Bought one of this beautiful 2020 stock at Thomann’s, after reading all the positive reviews here, Sweetwater and Youtube.
Out of the box remark:
Double packed in a big box filled with paper by my Thomann Freunde as usual prevented any harm coming to the guitar. Strapped with head and toe security Fender tape assured me that the guitar was not been unpacked until now. And why should it, please read on!
No damage or flaws were visible on front, neck or headstock, besides noticing that the three-part mahogany body was a bit too different in wood grain and colour, in full light that is on the backside, something which will never be visible during playing however. Looks al little like I got a piece of Swamp Mahogany. But like Swam Ash, it seems to have a certain extra panache......
Out of the box playability:
I have several “ugly ducks”, e.g. a well bounced around the world ‘52 hot rod telecaster, with a similar Seymour Duncan SH-1 Vintage humbucker in the neck position, to which I wanted to compare this here 2020 FMT Tele.
I felt the neck up and down, perfect radius for my hand, frets flawlessly finished and shining like diamond, no dead spots anywhere, even the graphite nut was perfectly adjusted both in height and angle towards the tuning pegs!
I checked the action height on the beautiful grained freatboard: perfect!
I measured the pickups distance to the strings and placement: perfect!
Tuning pegs were already in tune half step down, very smooth and sturdy: near perfect!
Plugged it in on my Fender Bassbreaker: ....Silence of the Lambs....no humming whatsoever!
Turned up the gain nearly haf way, strummed the 6 month old Fender Super 250L NPs strings and....woweej what a groovy grungy fat sturdy new kinda guitar sound hit our planet!
Wow! Unbelievable! What a beauty both in appearance ( the front and neck that is!) as in sound quality.I am convinced the added swamp mahogany gives the guitar the extra unexpected “finesse” that not even my ‘52 Custom Shop Tele has.
The 52 Tele has moved away 1 step further from my practice stand.
This FMT has taken it’s place. I think forever!
I can only give you one advice: spend your money wisely and get one!
As soon as they come in at Thomann.
Thanks Thomann and Fender for putting this big smile on my face!