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850$$ Which Tele?! Opinions?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by LPDR Band, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. LPDR Band

    LPDR Band TDPRI Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Myrtle Beach
    New to teles and new to this site as well, I have gathered some great info so far. Anyways - I am looking to get my first tele soon and my price limit is around $850 USD. I play mainly "honky tonk" country, southern rock and classic rock (vague, i know)... Some models that have caught my eye are:

    1) Classic Player Baja 60s in Sonic Blue
    2) Nashville Deluxe Tele in Daphne Blue
    3) Special Edition Deluxe Ash in Cherry burst
    4) MiM standard.
    5) Modern Player telecaster

    Really leaning towards 1 & 2 - I will mention there are no music stores nearby :( Can i get some opinions from the pros? Thanks in advance !!!
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  2. hdvades

    hdvades Tele-Meister

    Mar 6, 2016
    Hudson Valley, NY
    No doubt about it.

  3. Pualee

    Pualee Tele-Meister

    Feb 5, 2014
    For that money, I would go used and buy 2. One with a humbucker in the neck and high output bridge. The other with traditionally low output single coils.

    You should have about $150 left over to buy dinner until your next gig. :lol:

    (I have always wanted a baja)

  4. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's

    Oct 14, 2015
    IL, USA
    I have #1. Great guitar - enough that I sold off my other Teles since it was the only one I gigged.
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  5. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    You should play a 60's Baja and a 50's Baja (Classic Player Baja as opposed to a Classic Player 60's Baja). I understand you are not near a music store - even if you were, they are a bit hard to find.

    The 50's has a chunkier neck, and the 60s is more "classic modern Fender".

    The Deluxe Ash at 6 bills is a good guitar and a decent value as well. That would be a contender at that price.

    Still, the Baja line is wonderful.

  6. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    +1 Yup. It would be worth traveling to try out both Baja teles, but that is where it's at in that price range.

  7. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    Another vote for the Baja.
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  8. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Holic

    Mar 1, 2011
    Beltway, USA
    For that money, I'd also consider a used '69, '72 or '72 Thinline reissue. That's assuming you like a 7.25" radius neck.

  9. Tim S

    Tim S Tele-Meister

    Oct 27, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Another vote for the 50s Baja. Its neck was a real eye opener to me. Now I'm addicted.
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  10. LPDR Band

    LPDR Band TDPRI Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Myrtle Beach
    Sounds like I need to try out the 50's Baja. Haven't really considered that until now, and haven't played on a 7.25" radius neck in a minute! Will definitely try to play both the 50s and 60s, but sounds like the Baja line is very propular here!

    Do any of you guys have any experience with the Nashville Deluxe series? I see it has the 12" radius with noiseless pickups

  11. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Missoula, Montana
    minority report: never played a baja, though I know they have a great reputation here. I picked up an american standard tele brand-spanking-new with a case for not a lot more than that $850 -- $869 to be exact, with a nice case. Killer guitar, pro everything, ready to go on any stage right out of the box. that deal is long gone but I bet you could find a used one in that price range.
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  12. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Maybe you have your heart set a new Tele, and that's ok, but value wise, it's hard to beat used.

    I noticed on the Myrtle Beach craig'slist two teles -

    at $500 offered, might be worth looking at - or

    American made, right at your budget;

    sometimes you meet some excellent folks who happen to be selling a telecaster on CL. You are under no obligation to buy; and you can explain that you are just starting your exploration process.

    these were just the two in your immediate area; with a little more searching, looks like there's a lot more of them to at least think about.

    the more you play, the more you figure out what you like best.
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  13. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    'Noiseless' pickups are nice and 'noiseless' when you're not playing but 'most people' feel they:re also not quite the real deal for Tele-type twang.

    The bridge on the Nashville is also a six barrel. Also not seen as the ultimate option for twang.

    OTOH many people have and love them and the Strat middle pickup makes them versatile.
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  14. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

    Aug 23, 2014
    Gotta play em. It's subjective and only you will know. My opinion is just that, mine. But...

    For that money, for Honky Tonk, Southern Rock and Classic Rock, I would look at one of the newer 50s Road Worn Teles. They have much less "relicing" than the older ones. I shopped them all for Blues/Blues Rock/Classic Rock and that's the one I ended up with. It's a basic vintage-style Tele with 3 way switching. I don't care for the S1 sounds at all so those just get in the way for me. The pickups are a little hotter than traditional and drive my amps in a really good way. I get a surprising number of tone compliments with this guitar. It's my favorite neck on any of them. I love the sanded down finish that never gets sticky when I get sweaty, and I like the tall frets. I am NOT into the relic thing, but this guitar just works. I like it so much I'm even starting to like the way it looks. Whatever model you choose, play as many as you can. A couple of the 50s RWs I tried left me cold (setup issues for the most part), but the one I walked out with just spoke to me from the minute I picked it up.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2017
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  15. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Holic

    Mar 1, 2011
    Beltway, USA
    ^^^What he said^^^

    You have to try them. I bought a 50s Baja based on stellar reviews here. Found out it didn't work for me, especially the neck. Didn't care for the S1 and it was heavy. Strike one, strike two, and strike three. Out!
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  16. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 5, 2012
    South Louisiana
    I am an American standard/series man myself. I've played a Baja and it didn't blow my skirt up. Apologies to the many faithful. Play as many as you can, but if you can't I'd put my money on a used American. Very good quality and consistent.
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  17. LPDR Band

    LPDR Band TDPRI Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Myrtle Beach
    Thanks for the advice so far fellas. Makes sense that I need to try it before buying one. Will probably make the trip this weekend
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  18. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    A lot of vendors will ship it to you with a return where you might have to pay shipping one way. Worth it to try.

  19. TheBadHombre

    TheBadHombre TDPRI Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Walla Walla WA
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  20. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    I'd buy used on craigslist if you feel comfortable and be on the look out for american standard at those prices

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