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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / Nocaster 2015



Jun 21st, 2015 01:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was wondering if anyone knows whether ordering a Nocaster in 2015 will make it a custom team built guitar or a master built, given the Nocaster is not part of the CS line up this year.

I am aware there is a 20th anniversary Nocaster just out but I want a few more changes.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Seattle, Wa

Jun 21st, 2015 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you're ordering a new Fender CS guitar you have to go to an authorized Fender CS Showcase Dealer. I'm sure they could answer your questions.

Is there a Showcase Dealer in Australia? I don't know. If not, I'd call one in the US and talk to them. I'd recommend Wildwood Guitars in Colorado or Dave's in Wisconsin.

Here is the CS US website.

US Website

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Seattle, Wa

Jun 21st, 2015 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just checked and Wildwood has several new Nocasters in stock, although they have 9.5 radius necks with larger frets. To me, although I really don't mind vintage radius and frets, that's a good thing.

Sometimes they are flexable on their prices but, ouch! have they gotten expensive. I think I payed around $1700 US for one 20 years ago.

Wildwood Teles

(This message was last edited by urby at 01:27 PM, Jun 21st, 2015)



Jun 22nd, 2015 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks urby. I am asking a CS dealer closer to me so will have more information soon I hope. I am just concerned with the Nocaster out of rotation in the CS catalogue that it will make it a one off master built guitar rather than a team built custom order.

I know the Wildwood 10 guitars you are referring to. I like the specs and frankly they are about 95% what I am after but with a price tag to match. Thing is I don't know how they would compare price wise with a team built custom order guitar.

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USA/Taos, NM

Jun 22nd, 2015 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you're looking for an affordable version of the Nocaster, that you wouldn't be afraid to tinker and tweak, you might check out the Baja Telecaster. Same neck pickup as the Custom Shop Nocaster and it has a Broadcaster bridge pickup. Big chunky neck, too. This guitar sounds killer and the build quality (Mexico) is very, very good. A very "original" sounding Telecaster.



Jul 11th, 2015 07:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

stratcowboy, I agree the Baja Tele is a great guitar but (and I am sure we've all been there), it's not *the one*. I am just worried I'll fall out of love eventually and still be pining for a proper Nocaster.

I got the response from Fender themselves that it would be a team built guitar. The issue is there is no CS dealer in my town and overseas dealers are not permitted to sell new Fender guitars to customers living in another country. So either I have to travel and fly one back with me (not easy, cheap nor convenient time wise) otherwise freight forwarding is probably my only viable option.

Haven't decided what to do yet but it may be a case of needing to wait until they bring the Nocaster back into the line up so I can more easily order one from my local distributor or waiting until 2021 for the 70th anniversary of the Nocaster, when they'll almost certainly be doing something celebratory. That's a long dry spell though.

(This message was last edited by ubw at 09:02 PM, Jul 11th, 2015)

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counting it all joy
Aug 4th, 2015 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

how close is the Baja Tele to the Nocaster---I have heard it is really close---

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counting it all joy
Aug 9th, 2015 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Why not get someone from USA to order it for you and ship it to you? Heck they could take neck off body and two two smaller boxes and ship as parts---



Aug 29th, 2015 02:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

telewired, that's sort of along the line of what I am exploring with freight forwarding i.e. have the US dealer ship it to my US address where they can forward it to me.

As for how close the Baja is to the Nocaster, I can't really say as I've not AB-ed them but same comment as above, I think my heart is set on the Nocaster having played a few here and there over the years. Something about that neck and the vibe.

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