Indio/Monoprice Tele Review

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by schmee, Apr 4, 2020.

  1. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    OK, so I've had my $70 Tele type for a while. Decided to do a couple things to it so just passing along info:
    -The bridge was not grounded. Did that.
    -I replaced the bridge segments with Fender sinter cast satin ones. Nothing wrong with the function of the old ones which were chrome, but they were a little rough around the edges, I like the sinter cast ones and they are cheap.
    -The pickups are ceramic. Surprisingly I like the tone.... but I haven't played a gig with them and dont know that I will really..
    -I really like the neck shape, not thin, not thick, almost a very soft V near the nut end.
    -The "Indio" logo is just thin paint and comes right off with some Goof Off. Headstock is now bare.
    -The finish on the neck is not super thick and shiny. Definitely not thick like an SX etc.
    -The neck is 2.25 at the heel, unlike Fender, Squire etc which are 2.19. So if you would want to change necks, you'd have to live with the gap.
    -The ferrules fell out when I removed the strings! I epoxied them in place.
    -The body seems to be Poplar... my best guess. Doesn't appear to be Basswood.
    -The tuners are the same common ones used on many Asian import cheap guitars including Squier.
    -The frets are quite well done but they are vintage style small frets.
    -The pots are mini's, quite smooth and work well. For how long I'm unsure!
     
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  2. notme

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    Which model did you get, the less expensive solid finish one or one of the fancy quilted version? Im thinking of grabbing the blonde one.
     
  3. tubegeek

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    Thanks for that explanation - I've been wondering. I'd be sorely tempted to reshape the headstock, too, but then, I'm kind of an idiot.

    How did you get it so cheap? Were they on sale at some point?

    I always heard it was "squandered" and that it was Mets pitcher Tug McGraw explaining how he spent his bonus. You could look it up.
     
  4. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Yeah, I think it was a sale a few months back.
     
  5. Darly

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    Hey quick question, is the Neck Pickup routed for a humbucker as well. I might buy one to Mod
     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I don't think so. I should have taken a pic I guess.
     
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    tubegeek Tele-Afflicted

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    FYI there are a couple of Open Box Indio Teles on the site dirt cheap.
     
  8. Darly

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    Yeah it's why i'm wondering if I can put a humbucker in it without having to buy tools :D
     
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    Thanks for the reply!
     
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