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Xaviere (Guitar Fetish) guitars -- good, bad?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by fendorst, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Theleo

    Theleo TDPRI Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    After a bad experience, I have made it a point not to buy anymore cheapy guitar. But since then several nicely built cheapy axes have come out. So I guess it is time for me to check on them e.g. SX and Xaviere. There are three things I like on guitars: sound, the wood, and the finish/craftsmanship. If it failed me on the sound, I still have the wood and craftsmanship. I can change the pickup. (just my 2 cents)

  2. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

    I've tried several different types of GFS pickups (thinking there must be something to all the hype) and every one was rubbish, IMO.
    Never again.

    But I've liked every Mighty Mite pickup I've ever tried, and they are even cheaper. And not hyped.

  3. JDRNoPro

    JDRNoPro Friend of Leo's

    Aug 13, 2007
    I've looked at the Xaviere tele models many times but i just dont think there is one my wife is beautiful

    edit: my wife's a comedian and typed/sent my incomplete post when I was away refilling my coffee cup:rolleyes: .......and yes, she's beautiful:lol: I was saying, I've looked at the Xaviere teles every time I've wanted to pick up a cheap model for a mod project, but always end up buying Rondo instead. i'm attracted to the variety and cool colors of Xaviere offerings but i've been very pleased with the rondos. I've had a total of 6 Rondos and they keep getting better IMO. They are what they are, but each has been perfectly playable stock and have had good woods, workmanship, and finish. Great inexpensive project platforms.

  4. basher

    basher Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    I got a surf green XV600 with P90s when they first came out (the model the OP linked to). I loved it. It was a flat-out stomper of a guitar. Not a bad tone in it. The tuners were a little stiff, and there was a little sloppiness in the finish around the F-hole, but who cares? It sounded great, looked cool, and had a nice comfortable neck.

    I sold it because I saw GFS was coming out with new colors and I wanted a red one. But then the CV teles came out and I got distracted. I still plan on getting another one sometime.

  5. highwayman

    highwayman Former Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    I use nothing but GFS pickups Fantastic I never got a bad one,but some better than others ,check the reviews ...most snobish types couldnt tell the difference between a $35 GFS pickup and a $135 Fralin.Im still up in the air on the Guitars though.

  6. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2003
    Fat neck

    The thinline model I bought did have a fatter than "normal" neck


  7. denfelo

    denfelo TDPRI Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I bought an xv-900(ES-335 Copy) and liked it so much I bought their xv-500(Les Paul copy). They are both great guitars. Everything else I have is made in the USA, and the Xaviere's compare pretty well. I bought some GFS P-90 pickups about 7 years ago to replace P-100's in a Les Paul Junior Lite(USA made), and like them very well also. Those were just my experiences and others may disagree, but I would order again from them.

  8. griole

    griole Tele-Meister

    Nov 6, 2008
    Not as much bang for the buck as an SX, but of the Xaviere guitars I've owned (4), all were fairly well put together, and I still have one (the XV 540 double cut LP chambered). I use their pickups a lot, avoid their body parts and hardware like the plague. Would I buy another Xaviere? Maybe, but I don't think they are an outstanding value. This is all based only on my personal experiences.

    You can buy a Jay Turser or Xaviere or Agile or SX Tele, and all of them are going to be Chinese or Korean CNC-built instruments. The difference I have found is in quality control and customer service. For those reasons, I would investigate the SX stuff before dropping any dough on a Xaviere. They're less expensive, extremely consistent, and you can't beat Rondo's customer service policies. But I WOULD suggest replacing the stock SX pickups with GFS. :lol:

  9. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

    I bought a Xavier Tele for projects and parts. Quality is very good. The pickup set is reverse wound and sounds great.
    Wilkinson bridge and compensated brass saddles.
    Body has bound flamed maple top.
    I bought it used for around $150.00 and really got my value.

  10. tdu

    tdu Friend of Leo's

    Jan 4, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    I haven't played an Xaviere Tele. But if the bodies and necks on them are even remotely decent, it's hard for me to see how they aren't a better value than an SX STL (which I do own).

    The GFS pickups are definitely step above stock SX pickups. The SX ones aren't bad, but definitely not great. The GFS hardware I have used isn't the top of the heap quality wise by any means, but the parts I have used are definitely a step above what came on my STL. And the Xaviere's come with an graphite nut.

    On top of that, Xaviere offers an Ash Tele. SX only offers their Ltd. in Ash (when they even have it in stock), and it has a bound neck and is contoured body, which is definitely a personal preference for some people. If you want a straight Ash tele copy though, the Xaviere is closer. Xaviere also offers more finishes and neck combinations.

    And last but not least, the newer Xaviere's now have a satin finished neck instead of the thick, thick amber gloss that SX still uses.

    Don't get me wrong, I think my SX STL is a great guitar. It wasn't even that bad stock. But the pickups, hardware, and tuners weren't really what I could consider 'gig worthy'. To get that, I'd have to do most of the upgrades that the Xaviere already has.

  11. donb720

    donb720 TDPRI Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    My experience - good.

    xv-800 Tele stlye.[​IMG]

    Good hardware, pickups, neck, finish, tuners. Very pretty.

    Has an intermittent problem. From time to time the neck pickup doesn't work. I'll put it down and pick it up the next day or so and it'll be fine for months. I've eyeballed all the connections and they look fine.

    It's my living room guitar and I've never bothered to try and fix the problem.

  12. 3 Chord

    3 Chord Friend of Leo's

    Mar 20, 2007
    Billings MT
    What would you compare the thickness of the Xaviere necks to? MIM Tele, Squier standard, modern USA Tele???

    And how big are the frets?


  13. powdercoater

    powdercoater NEW MEMBER!

    Feb 18, 2010
    I just had really lousy deal with guitarfetish. The xv-500 was junk with loads of finish and play problems. After all's said and done I'm out $40 and the time to send this thing back. Dealing with GFS was really the worst of the transaction. It seem unlikely that everything they sell is like this turd but the service was snarky at best. It was my intent to exchange the guitar but after a few days of waiting for a reply to a shipping question, I've decided eat the costs and return it. This thing was obviously returned by someone else and it's wrong that they resold it to me and stick me with the costs. I've had much better dealings with Musicians Friend and Rondo.

  14. Leland105

    Leland105 Tele-Meister

    Feb 12, 2010
    MO USA
    Don't want to steal a thread or anything, but I have never heard of Main St. and I can't find any info on it.

  15. numi_v

    numi_v Former Member

    Feb 4, 2010

  16. guitarzan13

    guitarzan13 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2006
    LaGrange, GA
    Welcome POWDERCOATER !!! Sorry to hear about your problem.

  17. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    :lol: I love it!

    I bought a light set that was such a piece of crap I threw it in the dumpster when I got to the gig. It wasn't worth the hassle of packing it back up and send it back. I have a very low threshold for low quality.

  18. Durtdog

    Durtdog Poster Extraordinaire

    May 19, 2004
    I have to agree with you on both points. (Although I did keep some GFS alnico Strat pups.) Other than that, I didn't like any of them, never again.

    I am using a MM p-90 now I love it.

  19. caster

    caster Tele-Meister

    Mar 30, 2003
    I looked at both of these for months, but then stumbled on "White Bridge Music". I bought a white signature series Tele and love it. The stock pickups were much better than expected. It has great sustain and just feels good. Best guitar purchase in a long time. And it has the proper headstock shape.

    Phil gave a TDPRI discount code on top of already fantastic customer service. PM me if you'd like the code.

  20. foolthatiam

    foolthatiam Former Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    I'm quite happy with my XV-820. There is always a risk when purchasing online, and even with "brand name" products YMMV. Bottom line is that the Xaviere works for me.

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