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Hi Ug'ers, so I'm in the market for a new electric guitar and have had my eye on Fender's Custom Telecaster FMT (flamed maple top) HH for quite some time. Hearing great things. Despite endless hours of running about trying to find one to actually hold and demo, I've had no luck. Can anyone tell me something that the UG reviews can't?

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Custom-Telecaster-FMT-Electric-Guitar?sku=511262

How is the neck and its playability? Is it inclined toward lead/shred/metal players or rhythmic strummers (me)?
What similarities does this tele share with other guitars?? I've heard the SG's neck is similar.

I play rhythm for my band at the moment. We're playing mellow, alternate, hard rock, punky genres, along the lines of Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters.

As always, any help on the topic would be appreciated. Cheers from Sydney!
#2
it's a nice guitar for your purpose but give a try to the tele thinline
#3
It seems perfect for your needs. A well built guitar with a nice humbucker sound, but not too hot.
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it's a nice guitar for your purpose but give a try to the tele thinline


I demo'd a thinline for an hour or two today and walked away amazed, I was torn but figured I owed it to the FMT to give it a demo ... somehow plus the idea of a coil tap made it all the more appealing
#5
It's a really good guitar, and the specs are fairly common, so you're likely to find plenty of other similar-sounding guitars to try out. ESP, Schecter and others make mahogany/maple guitars with seymour duncans. Try those out to experience the tone. Try out teles to get a hang of the feel.

Chances are that if a guitar comes stock with Seymour Duncans, the neck pickup is almost certainly a '59 and the bridge pickup around 80% of the time is a JB.
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It's a really good guitar, and the specs are fairly common, so you're likely to find plenty of other similar-sounding guitars to try out. ESP, Schecter and others make mahogany/maple guitars with seymour duncans. Try those out to experience the tone. Try out teles to get a hang of the feel.


I spent all day today with my mates haunting music stores and did exactly that, though about 15 minutes ago I was looking over some of the specs and the Fret Radius is 15.75", close to what Jackson's are right? does that mean the neck is U shaped? I don't really see myself shredding in the next few months

thanks for everyone's help, much appreciated!
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I spent all day today with my mates haunting music stores and did exactly that, though about 15 minutes ago I was looking over some of the specs and the Fret Radius is 15.75", close to what Jackson's are right? does that mean the neck is U shaped? I don't really see myself shredding in the next few months

thanks for everyone's help, much appreciated!

The radius has nothing to do with neck shape, it's the curve of the frets. The greater the radius, the flatter the fretboard. Neck shape, radius, and things like that don't make a guitar a "shredder's" guitar. Those are just qualities that make them good for shred for a lot of people. It doesn't mean they're bad for other things. In the end, it comes down to personal preference. But yes, that's close to what Jacksons are on the higher frets (compound radius).
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The radius has nothing to do with neck shape, it's the curve of the frets. The greater the radius, the flatter the fretboard. Neck shape, radius, and things like that don't make a guitar a "shredder's" guitar. Those are just qualities that make them good for shred for a lot of people. It doesn't mean they're bad for other things. In the end, it comes down to personal preference. But yes, that's close to what Jacksons are on the higher frets (compound radius).

Jacksons do have very small necks, though. A tele's neck would be rounder.
#9
The specs are on Fender's site, Tele FMT It's got a modern C shape neck so should be the same as Fender standard teles.
#10
I have the amber Custom Tele FMT HH and absolutely love it. It's light without feeling cheesy, perfectly balanced and extremely versatile sound-wise, from twang to thick LP woman tone. Creates a stir looks-wise and has a fast, easy neck. A real player. I use it often for live and woodsheding. I have a '78 Gibson LP Pro Deluxe, Fender Aerodyne Strat (great guitar!), Casino, Jay Turser (!) Rosewood Tele (very underrated), Epi LP Junior DC TV yellow, and Fender Vibro Champ XD, Peavey Classic 30, Vox AC30 amps. All have their purpose, and I wouldn't trade any of them.
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#11
just bear in mind it doesn't really sound anything like a "regular" tele. That's great if you like the shape of a tele but want a more gibson-style tone, not so much if you want the usual tele tone too.
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just bear in mind it doesn't really sound anything like a "regular" tele. That's great if you like the shape of a tele but want a more gibson-style tone, not so much if you want the usual tele tone too.
Agreed! I also had those PUs on my Edwards LP Custom for a while.

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They are; my dad has the Spalted Maple Tele (same pickups and pretty much the same guitar as the FMT) and it's great. As Dave said, they haven't really got anything to do with Telecasters other than the shape (humbuckers, set neck, different woods, etc.), but they are awesome.
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hey man, haven't seen you around for a little while
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