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Old April 3rd, 2008, 02:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best tele under $1000

Hi guys,

I've been lurking here for months but just now signed up. I've played guitar for about 20 years and I have two electrics. I've finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase a tele. I've liked the ones I've played and love the general sound of a telecaster.

I'd like to see your opinions on which are the best telecasters for about $1000 or less. Doesn't matter if it's Fender or G&L or whatever. Naturally I'm going to go play some until I find the one that fits me but I figure I can get a better idea of which to make sure I try if I get some responses from more educated tele players.

Any takers?

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Old April 3rd, 2008, 02:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would buy a 50s or 60s Classic or a Baja.
All great value for money.

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Old April 3rd, 2008, 02:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How does the Baja neck compare with the 50s Classic Tele, or the American Standard Tele? I haven't seen a Baja anywhere...
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The size of the Baja neck is similar to the 50s,
but the Baja has a 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets,
while the 50s has 7.5 and smaller, vintage frets.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 03:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The Baja is a smidge bigger than the 50's, and has a slight keel or V on top of that. The American Series/Standard has a full width neck that is fairly thin or shallow.

Either the 50's Classic or Baja would be a great choice, save the rest towards the amplifier.

You might be able to find a G + L ASAT Classic for under $ 1,000 new; I've got 2 I paid $ 800-900 for each, new in case.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 03:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome Tone Freak!

I haven't played a Baja, but most reviews are raving, though they seem to be a bit inconsistent - especially weight wise. But so are the MIM Classics - my 50's Classic weighed 8.6 lbs, while some of the guys here have some feather light examples.

Personally I would recommend the 60's Classic - one of the most accurate reissues that Fender makes these days (except for the modern wiring).

It has a slim - but not thin - well rounded C-neck that feels just very natural in my hand.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 03:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Get a 52 RI off Ebay. Do not buy Mex! You would need to get a fret job and all new electronics. They look pretty, but there's a reason they're made cheap outside of the country.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 03:51 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Get a 52 RI off Ebay. Do not buy Mex! You would need to get a fret job and all new electronics. They look pretty, but there's a reason they're made cheap outside of the country.
I agree about the '52RI, but not the "Mex" thing ...
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 04:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
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welcome,
and i think if you act soon, you might be able to get a 60th anniversary "inlay" limited edition AV52RI for under 1000 bux with the special limited case too, that is if boris doesnt buy them all
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 04:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome Tone Freak. I would also highly recommend the Fender CIJ (Crafted In Japan) Reissue line. Many come with the same pickups in USA RIs, and upgrading the switch/pots ain't much coin at all. Haven't tried the Baja personally, tho that seems to be the overall bang-for-the-buck recommendation around here.

Hey Josh, before throwing the baby out with the bathwather, perhaps check out a few more MIM reviews from players and owners 'round here. Myself I've owned/gigged Fender USA/Japan/Mexico - and it really boils down to the *actual* guitar in hand, not where its made. I had a '52RI that was 'ok' at best. Sold it in preference for my CIJ 50s RI.

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Old April 3rd, 2008, 07:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well I will put a really low cost option up. I picked up a squier thinline has duncan designed pickups hollow alder body. I really like mine and think it offers a lotta bang for the buck. http://www.squierguitars.com/product...tno=0301240544
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WELCOME Tone Freak. Bigger neck, 4 way switch/S-1 switching, great pups= BAJA. then there's the 50s or 60s classic.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 10:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Are Av52RI easy to find for under $1000? If so, where?


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and i think if you act soon, you might be able to get a 60th anniversary "inlay" limited edition AV52RI for under 1000 bux with the special limited case too, that is if boris doesnt buy them all
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 10:35 AM   #14 (permalink)
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The best-playing, most nicely finished Fender Tele I played last year for under $1000 (retail) was the 60's Classic.
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Get a 52 RI off Ebay. Do not buy Mex! You would need to get a fret job and all new electronics. They look pretty, but there's a reason they're made cheap outside of the country.
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Welcome Tone Freak. I would also highly recommend the Fender CIJ (Crafted In Japan) Reissue line. Many come with the same pickups in USA RIs, and upgrading the switch/pots ain't much coin at all. Haven't tried the Baja personally, tho that seems to be the overall bang-for-the-buck recommendation around here.
I agree, even now, the CIJ line offers best value.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 10:44 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Not to hijack the thread, but please explain the difference between "Made in" & "Crafted in". I'm sure that this question has been posed before. Pardon my ignorance.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 10:51 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'll chime in for the Squires also. Very nice guitars for very little money. I got an Affinity, pretty heavily modded now (about $130 worth), but really the only mods it needed were new pups, pots, and a switch -- about $65-$70 depending on what P/U's you'd use. So for around $250 you're getting a good instrument and putting your "signature" on it. The guitar is quite nice; alder body, maple neck and fretboard. The necks are a bit thin, however. Worth trying one if you see it in a shop. The Squire standards I've played are also very good. Just a shout-out from the low end of the spectrum.
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American Series, definitly!

Oh, and welcome. Your gonna love it here!
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It would be tough to pick the "best" under $1,000 as there are so many great one's!

I picked an 06 HWY 1, but liked some of the Baja's, Burton's, MIA, and 52ri's I played.
Any of those choices (and others listed by other posters) that feel good to you and have the tone you're looking for would be a good choice.
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