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The $5,000+ tele

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Jules78, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    Gibson puts out a whole bunch of guitars priced over $4000 and much higher. Lots of people play Les Pauls and 335s in that price range. Are those guitars too expensive for what they are?
    Does $5000 seem high for a T-type guitar merely because the Fender version is much less expensive?

  2. jenos

    jenos Tele-Meister

    Mar 28, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    Somehow they managed to find one piece guitar wood bodies and rosewood that was cut in the 50's and aged for 60 years... that's pretty cool.

    However, if I had 5k to spend on a guitar I don't think I'd pick this one.

    You know what though, good for them. In market FLOODED with good affordable guitars (y'all love your Squier's), it's not a bad idea to take a stab at the high end. Guitars can only get so cheap, so why not see how expensive you can make one and still sell it?
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  3. Tonemonkey

    Tonemonkey Poster Extraordinaire

    I'm angry .... That my guitars are considered expensive!

    (I know they are, a little, even for me!)

  4. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

    Nov 27, 2014
    Morley, England
    Well if people are buying and they're building close to max capacity then I say great business but I'll pass :lol:

  5. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

    Nov 27, 2014
    Morley, England
    I think it's because they're so simple, I think it goes back to before when a lot of any complexity in woodwork was removed due to mass CNC. Tele bodies would be made using a same species blank of wood that was routed using 2 templates followed with a drill for jack and wiring cavities, Les Pauls would take some time to carve the maple cap, then you have binding, set neck construction, more complicated pickup design so Les Pauls have probably always been considered the more complex and expensive to produce guitar.

    But as said CNC has levelled the gap and made it easier for both to produce these instruments so cheaply so the probably shouldn't be as big of a gap but there is because of the established perception.
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  6. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Dec 6, 2015
    Honestly, I couldn't care less how expensive a guitar is. If I'm not purchasing it, it's not even my business. I appreciate things that are well made, and the people who make things well, and when people who make things well can make a living. Because I make things well for a living. If I can't afford a guitar I want, it would make more sense to be angry with my customers or employers.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2017

  7. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Hendersonville, TN
    Not to say the $5300 isn't a good guitar but my dad would say "A fool and his money will soon be parted."
    It actually doesn't appeal at all to me and the light weight body is probably Paulownia, which I like but not as an upcharge.

  8. Grux

    Grux Tele-Holic

    Jan 10, 2017
    Clarksville, TN
    Well, it sure is ugly! Does it have John Mayer's signature on it somewhere, or did he 'touch' the guitar one time?

  9. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2008
    $5,000 seems high for any (Brad Paisley's words) "cheese board with a handle".

    Fender Masterbuilt. :rolleyes:

    I mastered the screwdriver at 10...

  10. notmyusualuserid

    notmyusualuserid Tele-Afflicted

    May 3, 2016
    In the South
    I must be far more cynical...

  11. alnicopu

    alnicopu Friend of Leo's

    Oct 3, 2009
    I had friends hi dollar LP end up with a broken neck being knocked off a stand at a full house gig. Had another whos guitar mysteriously disappeared during a break.

  12. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    I wouldn't try to claim that there's no functional difference between an $800 guitar and a $5000 guitar, but everybody's got a point where the climb gets too steep, either because there's just no more money, or because the diminishing marginal returns start to feel absurd. For me, that cut-off for a tele would be somewhere under a thousand bucks. Those folks who gotta go get the last 3% are gonna pay for the googlephonic stereo with the moonrock needle. Maybe they hear something I don't? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    diminishing marginal returns.JPG
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  13. Jules78

    Jules78 Tele-Holic

    Dec 12, 2016
    Northern VA
    I cant see it being better than a kirn barnbuster, which is my best value in guitars bar none.

  14. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

    Nov 27, 2014
    Morley, England
    Well, this is random but I found out who bought the $5000 telecaster :eek:.

    Jump to 0:37

    Them internet folk can have it all ;)

  15. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    If there was a direct correlation between price and quality, the Telecaster would not exist.

  16. 71Tele

    71Tele Tele-Meister

    Dec 5, 2014
    Paris, France

    Man, I'd love to read this text but I can't.


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