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Old August 25th, 2006, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best non Fender Tele copy ?

i had a Pan/Alembic Toploader Tele that was a great guitar....
i've no experience with any other non Fender Teles (aside from homebrew partscasters) such as the Samick or the Ibanez.....
i've the offshore imports in mind, i'm not counting the Andersons, DeTemples, or Suhrs

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Old August 25th, 2006, 06:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I've got an Epiphone tele, MIK that's kinda cool, not the pointy headstock one, but the other one that's black w//scalloped edge and mother o' pearl inlay..

And, a JB Player tele, natural finish, maple neck.. probably chinese, and very nice for the price..

Both were under a hundred bucks--I bought them a year and a half ago when it dawned on me that I ought to try out a tele, or at least a tele shaped object, just to see if I liked it..

I've upgraded both with new p'ups, and thought about selling them to replace them with real teles, but for the price I paid, they're worth more as guitars to travel with, or play slide on.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 06:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nelsonic made a pretty decent Tele style guitar but I think Fender put an end to it. It was made in Korea. Some think it may have been made by the same factory that makes the Lite Ash Telecaster. Here's mine as I received it.
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Here it is after a neck refinish and a Ferden headstock transformation.

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Old August 25th, 2006, 06:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Rondo Music in Union NJ sells two Chinese made tele & strat knock offs ,that really aren,t bad . I live near them so I have noodled around on both. SX is the first , they make a nice butterscotch tele that is as good as any squier,( they also put a nice aged finish on the neck) te other Agile, which is the higher end SX ( I am sure they make them at the same plant,why the name change??) poly'ed necks but good action ,both have the tele twang .
Check out rondomusic.net or go to Harmoney_Cemtral , they get alot of good reviews.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 07:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, I've got an Epiphone tele, MIK that's kinda cool, not the pointy headstock one, but the other one that's black w//scalloped edge and mother o' pearl inlay..
Me too......I bought it a a players pack for my daughter a few Xmas ago. I was very shocked at just what a great little guitar it was. The neck is not very pretty on the back, but the craftsmanship is solid and the sound is good. I think the cost with a little Crate amp and a gig bag was about $169. A bargain in my book.

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Old August 25th, 2006, 07:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Jay Turser actually makes some decent Tele copies. I owned one, and it wasnt bad at all. Very light, possibly sub 5lbs., since it was always "neck diving" on me, and a good tone too.

But I also played some Jay Tursers that were dogs too, so you really had to sort through the litter............

The neck was ultra thin though, and it drove me to upgrade to a Squier Affinity Special. Still have that one today, though its been heavily modded. Not much "Squier" left too it.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 08:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Tokai "Breezy Sound"........Pre lawsuit Tele copy that was too good for it's own good.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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+1 on the Tokai.
Even Duke Robillard played 'em!
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Old August 25th, 2006, 10:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old August 26th, 2006, 12:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i have a whiteguard lawsuit greco tele. awesome guitar.
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Old August 26th, 2006, 12:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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+1 on the Tokai.
Even Duke Robillard played 'em!
+2 on the Tokai, but therein lies the problem. I've seen a couple Tokai Breezy Sound teles sell on eBay within the last year for over $700!! It may be an alternative, but it's not a money saving alternative anymore.

If you're looking for a reasonably priced alternative, to an MIJ Tele in particular, I'm still quite partial to the Fernandes teles I've played, including the one I own. It's essentially a MIJ '62 Custom RI and I have VZ Vintage Plus pickups in it. Looks, sounds, and plays fantastic.
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Old August 26th, 2006, 12:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Sure like to try one of those Gigliottis Joe Bonamassa plays, kinda spendy, though. He sure makes 'em sound good. Got a brass or aluminum top on there...here's a pic, maybe. That ain't Joe, but it's a better pic.

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Old August 26th, 2006, 12:55 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Has anybody here played the Washburn W136 Tele knockoff?
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Old August 26th, 2006, 12:56 AM   #14 (permalink)
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+2 on the Tokai, but therein lies the problem. I've seen a couple Tokai Breezy Sound teles sell on eBay within the last year for over $700!! It may be an alternative, but it's not a money saving alternative anymore.

If you're looking for a reasonably priced alternative, to an MIJ Tele in particular, I'm still quite partial to the Fernandes teles I've played, including the one I own. It's essentially a MIJ '62 Custom RI and I have VZ Vintage Plus pickups in it. Looks, sounds, and plays fantastic.
The price of lawsuit guitars being sold here are starting to go up too, I think folks here are starting to notice them now. Some years ago, they used to sell for just over $100 according to a guitar-seller.
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Old August 26th, 2006, 01:16 AM   #15 (permalink)
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the tele that the rice custom guitars make are truly desirable.
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Old August 26th, 2006, 01:20 AM   #16 (permalink)
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i have a whiteguard lawsuit greco tele. awesome guitar.

Interesting, all the Grecos I've seen have been Gibson knockoffs.
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Early 80 ies Fernandez tele and strat copies were quite good.
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Interesting, all the Grecos I've seen have been Gibson knockoffs.
It feels kindda spooky to me really as pretty much of the grecos i've seen are lp's or other gibson models too.

I've spotted one on e-bay recently: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...ayphotohosting

Mine looks just like that except for the modifications. I've replaced the tuners with gotoh minis, and it has been converted to a string-thru body when i got it. and i think the first owner was insecured of the brand that he/she scraped the decal off the headstock, but its still quite visible.

heres my tele with me in a jam
http://photos.perfdecastro.com/album...l_102_0136.JPG

I'd like to have another one if i can find one here but they are getting harder to come by
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i had a Pan/Alembic Toploader Tele that was a great guitar....
i've no experience with any other non Fender Teles (aside from homebrew partscasters) such as the Samick or the Ibanez.....
i've the offshore imports in mind, i'm not counting the Andersons, DeTemples, or Suhrs
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