If You Could Choose One Tele, What Would It Be?

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  1. Sotakoira Musti

    Sotakoira Musti Tele-Holic

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    It’s a slowish Easter saturday. In Finland we call this day lankalauantai, which literally means thread saturday. Don’t ask me why. So, what could be a better day to create a new thread?

    One Tele, free choise, money is not an issue. What would it be, down to the colour?

    Limitations:
    - Made by Fender (Squier)
    - No CS or LE, only from current basic production lines. Artist models and MIJ are acceptable.

    A tough call. ATM none in the house, 1 still on it’s way (2 others that doesn’t qualify). It’s really hard to find one that would fulfill my preferences: 7.25” radius, vintage bridge, maple fretboard and nitro. 7.25” is a deal breaker, the others are in ”would be nice” category. That 7.25” narrow it down a lot! The collection which I made my pick from was Sweetwater, searched also Thomann. GC doesn’t allow us neanderthals to enter their website.

    And therefore, this would be it:

    Fender Road Worn ’50s Telecaster - Blonde w/ Maple Fingerboard

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...-50s-telecaster-blonde-with-maple-fingerboard

    Oh man, I’d have to live with relicing. Kinda stupid, really. Take a perfectly nice guitar and sand it down, and in most cases I’ve seen, not so convincing. But okay, look at the teens nowadays. They’re ready to pay 100€ for brand new jeans that are already half worn off.

    Okay, back to business. If only they’d still make AV52, that would be a no brainer. Original’s doesn’t turn me on at all. Too bad they stopped vintage series. Both Teles and Strats were great!
     
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  2. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Me too. 50s Roadworn Tele--especially the first generation with more wear--is my all time favorite Tele.
     
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  3. RYAN1987M

    RYAN1987M Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Right now, for me, it would be an American Original. Perhaps a '50s in BSB and a '60s in LPB.
     
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    I don't know. I have three Teles, an AM Deluxe, AVRI'52 Hot Rod, and a James Burton. Trying to decide is like trying to decide which one of your kids you love more than the other.
     
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  5. Sotakoira Musti

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    Just one, you cheat :eek: :D
     
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  6. Sotakoira Musti

    Sotakoira Musti Tele-Holic

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    I learned the hard way in the army that a bad desicion is better than no desicion at all!
     
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  7. raysachs

    raysachs Friend of Leo's

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    I pretty much did make that decision and went with the, you guessed it, 50's Roadworn. The relicing isn't a plus or minus to me, but the FEEL of this guitar is just sublime. Nicest feeling tele I've ever played. And it sounds great too - sounds like a tele is supposed to, to my ears. I wouldn't say price was NO object - to have spent twice as much I'd have to like the guitar notably more. I did play a 50's American Original and liked it a lot and actually had the budget for it if I'd really wanted to go that route. But while I like wide necks more than narrow ones, the AO and the Baja both always remind me I'm playing a wide neck, whereas the roadworn feels like a Goldilocks "perfect" size for me. It just kind of disappears - not fat, not skinny, just right. Which is all down to personal preference, of course. I'm equally happy with 9.5 or 7.25 radius fretboards, so that wouldn't have been a downside with the AO - but if I get 7.25 I don't also want tiny little vintage frets, so the narrow tall on the Roadworn work perfectly for me...

    So yeah, roadworn is was, is, and will be for the foreseeable future...

    -Ray
     
  8. RYAN1987M

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    What a strict taskmaster - I commend you!

    I'd have to choose an American Original Telecaster in Lake Placid Blue.
     
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  9. tele-bastard

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    I've had as many as 13 telecasters at one time and they were all Fenders. Most were Mims but I had a couple of Americans as well. My favorite Telecaster is a Squier classic vibe custom 60s CVC Telecaster... I've had three of them but it is my only Telecaster now. I suppose my dream tele would be the pink Paisley if that wasn't available maybe the dragon Telecaster or the Stark Game of Thrones Telecaster. Sorry about the grammar for some reason the tdpri app isn't working
     
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  10. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    This 2016 AmStd as is, right off the shelf is fine for me


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    This one.
     
  12. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I really want a Jimmy Page, just the regular one.
    No dragons, mirrors or relic’ing
    Is it an LE?
    If so, then I’d like an Elite, something with an ebony fingerboard.
    Maybe the black one.
    Yeah, dat’s it!
     
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  13. Larmo63

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    Just about any unmolested fifties or early sixties Tele with the right amount of mojo.

    Original case, and from the original owner who didn't play it much.

    Please.

    Thank you.
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I may not be within your parameters, but I'd have to have my own #1, or something VERY similar. The critical factor is the Warmoth Fatback neck with "conversion" scale (24 3/4"....like a Gibson) I use Bootstrap Pickups, which IMHO are the BEST. (regardless of price paid) I also use a middle pickup, but wiring is such that I can get traditional Telecaster "bridge, bridge/neck, neck" combinations, plus adding the middle to whatever else is selected. I also have a forearm bevel, for playing comfort. At exactly eight pounds, I would prefer a somewhat "lighter" weight, but 8lbs. isn't a deal breaker.
     
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    I love anything vintage , except 7.25 radius and truss rod adjust at the heel
    So 5 hole single ply guards , string tree in vintage position , kluson style tuners etc make my bell ring....
    Any of my CV or CVC Teles , or a couple of partscasters bring what I need.
    Sorry , I have no idea about models being currently offered
     
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  16. Sotakoira Musti

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    I was just going to send you money via PayPal for your dream guitar. But then I saw it was a Strat. Teles only, too bad for you :lol:

    But a great plan anyways!​
     
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    This one will work just fine.


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  18. brookdalebill

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    Sorry, I deleted that when I saw what I’d done.
    Doh!
     
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    KC Friend of Leo's

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    this one:

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    which I actually have and played on a party gig last night. we had to play super quiet so people could talk, which is usually a difficult scene, but this thing came through with all the clarity and fullness you could ask for. easy to play, sounds great, pink.
     
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    Hopefully, Thank God, I will never have to own only one telecaster/ t-style guitar.
     
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