#1
Got this ugly beast about a week ago. My first Telecaster

The Joe Strummer Artists Series 1966 Telecaster:





And just look at all the case candy she came with:



Well, she may be ugly but she is all rock and roll. Much more bite than my Stratocaster. Plus I can reggae or funk out on her like no other guitar I own. Another plus is that I obviously do not have to care about fingerprints, smudges and all that stuff that drives me crazy on a mint guitar.

Just needed a minor set up out of the box, put on a relic pickguard and of course Joe Strummer's "Ignore Alien Orders" sticker. This guitar is as fun as they come.
#3
Quote by Tobyflyr
Thats not ugly! Thats fricking beautiful! Seriously, I love it..!

they look worse in the flesh than they do on photos. you have no idea how fake the wear and tear looks until you actually see one. and it looks pretty fake on photos already.

happy new ugly guitar day - i hope it's a better guitar than it looks, and has a nice pure tone
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#4
tele's can't get pure tone because they have an overwound bridge pup.

only strats can.




hnugd
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#6
HNGD!


Relic'd guitars are so stupid... completely defeats the point of a worn-down guitar.
Still, tone's the most important thing. Congratulations!
RIP Adam
#7
I love the Clash but that is disgusting. If I were you I'd refinish it butterscotch blonde and put on a black pickguard. Happy NUGD!
#8
I was shopping for a new Telecaster for a few month's and could never find one that felt "Right"

Then I played a Relic'd Tele and it felt played Awesome. Something about the way they feel with the dull ,smoothed over finish. I just could'nt justify spending that kind of money on a "New" guitar that looked like it was left outside for a year.

Maybe the relic guitars you find on e-bay by some teenage hack might look crappy,but the Fender Relic'd Guitars I've seen all looked authentically ... used and abused.
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#9
Quote by SexyLikeAPig


Relic'd guitars are so stupid... completely defeats the point of a worn-down guitar

I agree. Why would anyone buy a guitar that was relic'd?
But this guitar is different. It is a tribute, a copy of Strummer's beat-to-hell guitar. It has to be relic'd and beat up in order to look like Joe's.

Strummer's Tele was a red burst model. But check out any Clash photo -- it sure didn't look like that. Fender decided to release a Strummer tribute model. Should they have released a burst Tele that no one links to Joe Strummer or one that was relic'd and looks like Strummer's?

#10
I fail to see how that's ugly. Looks pretty righteous to me. HNGD!
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#11
Quote by CasinoEpiphone
I agree. Why would anyone buy a guitar that was relic'd?
But this guitar is different. It is a tribute, a copy of Strummer's beat-to-hell guitar. It has to be relic'd and beat up in order to look like Joe's.

Strummer's Tele was a red burst model. But check out any Clash photo -- it sure didn't look like that. Fender decided to release a Strummer tribute model. Should they have released a burst Tele that no one links to Joe Strummer or one that was relic'd and looks like Strummer's?


learn something new every day - i always thought joe strummer just had a dark blue tele, not one that had been badly painted over the top of the original sunburst

one thing i like about the joe strummer model is that it's actually fairly reasonably priced for someone who wants a solid workhorse guitar, as far as signature and "tribute" models go. sure it's a replica of a guitar someone else made famous, but you're still getting a good guitar at a reasonable price.
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#12
Quote by Blompcube
sure it's a replica of a guitar someone else made famous, but you're still getting a good guitar at a reasonable price.

Exactly. No matter what the guitar looks like (and being a Clash fan I don't mind the look) one is still getting a fine reproduction of a 1966 Telecaster. Believe me, the guitar plays wonderfully and sounds fantastic.

Regarding the colors: Yeah it was originally a red burst Tele. Joe had an auto body shop spray it with gray auto primer and then black on top of that. You can see in the picture above of Joe with his guitar the gray (and some of the original red) showing through the flaking off black paint. Fender's repro model has the colors right: black, the gray, and a touch of the original red.
#13
HNGD!!!

I saw one of these at a GC once and it sounded and played pretty well. But the fake rust on the bridge/control plates was a deal breaker for me.
Actually, I go by Dave, but there are already too many Daves on this forum.


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