2003 MIM 50's Reissue Telecaster
The argument in favor of hard cases vs. gig bags
In shopping for a Tele, I was considering the 1952 Reissue. But at $1225 street price, I was hesitant. Then my buddy Lance turned me on to Music One Workshop in Montana. Larry Miltech is a Fender Gold Certified tech. After a couple of phone conversations with him, he fixed me up with a new Made-In-Mexico Tele, also a 50's reissue. On Larry's recommendation I ordered brass bridge pieces to replace the stock chrome ones, and he drilled them out to make them into compensating bridge pieces. The link is an excellent illustration of the concept but my saddles are not from Vintique. I think Larry may have drilled them out by hand. He also replaced the stock bridge pickup with a Fender Nocaster Reissue pickup. To top it off, he did a great setup on it, including stringing it up to my specs. Add shipping & handling with the included gig bag and the total was $833.50, for a very fine guitar at 2/3 the price of the fancy-dancy one. And let me tell you, the Mexicans do know how to make a guitar.
I packed the van up for a gig, and the load, as they say, shifted. When I opened the rear hatch, the tele fell out to my feet. When unsheathing it inside, I discovered the divot shown above. A hard case is definitely on my to-do list.