keyboard

Amps: Bogner Shiva 80W. EL34 w/Rvb + Peavey VK 412; Egnater Renegade 65W. + Ampeg 4x12; Fender 40th Anniversary ’65 Twin Reverb RI; Peavey Delta Blues 115; Roland Cube-60; Roland KC-150; Eden Nemesis NA-320 Bass Amp Head + SWR 4x10T Cabinet

Fender Custom Shop Tele w/ '51 Nocaster bridge pup

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Sep 8th, 2012 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice chime and power cords out of that guitar. What amp were you playing thru?

The Drummer was great also.

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Sep 11th, 2012 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So comparing that guitar to a Tele with traditional tele pups, what would I notice? Better pinch harmonics, more growl.

I can get similar sounds is why I ask.



Oct 2nd, 2012 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


I have a 2007 and like the majority above as soon as I played it it was a keeper.

My only change has been a new control plate with a 4 way switch and no load tone pot.

Many come and go but not this one.



May 8th, 2014 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just took the plunge and put in the modern switching on mine. Just great so far. Thought about the no load tone pot, but thought it might interfere with Gatton style tone swells, as it would stick a bit when wide open. This guitar just sounds great.

Roger Ball
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New guitars and old amps!
Jun 7th, 2014 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm late to this thread but just wanted to chime in on my 2003 Nocaster Closet Classic.

It's a great guitar and I haven't changed a thing on it. If I had to downsize my assortment of gear, this would probably be the last one to go.



Jun 7th, 2014 11:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine is really my no. 1. I was hesitant to change the wiring, but it sounds really good and gives me a lot more flexibility. If i had to downsize, this one would be a keeper. I was playing it straight though my DRRI today, no pedals. Just great pure tele tone, better than anything.


Columbus, Ohio

Jun 23rd, 2014 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I have played quite a few Teles of various stripes. I have a 1981 Black and Gold that I keep in the closet and it has a traditional Tele tone I think. Interesting guitar but a bit heavy. I used to have a Lite Ash Tele and it was decent. I had a Muddy Waters Tele which was OK as well. I have also had and parted with an anniversary Tele, a 8502 Tele (?), a Nashville Tele, a Baja Tele, a Highway One Texas Tele (first with Nocaster pups and then with Don Mare Hayrides), and a custom made 62 double bound Tele with a b bender and with Fralin pups. Still have the custom made b bender, the 1981 B&G, a Nocaster, and a newly acquired 2009 model Road Worn blonde Tele with Dimarzio Twang Kings and brass saddles and black bakelite pickguard.
The Nocaster is a keeper. It has the Nocaster pups (2009 model) and it is in a rare violin burst finish. It and another one had been in a local shop. The two were on the wall for over a year, close to two years. Finally the other one sold and they were down to just this one. I kept eyeing it with envy, tried it but couldn't get the guts to pay the $2500 it had been marked down to. Then one day I go in and it is gone! They apparently sent it to another store in another state where a customer was interested. I guess the guy never came in to check it out so they sent it back. In the meantime they had lost the thermometer case and the COA. I am going to replace the COA for a cost of $75 but they provided another custom shop case (with the brown tolex) and sold it to me for a very good price ($2000). So that is how I got my Nocaster. I have toyed with the idea of putting Don Mare Hayride pups in it because those were the best Tele pups I have ever heard.

I play my guitars primarily through a 1975 Princeton Reverb (relocated to a custom made cherry wood cabinet) or a Goodsell 17 watt amp with a Celestion speaker (EL84 tubes). Both amps sound great with all my guitars but there is something about a Tele through a Princeton Reverb that is almost magical!

(This message was last edited by lox at 12:36 PM, Jun 23rd, 2014)


Columbus, Ohio

Jun 23rd, 2014 10:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Nocaster has the relic treatment which is an upcharge of about $400 I think on the regular Nocaster.



Jun 23rd, 2014 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't own a '51 Nocaster but I was lucky enough to score a used set of '51 Nocaster pickups for something like $75.00 last year, still in the original box and everything.

I put them in a mid-90s Peavey Reactor telecaster and boy did that wake up this guitar! The original Peavey pickups weren't the best, I especially didn't like how bassy the neck pickup was on this thing.

Love these pickups! Can't go wrong IMHO.

(This message was last edited by Burstbucker at 06:02 AM, Jun 24th, 2014)



Nov 2nd, 2014 09:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I won this '51 Nocaster on Ebay on Friday.Can't wait to get it!

Coral Pink '51 Nocaster Super Relic

Tyrone Shuz


I'm all in!
Dec 30th, 2014 01:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Had mine since Feb. '01, ordered it in summer of '00, so not sure where the serial no. dates it.

It's an incredible axe. Mine is team-built one-off with huge frets, and all the finish off the neck back, and a super-lightweight body.

It's extremely loud acoustically, and just screams through the amp, and the neck pickup is the big secret weapon. It's very sweet clean, yet throaty when driven. We all know about the bridge pickup.

I bought it because I wanted a tele, and I probably play it more than any other guitar I own.

Tyrone Shuz


I'm all in!
Dec 30th, 2014 01:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here she is in action, a decent mix of clean and dirty tones.




A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever.
Jan 23rd, 2016 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had been a longtime fan of the '52 design and own a '98 AVRI (just an excellent player's instrument) and a '14 CS '52 Relic with a Seymour Duncan humbucker at the neck. I had always been afraid of the U neck, but took the plunge on a used '99 NOS Nocaster at a very fair price and liked that so much that I bought an '08 Nocaster Relic. Unlike many, I do like the blend switching (as long as the other ones have modern 3-way) and my medium-sized hands adjusted to the neck; however, I find that I must first decide whether to play C-neck or U-neck on any given session. 7.25" and vintage frets all the way!
I am happy to hear that the Nocaster is no longer a production instrument-- These are special and this makes mine even more special.

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