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Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand occasionally plays a black Fender Deluxe guitar. While the black Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Deluxe we are showing you is a very close alternative (down to the color, body style, dual humbuckers, and maple neck), the actual one Kapranos uses is likely vintage from the 60s or 70s. However, he gives a fan advice on Twitter on how to replicate his guitar tone, while not shelling out a ton of cash for a USA-made vintage Fender: "...those teles are made well enough, but the pickups that come with it are terrible. Replace them and you'll have a great guitar. Buy a cheap 2nd hand Mexican made Telecaster Deluxe, then get replacement pickups from @the_creamery ..."more
For Colplay's Mylo Xyloto tour, Chris Martin played a Fender Classic Series 72 Telecaster Deluxe for the song "God Put A Smile On Your Face." The guitar is tuned C# G# C# F C# C# with respective string gauges: .070 .052 .042 .028 .017 0.13. This is confirmed in a [Charitybuzz auction](https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/34401), where Chris' Telecaster is being auctioned off. Some of the Tele's details are listed, including "Maple, 21 fret, 3 bolt neck. 25.5" Scale. 2 x Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking pick-ups connected directly to output jack socket (i.e. No tone, volume or switching controls) and is hand-painted by [graffiti artist] Paris." In the video, Chris Martin can be seen playing the Telecaster Deluxe starting at 0:24.more
This photo shows Rich Good playing a Fender Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar during a live performance. It appears to be natural finish. "Psychedelic Furs guitarist Rich Good playing his Tele Deluxe at Seattle’s Showbox Market. Photo by Brendan Shanley." (photo posted November 2014).more
In this live performance of "If There's a Rocket Tie Me To It"Gary's Fender Classic can be seen at 2:13. This is Gary Lightbody's main guitar used when playing electric versions of Snow Patrol songs. In fact, this model pretty much sums up the Snow Patrol sound as one is owned by every guitarist in the band (these guitarists are Gary (rhythm guitarist 1), Nathan Connolly (lead guitarist), Johnny Mcdaid (rhythm guitarist 2), Iain Archer (guest guitarist) and Garret "Jacknife" Lee (producer). Gary Lightbody always affixes a 'Celt' sticker to every Telecaster he has owned since 2003 onwards. [Source](http://www.bigissue.com/features/interviews/372/gary-lightbody-im-my-own-prison-guard) (we see a Celt sticker on his tele in the picture and the article states that he 'has the word ‘Celt’ etched on his guitar'). Gary also always uses a black and white guitar strap on his telecasters. His main tele is a 2004 reissue of the 1972 version, although he owns multiple 'Telecaster Deluxe' models which all look identical.more
A lot of people tell me the pickups of this guitar aren't that good and that's a scam from Fender. I particulary like the sound, feel and features of the guitar. Kind of heavy but comfty. The fretboard is great.
The guitar is constructed beautifully. Its exactly what you expect for the price. But my main problem with this guitar is that for a reissue it is massively electronically different to its original counter-part. The pots are 250k as standard and the "Wide-Range Humbuckers" aren't wide range humbuckers at all. I wasn't expecting exact Seth Lover replicar PuPs but at least a true wide range humbucker instead you get a normal humbucker incased in extra wax to make it wider. If you want to make this guitar sound infinitely better on a budget replace the 250k pots with 500k CTS pots makes a huge difference for roughly $20, less muddy and sounds more like a Tele. If you want to go the whole-hog I had Jaime at the Creamery replace the old PuPs with his own Wide Range Humbucker upgrades (keeping the original Fender covers). This guitar now sounds the shit!
My first proper guitar, I got this on the proviso that I wanted a Telecaster with humbuckers, the 'Sentytoo' - as I call it - was perfect. It is a 2007 model re-issue and serves me well playing nice, clean tones but also can make some serious noise when the overdrive is cranked up