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Edit: Just noticed that the seller was Adorama through NewEgg. They really are trying hard to get rid of their stock.

Last month was $460 - $20 rebate from Adorama. This is a discontinued model.
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I feel like Adorama has an endless supply of these. Either that or nobody is buying them.
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Quote from dalto View Post :
I feel like Adorama has an endless supply of these. Either that or nobody is buying them.
Few sales at regular price. Vendor has been aggressively unloading discontinued Fender models. Making it up on volume?
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I feel like Adorama has an endless supply of these. Either that or nobody is buying them.
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Few sales at regular price. Vendor has been aggressively unloading discontinued Fender models. Making it up on volume?


Fender has grown a lot from their humble days. They've grown big enough to buy out Gretsch, Charvel, Kramer and others. So now they do volume pricing and retail partnerships instead of selling on demand. This means that if a business wants to make any margin on MSRP, they need to sign a multi-year partnership contract that states that they will buy x-volume of items, stock x-number of items, and will honor any sales and marketing incentives on Fender's part. Hence if you walk into a mom-and-pop store, they will be selling these models at full MSRP price or even have a markup on them because they cannot get the same volume pricing as those who sign partnerships. But Adorama got stuck with over 500 of these in their warehouse before Fender got them discontinued, and if they want to keep their partnership with Fender, they have a limited amount of time to get rid of stock because Fender needs to have space on their shelves to stock their new models.




On the flip side, this Triple Tele model introduced last year turned out to be very unpopular. With a similar price point (MSRP $800) you can get the excellent Baja Tele (Classic Player). The Baja offers an incredible amount of tones, even more so than their American counterparts. If you want one of the best modern Telecasters that will give you classic to custom tones, the Baja is the one you want. Even a standard Squire Classic Vibe Tele at half the price can offer more in tonal control than this Triple Tele. Most people see this model as a gimmick, while others see it as a very specialized guitar. There's no doubt that it offers a good value when on sale, but it might as well have shipped with just one nocaster pickup rather than having three of them, since most people do not want those same pickups in the other positions. If you play this guitar, you'll notice the issue immediately: "Bridge" sounds like a regular Tele with that infamous twang, "Middle", sounds like a Strat, and "Neck" sounds just muddled. Mixing between them gives you just slightly different tones like you would get on a Strat. When you turn the Tone knob down, you're left with a "WTF" moment because you realize Tone is tied to all three pickups, and when you cut the high-end out... THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME! "ZE TOGGLEZ - THEY DO NOZING!"


So in the end you get a classic Tele twang from the bridge, a Strat middle, and that's about the only two significant sounds you're going to get out of it. Now, you can always accentuate your settings through your effects and amps, so some people will find a real use for all of the different tones available on this guitar.


But for most of us, the incentive is:
  • This is a MIM Tele that has clearly gotten more love and handling than Squire lines from China/Indonesia. Better design too: "Classic" and "Player" are different mod words used by Fender; Classic meaning a classic re-issue, Player meaning modifications that are the most popular (wider neck, flatter neck, brass saddles, better tuners, etc.) So you do get better design and parts than popular Squire Classic Vibe models.
  • 40% off through clearance pricing. If you were considering paying $800, then you might as well pay a bit more and get an American Tele for $900 on clearance/sale. But at 40% to 50% off, there's no arguing that the value-for-craft is much better than anything else at this price point.
  • It has custom designed & wound Nocaster pickups that you can rip out and re-sell for $70 each (or more) if you want to go even crazier with your mod project
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Last edited by okinawanmatt August 21, 2016 at 12:18 AM
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Son wanted one like this at Sam ash!! This is a lot cheaper
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Fender has grown a lot from their humble days. They've grown big enough to buy out Gretsch, Charvel, Kramer and others. So now they do volume pricing and retail partnerships instead of selling on demand. This means that if a business wants to make any margin on MSRP, they need to sign a multi-year partnership contract that states that they will buy x-volume of items, stock x-number of items, and will honor any sales and marketing incentives on Fender's part. Hence if you walk into a mom-and-pop store, they will be selling these models at full MSRP price or even have a markup on them because they cannot get the same volume pricing as those who sign partnerships. But Adorama got stuck with over 500 of these in their warehouse before Fender got them discontinued, and if they want to keep their partnership with Fender, they have a limited amount of time to get rid of stock because Fender needs to have space on their shelves to stock their new models.




On the flip side, this Triple Tele model introduced last year turned out to be very unpopular. With a similar price point (MSRP $800) you can get the excellent Baja Tele (Classic Player). The Baja offers an incredible amount of tones, even more so than their American counterparts. If you want one of the best modern Telecasters that will give you classic to custom tones, the Baja is the one you want. Even a standard Squire Classic Vibe Tele at half the price can offer more in tonal control than this Triple Tele. Most people see this model as a gimmick, while others see it as a very specialized guitar. There's no doubt that it offers a good value when on sale, but it might as well have shipped with just one nocaster pickup rather than having three of them, since most people do not want the those same pickups in the other positions. If you play this guitar, you'll notice the issue immediately: "Bridge" sounds like a regular Tele with that infamous twang, "Middle", sounds like a Strat, and "Neck" sounds just muddled. Mixing between them gives you just slightly different tones like you would get on a Strat. When you turn the Tone knob down, you're left with a "WTF" moment because you realize Tone is tied to all three pickups, and when you cut the high-end out... THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME! "ZE TOGGLEZ - THEY DO NOZING!"


So in the end you get a classic Tele twang from the Bridge, a Strat middle, and that's about the only two significant sounds you're going to get out of it. Now, you can always accentuate your settings through your effects and amps, so some people will find a real use for all of the different tones available on this guitar.


But for most of us, the incentive is:
  • This is a MIM Tele that has clearly gotten more love and handling than Squire lines from China/Indonesia. Better design too: "Classic" and "Player" are different mod words used by Fender; Classic meaning a classic re-issue, Player meaning modifications that are the most popular (wider neck, flatter neck, brass saddles, better tuners, etc.) So you do get better design and parts than popular Squire Classic Vibe models.
  • 40% off through clearance pricing. If you were considering paying $800, then you might as well pay a bit more and get an American Tele for $900 on clearance/sale. But at 40% to 50% off, there's no arguing that the value-for-craft is much better than anything else at this price point.
  • It has custom designed & wound Nocaster pickups that you can rip out and re-sell for $70 each (or more) if you want to go even crazier with your mod project
It's an intriguing design. Are the pickups wound exactly the same? It seems like the neck would be too hot and loud if wound the same as the bridge pickup. But if the middle and the neck were under wound, it would be awesome, like a really beefy strat with the awesome Tele twang.

People see the Tele and think country music, but it's a really great rock guitar. The bridge pickup produces one of the best sounds you can get on an electric. Thick, clear, and jangly.
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