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Going to sell a Tele - but which one?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by nvilletele, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. nvilletele

    nvilletele Friend of Leo's

    Jul 4, 2008
    California
    After unintentionally (yes, unintentionally) acquiring a current total of 11 Teles, I feel I should (and space considerations require me to) pare down the number, to no more than 10 . . . but I cant decide which one(s) to sell . . . as I love them all . . . . so I am seeking your recommendations.

    Though you may have seen the pic before, here are (most of) my Teles:

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    The black nashville in the pic is gone, and two other teles (52 Hot Rod and Tele Jr.) are not pictured. The current 11 are:

    AV52 RI
    American Fat Tele (with ebony fretboard)
    California Series Fat Tele partscaster (with CS broadcaster pup in bridge)
    Am Deluxe Ash Tele BSB
    Custom Shop Jan '05 NAMM '52 Telecaster
    Vintage 52 Hot Rod
    Nashville Tele
    American Series Ash 8402
    American Series Ash 8502
    CV 50s Tele
    Tele Jr.

    The most likely suspects are the Nashville (but this is my first Tele) and the 8402 (but this one is so light and beautiful and has such great tone). So hard to pick them. Maybe the American Deluxe Ash . . . but it has features the others do not . . . the AV52 and 52 HR are somewhat similar (so maybe one of them could go), but then again they aren't really the same. The CV is the least expensive of the lot, but that is just a reason to keep it (plus it plays so nice). I put the California Series Fat Tele together myself, and will not part with it. The American Fat Tele has that ebony fretboard, and is a dream to play, and is my only Tele with a non-maple fretboard (other than the Tele Jr.). The CS Teles are not going on the market, nor is the 8502.

    So that's my quandary . . . I've run out of space and I really don't need them all . . . heck, with my limited playing abilities I barely need 2 (some might say even 1 . . . .).

    Any suggestions as to which of the bunch you would part with?
     
  2. Dizi

    Dizi Banned

    716
    Mar 27, 2009
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Keep them all, get a bigger couch.
     
  3. HOBBSTER01

    HOBBSTER01 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    56
    Nov 23, 2007
    Ringgold, Ga.
    And to think, I was feelin' sorry for you when the Kirn was lost.
    lol
    Probably one of the Amer. Ash or the CV.
     
  4. Prince

    Prince TDPRI Member

    Age:
    26
    14
    Dec 9, 2009
    Moorhead,Mississippi
    keep the hot rod for sure...sell of the ones without a maple neck...or the sunburst
     
  5. BritishBluesBoy

    BritishBluesBoy Former Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Ahhh, come on now. 10, 11... What difference does it make...??

    ;)

    Keep them all I say.
     
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  6. Harvy

    Harvy Tele-Meister

    203
    Apr 4, 2009
    Texas
    Sell none of them! GIVE me one, and you'll know it has a good home.
     
  7. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    46
    Jun 16, 2009
    austin texas
    Very tough call....I know the feeling of having too many guitars and feeling guilty about it.Logically,you need to consider which ones are the most inspiring to play.The ones that are less inspiring are the ones that should be considered for sale.If they are all awesome,then keep them because you might regret it later...I know that from experience!
     
  8. Stuco

    Stuco Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 27, 2006
    GA
    Too many guitars and I end up fiddling with them (or is it guitaring?) and don't play them enough. You have several redundant teles there, I'd pick 5 at most to keep.
     
  9. Groovey Records

    Groovey Records Banned

    Apr 5, 2008
    Desolation Row
    put them in the room in a circle around you.

    Put on a blindfold (no peaking).

    Have your wife spin you around three times (at least).

    Then pin a tail on the Tele.

    I know you won't sell it but at least you'll have some fun Professor.
     
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  10. xrolandtx

    xrolandtx Tele-Meister

    106
    Nov 6, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    If I was in your shoes, Id sell the ones that dont really bring anything tonally different to the table.
     
  11. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    Id keep the CV and the $600 CS one and sell all the rest but thats just me! LOL
     
  12. doster

    doster Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    59
    Jan 2, 2007
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    I always tell people to be careful about selling guitars. It's one thing if you HAVE to sell, but if you're just feeling guilty about having too many, think about it long and hard. I've heard too many stories about the guitars that got away.
    This really isn't the best time to sell guitars either, it's a buyers market.
    There's no rush is there, mull it over and you'll know which one must go.
     
  13. Feargal

    Feargal Tele-Holic

    551
    Feb 21, 2008
    Ireland
    You should sell the one with the maple neck.:lol:
     
  14. mijstrat72

    mijstrat72 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 31, 2008
    mqt.
    I have too many as well, and my tastes change frequently and rapidly. So here's what I did to make myself feel better about the situation. I stashed my guitars in their cases in my humidity chamber, only leaving my most favorite one out. And I play only that one. I know the rest are here, and I can use them if I want or need to, but having them stashed away clears my mind and let's me focus on recording and playing. If I feel like changing guitars on a certain day I can, but I put the favorite away in trade.

    Out of sight...out of mind.

    If you truly love each guitar then don't sell. Stash 'em. Trust me...it helps.
     
  15. HandmadeMercury

    HandmadeMercury TDPRI Member

    73
    Nov 28, 2009
    Michigan
    Well, if you've got a solid red or black one, I'll buy it for a certain price. ;)
     
  16. fenderguy72

    fenderguy72 Tele-Meister

    I'd sell the first one, top left...something bout the pickguard that doesnt smile at me...the others are all beauties:)
     
  17. ecsong187

    ecsong187 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    31
    381
    Jan 3, 2008
    Seattle,WA
    sell the amer. ash one. Great collection tho!
     
  18. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2005
    N. Cal.
    I'm with the others---you feel bad about having 11 Tele's but 10 is ok...?
    Keep them all! Or sell 10 and keep 1! That will test your mettle.
     
  19. Alamo

    Alamo Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin
    Which child do you love least? ....oh wait, lets re-phrase that...

    Sell the ugliest Tele!.........um, er... ok, I'm afraid I can't help on this one.

    keep 'em all and stash some away like mijstrat72 suggested.
     
  20. steve gibson

    steve gibson Tele-Holic

    Age:
    67
    505
    Aug 24, 2008
    fort dodge, iowa
    Get some more and eleven will seem small.
     
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