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First Tele Suggestions....

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jdinaz, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. jdinaz

    jdinaz TDPRI Member

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    OK, so it may be considered my second, I bought a Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde off of eBay, it arrived with a blemish in the finish that wasn't disclosed, so it went back. I liked it, but wanted to check with the experts here to be sure I'm looking at a good one....I have approx $700. to spend, what Tele would you recommend I take a look at? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
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  3. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    I'll second @BorderRadio.

    Or a 50's classic lacquer.

    Or a roadworn if you like the scars up front.
     
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  4. jdinaz

    jdinaz TDPRI Member

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    I see the 60's Baja on the Fender web site, but no 50's.....
     
  5. The Angry Possum

    The Angry Possum Tele-Meister

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    Go for a MIJ Made in Japan Fender Telecaster circa 1990s. This one is a 1996. You may get a good price on one. I have one in black with a rosewood neck though.

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  6. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Holic

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    Since all you have given us to work with, the question you're asking is, "what Tele would we get for $700 or less?"

    I'd go used and look at another Deluxe Ash with the reversed control plate <$450, a MIM Standard for <$400, a '72 Thinline RI for $500-$600 or a '52 AV or AVRI for about $300-$500 more than your budget.

    But that's me. Now get yourself to the nearest dealer and start testing to see what YOU like!
     
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  7. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

    Nov 15, 2010
    Texas
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  8. jdinaz

    jdinaz TDPRI Member

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    Thanks Slim, that's the plan, but the nearest dealers are 1.5 hours away, so I was hoping to use you guys knowledge to narrow it down a bit.
     
  9. esetter

    esetter Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 1, 2011
    MI
    The new Player series is a very nice guitar.
     
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  10. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Tele-Holic

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    Try new players series, theres lots of colours. Im not sure if all blonde look the same but rest is same. Blondes tend to be amber, yellowish, orangeish. For 750 u can get new Baja
     
  11. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    This!
    My Player is a terrific little monster - if that's at all possible lol! Seriously great Tele's and plays as good a my Classic series ever did. It must purely be a case of vintage appointments like tuners, bridge etc that make the big difference now. My own one I tried to a bit of vintage vibe to it, by modding a few bits. Best of luck whatever you decide, but make sure you are happy when you walk out that store with the one you decide upon.
     
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  12. etype

    etype Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 23, 2014
    Dallas
    Player series is the simple and easy answer. I am GASsing for a 60s baja (a bit over your budget), but that's mainly the look of the faded sonic blue color and its thicker neck.
     
  13. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    You can find used minty USA HWY-1's for far less than your budget. I paid $425 for my blondie (Wilkinson bridge upgrade included) but that was 5 or 6 years ago. They've gone up a bit but they're out there.

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  14. Recce

    Recce Tele-Afflicted

    May 3, 2016
    Northern Alabama
    But that's me. Now get yourself to the nearest dealer and start testing to see what YOU like![/QUOTE]

    It is this line. Anyone can tell you what they like but you have to play them to know what you like. Spend that extra 10% at the dealer when you find the one that speaks to you.
     
  15. beninma

    beninma Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Go play some.. the Baja sounds great but some (all?) of them have giant necks that seem like they ought to keep them from being universally recommended. I've only played one but the neck was a giant red flag for me.. big enough it's going to be too big for some people. Not big enough to cause me difficulty playing but big enough I got worried about what would happen if I bought it and went and played it 5+ hours a week and whether my wrist would complain.

    You should be able to be able to find a pretty new MIM Standard for way less than a new Player and save a few hundred and not have to worry about fixing/replacing the saddles, possibly with enough money left over to swap pickups or upgrade other stuff and still save money.
     
  16. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    +1 for the Player Series. My local shop has one in Sonic Red with a Pau Ferro board and, although I'm no expert, it looks like a lot of guitar / good value for the money.

    If you want a more traditional pick up configuration, the Squier Classic Vibe 50's seems popular.

    If you're after max bang for buck, I'm sure there must be some great second-hand bargains out there.
     
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  17. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Location, location, location.

    I'm basically hooked on buying used, but in your neck of the woods, that's probably going to drastically limit your choices. You might consider scouting the used teles on Reverb. I have a late 90's MIM JB std I found there which is IMO a wonderful tele and what i paid is certainly within your budget. yep, mine came with a little chip in the finish, the seller had listed it as mint and I got an additional discount.

    If you want a guitar with a perfect finish, keep it in the case and never play it...

    Craigslist: I might not be looking at the right list, but what I see for your choices in
    AZ includes places at least an hour or two from you - round trip makes that not such a great option.

    So the other choice is online new stuff - and what has been already recommended are good ideas. Best of luck in your search.
     
  18. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Tele-Holic

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    Believe me its even better after some time of playing. My BSBlonde is better quality than MiM Standard . I love more round body, easier to play. Alnico 5 is best hing about it, the bridge sound with distortion . hell yeah
     
  19. DCW74

    DCW74 Tele-Meister

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