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El Kabong
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Aug 12th, 2019 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm intrigued by the American made Performer Telecaster. Anybody here try/buy one? I'm considering standard Tele pups w/maple fretboard. Penny finish. Recommended, or what?

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Aug 12th, 2019 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

The recent Performer (MIA) and Player (MIM) series of Strats and Teles just might be the best production Fenders in perhaps 10 years.

The quality of sound, fit, and finish is remarkable. You cannot go wrong with a Performer.

pcalu

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Aug 12th, 2019 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

The MIA Specials Telecasters or Stratocasters before those weren't to shabby either

Roger Ball
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Aug 12th, 2019 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a Performer Tele on-line a few months ago, also in the Penny finish with the maple board. Beautiful guitar with a great sound.

Unfortunately, this particular unit had an issue. Given that it was new and under warranty, I decided to return it rather than try to fix it myself.

(This message was last edited by Roger Ball at 11:16 PM, Aug 12th, 2019)

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Aug 13th, 2019 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

What was the issue? Are you having another one sent? If so, please tell how it is when you get it.

Peppy

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Aug 13th, 2019 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have played three. Two with the humbucking neck pickup. Normally I think Teles should have both pickups as single coils. (Well, I have thought such since I got my first Tele fifty years ago. Not now.) Both pickups sound great. Full but with enough bite and snap to sound like a Tele. Well-balanced for each position. Fretwork is great. Paint is great. Etc., etc. The humbucking version is in my scope, just a bit 'out there' for now.

Oh yeah, I A/Bed the two single coil-version against two similar American Professionals. Tone-wise the Performer won out. Build-wise basically similar between the two models.

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Aug 13th, 2019 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

"What was the issue? Are you having another one sent? If so, please tell how it is when you get it."

The issue with this guitar was sharp fret ends. Either they weren't dressed properly or the neck shrunk a bit. It obviously wasn't checked before it left the store.

I got a full refund including the shipping but haven't decided whether to re-order yet.



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Aug 13th, 2019 05:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sharp fret ends are a Fender tradition.


Sadly

Tony F

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Aug 19th, 2019 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own both Player and Performer tele's (that's all I own) and think they are awesome guitars. As posted earlier Fender is making possibly their best guitars at this point in time.
The Performer is a little fatter sounding than the Player although the Player neck pup is killer sweet. Both necks and frets are perfect. Highly recommend either guitar.

JJuran

Boston Area

Sep 16th, 2019 11:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just picked up a used American Performer tele in penny with maple neck. 2018 model I believe, all the plastic still on the pick guard and neck pickup. Always wanted a copper tele.

I like the “grease bucket” tone control, makes the control much more usable. The fit and finish is excellent. No fret sprout. Plays really well. It’s a real Tele. Plenty of spank, not very heavy, well built for sure. Electronic components are just fine.

My first experience with the “Yosmite” pickups. Not bad, not great either. The Yosemite neck pickup underwhelms me. But I had an old DiMarzio “twang king” neck pickup in my locker and swapped it in. Always liked that pickup. Made a nice improvement to neck and middle positions. Sounds like a good tele neck pickup should sound.

With this one change, I couldn’t ask for a better Telecaster. Since it was technically “used” I saved 3 Benjamins. These days, to get a good USA tele for $800 or less is hard to do.

Highly recommend the American Performer Telecaster.



Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Sep 27th, 2019 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

QUOTE The Yosemite neck pickup underwhelms me.

JJ how would you describe the neck pups tone.
thanks.

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 09:04 PM, Sep 27th, 2019)

JJuran

Boston Area

Oct 7th, 2019 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tony, I'm not so eloquent when describing tone. I just know what I like when I hear it. So take my literal offering here with the old grain of salt as my very subjective answer to your question.

I've owned a bunch of Tele's over the years and there is a certain mellow-ness with chimey overtones that I truly enjoy from the Tele neck p/up. What I heard from the Yosemite neck was a bit mids-heavy which I think may have masked off the tones I was looking for. I adjusted it away from the strings, but still heard it.

To each their own, some folks might find the Yosemite neck p/up just fine. Would I have still replaced it by buying something I didn't already have? Probably. But that's just me and tweaking my favorite tones out of a guitar is alot of fun.

I don't mean to take anything away from the guitar. It is an excellent choice - pure Tele with (I think) really fine workmanship. I would not bother to buy a more expensive model just because of a subjective opinion on the neck p/up. It's all the tele I need.

Steve

69tele

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Oct 10th, 2019 03:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi guys.. got the aubergine performer tele with the hb yesterday

great guitar however , the board was really dry and had some white residue which has come out with lemon oil and also the rosewood on the upper edge of the fret board it not exactly straight.. some slight bumps

Has anyone had these issues. ?

Its a great guitar otherwise.

(This message was last edited by 69tele at 05:07 AM, Oct 10th, 2019)

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Oct 10th, 2019 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

The white residue is polishing media. Best way to remove it from rosewood or ebony is a tiny bit of mineral oil, lemon oil, or boiled linseed oil and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Apply a drop of the oil to the stained area, gently scrub with the grain, and wipe off the oil. Repeat until the residue is gone.

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

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Oct 11th, 2019 01:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Peegoo thanks the board cleaned up nicely with a good clean and some dunlop 65 lemon oil...

the board was very dry as well with some micro cracks here and there..

however the main issue the the fretboard edge... its not exactly straight and it bugs me ..as you this is the replacement for the vintera which would not intonate.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Oct 13th, 2019 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

JJuran
I totally get it in fact I hear it as I prefer the neck pup on my player tele. All in all still a very nice guitar. Funny as far as tele neck pups my favorite is the older Squier classic vibe that came with toneriders.

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