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Battle of the Sunbursts: Help Me Decide

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by markesquire, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. markesquire

    markesquire Tele-Afflicted

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    I absolutely love sunburst teles and have been saving for a long time to do my first build with any components I want.

    The Problem? There are two versions of sunburst teles that both have great but different attributes.

    Why not just incorporate the best of both worlds? Because I'm a little compulsive about historic authenticity. Weird, I know!

    1957 Telecaster

    Pros:

    1) Beautiful 2-tone sunburst finish
    2) Typically on Ash, which I prefer
    3) Maple neck, which, while I don't have a super-strong preference either way, is a unique and classic Fender innovation.
    4) More of a 50's sound
    5) 1-ply white guard, which I LOVE for its clean look without tons of screws.

    Cons:

    1) No binding.



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    1962 Custom Telecaster

    Pros:

    1) Binding; looks amazing (although is purposefully reminiscent of a Gibson).
    2) Rosewood with CLAY dots: slightly darker sound (which is good for me), and the clay dots look great when they've aged and darkened.
    3) Very iconic-looking guitar for rock, which I play.

    Cons:

    1) Pickguard: I just don't like the cluttered look of 8-hole pickguards.
    2) Pickups: typical 60's pickups sound pretty thin and trebly to me, but I'm sure I could find some really hot and fat replacements.
    3) 3-tone burst: for some reason, it just doesn't look as classy as the 2-tone to me.
    4) Overall busy-ness: The combination of binding, 3-tones in the finish, 3-ply pickguard with 8 screws, both rosewood and maple on the neck, etc make for an overly-busy aesthetic.

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  2. hendriks

    hendriks Tele-Meister

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    These are 2 completly different(looks and Sound) guitars , try them both and decide.
     
  3. VerySlowHand

    VerySlowHand Tele-Holic

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    To me the fingerboards are the biggest tangible difference. I like maple on a Tele (although I prefer a vintage tint). Whether rosewood gives you a darker sound is highly debatable.

    I don't like the edge binding because I come from the 'keep it simple' school of design and to me that's added fussiness... trying to look like something it's not?
     
  4. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom Friend of Leo's

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    The first one.
     
  5. gaddis

    gaddis Tele-Afflicted

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    That's a tough choice. They're both very appealing. I also have a soft spot for sunburst Tele's but I don't have one, just a blonde. I like rosewood boards but a vintage tinted maple neck is very cool too. To tell you the truth, I've never paid any attention to the number of screws in the pickguard, but I tend to like the 3-ply guards over the single-ply.
     
  6. LoveBandit

    LoveBandit Tele-Meister

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    Number 2 for me. LB.
     
  7. Five-O

    Five-O Tele-Afflicted

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    Definitely the two tone one with out the binding. I just think of the binding as an unecessary add on, kind'a like fenderskirts on a 57 Chevy, who needs em.
     
  8. bo

    bo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    What hendriks said above is IMHO the right answer, but if I relied on eyeballs alone it would be the '62.
     
  9. C.E.G.

    C.E.G. TDPRI Member

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    First One

    Sounds like you've already made your choice to me... they are both nice looking though...
     
  10. superbadj

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    Sounds like you're leaning towards 50's style.

    I have a 60's style MIJ, swapped out the 'guard for black for a change. Authenticity is nice, but remember--people in the 50's and 60's changed stuff on their guitars, too. And think of your favorite players. Who plays a guitar that is 100% perfectly factory authentically correct? most have made a few changes here and there, if not tons.

    Here's my 60's, for a slightly different look:
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  11. superbadj

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    BTW, I generally prefer maple boards, looks-wise, on fenders. It is a unique feature to Fender, really, so I like that. I have a 72Custom RI that's maple, and love it.
     
  12. Tonemonkey

    Tonemonkey Poster Extraordinaire

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    1957 Telecaster

    Cons:

    1) No binding.
    2) No neck pick-up (no wonder it looks less busy)! ;)

    If you want accurate, buy an RI. I thought the whole deal with a build was to make it to your own specs. You can have the best of both worlds. :cool:
     
  13. Amby

    Amby Tele-Holic

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    My personal choice would be the first one, with a single-ply black pickguard.
     
  14. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Are we allowed to use the word "aesthetic" on the Tele forums :lol:?
     
  15. jebuscrebus

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    If your building why not choose the best options from each? I know you talk about being true to an original but there are so many copies and boutique builders out there making their own take on a tele that you really can't go wrong, and no one is going to say "Nice Tele too bad it has a single ply pickgaurd", or "those tuners don't look right".

    If you pick the qualities you like best your guaranteed to have a fiddle you should really enjoy playing. My 2 cents FWIW!

    -J-
     
  16. mlove3

    mlove3 Tele-Afflicted

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    #2, by far. That's a sharp looking axe my friend.
     
  17. silentactors

    silentactors Tele-Meister

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    I like the '57 best!
     
  18. IPLAYLOUD

    IPLAYLOUD Friend of Leo's

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    Show me 100 Sunburst Teles and I'll show you 50 different variations.
     
  19. nosuch

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    I had one of these customs with bindings. IMHO the binding makes a rather sharp edge for your arm which does not add comfort.
    personally I prefer the minimalistic look of the standard tele, but if you like the look of the binding, go ahead!
     
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    Kinda like this one I recently completed (Check over on the Vendor Forum)

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