Fender Fullerton Tele - REVIEW

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Tell you what, I actually wouldn't mind that body shape but the colour and ridiculous pickguard make it seem like a toy. Awful. And even then I would massively prefer something like the Epiphone Hummingbird uke which is an acoustic uke modeled after an acoustic guitar. Makes much more sense to me.

I agree on the acoustic-electric issue. I would much rather they made a solid electric uke rather than these wishy-washy hybrids based on electric guitars. If I was after an electric uke specifically I wouldn't mind one modeled after en electric guitar if it's made properly. The kinds of ukes Risa makes, for example, are actually quite appealing. But this... meh.
 

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Suppose the colour is one of the most popular Tele colours so they kind of had to offer it, but I see what you mean.

The more I think about the solid steel strung electric, the more I like the idea. Fender certainly know how to make them!
 

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Agreed on all comments. As a Long time STRAT and Tele electric player, do we really need a Uke that shape that doesn’t live up to the billing. That said, I do like the Jazzmaster shape. Imagine if they did this with thinner build like a nice solid spruce top, ditched in preamp for a simple under saddle piezo pick up and used their expertise to make a nice light, balanced and acoustically GOOD sounding ukulele. Put on some Grover open back (lite tuners) for better precision tuning and balance. They could sell some at a much higher price if they sounded good. Those stamped metal in line tuners, cheap version are notorious for backlash.

I eco the comment, Fender with your building expertise, make a better Uke.........I don’t care if it mimic the electric or your own design.

I read in one report, that Fender thinks electric Guitar players may just buy them from normal guitar store as a novelty. Really, that is your marketing plan. LOL.

Interior pics are a good addition to your written reviews. Horrible bracing and build. No wonder the Uke in unbalanced . I was surprised by the volume as unsatisfying as it was.

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Agreed on all comments. As a Long time STRAT and Tele electric player, do we really need a Uke that shape that doesn’t live up to the billing. That said, I do like the Jazzmaster shape. Imagine if they did this with thinner build like a nice solid spruce top, ditched in preamp for a simple under saddle piezo pick up and used their expertise to make a nice light, balanced and acoustically GOOD sounding ukulele. Put on some Grover open back (lite tuners) for better precision tuning and balance. They could sell some at a much higher price if they sounded good. Those stamped metal in line tuners, cheap version are notorious for backlash.

Amen! And Thank You!
 

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Fender’s Alternate Reality Tenor Telecaster is sort of a big, steel-strung baritone uke, given its DGBE default tuning. I’d love to see your take on it; it’s certainly truer to the Tele tradition.
 

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I think there are actually a lot of members of UU who like electric ukes / plugging in Bill.

(ps - acoustic volume is not a problem with this one - it's loud unplugged. Just not a great tone IMHO)
 

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I think that's Always been a problem with Fender. Justifiably legendary solid body guitars. Tele has appeared on more recordings than any other guitar

But acoustic Anything? Not so much; unlike Gibson who started out acoustic, then did archtops and eventually solid bodies.

Now a real steel-string solid body . . .That'd be something . . . . Let the pickup and wiring debates commence...
 

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Fender’s Alternate Reality Tenor Telecaster is sort of a big, steel-strung baritone uke, given its DGBE default tuning. I’d love to see your take on it; it’s certainly truer to the Tele tradition.

I’ve been trying to find one of these....I was told they are limited editions. My question is can these be tuned G C E A, I was told it was possible....I would prefer a solid body such as this to many of the acoustic electric I have been seeing.
 

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I’ve been trying to find one of these....I was told they are limited editions. My question is can these be tuned G C E A, I was told it was possible....I would prefer a solid body such as this to many of the acoustic electric I have been seeing.

I ordered one from Elderly when they were announced in early 2019 and didn’t get it until February of this year. I found the light strings that came on the Tenor Tele were floppy when tuned to DGBE, so I tuned it to FBbDG and found it played much better. Believe it or not, I haven’t tried GCEA, but I’m sure it would work.
 

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I’ve been trying to find one of these....I was told they are limited editions. My question is can these be tuned G C E A, I was told it was possible....I would prefer a solid body such as this to many of the acoustic electric I have been seeing.

i read somewhere (but can't now find it!) that they are discontinued.
 

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I ordered one from Elderly when they were announced in early 2019 and didn’t get it until February of this year. I found the light strings that came on the Tenor Tele were floppy when tuned to DGBE, so I tuned it to FBbDG and found it played much better. Believe it or not, I haven’t tried GCEA, but I’m sure it would work.

D'Addario and others have string tension calculators for people that want to do off-book things . . .
 

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D'Addario and others have string tension calculators for people that want to do off-book things . . .


Yes - with the tenor guitar - pretty straightforward to play with tunings - the bridge makes adjusting scale pretty easy and the neck is strengthened I believe.

Shows that Fender CAN do it (or at least get close).

Just need their uke team to speak to guitar team.. But.. I suspect there lies the problem.. I am not convinced Fender guitars treat the ukes with all that much seriousness.... Sadly.
 

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Thanks for the review Baz. I think it's just as important to review 'novelty' stuff like this as it is to do more traditional ukes, if, for nothing else, to keep a newbie from making a purchase they'll regret.
Call me silly, but I do like the colour.
Other than that, this just seems like something for a Fender guitarist to have hanging next to his guitar....I wouldn't buy one.
Sometimes I really wonder what companies like Fender and Luna are thinking....
 

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Thanks for the review!
I wondering how the new Fender Fullerton Ukulele compares with the old Fender Ukulele '52 4-String Electro Acoustic Ukulele.
 
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Thanks for the review!
I wondering how the new Fender Fullerton Ukulele compares with the old Fender Ukulele '52 4-String Electro Acoustic Ukulele.

I completely forgot about those! Very very similar construction to be honest. But I never played a 52