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Telecaster info needed

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Yeah, I know there's specialist forums for that kinda stuff, but I trust you guys more...

In the early 80's, I'm thinking about '82 or '83, my local music shop had a tele the likes of which I've never seen before or since and I'd love to track one down if I can.

It had white plastic pickups, white binding on the front and was finished in a glorious emerald green translucent finish that showed off the stunning quilted/flamed maple underneath.

The pickups were parallel mounted and had the Fender 'F' embossed in them as I recall. They were slightly pointed at the ends and were chamfered a little, so kind of like a mini dog-ear.

Anyone know what the designation was for this model? I feel me wanna say it was Deluxe, but that's normally for the HB tele from the 60's so maybe I'm wrong.

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Yessir, that's the one! Thanks.

Pretty, ain't she?

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I knew right away what you were talking about; my good friend has one that he bought new.

It is a very nice looking guitar.

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Glad I remembered it so well. It looks like it's actually the knobs that had the F embossed, but I was pretty close.

And I'm sure the one in our local shop had flamed/quilted maple, but I can't find any examples online of that so maybe I'm making that bit up. I know it was around the time Brian Setzer had The Knife Feels Like Justice album out and it was Bonedaddy's thread that got me thinking about it as BS played a similar looking one (but gold) when he played those tracks live. Maybe that's what I'm getting confused about.

It's been a long time and many beers since '83...

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Yeah, I know there's specialist forums for that kinda stuff, but I trust you guys more...

In the early 80's, I'm thinking about '82 or '83, my local music shop had a tele the likes of which I've never seen before or since and I'd love to track one down if I can.

It had white plastic pickups, white binding on the front and was finished in a glorious emerald green translucent finish that showed off the stunning quilted/flamed maple underneath.

The pickups were parallel mounted and had the Fender 'F' embossed in them as I recall. They were slightly pointed at the ends and were chamfered a little, so kind of like a mini dog-ear.

Anyone know what the designation was for this model? I feel me wanna say it was Deluxe, but that's normally for the HB tele from the 60's so maybe I'm wrong.

– Deke Martin

With you being in England, this looks like this could be the guitar for you:

https://reverb.com/uk/item/...

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There were Elite PBasses also? They were experimenting at that time, no doubt

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Thanks, but that one is in Illinois. I’ll keep my eyes open over here now I know what I’m looking for.

Thanks again.

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Whoooshpastblast.

When I started working at the music store in '83, we had both a black Elite Tele and a ... minty green, I think? ... Elite Strat in stock. I really liked them, but at the time I considered regular Telecasters primitive, so that means nothing.

I'd like to say the ("noise-cancelling") pickups annoyed traditionalists at the time, because they were different, but in the 80s guitars were still allowed to change without reaping the whirlwind. In fact, change was more or less expected, and equally more or less applauded. Fender had also just released their first thoroughgoing reissues of past models; maybe that homage to the past balanced the Elites' reach for the future, and Fender - just then going through the wrenching transition from CBS to the new regime - was testing market winds to see which way they were blowing.

With hindsight, we know which way that was.

AnyHOW, I thought the Elite Tele had a unique tone - I remember it as full and rich and somehow more polished and "hi-fi" than the usual Tele - and borrowed it from the store several times to use in the studio.

But I'd just built a pair of Craig Anderton's PAIA parametric EQ kits, with 4 fully parametric bands each, and few guitar tracks escaped without my carving them up pretty severely with those tools. My technique was plenty surgical - but more butchery than enhancement. (On one track I turned a 335 into something like an impression of a zither tuned up an octave, with a .003 high E and a Melody Maker bridge pickup - only without that overpowering low end.) Hard to tell what I turned the Elite Tele tracks into; I don't remember what tracks, and it's unlikely to be recognizable as Telecaster.

I do remember thinking that the uniqueness I heard when playing it didn't seem to translate to tape.

It took forever to sell both the Elites. I think I was able to sell the '62 Reissue Strat AND have it come back as a trade-in (which I ended up with) before the Elite sold once.

Guy who bought the Elite was a dark, suave exotic type (unusual in central Ohio at the time) with long black hair and an earring. Good player, great front man, good guy. He was also a biker - or, rather, you know...he had a motorcycle. He wrecked it, went through a barbed-wire fence, and pretty much ripped one ear off.

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Guy who bought the Elite was a dark, suave exotic type (unusual in central Ohio at the time) with long black hair and an earring. Good player, great front man, good guy. He was also a biker - or, rather, you know...he had a motorcycle. He wrecked it, went through a barbed-wire fence, and pretty much ripped one ear off.

Wow, when you tell a tale you really tell a tale, doncha? And Barbwire Fence brings us right back to the Setzer/Betts video...

I appreciate the heads-up on the tone, I figured it wouldn't be a traditional tele sound. Were the pups HB's or single? The seller in the Reverb link mentions a 9v battery connector, so I'm assuming they were active.

Does anyone know if the green Elite came with a maple 'board?

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Great, thanks.

Prote, having done a search I remember the Elite Strat now - distinctly those 3 push-button switches. I seem to remember when the local shop had the green Tele they also had a silver Strat. Pretty cool looking, but both the Tele and Strat were twice the price of their regular counterparts.

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Dave Davies had the sunburst with the pickguard.

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I wonder that the short-lived '80s Elite Telecaster came in so many variants. Maple and rosewood boards, bodies in green, black, sunburst, blonde... Some had the logo on the pickups, Deke. Maybe that's what you remember.

I never knew those were active, though.

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Oh my, the black with pickguard looks great.

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Oh man, these ARE stunning. You have good taste.

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Interesting how many colors these came in. I'm attracted to several... but would ditch the pickguard on most. This one is particularly tasty!

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Interesting how many colors these came in. I'm attracted to several... but would ditch the pickguard on most. This one is particularly tasty!

– kc_eddie_b

That's the all walnut version with ebony fretboard. So cool.

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Ours was black with rosewood board. Classy and elegant.

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From what I can gather the pick guard is self-adhesive and the default position is OFF. It was shipped loose in the case.

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the pick guard is self-adhesive and the default position is OFF. It was shipped loose in the case.

Yes! I remember that, now that you mention it. Ours was indeed off and in the case.

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Glad to see so many of you in favour, but I feel I’ve created some competition

Talking of which, did one of you snag that IL Reverb one? It appears to be showing as sold which I didn’t notice yesterday.

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Some had the logo on the pickups, Deke. Maybe that's what you remember.

Yes Sascha, I see that. As I’ve been following this thread and doing some surfing around it’s coming back more clearly. I do remember the pups said Fender and the knobs had the F.

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Prote speaketh the truth "... at the time I considered regular Telecasters primitive, so that means nothing."

I have stated here before back when I started in the 60s ...we thought of them as one step up from Danelectros. You got one if you couldn't afford a Guild Starfire or Gretsch Tennessean.

Then in the early 70s, Intense Rock Dudes thought of them as electric banjos... thin sounding, no badass sustain, etc. Maybe the same guys who went all in for the brass nut and bridge craze.

Then this happened

and the world tilted on its axis -- a few people like me noticed. No girly FX here...

So maybe there was something in those electric banjos after all waiting to be discovered. Or maybe you had to have the touch and technique to coax it out.


A few years ago I asked late great drummer Robbie Magruder who is on this what this song was like in recording. 3 word reply --" Really f-ing loud! "

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Yet the Tele was never really completely down for the count, even in rocking roll. I mean, there was George with Rosie right there on the rooftop.

While it would have seemed incongruously weird - had I either known of Pink Floyd and/or had access to "gear rundowns" at the time - it must be acknowledged that Syd Barrett played a Telecaster for the band's early otherworldly freakouts like "Astronomy Domine," "Interstellar Overdrive," "Set the Controls," and "Careful With That Axe." It made some pretty good Modern Age (as then reckoned) Rock History. I didn't discover Floyd till Umma Gumma in 1969 and the Telecaster included in the great gear pic on the back cover didn't quite register with me.

And while it's now legendary, I'm not sure it was generally known at the time (it wasn't to me) - given Page's live Les Paul & a Marshall Stack iconography - at least the first two Zep albums were mostly Tele.

Deep in the heart of Proglandia, Steve Howe shockingly switched from his Gibsons to a Tele for 1975's Relayer album - and sounded great on it. But that didn't really have much popular impact. Gary Green, the fabulously fluid and completely overlooked guitarist in Gentle Giant, also sometimes wielded a Tele - with even less popular impact.


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