Deciding if I want to sell Classic Series 50s Tele for 345 Historic '64

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  1. kingofdogs1950

    kingofdogs1950 Tele-Holic

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    Just some thoughts from a contrarian.
    I owned a late '60s 345 that I bought in the early '70s. I didn't care for the Varitone switching. I prefer a 335 over the 345.
    Depends on the deal on the 345 vs. a good 335.
    I would try to keep the tele you know you like.

    Mark
     
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  2. MXLBRY

    MXLBRY Tele-Meister

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    What would Ry Cooder do?
     
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    2 Headed Goat Friend of Leo's

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    Play slide??? Dunno, that's all I got...
     
  4. kingofdogs1950

    kingofdogs1950 Tele-Holic

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    Good question. I know he has played lots of different guitars, but I've only seen one video of him with a tele and nothing with a 335/345.
    He likes strats. I've owned a few strats but prefer teles and LP specials (or double cut).
    I currently own one
    semi hollow body, a Yamaha AES 620HB (2010).
    Nice guitar, and no, I don't know of Ry playing a Yamaha.
    And if I had the $$$, I wouldn't kick a 335/345 out of bed.

    Mark

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  5. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    !967. Junior in high school, gigging once or twice a week in a top 40 soul cover band. Wandered into a music store after school Thursday, and they has a nice used ES350T for $250.00 with the original hard case. Played like a dream come true. I made a deal with my folks for the money and was there with my dad at 10:00 Saturday to buy it. Unfortunately, somebody got there at 9:00, and it was gone. I've never forgotten it, the price you pay for moving too slow on a great deal.

    I see above that you are moving toward the 345. That's a great model, my favorite out of the 335/345/355 series. Glad to see you making the move, you would have regretted walking away from it. There's a lot of Teles out there, a lot of good ones, not hard to replace if you want to.

    Hope it all comes together and you can put up a brag post with pictures of the 345.
     
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  6. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Before You do anything rash I'd put a set of Ernie Ball Power Slinkys 11-49's on Your Telecaster and give yourself the second opinion.

    If You jump the best sound I ever got with my 345 was through a Peavey Classic 100 (the 50 watt combo
    from the late 70's with the S/S pre-amp and 2 6L6's and no pedals 'ceptin' the 4 Button Automix. It'd make the 345 sound like a horse dancing down a cobblestone street - perfect echo, I was using a big Belden Stereo cord. Mine was Stereo with the single input just down from the Varitone Chicken Head.

    I might have kept my 345 if I knew Roland was developing the JC-40 but there was like 10 years of separation.

    PS: 345's are not lightweight, the only guy I ever met that had a lightweight 345 was Elvin Bishop.
     
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  7. MXLBRY

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    Great story and will take that advice! :)
     
  8. MXLBRY

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    This sounds like the sound for sure!
     
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  9. Ricky D.

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    The rest of the story:

    That same night, I went out to see a local band. The guitar player was an acquaintance I saw occasionally. He was the guy who bought the guitar, sounded fabulous.
     
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    It’s got mojo, might be a struggle but keep it and finance the Gibson some other way. I’ve got an ‘89 Traditional Tele. Spends a lot of time in its case but, it costs nothing and it’s nice to know it’s there. I just know I’d regret selling it and miss it badly.
     
  11. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I'd keep the Tele also (that's me) but it is true, most of these are quite good.

    I really don't see that many for sale, though.
     
  12. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    Well............... and you more or less said it.

    It's your back up.

    As in, "your Tele has your back".

    We could all use something that has our back.

    Couldn't we?

    I'd keep it.

    Gary
     
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    Most of the Classic Series are good or the 345 Historics?
     
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    Thanks all for the input, I sold the Tele the other day. Don't really miss it honestly, it was always just "ok" and Tele's are a dime a dozen.
     
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    Did you get the 345? Let’s see it!
     
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