MIM Telecasters,what is wrong with them - Telecaster Guitar Forum
The Number 1 Fender Telecaster Guitar authority in the world.
   

Go Back   Telecaster Guitar Forum > Main Telecaster Forum > Telecaster Discussion Forum
Forgot Username/Password? Join Us!
Notices

Telecaster Discussion Forum The world's largest Fender Telecaster Discussion Forum. Please keep discussion limited to Telecaster topics here.


Wilde Pickups by Bill & Becky Lawrence WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Amps, Mods, Pedals dallenpickups.com Warmoth.com seymourduncan.com


Forum Jump


Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old October 21st, 2012, 07:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
Telecatasin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: NSW Australia
Age: 47
Posts: 186
MIM Telecasters,what is wrong with them

Why do alot of people put down MIM teles? I have one as well as a USA made and I cant tell the difference between them. They both sound good too. Is there a difference? If there is Iam missing it.

I have a couple of MIJ as well, these are also good guitars only a bit lighter in body weight.

Telecatasin is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 08:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
Doctor of Teleocity
 
Bones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Luddite Island, NY
Posts: 13,823
Nothing wrong with them, I have 3 MIM teles hanging on my wall right now, Two FSRs and a classic 60s . The MIM standards are good as well. I have never played an American standard that I liked. Custom shops and AVRIs, yes, but American Standard, just never found one I liked.
Bones is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 08:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
BadgerDBad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Peterborough U.K
Posts: 141
i love mine
BadgerDBad is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links   #
Sponsored posting
 

Old October 21st, 2012, 08:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
Poster Extraordinaire
 
surfoverb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 8,945
its the sticker
__________________

_____________________________________________

confucius said: man who want pretty nurse, must be patient.
surfoverb is online now   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 08:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
Tele-Afflicted
 
jammers5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Mount Pearl NL
Age: 43
Posts: 1,106
Quote:
Originally Posted by Telecatasin
Why do alot of people put down MIM teles? I have one as well as a USA made and I cant tell the difference between them. They both sound good too. Is there a difference? If there is Iam missing it.

I have a couple of MIJ as well, these are also good guitars only a bit lighter in body weight.
Nothing wrong with them. I own two and love em. The other two I have are not Tele's by Fender but a G&L ASAT Classic Rustic (Made in the USA and a Canadianbreed T-Class. It's actually quite surprising how a $500 MIM Tele compares to a guitars that cost 4x as much!

J5
jammers5 is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 08:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
rokett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Berlin/Germany
Posts: 124
Had two MIM Teles, sold them after a few weeks. MIA, MIJ, Squier CVs are the better choice.
rokett is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 08:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
Poster Extraordinaire
 
trev333's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Coolum Beach,Australia
Age: 58
Posts: 9,669
If Fender wasn't making a bunch of guitars in Asia...
people would be all over MX teles and singing their praises..... yawn...

it would seem to me.. the US is on a race to the bottom for their guitar purchases... and defends that choice to the bitter end...

I've got no money.. so make guitars cheaper.... yawn...
__________________
"by degrees the flood of music drove all speculations out of his mind. It was as though it were a kind of liquid stuff that poured all over him and got mixed up with the sunlight that filtered through the leaves."
trev333 is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 08:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
Tele-Holic
 
Abu Twangy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Rocky Mount, NC
Posts: 979
Quote:
Originally Posted by Telecatasin View Post
Why do alot of people put down MIM teles? I have one as well as a USA made and I cant tell the difference between them. They both sound good too. Is there a difference? If there is Iam missing it.

I have a couple of MIJ as well, these are also good guitars only a bit lighter in body weight.
I don't have a problem with them.

I finally found a MIM Standard a 2009 with a slightly bigger neck profile and am very happy with it. The pickups are a bit more "modern" sounding on the Standard than other Teles, but they still sound nice. The Classic Teles are nice. And beside all that, the Baja Tele is a MIM.
__________________
I've played all the musical venues in Nashville
North Carolina, that is
Abu Twangy is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 08:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
Pentatomic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Troy, IL
Posts: 297
Quote:
Originally Posted by surfoverb View Post
its the sticker
+1

I think it's just a status thing. I'd like to see some of the American elitists play both blind; sort of a "Pepsi challenge" and see the results.
Pentatomic is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:08 AM   #10 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: UK
Posts: 95
MIMs depreciate in value but still retain a decent resale. Buy 'em used and you don't get the depreciation. Perfect.
janglist is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
Telefied
 
boris bubbanov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Orleans, LA + in the past
Posts: 33,972
MIM and MIA have the same sort of "feel" about them - you can tell they're from the same manufacturer, even when the features differ ( yeah, buy the features you want first, worry about MIM or MIA later ).

I would say the Japanese models are the weird ones out, now. I am influenced in part by the extreme limits on the "fun" models from Japan we can get here; it does seem sometimes like Fender Japan dumps their junk ( Jaguar HH, etc. ) on us but my opinion on MIJ Fenders is way, way down.
boris bubbanov is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:14 AM   #12 (permalink)
Doctor of Teleocity
 
Bones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Luddite Island, NY
Posts: 13,823
Quote:
Originally Posted by rokett View Post
Had two MIM Teles, sold them after a few weeks. MIA, MIJ, Squier CVs are the better choice.

You make a statement but offer no specifics.
Bones is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:15 AM   #13 (permalink)
Doctor of Teleocity
 
Bones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Luddite Island, NY
Posts: 13,823
Quote:
Originally Posted by trev333 View Post
If Fender wasn't making a bunch of guitars in Asia...
people would be all over MX teles and singing their praises..... yawn...

it would seem to me.. the US is on a race to the bottom for their guitar purchases... and defends that choice to the bitter end...

I've got no money.. so make guitars cheaper.... yawn...
Bones is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:19 AM   #14 (permalink)
Tele-Afflicted
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: In The Basement
Age: 58
Posts: 1,807
I owned a MIM Std Tele back in the early 90's, nice guitar. MIM Fenders are great guitars and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if it had the features I wanted.
__________________
gkoelling on TGP
'56Teleman is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
Doctor of Teleocity
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Norway
Age: 67
Posts: 15,560
Quote:
Originally Posted by boris bubbanov View Post
MIM and MIA have the same sort of "feel" about them - you can tell they're from the same manufacturer, even when the features differ ( yeah, buy the features you want first, worry about MIM or MIA later ).
To my own limited experience, this is spot on!
Telemarkman is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:29 AM   #16 (permalink)
Tele-Afflicted
 
elmicko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Blount-Vegas, TN
Posts: 1,078
I am thoroughly satisfied with my MIM Standard, however it has gone through a bit of modding. I put a GFS Powertron in the neck and a Duncan STL-1 in the bridge. I also swapped out the stock bridge for a Wilkerson 3 saddle ashtray. No matter where the guitar is made, I would probably swap out the pickups anyway so I don't consider that an added expense. I have pretty small hands so the neck profile is perfect for me. I would buy another MIM in a hot minute.
__________________
Maker of some finely crafted, twangy redneck noise...

http://www.reverbnation.com/goatwhiskey
elmicko is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:36 AM   #17 (permalink)
Tele-Holic
 
ProToneThinline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Age: 57
Posts: 758
Nothing at all wrong with them. In fact, I just bought one yesterday. It's a 2011 copperburst standard. It sounds great, and took a set-up with ease. It's a killer guitar, and well worth the $450 (new, in a gigbag). I had looked at a Squier CVC, but for $50 more this was a no-brainer.

A couple of years ago I had an Am Standard from about 2006. It was heavy, and dead sounding. Kept it about 3 months, then dumped it. The MIM is a much more responsive guitar for about half the price.....
ProToneThinline is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:43 AM   #18 (permalink)
Friend of Leo's
 
3 Chord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Billings MT
Age: 47
Posts: 3,316
I like all Teles. There are gems and dogs in every price range no matter where the parts are put together.
3 Chord is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:47 AM   #19 (permalink)
Friend of Leo's
 
william tele's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Kansas City, MO
Age: 59
Posts: 2,713
Quote:
Originally Posted by rokett
Had two MIM Teles, sold them after a few weeks. MIA, MIJ, Squier CVs are the better choice.


You make a statement but offer no specifics.

He just forgot to finish his sentence with "for me".
william tele is offline   Reply With Quote

Old October 21st, 2012, 09:58 AM   #20 (permalink)
Doctor of Teleocity
 
Bones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Luddite Island, NY
Posts: 13,823
If you check out the clips of Redd playing the prize guitars for the raffle, you can see then run the spectrum of prices. Well actually they are either very expensive or very inexpensive, nothing in the middle really, but they all sound good because they are being played through a good amp and by a guy that can actually play guitar. As far as I'm concerned, if the neck feels good and the damn thing can be set up and stays in tune, it's a good guitar regardless of price or country or origin.


As far as pups and stuff goes, that's a matter of taste and the number of people changing pups on high end Fenders and Gibsons seems to rival those that are modding much less expensive guitars,
Bones is offline   Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


» Random Photo for Guests
My '58 Tele Backside

Untitled Document



 


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2



IMPORTANT:Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult! No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2
© TDPRI.COM 1999 - 2014 All rights reserved.