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Does this Telecaster look right?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by RegularJim, Oct 29, 2017.

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  1. RegularJim

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    There's a Telecaster up for sale on my local Craigslist for $200. It's advertised as a '94-'95 MIM. There's some things about it that don't look right to me. Especially the headstock and tuners. Please take a look and provide feedback...

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    These look like cheap import-style tuners, and it seems like the logo should not be plain black.

    Please advise, and thanks for reading.
     
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    Did you look up the serial number? Some early 90's MIM's did have a plain black logo.
     
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    I saw that one on CL as well, and thought it looked a bit odd (trap tuners, logo looks funny too) ..

    SN does pull up as Ensenada 1994-1995

    my guess is that this is really a "Squire Series" MIM??
     
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    Yes, you can see where the Squier Series logo has been removed.
     
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    Hey guys, similar question:

    I just bought this guy off Ebay. Described as a MIM Standard Tele black label (no mention of Squire).I think I just got ripped off, with the squire logo being removed.

    Any more info? Is it possible there are some early 90s teles coming out of Mexico that just have that black label?
     
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    If it is a Squier Series guitar, and if it's in any kind of playable condition, it would be a hell of a good $200 guitar. I'd take a look at it.
     
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    Davisbm2, yours looks like a "Traditional Series" which is identical but no Squier Series logo. Confusing huh? Fender marketing geniuses.
     
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    Thanks for the response, would you consider it a true Fender Telecaster? Or is it somewhere between a squire and a tele?
     
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    MIM made out of MIA parts, at least the Traditional Series. For the most part.

    With a few upgrades, the Squier Series can become a very nice guitar.
     
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    That's actually a stock MIM Tele from the earliest production in Mexico. The forerunner to the Standard Series Telecaster, from my recollection. I had a Strat from this timeframe - same black logo, made in Mexico. Early 90s. Nice necks, not string-through if I recall, low-end tuners.
     
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    How can you tell its an early standard Tele, and not a "traditional series" tele (i'm pretty sure its not a "squire series" tele at this point)?
     
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    The Traditional Series and Squier Series both had the black labels. "Regular" MIMs from that era had the regular Fender logo.

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    Ah very nice. So the only difference between the standard and the traditional is lower quality tuners and electronics?
     
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    I meant forerunner to the Standard Series MIM Tele, since it was the first entry-level Tele model made in Mexico. I could be wrong, but I'm fairly sure it was the first entry-level Tele model made in Mex. Of course, some features changed in the Standard Mex model, but I believe the Standard Tele model followed the Black-Logo model, from a time-to-market point of view.
     
  18. Lonn

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    Nope. Hee's a 92 MIM Strat with the normal logo. The Black label Traditional and Squier series were produced at the same time, just cheaper electronics and hardware. Some had the same 2 bar pickups, some had the single bar pickups.

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    I agree with Lonn etc- to me that is a $100 or so guitar not a $200 guitar
     
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    Mine has, bought in around ‘97, changed out the tuners from those shown in your pic., still have them.
    PS, brand new from Charing X road, never had Squire on the headstock.
     
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