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Fender FS-52 Lap Steel Guitar White Blonde
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This nifty six-string lap steel features an ash body, a chrome fingerboard with Roman numeral position markers, a chrome headstock plate with incorpo...Click To Read More About This Product
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For layin' down those liquid lines.
This nifty six-string lap steel features an ash body, a chrome fingerboard with Roman numeral position markers, a chrome headstock plate with incorporated nut, and a single-coil pickup with flat pole pieces.
- Ash top
- Ash back and sides
- Ash neck
- Chrome fingerboard
- Chrome stamped steel bridge
- Vintage 3-in-line machine heads
- 1 standard Strat single-coil pickup with flat pole pieces
- Volume and tone controls
- Scale length 22-1/2"
- Body depth 1-3/4
- Width at nut 2-3/4"
- Chrome headstock plate with incorporated nut
- Chrome control plate
- V, VII, IX, XII, XVII, XIX markings on chrome fingerboard
- Knurled chrome control knobs
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I've been playing slide for 20 years. I have a small collection of vintage Lap steel from Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, and Melobar.I thought this would be a pretty neat instrument, a reissue of the original. It looks similar, but that's where the similarities end.The tone is incredibly thin, trebly and lacks any kind of warmth or complexity. Think of a bad Strat bridge pickup, and that's what this is. The tone control goes from too bright to mud with nothing in between. The volume has a terrible "on/off" taper (did Fender bother to use audio pots?,) and the tone just gets worse as you roll down.Fit and finish are just about what you'd expect on an instrument in this range, but the hardware is cheap and just for show.All in all, this import is a terrible instrument, and very overpriced. To get it to sound good, you'll have to invest about $300 on new electronics and hardware.Instead, spend your money on the equally price, USA-made Chandler RH-2. After trying out the Fender, I bought a Chandler and it's tone, build and quality are all superlative. The Chandler is like my old Gibson lap steel in tone and quality. This Fender looks good, but it's a superficial design, probably intended to sell to Fender junkies who've never played much slide.They're taking advantage of the customer with this product and spoiling their (once) good name.Even their cheaper Gretsch Electromatic is a better lap steel, (though the pickup isn't very good.)Heck, even the Rogue lap steel is a great buy for the money. In all honesty, it's about the same in tone and build as this Fender. I did just that for my son, and it's a great instrument for not much money. But whatever you do, stay away from this Fender. They should be ashamed of themselves.
The guitar looks pretty good, although the paint seems a little light; could have used another coat. I like how the guitar cord plugs into the bottom of the instrument. The knobs are well laid out, especially if you want to use the tone knob while you play.If you like to pick near the end of the strings, you're in trouble. The pickup cover makes that feat impossible.The tuners have cheap plastic buttons on them, but function as expected. They're probably the cheapest looking part on the guitar.I was able to get a pretty good tone, but I can surely see where people are complaining about the sound. It's definitely not the traditional Fender sound you associate with their steel guitars. It was tuned in open G, but I retuned it to open E and played it that way. To me it sounded better in open E. (I didn't try C6th because I didn't really have time.) I think it sounds more like a Fender Stratocaster (neck pickup) than a lap steel.The only other thing that really bothered me was the mirror finish on the fretboard. I kept thinking I was not placing the bar correctly, but it was the reflection of my hand. The frets are painted on and seemed to be accurate.Compare this lap steel to the vintage Fenders on eBay and it's still an okay deal. Just don't expect classic Fender steel guitar sounds from it.
First off, let me say, that this lap steel looks much better then it does in that picture. For some reason that picture has it with a natural finish, when in fact, it is white. Now, this guitar took forever to ship too me (as I don't live in the states, I couldn't order it through musician's friend). But it was well worth the wait. It sounds fantastic, and looks even better. I recomend this to anyone looking for an entry level steel. My only complaint (besides the months it took to get to me) is the fact that one bolt holding the "fret board" down is missing and the lower screw over the pick up wasn't screwed in right. I'd expect better from Fender. However, those problems are easily fixed, and it's still well worth the purchase.
If I was Fender, this would have been the last thing I'd ever stamp my name on. They would have done better having this lap steel made in Mexico.
My first lap steel. Mine is in white and looks absolutely beautiful. It sounds great as well. I play it with flatwound strings that make for great sliding. I recomend getting a good tone bar as well and maybe a volume pedal. The sustain could be better, but I think that could be easily fixed with new tuning pegs. The box over the pick up doesn't really do anything besides for being a good place to rest your hand, but unfortunately I can't use my e-bow on this. But overall, a wonderful little lap steel, and I definitely recommend it to anyone.
I'm very disappointed in fender with this. It just doesn't sound good and the quality isn't great at all, so this is a huge rip off.
I have recently purchased the FS-52 & find it excellent when using my Goodrich volume pedal & calibrated settings through my Peavey Nashville 112 amp.& installed the correct ga.strings for C6 tuning,just beautiful sound with great string spacing & string height.. LOVE IT for the buck$$
This instrument is not up to my expectations of Fender instruments. The materials used (especially the cheap chrome) just don't do justice to the name Fender. A pick will scratch the chrome down to its 'copper' (?) base. The chrome fretboard is very difficult to read because of the misleading reflections and shadows. The white Roman numeral frets and markers are difficult to see against the 'chrome'. The 'tone' knob is placed where the playing hand must 'operate' and sticks up high enough to get in the way of palm blocking. I bought the guitar because of the Stratocaster pickup, but I don't like it because it sounds too 'bright' for what I think a steel should sound. I think a humbucker would be more appropriate. I have to say this: the guitar is a definite 'cutie' for looks. It's sort of plain though, and a few graphics might improve that. I use a Roland Cube 30 amp for playing and its effects help a lot. I designed and built a frame which holds the guitar at 31" floor to strings. Trouble keeping picks in place? Lick your fingers before you put them on..."spit kicks!"