Best non fender telecaster copies?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by regnirrab, May 14, 2017.

  1. dougstrum

    dougstrum Tele-Afflicted

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    For me the best non Fender Teles are the ones I build. Definitely more fun and affordable.
     
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    True but they cost more than top-shelf Fender Teles.
     
  3. Paulie_Boy

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    Reasonably priced:

    FGN
    Tokai
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    USA Peavey (used)

    FGN (Fujigen) and Tokai have both produced MIJ teles branded as "Fender"

    Can't include G&L. They were created by Leo, so they aren't "copies" in my mind. They're just as much a Fender as anything FMI has produced since 1966.
     
  4. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    True.. but ya get what ya pay for... If you want a genuine hand made guitar from Fender... made by one person.. well, now... let's compare costs....

    rk
     
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    Chester Burnett Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    The OP didn't mention budget.
     
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    There is a company called Redwood here in the UK. They do a tele copy called RT2 that has all the basics needed to transform it into a hell of an axe for the money. First thing, the finish on these for the dollar is unbelievable and there hasn't been a bad review yet. They have a solid maple neck and Alder body and the fretboard looks rosewood to me. The tuners stay in tune very well and the chrome bridge plate and electric plate are superb. First thing to do on them is rip out the Chinese pickups and pots, replace with Wilkinson or Vanson pickups and replace pots with Fender pots at about £8 each. This axe cost £90 delivered, the Wilkinson Pickups are £40 a pair and Fender pots are £16 a pair. £146 total. A Squire Bullet Tele is the same price at £140 but the finish and playability of the upgraded Redwood RT2 is far superior to the Squire by a long way.
     
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    This is a "Vintage Brand" 50's tele distributed in the UK by JHS and manufactured in the orient under the control of Trevor Wilkinson and fitted with his excellent alnico Broadcaster pickup set. Outstanding value for around £350 or $400 plus. Great player - slim V neck and very well made. Great reliced hardware and not too heavy. Easy player and sounds very good indeed.

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    I've got a Palir Titan that is exceptional.
     
  9. El Tele Lobo

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    Actually no, less than the CS guitars.
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    Hamer T-51 -- hands down the best Tele I've played.
     
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    Local luthier named Bruce Bennett built this in 2014

    The wood came from one of the downtown Chattanooga buildings that was built in 1880. and was torn down in 2010
    he said the rings that could be counted in the 6" thick beam was 215, so that would make this wood over 300+ years old

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    and its sounds awesome! it's one of those guitars that just keeps on giving no matter how hard you play it.
     
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    I'm dying to try a Momose Tele, a friend has a Momose Strat and it is sublime to play.
     
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    I have a couple non-F teles and I like them very much. I had a 63 tele that I had, but then neck and I just didn't get along. The newer ones have a 9.5" radius versus the 7.5", which may make a difference. These are both from "one man shops" as I am strongly in the "boutique" builder spot now. They don't make the sub-$1,000 range.

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    Kinda off topic, but all these Teles like the Cabronitas with Filtertrons, make me want a Strat with Filtertrons, only 'cause Strat bodies are more comfortable for me, and I want a vibrato, and a Strat style one, not a Bigsby. Just when I thought I was getting over my gas, and had been selling off my extra guitars that I rarely or never played. And then I find out that there's a Sterling version of the St. Vincent guitar with three mini humbuckers and a vibrato, and it's only $600. I gotta stay off the internet!
     
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    I had one of their basses, Vintage brand. Very nice and good quality. Much better than any Squier I’ve ever picked up.
     
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    I like my Yamaha
     
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    Looks black in some lights but it is blue
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    This one's my favorite. Peavey Generation S1. I know it is very un-Tele, but it is shaped like one. i have always liked the shape of the Telecaster, but I can't play them for long gigs. This is thinner, has a belly cut and the top is contoured enough that it doesn't cut off the circulation in my forearm.

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