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Torn between two guitars - Which would you choose? Need some advice!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by tmdm, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    Both of those seem to me to be prioritizing looks over musical utility. Pretty wood is nice to look at, but do you really want to haul a 4000 dollar acoustic to some bar to play for drunks?

    Paisley doesn’t float my boat but lots of people love it. Here again it seems like the looks are taking priority I’ve the music making?

    I would not buy either of those—I’d buy a good instrument that make music with for less. 3000 worth of Koa won’t make a Cmajor sound any better. But the pleasures of music are complex and a fancy instrument is special and fun
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  2. Wrighty

    Wrighty Tele-Holic

    Aug 17, 2013
    Essex UK
    In anything in this world you get what you pay for but must decide what you want to pay for. There's always a point where you pay for bling or a name rather than added quality. I've a Rolex, superb quality watch, but not the gold top of the range thing, a basic Explorer. I'll buy Levi jeans over store brand, but not Armani. I've got a LandRover, not a Range Rover...........................................bottom of a quality range is generally my mantra.
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  3. Bobby Marshall

    Bobby Marshall TDPRI Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    If you already have a good acoustic, get the paisley and have them put machine screw inserts in the neck so you can take apart and put back together easily to travel with it. I remember reading about a super famous guitarist known for playing a tele that did this mod so he could travel with it easily. I just can't remember his name!

  4. theprofessor

    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

    Aug 8, 2016
    Chattanooga, TN
    I have a very hard time thinking that first Taylor would be worth that kind of money. If there were ever a desire to move on from it, I think you'd take a big loss. If you put $4000 into a vintage Martin of some kind, that could be a different story. The Taylor just seems like such a niche thing. But even if you did get it and keep it forever, wouldn't you be afraid of life happening to it? I sure would be.

    My personal experience: I saved and saved and saved all summer after my senior year of high school. I swept floors in a factory. Then I finally had enough money to drive to a nearby big city to buy my first great acoustic guitar: a Larrivee L-09 cedar top with rosewood back and sides. I was ecstatic. Over the years, stuff happened to it in shipping and probably from the weather, too. It still played great and sounded great, but I became more and more worried about getting it out as I had more kids running through the house and dogs and the like. So I traded it in at a local store and ended up getting a $300 vintage Epiphone acoustic that not only sounds great, but that I'll pick up and play any time and take just about anywhere. As much as I like that cheap guitar, if something happens to it, I'm not out a fortune. And more importantly, I don't think about my acoustic guitar like a collector's piece anymore. I think about it like something I play all the time. And that is better. Also: that was only with a $1400 Larrivee. I cannot image how I would feel with a $4000 Taylor. I'd be building a climate-controlled vault with great lighting so I could look at it, but that wouldn't make me play better.

    That said, get the Tele and the Taylor mini Koa. I think you'll play those more and be more likely to get return on investment in the future if you need it.

  5. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Yeah, I don't want no $4000 Taylor--or a Paisley tele neither--so it's hard to help you choose between the two. Man, 2g's each for an acoustic and a tele gets you two AWESOME guitars... You're not gonna get much of a performance boost beyond that!
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  6. tmdm

    tmdm TDPRI Member

    Jul 27, 2015
    Thanks for all the feedback! Great advice all. I'm going with the tele, may even pass on the mini Koa and get myself a new amp. Will think over that, but the tele is something I love. The Taylor is beautiful, but I would be afraid to take it anywhere! Thanks for all the feedback :)
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  7. Mr Green Genes

    Mr Green Genes Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 23, 2016
    I'd get the Taylor Mini and call it a day.

  8. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    The whole "AA Top" thing disturbs me. I'm wary of buying blingy acoustics. Perhaps that's just how Martin has conditioned me. I love me a high end guitar, but not so much one where a lot of the cost is cosmetic. I'd rather wait and buy that one used for 60% of that price. Instead of losing 40% when I tire of it in a couple years.

    Sounds like the Tele will just wind up in your pile of many electrics.

    And you're asking us... Do you know what you want? Do you know why you're buying ANY guitar right now? Is it just because...?

    I usually stick to what most folks consider high end gear, and when I'm ready to buy something like you're looking at, I damn well can tell you exactly why, and what I hope to get out of it. And I'll wait a year between purchases if I don't see anything that moves me.

    Maybe just sit on your hands (and your money) for now?

  9. sothoth

    sothoth Tele-Meister

    Nov 24, 2010
    My wife has the Koa Taylor and it sounds very nice to me. Not as bright as the 114ce I had, which was a little too bright sometimes, but not too low end heavy as well.

  10. grilldanmo

    grilldanmo Tele-Meister

    Nov 14, 2017
    United States of America
    Baja Tele and a Martin Dreadnought Jr...that's what I'd do as I'm not hooked on paisley. I like it, but it would never be a requirement.
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  11. Crobbins

    Crobbins Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.
    Both guitars look nice, but I play more electric than acoustic. So I would pick the Tel. Good luck with your choice.
    Choose wisely my son.

  12. tonyj

    tonyj Tele-Afflicted

    May 23, 2011
    Alberta, Canada
    Love those Taylor minis. Had to thin the herd on my acoustics. Traded in my CS J45. Kept my mini. It's a Mahogany version. Great sound and one that can be heard without amplification. Popular at parties or campfires. The grandkids love it. At least they get to have a go on this one without me having to yell at them. The J45 was better than I needed in all aspects. It was like handling exquisite china at times. The sound was good but the thing became more of a museum piece than a fun guitar. I have no plans to get rid of my mini.

    The 'Paisley Tele' is by a luthier you know. It is not a Fender. Only you can decide what it might be worth when your estate is settled. If it's that good, and it lasts that long, and it ticks all the other boxes then what is the problem?

    The mini definitely, and the Paisley 'tele' is the route to go.

    The best and biggest bonus is the cheque you can now present to your wife. The payback from that will be priceless.

    You can't lose fella!

  13. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Holic

    tmdm Who's the luthier in Oklahoma?

  14. DougM

    DougM Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    You're asking people on a Telecaster forum which you should get? It should be obvious which one we would recommend. This ain't "Taylor Talk". Get the Tele. K24s are pretty, but don't have $4000 worth of tone in them.

  15. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2003
    Guitars are meant to be played

    Get the Pink Paisley Fender


  16. loco gringo

    loco gringo Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

    Jul 14, 2016
    N W Arkansas

  17. joebloggs13

    joebloggs13 Tele-Meister

    Jun 14, 2017
    The backyard
    I would also go Tele...there are a few other choices for the second 'travel' acoustic. I travel with a Gretsch Roots series OOO. It costs less than the GS mini and sounds better IMO. I have played $2000 Taylors that sound just as good as $4000 Taylors. So are you willing to pay an extra $2000 for the fancy inlay and higher grade tone wood?

  18. tmdm

    tmdm TDPRI Member

    Jul 27, 2015
    Thanks all! Happy to see the thread revived. Bought the tele and the Taylor. BUT, unfortunately the tele came and wasn't anywhere near the quality I expected. It looked great from a distance, but up close and the inner workings were just not there. I returned it for a refund, so now have $1600 for a new lefty purchase. I am thinking of either a 52 Reissue Tele, Les Paul Jr (I love these) or the new Gibson Les Paul Classic with P90's. I played the Les Paul this weekend and LOVED IT. I like that single coil type sound. Any and all suggestions are welcome :)

  19. hawkman

    hawkman TDPRI Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    I feel your dilemma but you never see a "relic" $4k Taylor, so don't 'relic' one.

  20. hawkman

    hawkman TDPRI Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    I feel your dilemma but you never see a "relic" $4k Taylor, so don't 'relic' one.

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