Any opinions on a Telecaster?

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  1. Willmunny

    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Road worn Telecaster that someone "improved"
    Is the discount worth the looks?
    Personally not a fan of the pickguard and the extra relic looks crap. But these seem to have been well reviewed.
    There is a stock one listed at 700$ locally. Which I may or may not be able to negotiate a lower price. Thanks in advance.

    Fender (Custom) Road Worn '50s Telecaster 2016 Butterscotch Blonde https://reverb.com/item/33499599-fe...are&utm_campaign=listing&utm_content=33499599
     
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    Bad Penny Strat-Talk Member

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    That looks pretty sweet!

    I actually like the pick guard, very Waylon-esque.

    I don't like relics at all but I could live with that one. Very nice!

    The only feature I don't like is the tone /volume knobs. I'd probably put the silver ones back in but that's to taste.

    Best of luck if you buy it, lovely axe! Post pictures if you do
     
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    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member

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    IMO, that one is irreparably damaged. Take a pass on it...... there are plenty available that aren’t wrecked.
     
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    That just looks awful. And wooden knobs - even worse. If you knew it played good would it be worth it? Thing is, you don’t. So if it sucks and you gotta turn it, what would someone pay? Are you willing to paint it?
     
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    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    I don't see how it can ship for $40...
    I just sold 2 amps...
    lost my butt on shipping...
    Shipping between listing and sale...
    Doubled...
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    I think I've seen that pickguard before, not sure where. GFS maybe?

    If you'd buy a MIM tele at that price and you like it, go for it.

    I agree about the knobs, they don't match the rest of the guitar.

    I notice the color is uneven on the fretboard, if someone "reliced" the fretboard that would be a deal breaker for me--it's not worth it if you have to have it refretted. I'm not sure that's the case but--with it being sold "as is" no returns, I'd really want to inspect it before paying.
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

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    heavily modified items are heavily devalued. it may be "the one" and play like a dream for you but it is worth no where near 700 bux imo.

    maybe not that model but you can get near mint used teles everyday for less.
     
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    scooteraz Senior Stratmaster

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    Non “customized” Roadworn Teles are asking $850-950. It appears to be a stock unit that someone decided to attempt to relic, and now the owner is trying to recoup whatever of his investment he can. I doubt it plays much differently from any other Roadworn, so is a $200-300 deduction on normal price enough for for essentially a stock guitar with these looks? Sounds like you had a better deal near you for your tastes.
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    Too much $$$$ for that
    Way too much
    Be patient , shop around
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    Counting the shipping, you pay $10 more for this one. And you can try it before you pay, which means there's a whole lot less risk in this than in the other one (as-is, no returns). If the frets are screwy or there's something broken that's not visible in the photos, you don't have to buy it. That peace of mind is worth AT LEAST $10, or would be to me. And that's assuming you don't talk him down any.

    I think it looks better than the other one too.
     
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    It looks gross to me.

    The only way I could live with it under the same roof, is by refinishing it, and changing the pickguard and stupid knobs. But thats me, I like classic guitars.

    I say take that price, subtract the refinish job, the prices of the parts, and offer that. If declined, find another road worn tele.
     
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    That one looks way better and sounds like the better option! If it's stock as well you can make your own mods and put your own dings on the body with years of playing.

    I think with your budget you have plenty of options! You might be able to get a MIA or not far off it, or you could even drop down to some of the nice Squier! Either way that's not a bad budget to have. You'll definitely get the right one
     
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    That sucker is as ugly as homemade sin.

    I have no problem with a good relic job...imho, that is a hack job.

    Like @mshivy be patient. You almost can't help but find a better one than that.
     
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    If you are looking for pre-done relics, #2 looks better. You could offer in the $625 range and see if there is any ability for movement there. Or you could just pay asking price; it is still $100-250 less than the asking price on most of the Reverb listed ones.
     
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    Ugh.... Hard pass.
     
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    That is one of the worst relic jobs I have ever seen, WTF did that to a once nice guitar, real shame.
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I was going to hit him at 650
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Classic vibe 50s tele would be fine, I would prefer to buy new if i.go that route. They seem to be on back order the places I have checked
     
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    The classic vibes are meant to be great, I've never played one but from what I've seen on Andertons they're pretty highly rated.

    Have you ever looked in to the discontinued 'Highway One' range? The Highway One Teles had good reviews and they have a very thin finish so they get beat up quicker than most if you're in to the road worn look. My number 1 guitar is a modified Highway One Strat.

    You're going to have plenty of options by the end of the post! :)
     
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