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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / Bring back the Lead I



Jan 7th, 2015 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fender, bring back the Lead I.

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C-C-R is one letter

better than B-B-Q. Tastier too!
Jul 1st, 2015 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Agreed! Smaller body that the Strat, hangs perfectly on a strap, comfortable to play, sounds great...

What's not to like?

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When did I get cool? When I got older.
Jul 1st, 2015 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I also agree.

Although it would be easier for Fender to redo the Lead II with the Strat pickups.

I would most certainly buy a new Lead II.



Jul 24th, 2016 10:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Lead II, though it would not be difficult at all to recreate the I/III humbuckers. The II is a unique guitar in that it (in my opinion) is one of the best-playing Fenders ever made, and the distance between the two single-coils creates a unique 'quack' tone that cannot be replicated with either Strat or Tele models. Phenomenal Fender 'bolt-on' sustain, too. I have been very happy with mine (also have a I and a III).


Yorkshire, England

Jul 25th, 2016 03:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Look out for Hondo Lead I and II. They were made by Tokai in Japan.

(This message was last edited by mirrorboy at 05:30 AM, Jul 25th, 2016)



Aug 20th, 2016 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Lead I, I'm telling you!

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good welder, crappy guitar player
Feb 25th, 2018 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a brand new black Lead I when they were introduced. $260.00 included a Fender Tolex hard case. Nice guitar but they had paint problems. Well known now. My paint cracked all over the whole body. My guitar teacher at the time couldn't understand why anybody would buy a guitar with one pickup. He said I should have bought the Lead II.

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 27th, 2018 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 1st Fender circa '84-'85, was a Contemporary Strat with a single bucker at the bridge, system one bridge and only a volume control. It was MIJ and an excellent piece. I wish I had it back.

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UNpopular music

Mar 30th, 2018 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

"My guitar teacher at the time couldn't understand why anybody would buy a guitar with one pickup."

I know, right?

-Eddie Van H.


Mesa, AZ

Apr 2nd, 2018 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

It may be only one pickup...which normally I do not care for...but in the Lead I's case it offered about three useable and distinct tones. And no, my paint never chipped. Burgundy/maple board. One of two (my other being a 1968 Les Paul Custom) that got away that I wish I still had.

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