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In your opinion - who makes the best Tele?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Les Paul lover, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. Ex-riverman

    Ex-riverman Tele-Meister

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    I've played one Tele. A Fender 64RI. I guess I could spend a lot of money at any Tele making company and get the 'best' (y'know, generally the same specs) they make and I wonder how different they would be from each other.
    What company makes the best Tele at the lowest price?
    Feel and sound are the critical evaluation points, I guess.
    When does it stop being a Tele?
    Forget that last one...
     
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  2. cntry666

    cntry666 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga
    G&L gets my vote though I have Fenders too.
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  3. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA
    Me, too!

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  4. Frontman

    Frontman Tele-Meister

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    Tokyo
    I like ESP's Navigator line. You can order your guitar from the factory in Tokyo, choosing the woods from their collection (there is nothing they don't have, or can't get, there are no CERTES rules enforced in Japan). You can get the nut and any bindings done in genuine ivory.

    Workmanship is first rate, minimum cost for a Navigator is about $3500, one with all options is around $5000.

    I have a Masterbuilt Fender which costs more than a top-level Navigator, but having compared them side-by-side, it is not as good.

    Moon Guitars also makes an excellent Telecaster for a more reasonable price than a Navigator. They make a solid walnut guitar which is beautifully finished.
     

  5. Les Paul lover

    Les Paul lover TDPRI Member

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    Best to you.

    I've played enough great guitars to know there are plenty around.

    I'm just interested in what makes a specific tele the best for you. :)
     

  6. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    I figured they were either or both a newbie, or trying to wind some people up
     

  7. Telegeekster

    Telegeekster Tele-Meister

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    Nov 10, 2012
    The Old Line State
    Okay, I currently have two instruments that you could call a "Tele." They are (1) the partscaster shown in this thread with the red pick guard, and (2) a G&L ASAT Tribute semi-hollow. These are the situations in which either would be considered "best":

    • Functional reliability when playing an outdoor venue: partscaster.
    • Recording certain jazz/country/easy-listening tracks: ASAT
    • Recording pure spank & twang tracks: partscaster
    • Performing inside in areas that are susceptible to 60-cycle hum: ASAT
    • Potential resale value: ASAT
    • Sentimental value because I built the damn thing: parts caster
    I could go on.
     

  8. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 19, 2015
    TooFarFromCanada
    "Best" is so subjective that we'd have to sort out our different definitions of it.

    For example, my "best" Strat, by far, is an inexpensive Tradition-brand S-type knock off, with a Wilkinson trem and rail pickups (which brand/maker, I don't know). Absolutely fantastic at doing the Strat thing, and then-some, in ways that take Strat-ness further. And because a Strat-type guitar doesn't need to be a Fender product for me to really love it, it's my "best Strat."

    But a Tele needs to be a Telecaster, made by Fender, for me to consider it possibly "best." It's such a piece of Americana, and I so love to see that logo on it and know its genes are directly connected to Leo's first-born version. I can appreciate fine non-Fender Tele-types, but they're not real Teles to me, in the same way that a fine '57 Chrysler not made by Chrysler would be a homage but not original. I need to smell that Jefferson Avenue plant on them tailfins.

    Luckily, I have three Teles that qualify, and even then it's tough to say "best." A '52 Hot Rod, a Classic '50s Esquire (both with 6-saddle modern bridges), and a b- and g-bender converted '52 Esquire. They're not only all immaculately crafted, but they all do "best Tele" in their own way....
     
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  9. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Well, it certainly ain't Gibson! :lol:
     
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  10. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Dec 24, 2015
    west of I-10
    "Yes, but i want here, is your opinion..."
    Definitely buy something else. You shouldn't own a Fender.
     

  11. BuckSatan

    BuckSatan Tele-Meister

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    Feb 23, 2011
    USA
    Only one company makes the Telecaster as far as I know.

    Personally I find the '52 RI to be a great guitar for me.
     
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  12. John O

    John O TDPRI Member

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    ASAT special is very special! Amazing tones!
     
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  13. poirier

    poirier Tele-Meister

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    Mar 28, 2008
    Connecticut
    All tempered tuning is an approximation. The 3-saddle bridge works fine. Compensated saddles are better. The rest is up to the player.
     
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  14. Les Paul lover

    Les Paul lover TDPRI Member

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    I know, my issue is that I'm a bit OCD with setting the intonation exactly right at the 12th fret.

    It probably is more important with my playing style as i play quite a lot of open chords around the 12th fret. I know it still is approximate, but it satisfies my OCD....... :lol:
     
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  15. Les Paul lover

    Les Paul lover TDPRI Member

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    It sounds like a very exclusive club indeed. :cry:
     
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  16. Les Paul lover

    Les Paul lover TDPRI Member

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    I am a newbie.
    You're quite right, it's created quite the furore.....
    A number of very interesting (to me) answers and yours.

    Discussing what makes your best tele is hardly incendiary, however, if that premise offends you, you're totally free to move on to the next non offending thread. :)
     

  17. Les Paul lover

    Les Paul lover TDPRI Member

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    That's a pretty sexy axe alright!
     

  18. Les Paul lover

    Les Paul lover TDPRI Member

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    That's another lovely piece of wood.
    That works so well!!!!
     

  19. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Holic

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    Nov 12, 2014
    Watford, UK
    Ivory? Yuck.
     
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