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  1. BamaSurf

    BamaSurf TDPRI Member

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    If you had a choice between two Tele's... just looking for opinions from all y'all experienced Tele players.

    1. American Performer Vintage White with neck humbucker 9.5 radius with jumbo frets
    2. Vintera Road Worm Limited Lake Placid Blue with 7.25 radius and vintage tall frets

    Sending the Players Tele back...don't care for the pups, bridge or tuners...
     
  2. carpenter

    carpenter Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I would say 2. But I have never played one.
     
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    1, American Performer.
    I like a neck humbucker.
     
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    Honestly, I would look for a used American Standard before I went for either of those. You can probably get a late-90's one for just $200 more in nearly new condition. Most likely it will have a 9.5" radius, but the neck should be pretty good on it. The pickups must need to be changed if you don't like them, but you can get a set of awesome pickups for $55 from Bootstrap. You are looking at a grad total of probably $850-$950 with the new pickups. Especially if you shop around for "the One."

    The 7.25" radius is a great radius for anything short of dive-bomb bends. I don't have any note-choking issues that people talk about. The 9.5" is a great radius for pretty much everything. I have and love both, I prefer the 7.25".
     
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    The cat at MF said he could cut the cost 15%...I'll take your advice and do some research....
     
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  6. Telekarster

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    Never played either but I'm a vintage sort of dude and like a 7.25 so.... I'd go with #2 if it were me. However, I think I'd also be considering what @GuitarsBuicks is recommending too.
     
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  7. Cosmic Cowboy

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    The small difference in cost between all these guitars...even the MIM, make the American Performer very attractive to me.

    Especially if you don't own an American Tele.
     
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    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Afflicted

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    Ahh...okay I guess...? I'm not sure what you are saying here.

    Here is a reverb search for American Standards between '88 and '00. There are a couple that look like good candidates. Not to mention that these are usually considered some of the best American made Telecasters in recent history...some are even crazy enough to consider them on par with pre-CBS era Telecasters playability wise at least.

    https://reverb.com/p/fender-american-standard-telecaster-1988-2000

    I paid $900 even for mine with OHSC, then a year and an embarrassing gig later I put another $159 in it for '51 NoCaster pickups from the Custom Shop. It is now my primary. They are out there...might take some searching though.

    I wish you the best of luck in your search. Let us know if you need more advice.
     
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    What are your thoughts on the American Standards? I really like mine...I just wish the pickups hadn't broke. Although after 25 years of abuse some thing was bound to happen. I'm not sorry I put the CS '51 NoCaster set in there though.
     
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    I dig the vintera strats over the american standard strats so I would go vintera
     
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    I like the AS's a lot actually! In fact, I think it's probably one of the best bangs for the buck IMO. BTW - I have those same pup's in my Nocaster and LOVE em! I think you made the right choice there! ;)
     
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    Can't pass up a good road worm
     
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    Not keen on the Yosemite pickups in the Performer's tbh. I found them to be very thin sounding ymmv. Not sure about the HB's in those though, you want to try them first.
     
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    I'd go with the Vintera, personally.
     
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    If you're wanting a Tele that sounds like a Tele, go with the Vintera. If it's not your only Tele, then maybe go with the one with the humbucker in the neck, depending on the features you want. IMO you need at least one Tele with two single coils. The neck pickup is where at least half the magic is.
     
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    The new roadworns are quite excellent!

    I’m thinking about selling my Baja and getting one

    Played one in the store had a nice chunky neck
     
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    I’d go for the American. I can’t abide the 7.25 radius on any guitar. Though I do love narrow/tall frets.
     
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    #1
     
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    I would say 2.
     
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    What was the question?
    This one is actually a custom but #1.
     
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