In your opinion - who makes the best Tele?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Les Paul lover, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. Les Paul lover

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    The Tele isn't a fender exclusive anymore.
    A number of its designs are backward and outdated even (doesn't mean it doesn't make for a great guitar, just that die hard tele fans (like Les Paul fans) can be very conservative, at time in spite of common sense).

    As an example, the 3 saddle tele bridge.... is, for me, an anachronism. Having saddles, even compensated, that only allow for approximate intonation makes me cringe. Yet I've heard people make great music with teles equipped with that bridge.

    Same thing with the Stratocaster.
    When I searched long and hard for my Stratocaster...... I bought a Vigier Expert Retro 54. Vintage tone, no hum, the best neck I've played, and lots of techy features that make it a great classic, yet modern guitar (no truss rod, but a carbon insert - the neck doesn't move, ever; ball bearing tremolo bridge, roller saddles, with zero fret and Teflon (!!!!) nut, meaning the tremolo, even floating, always comes back to pitch...... and a few other clever things I won't go into).

    So when I looked for my perfect strat..... it was a Vigier.

    What is your perfect tele?
    And why?
    Have you got it? (Pics!!!!!!) :)
     
  2. jman72

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    Wow, that's quite a question. I think there are over 1 million posts on these threads explaining the answer to your simple question.;)
     
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    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I'll wade in.
    I like K-Line relic/replicas.
    They sound and look like the real deal, and are sanely priced.
     
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    Yes, but i want here, is your opinion...

    The other 1 million posters can feel free to post in too. Adding pics is important.
     
  6. Les Paul lover

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    I see.

    Pretty classic designs, but the same nicely done.

    http://www.k-lineguitars.com/truxton

    I like their dual mini hums tele - the finish they show is pretty yummy too!!!
     
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    Now..... that is teasing.

    Pics or your axe is an elastic band wrapped around a biscuit tin. And the tin is rusty...... ;)
     
  8. Telegeekster

    Telegeekster Tele-Meister

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    [​IMG] Which of your children is the best?;)

    You could own several Tele or near-Tele guitars, and find that the definition of "best" varies with the physical environment in which you are playing, the musical requirements of the setting, or just your mood.

    Each Tele I've owned has presented its own unique combination of plusses and minuses.

    ALL THAT BEING SAID, the "best" one I ever had is the parts-built instrument that I rely on today.
     
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    Me... I make exactly what I want.
     
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    Anachronism?

    Leave politics out of this, son. Leo got it right the first time.
     
  11. Les Paul lover

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    That is a very nice piece of wood. What is It? Old pine?

    I love the knots.
    Did you make the body yourself? If so, you really managed to keep all the knots in the right place to look really nice!!!
     
  12. Mississippi_Kid

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    Even Fender doesn't make just one "Telecaster".
     
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    I should play my own game really.

    I just bought a lowly G&L ASAT Special Tribute, and I've been very impressed by some of the features. I absolutely love the big MFD pick ups, and the G&L saddle lock bridge is a very well designed bridge.

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. Les Paul lover

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    Indeed!
     
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    :D

    Well, we don't all agree on that. But if you like it.... all the better for you. :)
     
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    [QUOTE="Les Paul lover, post: 7862906, member: 137741"

    What is your perfect tele?
    And why?[/QUOTE]

    That's easy. It's my SX STL 50 in Lake Placid Blue. Why, because it looks like a Tele, feels like a Tele, smells like a Tele and sounds like a Tele and best of all, it was £109 brand new.:)
     
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    This is a piece of Ohio pine purchased from StewMac about three years ago. I reckon that it was still a tree as recently as 2010. It came pre-cut and drilled. I just sanded and finished it. My ham-handed relic and wood finishing efforts make it look older than it is. It's all mail-order parts; for that reason, I call her "Melania."
     
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    Knotty!
     
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    I've played good examples of all the best known brands... some people will insist G&L is the best, Fender is ****, vice versa etc whatever ... A guitar that feels perfect to one person might feel awful to another... it's all so individual... in my experience, all the reputable brands that make Telecasters make good ones
     
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  20. Telegeekster

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    "Best" for what? Playing live? Practicing? Investment for resale/capital appreciation?
     
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