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A guitar with a cool aged look, feel, and mojo - without breaking the bank.

A new guitar with a broken-in vibe, at an incredible price! Fender' Road Worn '50s Telecaster guitar looks and plays like a well-worn vintage axe, without the vintage price tag! Built using the original 1950s design specifications, and updated with Tex-Mex pickups and 6105 frets. There' a reason players and collectors covet vintage guitars from the 50' and 60' - the classic design elements, tried-and-true engineering and quality craftsmanship combined to produce axes that revolutionized modern music. While collectors have driven up the prices on these vintage guitars to astronomical levels, Fender' Road Worn series offers players the chance to own a guitar with the look, feel and tone of a vintage classic at an affordable price. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
Body: ash (blonde finish) alder (2-tone sunburst)
Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck: maple
Neck profile: "U" shape
Fretboard radius: 7-1/4"
Frets: 21 (6105 style)
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Nut width: 1.650"
Hardware: chrome
Tuners: Fender Vintage Style
Bridge: vintage style 3-saddle strings-thru-body
Pickguard: 1-ply white
Pickups: 2 Tex-Mex Tele single-coil
Pickup switch: 3-way
Controls: master volume, master tone
Strings: Fender standard tension ST250R nickel-plated steel (10-13-17-26-36-46)

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FenderRoad Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 47 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar!!

Very happy with it. Very very very happy with it. If you're thinking about getting this guitar I can tell you that you will not regret it. I have Strats and Hamers but...Read complete review

Very happy with it. Very very very happy with it. If you're thinking about getting this guitar I can tell you that you will not regret it. I have Strats and Hamers but this is my first Tele, and I'm soooo glad I followed my heart and finally joined the Tele cult. They really are versatile as all get out. BUY IT!!!
I would say that it feels like they did the distressing/wearing on the neck and body and then as a final step put a clearcoat over the top of the 'damage'. End result is it has the worn look but the wood still seems to be protected. I could be wrong, but that's how it appears to my eyes and feels to the touch.
I got the blonde and the ONLY thing i've found that I know I'm going to 'fix' is the pickguard. The pickguard is a single color white (no 3-ply like the old ones) and to make it look less eye-gouging they put a bit of yellow overspray along the top and bottom of the pickguard. I bought a vintage used pickguard and will slap that on there... problem solved.
Obviously the price is the big draw, but it's amazing to get something that's had the extra 'work' done to it and yet it's a cheaper price than the US made Tele's. Would have been nice to get a proper case instead of a gig-bag, but for the price, you really can't complain (ok, I just did... but i'm "Special")

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

What happened to the Road Worn Tele???

This will be a surprise to most. I'm Extremely Disappointed in this guitar. First let me say, it sounds great and feels great. So what's bugging me? Well, they made a big...Read complete review

This will be a surprise to most. I'm Extremely Disappointed in this guitar. First let me say, it sounds great and feels great. So what's bugging me? Well, they made a big change in this guitar, without telling anyone. The guitar body has absolutely no road wear. None! The guitar looks nothing like the photos anymore. I ordered one and thought it was a mistake so I sent it back. I just got the replacement. Also no road wear on the body. None! The neck is full road worn like the photos, the body has no road wear at all (on both guitars) Why buy a roadworn relic if they are not doing the roadworn relic part to it anymore?? It's absolutely crazy. Plus the hardware is supposed to be roadworn and slightly rusty. Guess what...That's gone too. The hard wear on both guitars was as shiny and new as the chrome on a brand new Cadillac. Not worn one bit. I am so upset about the switcharoo that has happened to this once great guitar. I am a Fender person to the core in every way. I love Fender beyond what should be normal. I currently have 14 Fender guitars. I called and asked them why the Road Worn part is no longer on the guitar bodies. No one has any idea whatsoever. Im sick over this!! So this is basically the new Unworn Road Worn series.

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

What happened to the Road Worn Tele???

By Fenderbender

from Chicago

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Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    This will be a surprise to most. I'm Extremely Disappointed in this guitar. First let me say, it sounds great and feels great. So what's bugging me? Well, they made a big change in this guitar, without telling anyone. The guitar body has absolutely no road wear. None! The guitar looks nothing like the photos anymore. I ordered one and thought it was a mistake so I sent it back. I just got the replacement. Also no road wear on the body. None! The neck is full road worn like the photos, the body has no road wear at all (on both guitars) Why buy a roadworn relic if they are not doing the roadworn relic part to it anymore?? It's absolutely crazy. Plus the hardware is supposed to be roadworn and slightly rusty. Guess what...That's gone too. The hard wear on both guitars was as shiny and new as the chrome on a brand new Cadillac. Not worn one bit. I am so upset about the switcharoo that has happened to this once great guitar. I am a Fender person to the core in every way. I love Fender beyond what should be normal. I currently have 14 Fender guitars. I called and asked them why the Road Worn part is no longer on the guitar bodies. No one has any idea whatsoever. Im sick over this!! So this is basically the new Unworn Road Worn series.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic

    By stratcat29

    from Upstate NY

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    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Shocked. Utterly, utterly shocked at the feel of the 50's Road Worn Telecaster. I was obviously a little reticent to even try this guitar, let alone buy it, simply because I am an admitted gear snob. One of my friends who plays in NYC told me to give one a try, after I mentioned to him that I was looking into getting a Tele.So, I reluctantly picked one up at a local music shop. I was blown away- the neck felt amazing; it had some beef to it, but actually felt faster than my beloved American Deluxe Strat. The tone was virtually identical to an American Deluxe Tele priced nearly $1000 more than the RW. It feels and sounds nothing, NOTHING, like a MIM Telecaster. Take it from a gear snob: this is not merely a dinged up MIM tele- it is it's own beast. Try it.

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!!

    By Keith Murray

    from Grapevine, TX

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    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Very happy with it. Very very very happy with it. If you're thinking about getting this guitar I can tell you that you will not regret it. I have Strats and Hamers but this is my first Tele, and I'm soooo glad I followed my heart and finally joined the Tele cult. They really are versatile as all get out. BUY IT!!!
    I would say that it feels like they did the distressing/wearing on the neck and body and then as a final step put a clearcoat over the top of the 'damage'. End result is it has the worn look but the wood still seems to be protected. I could be wrong, but that's how it appears to my eyes and feels to the touch.
    I got the blonde and the ONLY thing i've found that I know I'm going to 'fix' is the pickguard. The pickguard is a single color white (no 3-ply like the old ones) and to make it look less eye-gouging they put a bit of yellow overspray along the top and bottom of the pickguard. I bought a vintage used pickguard and will slap that on there... problem solved.
    Obviously the price is the big draw, but it's amazing to get something that's had the extra 'work' done to it and yet it's a cheaper price than the US made Tele's. Would have been nice to get a proper case instead of a gig-bag, but for the price, you really can't complain (ok, I just did... but i'm "Special")

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Totally worth it price.

    By Lucia-HpExh

    from Hong Kong

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    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Usually, I don't write guitar review. But I have to share this - this guitar is brilliant.

    If you are into Vintage sound, vintage feel, vintage looking guitar, You like 52 Tele so much, but don't have (at least) 1700USD to spend. This gutiar is definately for you.

    The guitar is well-built, made from solid ash wood, and the neck is awesome.

    I've owned this for 2 years already, and I've owned a Highway One Tele, and American Standard Tele as well. And this Road Worn Tele, is the one I like most.

    Compare to Highway One Tele, Road Worn Tele has better Feature on neck and fret.
    Compare to American Standard Tele, Road Worn has it kick butt look, and brings you more vintage feel.

    One of the reason I like this guitar more is, I like how it looks with relic work, and I like the 6105 fret with U shape neck. And I don't even care if it got ding or dent when I bring this guitar to gig. The only thing I don't like this guitar, is the pickups and the white pickguard.

    After I upgraded the pickup to Fender Antiquiity Tele Set, and Black pickguard, This guitar just like those classic blonde 52 Tele - Sound awesome. And it's own half the price.

    I spend 799USD to buy this guitar, and I still think it totally worth it.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    One of the best Teles I've played.

    By Fox-3AcJn

    from Maryland

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Telecasters have always been my favorite guitar. I've played so many, new and old. This Tele is just a great guitar. The neck is beefy, the 6105 frets are perfect, and it stays in tune. I honestly believe this is the best new production Telecaster Fender makes. Some people might be turned away by the fake relic job or the Mexican origin, but you really shouldn't put this guitar down until you've played it for yourself. My only complaint is the price. I think Fender could've came down a hundred bucks. That's just me being picky. This Telecaster is an all around great guitar for the money and the pictures do it no justice. Go try one for yourself.

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Somewhat misunderstood

    By Hyperion274

    from Orange county, CA

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    Some people have a slight misunderstanding about this instrument. It IS in fact, a mexican standard tele. The reason you pay more is because this instrument is finished with nitrocellulose. The benefit of having a nitro finish is that it's thinner and let's the guitar breath much more. Next time you're at a guitar shop, grab this and a Mexican standard and play them both unplugged. You'll notice that the roadworn is about 50-60% louder, unamplified. The wood resonates more, which is where a guitar gets all it's tone. Paying under a grand for a nitro finnished guitar is unheard of, not to mention you get the texmex pickups, which, in my opinion, sound Soo much better than the standard pickups they use. All in all, this is a excellent product, and just the nitro finish alone is worth a thousand bucks.

    (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Sharp Frett edges...OUCH

    By jokersmile32

    from new jersey

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    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    I bought this fender telecaster after playing it in guitar center for about an hour. It sounds really great and i love the pickups tone. When i got the guitar home i played it for a few hours and then noticed my fretting hand was all scraped up. The edges of the frets on the neck are sharp and not finished nicely. I went to the store and tried the same model guitar out again, and this one also had sharp fret edges. I returned my tele after recognizing this. Thats why i give it bad ratings on quality.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love It!

    By Stevie D

    from Maine

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    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

    If you want a tele with 50's specs, that you can take out to rowdy bars and not worry about, this is the one. It's not road worn so much as slightly used. The ash body is light, the neck comfy. This is what Leo designed the tele for. A working tool for working musicians. The facility in Mexico should be commended for cranking out such a great product. This is my second instrument from Mexico. I have an older fretless jazz bass that they made that I wouldn't trade. This is my second tele. I have a 1977 from the US that I don't want to have trashed in small clubs. This fits the bill. If you want a custom shop, by all means buy it and keep them in business. If you want US, buy it, but don't trash this one cause it ain't US.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Tele out there...

    By GB - PRS Man

    from Nashua, NH

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great look

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

      Here is the deal...

      I play PRS guitars and own an Eric Johnson Strat. I needed a Tele that sounded good, felt good and looked cool.

      I used to own a 60th Anniversary American Standard Tele which was nice but I couldn't bond with it.

      The Road Worn Tele in Blonde is AMAZING! I don't care what people say "Made in Mexico" kicks "Made in USA" in this case in the behind. :-) The Tex-Mex pickups in this Tele sound soooo good. The guitar's neck is great and if you like vintage looks I think the older models all come with a more reliced look. The new models don't have the heavy relicing. I have a 2010 and it is SUPER cool!

      If you are in a market for a Tele, pick one up!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Road Worn Telecaster = Dream Come True

      By DTRH

      from San Antonio, tx.

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      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Relic Look And Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

        I recently picked one of these up and I am truly in love. Simply put, this guitar is everything I've ever wanted in a telecaster. The vintage look and feel is just beautiful. If you've ever played a genuine vintage telecaster you'll love how this guitar feels and sounds. It did need a set up of course but after that its just like butter. I think I got an older model because mine did come with the white pickguard ( which I changed to black for preference) and it also has the relicing like in the photo. I can understand people being unhappy if they got something otherwise but bottom line is the guitar looks and plays amazing after a set up. And if youre like me and desire the look and feel of a vintage fender but cant afford a real one, this is what you need. i wouldn't change a thing.

        (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not what you see!!

        By John Rutenberg

        from Undisclosed

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

            I ordered the blonde Roadworn and received something very different. Mine was a blonde, but with a black pickguard and hardly no relicing. the frets were poorly cut and not rolled off the neck. i actually got a blister after playing for about an hour. that has NEVER happened before. the one in the picture, from what i can tell, is no longer available. beware.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I like it more now

            By Fenderbender

            from Chicago

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

              Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              I wrote a past review about this guitar. called "what happened to the road worn tele?" All the stuff in there still applies, however I really have grown to enjoy this guitar. True, they don't road wear the bodies anymore. But, you can road wear it yourself. Which I have done. Dont go crazy roadwearing it. If you do, you'll probably regret it. Take your time, remember less is more. Do a little, leave it for a week and do a little more the next week until it's where you like it. Make it look real, not like it was dragged behind a truck for a 1000 miles. Anyway, I love it and thought everyone should know the update. It feels real nice!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              RW Tele - I love mine!

              By Jammers5

              from Mount Pearl NL

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              Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              I love Tele's. My first one was a Highway One and then I bought this Roadworn. I loved the MIM RW so much I sold my Hwy 1 recently. I have a 52 AVRI ordered but am wondering do I really need it wehn I love this one so much. It stays in tune, feels and sounds great. The relic work is a little cheesy but I gotta say the neck feels really comfortable. My only complaint is the neck pickup, I find it to be a little muddy so I am going to change it soon. Just personal preference, I know ppl with Custom Shop guitars that change the pickups!

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Plays & Sounds Great!

              By Tele Lover

              from Upstate New York

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              Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              I started playing Teles in high school because they were cheap. They sounded great but you couldn't intonate 'em, keep 'em in tune or escape the buzz bomb electronics hum. This axe gives you all the great feel and great tone without any of the 3 issues I just named. These electronics are dead quiet, the intonation is spot on and it stays in tune. I don't care where it was made or how its distressed. It sounds sweet and quiet and plays like a dream. If you didn't see the Made In Mexico stamp, you wouldn't have a clue it was a MIM.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Not Custom Shop, but outstanding for the price

              By Jellecaster

              from New Hampshire

              Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              I have four Fender Custom Shop Relics and a Nash "heavy relic Tele". I have to say that I am very impressed with the Road Worn. Forgetting about the appearance for a second, it is just a great guitar. The neck is chunky without being huge. It has the feel of raw wood. Some folks won't like the narrow, tall frets, but I do. I was worried about the pickups, but I think they sound great. Overall, this is a great playing and sounding Tele. Now, what about the "relic" job? I have the blonde and the body stands up to the CS Teles in terms of appearance. The color is slightly darker and yellower than the Nocaster Relic, but will look great with a distressed black pickguard. The hardware is just right - not too rusty or worn. The fretboard is the weak point, and the only reason I didn't give the guitar five stars. They just didn't do a great job here. I understand that it would probably cost too much to get it to look like a CS fretboard, but they took almost all of the finish off of most of the frets, but not all. It looks better in person than it does in photos, but it is still a little wonky. I do think that it will wear nicely over time.Overall, if you want a relic but can't afford or don't want to spend the big bucks, this is a great alternative!

              (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Neck, Neck, and Neck

              By Kristopher Irussi

              from Montreal

              Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              I think this idea of the road worn series by fender is absolutely amazing. I have played the other strats and tele from the road worn series and they are very nice as well. But this tele is for sure the best. I have the maple blonde. A little more yellow than I expected but it looks so slick. I think considering the price and overall features compared to other teles this is the definite best value. I would recommend this to anyone who will listen. Another home run by fender. keep em coming.
              This guitar is a through and through Tele. Great tone. I am playing my new road worn through a blues deluxe and it sounds fantastic. But the main selling point is the neck. The worn in feel to the neck and frets in unbeliveable. As far as playability goes, it beats my american strat and gibby les paul.
              I thought I was going cheap with my purchase. Wanted a Tele but didn't want to buy the american standard. This is honestly a triumph by fender. Save money and get the tele sound while getting a guitar with the softest playability. It's like my left hand is fretting a cloud. truely amazing.
              Are you kidding me? The price is what hooked me. I managed expectations while waiting for it to arrive. Got it. completely blew my mind. The price is perfect for person serious about guitars but also doesn't have gibson signature model money. It's a recession people come'on. I got so much more than I expected.

              (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              New Version

              By GB

              from Florida

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              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Supply Work For Tech

              Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

              Right out of the box I had issues,guitar buzzed bad,sound funny when playing bar cords,other than that seems pretty good,but I was exspecting
              The old roand worn version with alot of wear,not the case these new ones are almost new looking,
              Even on the most important part the neck? ,Come on fender thats why I bought it in the first place
              I wanted it to look roan worn!!!. I sent mine back
              ASAP.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This thing plays like butter...

              By CrazedRacer

              from VA

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                I guess I got lucky. Picked this up at a big box store for FAR less than what everyone else is charging. It was also the older model, that actually has the body wear, which is cool. Most importantly, this thing plays like a dream. I was never a fan of the look of relic guitars, but this axe actually FEELS broken in. The sound on it impresses me far more than my American Standard or '00 MIM Tele. It's just a great all around axe, and I LOVE the way the relic looks. To each his own, I guess, but I haven't had a simgle person complain about the looks yet. Everyone that I've shown it to loves it.

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Relic look and feel for much less then a CS

                By The Realist

                from New Jersey

                Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                I picked one up at a local music store and couldn't put it down. So I bought it. I'm so tired of people saying you should wear a guitar out yourself. The truth is that most of us work all day and could only wish we had the time to do that. Most of us only play for enjoyment and don't gig 4 times a week, some of us don't gig at all. It would take us 200 years to wear a guitar out. As far as the wear marks all looking the same.........who cares! Don't the brand new '52 reissues all look the same too???? One thing is for certain, no two pieces of wood look that same so they are all going to be different in some way. So, if you like it and want it and can afford it then buy it. The bottom line is, it looks, feels, plays and sounds like a telecaster. Make your own decision, I did and I'm having a blast with mine and I'm glad I own one. Go and get yours before they're all gone!

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                After a year of owning it...

                By Bill

                from Dayton, Ohio

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                Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Telecaster Electric Guitar:

                MIM standard Teles don't have the wood, the finish, or the pickups this does. But it's the feel and sound that makes this an excellent choice, and the pickups sound comparable to Fender Custom Shop Texas Specials, which I've used on American Teles. You don't like MIM? Ever played a '70s American Tele? An improvement over mine, I assure you, and they work hard at putting out decent gear at Fender's Mexican facility. Please don't trash it for everybody else. Sure, it's MIM, but the profits go to 'Merican Fender because it IS a Fender according to Fender. Please don't be unfairly critical and look at it on it's own merits, how it plays and sounds. Every guitar, every one, has pluses and minuses. Don't trash gear and people with less to spend or those who don't feel they have to spend more on specific models. Set it up, like every guitar needs. It does a good Tele job live, sound and feel, and it's fun to look at, gets positive comments. It has nothing to apologize for even considering other Tele models, American or MIM. There's room for all of them. I have more expensive American gear, Gibson and Fender. This one is fun to play. Add a black pickguard and brass saddles, and who but collectors (who are ruining the guitar market with speculative and often rediculous over-pricing) cares?

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