On the cheap!!! Lite Ash Telecaster

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  1. Dirtyclinic

    Dirtyclinic Senior Member

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    I picked this up for 200 bucks. Made in Korea Lite Ash Telecaster. Seymour Duncan Pickups, Ash body, Abalone inlays, Bird's-eye maple neck and fretboard. Not a bad player...sounds great and has a nice feel to it.

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  2. Phil W

    Phil W Senior Member

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    Nice for £200!
    3 saddle bridge, Seymour's, nice looking wood.
     
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  3. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    Nice guitar! Good for you!
    You should open it up and see what SD are installed. I have a set of Alnico Pro IIs in one of my Warmoth Teles, they are warm and smooth clean and sound great with a little OD.
     
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  4. marksoundguitars

    marksoundguitars Chief Paint Sniffer

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    I almost bought one when they first came out. :)
     
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    Zoobiedood Senior Member

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    The pickups should be the APTR-1 Alnico II Pro (neck) & APTL-1 Alnico II Pro (bridge).
     
  6. Dirtyclinic

    Dirtyclinic Senior Member

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    200 dollars...I think those Pound notes are worth more than dollars.

    Anyhow...these pics are when I first got it home and it was filthy and it was missing strings. It is all shined up now and is pretty sweet. I am tempted to take out the pickups and put them in an American Standard Telecaster that I have. I own 2 American Standards and they both have Broadcaster/Twisted Tele sets in them. It would be cool if they had different sets while this guitar would still be getting a great set of pickups.
     
  7. Mule Train

    Mule Train Senior Member

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    What a deal, wow. Found this five year old post on the net.

    "OK… Spoke to Fender at length and here’s the breakdown on the Korean Telecasters. The tech I spoke with had the same model, but a different year. First off, the serial numbers were ‘random sequential’ without an actual date embedded within. My # began with 06 and was made in 2007 but that should not be used to extrapolate other years. Fender is the only source for X-refing the number/year of production. Also unusual, none of these Korean models have Telecaster written on the headstock. Lastly, they would not divulge how many Korean Tele were made but did state it was a fairly limited production. Here are the general specs. Model Name: Lite Ash Telecaster |Model Number: 026-5102-(521) | Series: Special Edition Series | Body: Lightweight Ash | Neck: Birdseye Maple, Modern “C” Shape | Fingerboard: Birdseye Maple, 9.5” Radius (241 mm) | No. of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Frets | Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm) | Source: Korea | Oversized Strap Buttons | Abalone Dot Position Inlays | Pickups: Seymour Duncan® APTR-1, APTL-1, (Neck/Bridge) (AP=Alnico Pro) | Bridge: Vintage Style with 3 Brass Saddles | U.S. MSRP: $899.99 | INTRODUCED: 1/2004 | DISCONTINUED: 1/2009."

    https://www.sweetwater.com/forums/showthread.php?27994-Fender-Telecaster-lite-ash-korea
     
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    Phil W Senior Member

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    Ooops ... yes.
    Having said that, the way the pound is dropping in value I'm probably going to be right quite soon.
     
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    rikko Senior Member

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    Deal!
    Congrats!!!
     
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    xeizo Senior Member

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    Even in british pounds, that was very cheap! I paid double that for a 2005 Classic '50s WB, including hardcase. Happy anyway because deals don't walk right in everyday, congrats on your fine Tele :D
     
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    Fantastic find!
     
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    I've got that guitar in the koa top version. Love those Duncan Alnico II Pro pickups.

     
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