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Best budget thinlines?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Exoventure, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. Exoventure

    Exoventure NEW MEMBER!

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    Hey everyone, was wondering what thinline tele would you pick up under $300?
    I've only ever played a cheap les paul for about a year. I was personally looking at the firefly thinlines. I was curious about the CNZ audio one too, their butterscotch looks gorgeous but there is absolutely no reviews about it or their other guitars, only their effect pedals. I want something just to get a taste of thinline telecasters since I don't know if it's my thing.
    Also would be a huge plus if I can throw a bigsby tremo B5 on their too. But I would love to hear from you guys since you guys probably have better recommendations than what I can scrounge up from old dead threads.

    P.S (Used is absolutely fine too.) I know Harley Benton has a couple thinlines, but I'm not gonna lie I don't like how either look. Preferably light weight and single coil. (I already have a les Paul might as well get something as different as possible.)
     
  2. alexman

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    I would just go to some pawn shops you may stumble upon a good deal.i played a cnz guitar recently it played pretty well.i think squier makes a thin line tele if I'm not mistaken.
     
  3. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Squier CV '69 Thinline is an awesome, lower priced Thinline and a great platform for modding up!

    I acquired this one as a totally stripped-down mahogany body, then built it up with Fender neck and other custom components. It is easily among my favorite Teles.

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    I'd say look for a used one and play it as is, or mod it up, if you wish to.
     
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    both my Teles have maple fingerboards, and my first ever Tele was rosewood... That thinline is a beaut
     
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    I played a black P90 version one time. It was very resonant and different from a solid Tele. Just great sounding Black Doves
     
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    I'd skip the Firefly junk and go for a used Squier or the like. The nasture of a Thinline lends itself to robotic production and you don't need exotic PUs and parts to get a great performance out of one. They can be genuinely excellent guitars juyst as they are. No need to step down to a Firefly.
     
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