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Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by Hillsy, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. Hillsy

    Hillsy Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi,

    In the market for a Telecaster and thought i would ask you all what your thoughts were on value for money Tele's? American ? Mexican ? Japanese made ? which pick ups to stay away from ? for the clean tone of a telecaster i think all i would run it through would be a clean boost pedal and maybe a tube screamer.
     
  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Counting headlice on the highway Strat-Talk Supporter

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    What are your preferences, that's something you need to figure out first and foremost. Get out and play as many as possible and get a perspective of the combinations out there.

    Neck shape/thickness most important
    Fret size
    Radius
    Fretboard material
    Weight of body
    Pickup type etc
     
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    sssstratsss Strat-Talker

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    My sister has an squire affinity tele and its awesome. Best bang for your buck imo.
     
  4. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Cool your heels a little while you wait for the Elites to hit clearance prices, as the Ultras start filling the racks.



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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    the one that says you found me is the best one imo - if you like vintage specs then i would say the classic series 50's and 60's are the ones to seek.
     
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    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

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    Try em all...it's fun
    You'll find the one that does it for you
     
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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    American Original 50’s
     
  8. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    Telecasters are as rare as Russian sportscars at my local GC.
     
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    33db Senior Stratmaster

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    Go to the music store, play a bunch of guitars, pick one you like.

    Other than that I bought a Player Telecaster and have been pretty happy with it. (lately)
    All the specs are on Fender.com
     
  10. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I say go for a G&L Blues Boy.

    These are made in Indonesia and much better than some Chinese Squiers and previus Indonesian offerings.


    Indonesian guitars are Amazing.


    They go for 500$ and I must say this is a better tele than what Fender offers.



    Pretty impressive.

    Cool color too.


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  11. Ferpie

    Ferpie Strat-O-Master

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    The Squier Classic Vibe 50s might actually be the best bang for buck.

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    They’re so right.
     
  12. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    For the same money an ASAT Tribute is a better choice.

    Classic Vibes are overrated.
     
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  13. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    Agreed... my Indonesian Squier Bullet Tele is a truly good guitar.
     
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    No they're not. Bet you're surprised I disagree with you. LOL

    The neck profile is a bit small...but if your looking for a real telecaster with vintage features, the CV 50s is absolutely the best bang for your buck. A3 pickups, trad box bridge, blackguard looks...that's a Telecaster.

    ASAT's look like Teles. They sound great too...but its a classic Tele on steroids. I know...I had one for years. Bought it from Dale Hyatt right after Leo died.

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    For the classic Tele look and sound on a budget the CV line is unbeatable.

    Next best (and more expensive) is the Baja.

    Take a bow fezz...(real 60s Tele Custom)

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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

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    The Baja is a pretty good tele. The older ones have pretty chunky neck.
    Mine also dubs as a boat anchor.
     
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    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thats a BluesBoy.


    This is an ASAT and after sometime playing either side by side the ASAT or BluesBoy is making me GAS for the same money than any CV. CV in comparison are a yawn and no better than any other low level squier.


    IMO the alternative, CV is not even a fair comparison. The Tribut G and L cost much the same and play better, IMO constructed better and offer better sounding pickups.

    Its only 150$ more but well worth the money. If your shelling out 350$...whats another 150$....


    It cost a bit more but its a whole lot more telecaster.


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  17. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Senior Stratmaster

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    OP as others said you need to make up your mind on whether you want a "traditional" vintage-style tele (3 barrel bridge, 7.25 radius, fat-ish neck, vintage voiced PUs) a modern tele (6 saddles, 9.5 or more, slim neck) or hybrid.

    Also "bang for the buck" does not tell us what your budget is.

    Models I know and love
    - used Baja for "vintage with more modern radius and frets" (50s for larger neck and more modern pickups, 60s for medium neck and a spectacular vintage-style combo of pickups). I am no longer in love with the concept but these are undeniably super-good teles at a very affordable price if used.
    - used Classic Series, Road Worn or Vintera for full vintage spec (the Vintera 50s non mod is awesome and would be my pick)
    - used AVRI....2012-17 are likely above what you'd want to spend but older av52s can be had for not much $$$ and are top teles. 62s are also fantastic if you like thinner necks.

    For a more modern tele, a used Am Special could be a good choice.
     
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    The '50s Baja is a killer guitar. A lot of love out there for them.
     
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    Its not a Telecaster. Its a roided out Tele.
     
  20. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

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    The trouble with G&L ASATs is finding them in a store to try out. You'll find plenty of Fender Teles in GC or other stores to try. I've played a 50's Classic Vibe in the store and it was a great feeling guitar.

    I took a chance with a G&L ASAT made in Indonesia. It's a classic tele design with single coil pickups, ash tray bridge with brass barrel saddles. Bonus is there are 6 saddles which makes intonation easier. It cost only $300 and is one of my favorite guitars to play. They pop up on Musician's Friend's Stupid Deal of the Day from time to time. It did need some attention from a tech though...frets were pretty rough. Played it out a bit too and it didn't let me down.
     
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