"I wouldn't pay $1,500 for a Tele."

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Tele60x, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. yettoblaster

    yettoblaster Tele-Meister

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    I'm sure I've LOST more than $1500 over the years, buying and trading and selling at a loss many Telecasters until I found the "right one."

    Which happened to be a NOS G.E. Smith Telecaster for $1550 that somebody ordered and then could not pay for when it came in at a store where I'm a repeat offender.

    And I've built several up from $300 - $600 worth of parts too, which you would think would be perfect, seeing as I got to select the parts, etc.

    But the combination on the G.E. just "clicked" with me.

    No regrets.
     
  2. JackStraw

    JackStraw Friend of Leo's

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    Troll. It's always the cheap guitar faction slamming more expensive models around here.
     
  3. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's

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    When I compare my American Standard Strat to my Jimmie Vaughan Strat, I know exactly why it's worth the extra money spent. (actually now the Am Standard doen't cost any more than a JV, considering you get a hard case).
     
  4. Wailin' Tele

    Wailin' Tele Tele-Afflicted

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    I bought a pretty good used piano for about $1500, it amazes me that an instrument as big and complicated to build, with lots of little components, cost as much as an electric guitar.

    And yeah I'd spend $1500 on a Tele, even more if I had the money.

    You only live once and can't take the green stuff wit ya.

    Dontcha know.
     
  5. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Yet if said faction [member] wins the Custom Shop Black Tele in the fund raiser, watch the tune change. :D
     
  6. KnopflerStyle

    KnopflerStyle Tele-Afflicted

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    Impossible to pay that for a piece of wood.

    I can play with similar things for less.

    Actually i have an Am. STD and i cant use it with my CVC and my BSB CV.
     
  7. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Furthermore, all of the folks screaming 'Buy American,' don't send our jobs out of America, surely will pay the cost for a good quality American made axe and not whine about it.

    Oddly enough, of the 8 guitars that I own, six are american, the other two a mim and a squier '51 were given to me. Not saying I won't buy an offshore guitar, I have, just haven't kept any of them, for the most part they just didn't suit me. Actually after looking at CV guitars, I might rather spring for one of the new pawn shop series that are made in Japan, probably won't though. The CV guitars are nice enough to play, but have cheap looking hardware, after you change out everything, might as well just buy something better to start with, unless you just like to tinker.

    As far as paying the price, I have a Martin D-28 Marquis, the reason I bought it, is that I had to spend that much money to find a guitar to replace my $249.00 1965 D-18 bought new, it still doesn't quite have the stuff the old Martin did, but it's close. If you are looking for a certain sound in your head, instead of a bargain, I suppose you just have to pony up the loot when you find it.
     
  8. beep.click

    beep.click Poster Extraordinaire

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    Most I've paid has been in the $1000 range, so the $1500 Tele would have to be pretty amazing.

    I was very tempted once by a $1600 G&L. It was a thinline with a Bigsby and a huge neck. But I passed...
     
  9. Panheadless

    Panheadless Tele-Holic

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    The best factory Telecaster I've ever played, the Am. Deluxe (outside CS and limited runs like the James Burton) can be had for 2/3rds or at most 3/4ths of the price mentioned. It's all relative. I know a guy who has around 45 electrics, none worth under $5K, some many many times that. Comes down to what it's worth to you.
    Missed out on a Kirn Barnbuster, pine body and everything else I like, for $1700 by being too slow. It just had a couple of dings. Idiot. Freaking idiot. Still kick myself. Not that I'm worthy of such a fantastic guitar.
     
  10. prawnik

    prawnik Tele-Holic

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    No.
     
  11. newmachine

    newmachine Tele-Meister

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    I won't spend more than $1000 for a guitar, or any gear.... I don't have that much $$$
     
  12. ledet

    ledet Tele-Holic

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    +1.

    Great guitars can be had very cheap nowadays. No reason to spend more than what's necessary.
     
  13. SolidSnakeBoss

    SolidSnakeBoss Tele-Meister

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    Maybe he/she would donate it... yeah right.
     
  14. elyuyi

    elyuyi Tele-Meister

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    I would. I think that anyone should pay for a guitar that makes you want to play it, no matter how high or low the price.
     
  15. fezz parka

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    120 bucks and some stuff I had lying around made this a killer "tele":
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  16. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    It may have been me in a fit of rage when a new pricing list had come out.
    Very possible.
    When I bought my first Tele in early September of '73 it was $185 Case included. Slightly USED...:cool:
    Very slightly used - the guy wanted a Strat. Sap...:rolleyes:
    But very good for stan!!! :D

    I don't know what I'd pay anymore, one of my favorites Indonesia Red came to my door for $170 last year and that same week a CVC showed up on UPS with slight paint damage on the back for $270.

    In conclusion: For all the Telecasters I want (9.5" radius) I can easily survive on less than four bills. If I go Hog Wild on an American Standard USED somewhere between 600-800 is my high water mark. :cool:
     
  17. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    They're pretty much in the same range. A few hundred dollars difference. My CS Les Paul was $2400.
     
  18. Sherpa

    Sherpa Tele-Holic

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    I recently have, and it doesn't have "that" name on the headstock. Its resale value may not hold up as well as a Fender, but it's a fantastic instrument in its own right. It's the best money I've spent in awhile...
     
  19. binkydognose

    binkydognose Tele-Afflicted

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    There's a lot of $10 hamburgers out there too, some well worth the price! They don't fill your belly any more than a 99 center, but it's the wallet that decides which you eat.
    "just sayin"

    $1700 seems to be a sweet spot for new made in the USA guitars these past few years.
     
  20. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I don't know about you, but I usually have to buy about 3 of those .99$ hamburgers.
     
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