Fender Produces a Better Tele - the Charvel

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by NoTeleBob, May 14, 2021.

  1. NoTeleBob

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    I know, the title is edgy, controversial, and click bait. But seriously, check out this Charvel.

    This is a very versatile guitar in quasi-Tele format. And it still does Tele.


     
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    Jeebus - nice features
     
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    I watched that the other night, thought provoking actually.
     
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    I think Darrell is in love ;)
     
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    That's an ugly guitar.
     
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    No. I don't like "quasi" Teles..go away
     
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    I bought one after watching the video. I love the reverse headstock. I have the robins egg blue metallic that color shifts to purple. The roasted maple neck feels great. I wanted a rocker tele and FMIC made it a Charvel

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    The Charvels that have hit the market the last ten years or so are hands down some of the best instruments Fender has ever produced.
     
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    I like this Charvel much better than the Player series HH Tele.
     
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    I like it. I like that some of the “shredder” guitars are coming back. Some of these had great features. Back in the 90s I knew plenty of people who were “If you don’t play a Les Paul or a Strat, you’re not in the band.”
     
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    I have a Charvel/Jackson from 1990. I love that thing. I have 2 teles that are lifers. I don't like mixing food groups- this does not interest me at all. Kotzen shreds just fine on a normal tele (albeit one with a humbucker in the bridge).
     
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    This is totally nuts Fender/Charvel put that out at that price point.

    The electronics in that guitar are like $300 retail on their own IIRC. Obviously Fender doesn’t pay that. But it’s still about 5x more expensive on the electronics than a normal Tele.

    If I’d known about these last winter when I was looking I might have been really tempted. I was looking at options in this space and just never ran across these.
     
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    There’s really no comparison. I can’t believe they’re made in the same factory. The quality on the Charvel stuff is so much higher than the MIM “Fender” branded stuff it’s like they came from different planets. Makes no sense at all. But it’s true.
     
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    The Kotzen tele is anything but “normal”. Flat radius, jumbos, bridge humbucker, tone knob replaced with a rotary switch for series/parallel switching on the humbucker coils, arm and belly contours, it’s a beast. It just looks more normal from a distance.
     
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    I will admit going in I had my bias up against seeing yet another
    “tele shaped object” guitar and in the traditional sense that’s what it is.
    But I must admit that is a cool guitar.
     
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    I have a MIM Charvel dinky-style strat and I love it. It has awesome Seymour Duncan's and the fretwork is amazing. It cost $1,100 and the quality is as good as any MIA or MIJ I've ever owned.
     
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    Looks like a well done model. Not a fan of active electronics "battery" guitars.

    I'd probably pull the neck pickup and put in a 'Filtertron' style as that would be more useful and widen the range, plus pull out all the Fishman bits.

    I have a Tele-Esquire-H with a 4-way switch and in single-coil 'bridge' setting it will twang just fine. Teles twang because of picking location caused by playing ergonomics (bridge position relative to thigh cutout and strap pins plus often sharp saddle grub screws and bridge plate flange). Strats can twang too but they have that volume knob issue that makes players pick closer to the neck where a rounder tone lives.

    This Charvel T-style design will sell a lot of guitars.

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    their newer dk24s are very pretty, but it's not working on this tele for me. i'd rather have something like the HM teles (less contours, different pickup configs), but with the modern roasted neck vibe and satin finish. like a cleaner version of the squier contemporary tele. i think that would be a lot classier.

    but yeah also, it doesn't "do tele." coil splits can barely do strat, much less a beefy tele bridge.
     
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