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Could use some help picking out a Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by pagedr, Jul 17, 2020.

  1. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    I started a thread yesterday about my hunt for a new Tele, and I've begun to narrow things down a bit. Wondering if anyone with experience with one or more of the below could help me out a little bit with their thoughts.

    To let you know what I'm looking for: budget is around $2k-$3k though that high end is really only for if I see something I absolutely have to have, ideally would like to stay at $2,500 or under, 9.5" radius with C shape neck, rosewood board, ideally has warmer/mellow pickups that aren't too hot, and overall something that'll be a lifetime guitar that'll be doing everything from being a practice to gigging guitar. Aesthetically I'm going between a few finishes but there's something about a blonde guitar with a rosewood board. Surf green is really nice too. I like the idea of a slightly relic guitar, especially with a nicely finished broken in neck, but it's not a necessity by any means.

    So here are the teles I'm considering:

    1. Fender AVRI '62 Limited Edition (Dave's Guitar Shop) - Leaning toward this one right now - beautiful blonde finish and has all the main specs I'm looking for. Main con on this is that I would likely want to swap out the CS Texas Specials - haven't played the CS version but the regular ones are pretty hot.

    https://reverb.com/item/28161245-fe...erican-1962-reissue-telecaster-vintage-blonde

    2. Fender AV Thin Skin '64 (Wildwood) - Close second to the above right now, same idea in that spec wise it fits what I want and the nice vintage white finish looks great, but I would want to swap out the Twisted Tele pups.

    https://reverb.com/item/29031676-fender-american-vintage-thin-skin-1964-telecaster

    3. Here's the outlier: K-Line Truxton - I played one of these a few years back and thought it felt and played really nice. The pickups in it were Lollar's I believe as I think that was back before Chris was winding his own pickups for his guitars, so not sure how his signature pups sound. I'd never make a guitar purchase decision based solely on the resale value of a guitar either, but it is something I am thinking about a little bit with this knowing I'd probably lose more money and it would take longer to sell if I didn't bond with it. But there's a really beautiful surf green Truxton on Reverb right now...

    https://reverb.com/item/33192851-k-line-truxton-white-guard-tele-style-electric-guitar-in-surf-green

    Any thoughts? Anything else I should consider? I know it's all subjective and ideally I'd be able to play all three but that's just not realistic given each guitar is specific to a shop and all are in different states.
     
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  2. 2HBStrat

    2HBStrat Tele-Afflicted

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    Have you played a Jimmy Page Telecaster? They're really nice!
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  3. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Your budget means you effectively get to choose anything you like: what else can the rest of us add to that? It is just a question of what rings your bell

    I myself would buy used and get a few. That way when you sell I lose nothing and generally profit
     
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  4. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    Man that was the first guitar I went looking for, those look awesome, but sadly I prefer a 9.5" radius
     
  5. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    All three ring my bell, just hoping to get some opinions on any of these models as I try to make a decision
     
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    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Someone will soon tell you to buy all three in this thread
     
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  7. tamer_of_banthas

    tamer_of_banthas Tele-Holic

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  8. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    And I'm just the sort of dummy that would listen to this sort of advice!
     
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  9. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Go ahead and buy all three! :p

    You know, if you can swing it and they have a good return policy it's not a bad option.
     
  10. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Stop the stopwatch!
     
  11. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    That's fair. I feel kinda bad returning a guitar given the tough times shops are going through right now, but I may need to just go that route.
     
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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    the differences are in some of the details. I don't know anything about the Truxton pickups and don't see many details otherwise. Flatter fretboard, yes? 12 v 9.5

    Truxton comes with brass saddles (or at least brass - looking), while the other two come with steel saddles. At that price range, saddle choice isn't a big deal, you can always switch.

    the thin skin '64 comes with tall thin frets, not my favorite, but lots of people like them. also comes with Twisted Tele pickups. I had a Baja with the Twisted Tele in the neck, liked it fine. I have a friend who has one of these thin skins, I gigged with it once, it sounded great. But maybe I'm just a tele whore and I love most of them anyway.

    the '62 reissue at Dave's comes with medium jumbo frets and Texas Special pickups - which happen to be my favorite, but a lot folks think they are a tad hot. Maybe.

    they are all fine specimens on paper.

    Buy the one from Dave. I hear he's a nice guy; or

    Buy all three but have a tele duel with the two blondes. Ever see two blondes fighting it out over you, pilgrim? Make sure you have enough time to evaluate; or

    Buy all three! and keep them for a good long while. Then sooner or later, you'll have someone in your family who deserves a really good tele and give it away, give it away, give it away.

    That's why they write songs.

    Glad I could be of help.
     
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    2HBStrat Tele-Afflicted

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    That could be...I was surprised at how much I like the Jimmy Page Tele, and it was really light, too.
     
  14. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    Very helpful, much appreciated
     
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    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Wanting excellent instrument instruments that require
    only an experienced player and an Amplifier, I’d buy two
    Squiers, a 1960’s Thinline and a 1970’s Thinline from The
    Vintage Modified Series.

    My next Jazz Box will be a Squire Thinline 70’s with a set of
    Flatwounds. These are ridiculously good Guitars and can do it all if one knows how to use a Tone Control.
     
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    aleski Tele-Meister

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    Is this slightly enough?
     
  18. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    Ha! That miiiiiight be just a little bit too much for my liking, to own at least. Looks cool though!
     
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    Wallaby Tele-Afflicted

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    The AVRI, definitely.
     
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    carpenter Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Go play them all see if you bond to one.
     
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