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What model of telecaster to buy?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Gabeezlebub, Jan 9, 2019.

Best initial tele purchase?

This poll will close on Jan 23, 2019 at 10:55 AM.
  1. American

    34 vote(s)
    38.6%
  2. MIM

    46 vote(s)
    52.3%
  3. China, Indonesian, etc.

    10 vote(s)
    11.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. OldGuy6873

    OldGuy6873 Tele-Meister

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    I recently went through the same thing as the OP. Spent a few weekends playing a bunch of Teles in all price ranges. I could have likely afforded just about anything off the shelf.

    I settled for the Player Series Tele with single coils. I play it A LOT. Almost as much as my #1. Just get the one with the brick saddles. Not the bent ones.
     
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  2. wblynch

    wblynch Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Apr 24, 2017
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  3. jim777

    jim777 TDPRI Member

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    This may be true for Fender, but there are a number of Japanese firms making far better Gibson style guitars than Gibson. Seventy-Seven and Momose come right to mind.
     
  4. bcorig

    bcorig Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    650
    Mar 11, 2018
    Chino Hills CA
  5. jtees4

    jtees4 Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 13, 2010
    selden, ny
    I voted for MIM. But the correct answer to the topic question is:
    What model of telecaster to buy?
    The answer is always "YES!"
     
  6. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    And now it is Friday and the $ 599 may have gone away again - hide and seek! But no harm calling IF you have the discipline to hang up if the price can't be $ 599 or less.

    This FSR comes in various paint schemes, you have to be persistent to get this price in the form you want but yeah, a real good choice for those within Musicians Friend sales reach. These prices must drive the guys in New Zealand and Australia nuts!
     
  7. DHart

    DHart Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    I've got quite a variety of American and Mexican Strats and Teles.

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    And the majority of these are ones that I put together from mixtures of Fender MIA and MIM necks and bodies - the MIA and MIM bodies and necks all mix together wonderfully and honestly, I find that they are all equally pleasing and nice to play - each in their own ways.

    So, my recommendation to you - if you wish to be conservative with your money and might want to do a little tweaking or modding to suit your individual taste - would be to buy MIM. The Player series are excellent guitars in every way; based on my experience, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one. And they are quite sensibly priced - enough so that you might ultimately desire to have two different MIM Fenders for little more than the price of one MIA. Find the color and combination of neck and body that appeals to you, do a little set-up work, and enjoy!

    On the other hand, if you are happy to spend the money, Fender's MIA guitars are awesome instruments as well.

    The MIA and MIM Fenders are so close in quality that no player could place any blame on the instrument for his/her inability to play well or sound great - so buy whichever appeals the most to you!
     
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  8. wblynch

    wblynch Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Apr 24, 2017
    California USA
    Well that went fast...
     
  9. Kebmel

    Kebmel Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 8, 2008
    45 south
    Baja Tele
     
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  10. Bluego1

    Bluego1 Tele-Meister

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  11. Bluego1

    Bluego1 Tele-Meister

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    One minor thing to note. The 50s come stock with tens; the 60s with nines. The nines are easier strings to fret when you’re starting out.
    I chose the 60s for the color (sonic blue). I played them both and the pickups are different. I liked them both. The 50s sounded a little harder to me.
     
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  12. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Without reading the whole thread, from this post it sounds like you're a new player in general, not just Teles. And that's fine, I didn't start playing until I was in my 50s. It's tricky for us older guys. We tend to have more discretionary cash than we did as teens, so it can be tempting to just 'go for it'.

    Whatever you think you like at this point will very likely change over the first year or two of playing. If you have a lot of cash sunk into gear now, then it's harder to let your tastes evolve.

    I think you might end up with American, but starting with MIM is just fine. Heck, it's just a few miles over the border. The MIMs are very nice instruments, and you can get a long way with 'em. I'd avoid the lesser Asian knock-offs just on principle and experience. Normally, you get what you pay for. The except might be the MIM, where you get a little more.

    Now that's settled :D, ask yourself if you prefer vintage or modern appointments and specs. I find it's a great way to slice the market in half. Both halves are good stuff, just tailored to different wants.

    I'm a vintage guy. The MIM versions of this, for me, are the Classic series (Classic Lacquer is a good buy - nicer finish, and comes with a hard case).

    Enjoy the huge rabbit hole...
     
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  13. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 13, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    MIM, particularly the Baja. No need for any modding, it's perfect as is.
     
  14. wblynch

    wblynch Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Apr 24, 2017
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  15. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

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  16. Slim Chance

    Slim Chance Tele-Holic

    852
    Mar 1, 2011
    Beltway, USA
    C S Masterbuilt . . . . . or a used MIM FSR.
     
  17. 41144

    41144 Tele-Holic

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    Sep 5, 2017
    West Midlands
    Can't comment on the latest incarnations as they don't do anything for me, but ..

    Used AV64 if you like 7.25"rad .. Superb pickups or an Am Std after 2010, decent enough pickups
    If not, and from the MiM camp, ....Baja 60s ... worth it for the pickups imho
     
  18. DHart

    DHart Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
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  19. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Tele-Afflicted

    If you can afford it and want it, buy an American. If you can only afford an MIM, buy it because its almost as nice, and more than good enough for the professionals and studio musicians that use them.
     
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