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I want a cheap Tele knock off, but which one? Please need help with selection.

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by kuskus265, Aug 1, 2017.

Ohhh there is a poll

  1. Stagg

    37.5%
  2. HB tele

    62.5%
  3. HB JazzMMaisteer

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. kuskus265

    kuskus265 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    17
    5
    Aug 1, 2017
    Somewhere in Czech Republic
    Hello guys. I just got some summer-job money and i was thinking about buying another guitar. Well as a student I cannot spend more than about 180 dollars. Alright I know I wont find some super flashy vintage thinlines but I got those three guitars and need some advice from people who might have tried or have some experience with those brands/guitars. :D

    1) Harley Benton TE-52 - Well the thing is that this is super classic telecaster, With some "VINTAGE ALNICO PUPS". Well it is completely basic and from videos it doesnt look and sound that bad, actuall its pretty good.

    https://www.thomann.de/cz/harley_benton_hbt1952.htm

    2) Harley Benton JA-60SB - Alright, this is not a tele, but it looks like a jazzmaster knock off for me. what really caught me about this guitar are those Wilkinson P-90s vintage pickups. The jazzmaster body isnt the most beautiful but you dont see it too often which makes it kinda sepcial for me.

    https://www.thomann.de/cz/harley_benton_hb_ja_60sb_vintage_wilkinson.htm

    3) Stagg SET-CST FRD - I LOVE red colour and I always wanted red guitar, this is a ******* red telecaster EVEN with P90 pickup, its like cheap guitar sent to me from the lord himself. it very unusual and I love it, buut I am kinda afraid of this guitar.. Pickups wont be anything super, also never heard about this brand and I still think Harley Benton is better at cheap guitars, but those are just my assumptions. It has perfect visual but its frm brand i never heard before... BUT BUT its perfect... But still I want decent sounding guitar sooooo I dont know..

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C0WMPBS/?tag=tdpri-20

    If someone is able to help me out, it will be very very appreciated, please help me i can choose.

    EDIT:
    Also this on looks cool: https://www.thomann.de/cz/harley_benton_te_70_rosewood_deluxe_series.htm

    Thank you very much in Advance.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2017
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  2. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Holic

    Age:
    57
    606
    Jan 4, 2017
    Wales
    I'd go down the Harley-Benton road 'cos they have a great returns policy..... and the TE-52 looks really good.
     
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  3. AlabamaOutlaw

    AlabamaOutlaw Tele-Meister

    411
    Feb 20, 2011
    Alabama
    I'll second the TE-52
     
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  4. callasabra

    callasabra Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 11, 2016
    USA
    Rondomusic.com
    They have some nice t types in your price range.
     

  5. VintageSG

    VintageSG Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Huddersfield, UK
    Harley Benton TE52. I bought a Harley Benton Tele clone ( I can't remember which model ) for one of my sons. It was well made, well finished, set up well, held its tune and didn't sound too bad at all. The TE52 is a model or two above the one I bought, so good things await.
    Or the Jazzmaster clone. :)
     
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  6. LooseJack

    LooseJack Tele-Meister

    217
    Feb 4, 2017
    transit lounge

  7. scottser

    scottser Tele-Holic

    592
    Mar 6, 2009
    dublin
    for 180 bucks you'd get a second hand squier. very reliable build quality and worth while upgrading later if you need to.
     

  8. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Sell the other guitar, add these funds and get something decent.
     

  9. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Based on my recently acquired Harley Benton mandolin, which is plenty beyond decent, I am betting you won't go wrong with one of their teles
     

  10. kuskus265

    kuskus265 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    17
    5
    Aug 1, 2017
    Somewhere in Czech Republic
    Thank you all :), Alright ill go with the HB Telecaster, Well it isnt that difficult later mod it for p90 or humbucker. Hmm for selling my existing guitars, i would make much and i dont want to (Ibanez GRX40 again cheap guitar but I installed some onboard effects and its starting to look very used, and then I have a handmade 1968 acoustic guitar from near town and i kinda like vintage things so i dont wanna get rid of her either.


    Hmm those relic looking teles look good but this really caught my attention: http://www.rondomusic.com/product7758.html it kinda reminds me of Jack whites Airline Res O Glass guitar :D
     
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  11. kuskus265

    kuskus265 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    17
    5
    Aug 1, 2017
    Somewhere in Czech Republic
    Alright, nevermind, some guitars here are really sweet but shipping will xost the same as the guitar sooo we are at about 350 dollars...
     

  12. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Those liquids are very cool looking, but they are heavy
     

  13. kuskus265

    kuskus265 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    17
    5
    Aug 1, 2017
    Somewhere in Czech Republic
    Its a shame they cant be bought here in Europe, They are so ugly, yet beautiful
     

  14. Coop47

    Coop47 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston
    For what it's worth, after a while I figured out I'd never be able to buy a nice guitar if I kept buying cheap ones.
     

  15. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Holic

    607
    Nov 12, 2014
    Watford, UK
    I don't know about their guitars, but I just bought a Harley Benton 2x12 cab, which is excellent.
     

  16. mike77rios

    mike77rios Tele-Meister

    119
    May 26, 2012
    San Diego
    Rondo.com
    Get yourself a Furrien. It's the only cheap guitar I have send it is just as nice as my $1k guitars. A good set up and your golden!
     
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  17. Alamo

    Alamo Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    HB TE-52 wins ....in my book. wonder if you'll actually mod it with a P90.
    I bet sounds good as is.

     
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  18. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    69
    Aug 8, 2007
    Norfolk UK
    Most Harley Benton are heavy from experience .
     

  19. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Do what I did-start buying the nice cheap ones
     
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  20. Burn Yesterday

    Burn Yesterday TDPRI Member

    98
    Oct 5, 2012
    Durham, NC, USA
    What's not nice about cheap guitars?
     
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