Best used telecaster model on a 500-600$ budget?

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  1. danzigdan

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    There's a lot of good arguments in this thread; Am. Special, Baja, etc. But they all have subtle differences. I'd play a bunch and focus on things that you can't change easily; neck profile, weight, etc.
     
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    should be able to find a MIM for $400 or so, an older MIJ would be tough to find for $600 but you might, those can be great. If you don't need a Fender the G&L ASAT tributes are great for around $300 New. Good luck hunting!
     
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    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    American standard/series.
     
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    Where can I find an American Special for $300 - $400? Lol
     
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    American Specials are great, except I don't like jumbo frets and they all seem to have those. Buying off the Internet can be tough, since it is best to play a used guitar before buying it. And if you try one out that feels great, is $450 but needs some fretwork, you can make the call if you like it better than a $600 one that doesn't.

    And unless you can do it yourself, I'd budget in $100 for a setup and new strings, worth more than an extra $100 in pedigree!
     
  7. DOC DYA

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    Try a G&L ASAT Tribute
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Yes. Wiith a Fender, you're really buying a neck you like with other stuff stuck onto it.
     
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  9. Tonetele

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    MIM then add any pickups of your choice.
     
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    As many have allready said save a few more bucks or bide your time and you can get a US model for your budget or just a bit more. American specials are truly great teles and can be had for cheap. Then you have a pro level guitar with no need to 'improve" with mods.
     
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    I've had a number of instances when I was offered these Tributes (new, new old stock) at such a low price, I could've had THREE of them for $ 600.

    But I didn't buy one. I've own the USA version, and the difference is night and day. More difference than between a typical Squier and a typical Fender Custom Shop, in terms of refinement and capturing what a G + L is supposed to be about.
     
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    Surprised no one mentioned the older Tokais or MIJ Fernandes.

    Both can be found in sub $500 range and the quality is very high.

    Fernandes MIJ were made by Fugi Gen which made Japanese Fenders for decades.

    Google this one for an example.

    80s Tokai Breezysound Telecaster TTE-60 TM RARE !! Tortoise Mahogany Top NO RES
     
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    60s Baja
     
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    There is really only one answer. Squier Classic Vibe in Vintage White or BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDE. U will own a future classic...
     
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    You can assemble a nice new partscaster for that much fitted out with whatever you like.

    Recommending a factory tele is hard because the preferred specs are up to personal preferences and most mid priced guitars are designed to be lacking in something like pickups, finish etc so you are forced to spend more on the next model up.
     
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    see what is on your local craigslist ...I like the 50's or 60's classics, the baja and the American ones
     
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    Actually, I found a black on black HSS Am Spcl strat there, unplayed with hang tags. A never played, dust collecting Christmas gift. Got it for just under $400 CDN, so about $330 US at the time. Didn't need another Strat, never even plugged it in. Took it to my local shop and traded it for my oly white tele that had been hanging on their wall for a year and a half. Right place at the right time that day I was, and don't think I've been in either since.
     
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    When you're right, you're right...

    The Chinese neck is better than any MIM I have ever played.

    Mine is slightly modified to '55 specs.[​IMG][​IMG]

    Sent from my LG-H932 using Tapatalk
     
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    Is the CVC still in print?
     
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