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Best non Fender Tele copy ?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by maestrovert, Aug 25, 2006.

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  1. maestrovert

    maestrovert Poster Extraordinaire

    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

  2. roadkillbill

    roadkillbill Tele-Holic

    Jun 23, 2006
    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.

  3. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Oct 19, 2003
    Albuquerque, USA
    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.

    Here it is after a neck refinish and a Ferden headstock transformation.


  4. robmc_68

    robmc_68 Former Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    New Jersey
    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 or go to Harmoney_Cemtral , they get alot of good reviews.

  5. TELEkinetic

    TELEkinetic Tele-Holic

    Jun 11, 2005
    Central Arkansas
    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.


  6. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    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.

  7. frogger

    frogger Tele-Holic

    May 10, 2003
    Lincoln Nebraska
    Tokai "Breezy Sound"........Pre lawsuit Tele copy that was too good for it's own good.

  8. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    +1 on the Tokai.
    Even Duke Robillard played 'em!

  9. MoOMaN2679

    MoOMaN2679 Tele-Meister

    Sep 29, 2005
    Middlebourne, WV
    I like the Hamer T-51's...if you can still find them around. Love them!

  10. namida

    namida Tele-Meister

    Feb 24, 2006
    i have a whiteguard lawsuit greco tele. awesome guitar.

  11. Mike Rice

    Mike Rice Friend of Leo's

    Mar 2, 2003
    Hudson Valley
    +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.

  12. sultan59

    sultan59 Tele-Holic

    Jun 7, 2006
    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's a pic, maybe. That ain't Joe, but it's a better pic.:D


  13. TraditionalCountry

    TraditionalCountry Tele-Meister

    Dec 25, 2005
    Rhode Island
    Has anybody here played the Washburn W136 Tele knockoff?

  14. namida

    namida Tele-Meister

    Feb 24, 2006
    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.

  15. namida

    namida Tele-Meister

    Feb 24, 2006
    the tele that the rice custom guitars make are truly desirable.

  16. jericho60

    jericho60 formerly ye olde fretmonkey

    Mar 19, 2003
    Gnashville area

    Interesting, all the Grecos I've seen have been Gibson knockoffs.

  17. upplehoy

    upplehoy Tele-Meister

    Dec 18, 2003
    brugge belgium
    Early 80 ies Fernandez tele and strat copies were quite good.

  18. namida

    namida Tele-Meister

    Feb 24, 2006
    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:

    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

    I'd like to have another one if i can find one here but they are getting harder to come by

  19. rusticman

    rusticman Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2003

    rockinger makes a very godd copy. hi quality all the way.

  20. msteurbaut

    msteurbaut Tele-Holic

    Apr 6, 2005
    I like this one:


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