Advice needed. Help me choose my daughters Bday gift. Squier Bullet Tele or H Benton TE52

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  1. moonman2

    moonman2 Tele-Meister

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    Hi folks.

    I’m looking to buy my young daughter her first (surprise) Tele.
    (She’s currently showing intermittent interest and is occasionally using my Fender).


    (Budgeting) For approximately £150

    I’ve decided on either the Squier Bullet Tele or the Harley Benton TE 52.

    Can anyone tell me which will be the easiest to modify, in case of any upgrades she may want in the near future ?
    I believe that the Bullet (and Affinity) Squiers are somewhat difficult to find upgradable parts for.
    - but that’s about the limit of my knowledge about both the Squier or the Harley B.

    .... or are they both in a similar predicament and I’m wasting my time being concerned ? ‍
    Haha

    Any help/advice appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  2. Ted Keane

    Ted Keane Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I think the Harley Benton is heavier.Also a short scale guitar might be easier.
     
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  3. jvin248

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    I'd go with the Harley Benton.

    However ... check out the HB offset Mustang-clone or get the Squier Bullet Mustang. It might fit a young girl better than a full size Tele. If she's in her teens then a full size Tele would be good.
    The Mustang might be enough different from Dad's guitars that she might like that angle best -- she has a guitar that is her own thing separate from Dad's.

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  4. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    The Squier Bullet stands a better chance of being upgradeable with Fender-standard parts, IMO. And...

    Don't upgrade it. If it's a new one it won't need anything but a setup to play and sound fine. If you talk her into upgrading, that's because you talked yourself into it. Don't do that. Save that money for a good amp, 'cause that will make more of a difference than guitar parts.
     
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  5. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

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    I'd recommend a Squier Bullet Mustang
     
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    I would recommend a Squier instead of Harley Benton.
    A Bullet Mustang is also a good choice as others say.
     
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  7. Peegoo

    Peegoo Friend of Leo's

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    That is rock solid advice.

    Money spent on a good setup ($50 - $75, usually) is the absolute best thing you can do with even expensive guitars to make them play and sound the best they possibly can. A guitar that feels good and sounds good will inspire the player to pick the thing up and play more often.

    If you've never had a guitar professionally set up (if you don't do that sort of work yourself) you are missing out on something that will greatly improve your relationship with your guitar.
     
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  8. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I've made some guitars for kids in my school bands... mostly Mustang shapes with regular F scale tele necks,,, the smaller body shape works well for them..:)
     
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    Another shout for the Squier Bullet, but purely based on the upgrade scenario further down the line if anything should go wrong. Fender parts maybe, have far more chance of fitting the Squier than a Harley Benton. If you go down the HB route, then don't bother with Thomann, I read somewhere that HB are made in the same factory that UK outlet Gear4music has their in house brand made.
     
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  10. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    I ran into exactly this at Music Go Round near Boston. Dude was looking for a Fender type gutiar for his kid. I was waiting for a check. We lined up ever Squier and every Harley Benton in the store. Have to admit, Benton beat Squier that day. Felt better. Played better.

    Benton makes a Mustang? I want one.

    :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
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  11. Paulie_Boy

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    Buy her the guitar of your dreams. (In a few weeks she won't miss it.)
     
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    Bullet Tele. No question. I bought one a few weeks ago. Paid for a pro setup and it really needs nothing. I’m modding it a bit because (pickups and 4-way switch); well...just because, but it’s a nice tele as is. 0E8677CC-DFAF-4708-8FCB-D3E17D808256.jpeg Good luck!
     
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  13. Electric Warrior

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    Those recent Limited Edition Bullets are nice guitars and they are dirt cheap new right now. All they need is a little TLC.

    I had one and dug it, but sold it because I had too many guitars laying around. Will probably get another and see if I can hot rod it while I'm locked in. They are also pre-routed for a neck humbucker, which is nice.
     
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  14. nicod98

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    After owning 3 HB's, I'm glad I got rid of them all... I will never get a HB again. They did have better pickups than the Bullet, but the shape was so far off, I couldn't even fit a replacement pickguard.
    And that's being kind to the HB.
     
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    I've tried a bullet some time ago and was really impressed by how the guitar was, IMHO it's a great choice for a beginner
     
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    I know HB have their fans, but I just don't get the excitement for them that some do. The fact that they are produced for only one online retailer, puts me off entirely. Still my loss I suppose.
     
  17. trev333

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    I wouldn't get an offset.... kids put guitars down and lean them on things.... offsets seem to fall over a lot if you just plonk them anywhere, kid style.... ;)
     
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    that actually is a really great advice ! good one !
     
  19. Pickingthru

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    Squire. Limited Edition or FSR, both good.
     
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    A Mustang or Duo Sonic would be just the same as a strat or tele. A Jag or Jazzmaster, on the other hand...
     
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