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Fender American Performer Telecaster


Well-known member
May 16, 2019
I primarily play Les Pauls so I’ve never justified buying Custom shop or expensive (over $2k) Stratocaster or Telecaster.

I sold my last Telecaster a month or so ago and I always wanted a Sonic Blue Fender guitar.

I found this new-old stock (2021) at a good local store that was heavily discounted on closeout. I liked the dark Rosewood fretboard (a must have), jumbo frets, good pickups and nice neck, but wasn’t a fan of the dull satin finish.

Fortunately after two applications of hand applied car polish and a good waxing (guitar wax) the dull-rough finish is now smooth and with a nice sheen. Perfect, and I believe this may finally be a keeper Telecaster.

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Any Name You Wish

Well-known member
Apr 15, 2021
Nice. I still have my old AVRI '52. I wore out the original frets and tried a new rosewood board neck. I am now back to a maple neck. I thought I would like the rosewood, but after a while I decided it just wasn't sounding they way I wanted. It is crazy how much I spent on my custom shop Gibsons and then my relatively cheap Tele just sounds fantastic as well. Timeless design.