Is there really no Telecaster for me?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Dreamweb, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. Dreamweb

    Dreamweb TDPRI Member

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    Hi there...
    I've been thinking about getting a 4th Telecaster, but this time I want it to be slightly different. I've been looking around the Internet but it seems the model I want does not exist... Here's what I want:

    Absolutely necessary:
    It must be new. A guitar is a very personal thing to me and I have to be its 1st owner. So no second-hand stuff.
    At least one humbucker, no matter where.
    No vintage (top-loaded) tuning keys! I hate these!
    One volume pot and one tone pot, no more.
    I want a Fender, maybe a Squier, but no other brands!

    Not required, but would be nice:
    A thinline model would be good.
    Maple fingerboard, or generally: no dark wood here.
    Natural or blonde finish, I will consider all colours though, but please no sunburst and no white - already have those!

    Any suggestions? I have browsed dozens of models but when they have one thing I need, they always have something I don't want too!
    Any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. IMadeYouReadThis

    IMadeYouReadThis Tele-Meister

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    Oh, trust me. There's a tele for everybody. ;)

    In all seriousness, have you looked at the '72 thinlines? They may not be very humbucker-ish sounding, but they are technically humbucking pickups.

    Squier used to make a good CV '72, but they may have ax'd it in favor of the Indonesian 2019 models (which have gotten very mixed reviews).
     
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  3. RYAN1987M

    RYAN1987M Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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  4. coolidge

    coolidge Tele-Meister

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    Vintage tuners are not a problem, Gotoh makes locking tuner replacements. I installed these on both my Highway One Texas Tele's.

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  5. coolidge

    coolidge Tele-Meister

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    I hear you Dreamweb, went searching for a Tele for me. I purchased two brand new Tele's and sold them both. Then happened on my dream spec Tele the Highway One Texas model.

    Made in USA Fender
    12 inch radius fretboard.
    Tall/narrow frets.
    Lightweight Ash bodies, the Texas twins below weigh 6lbs 13ozs and 7 lbs 8 ozs.
    Locking tuners, upgraded both to Gotoh vintage locking tuners.
    Vintage tray style bridge plate. Upgraded both to Glendale single cut stainless bridge plates. Also Goto compensated saddles.
    I upgraded pickups in both, SD Quarter Pound set and the other Demarzio Area Hot T bridge/Area T neck.
    Black vintage 5 hole Bakelite pick guards

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  6. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    partscaster? you can specify all the things you want..

    Fender website has the Limited Edition FMT Telecaster, https://shop.fender.com/en-US/elect...tion-custom-telecaster-fmt-hh/0262000520.html

    honestly, there's a telecaster for everybody.. Ive seen in this forum all sorts of telecasters, from Fender models to partscasters and DIY builds.. its a really great platform for everything..

    if guitars are very personal to you, then you will enjoy creating your own.. you wont get resale value, if it matters to you, but you have other tele's/guitars, may this new one be a personal project that you will never sell and stricty for you..
     
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  7. PCollen

    PCollen Friend of Leo's

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    One humbucker, no matter where ! That says quite a lot to me, Bro. How about only one humbucker right in the middle.

    No top loading tuning keys....what does that mean. Bridges may be top-loaded, but not tuning keys.
    Here you go, 'bro: https://www.musiciansfriend.com/gui...mited-edition-electric-guitar/l25715000001000

    It must be new.> Check
    At least one humbucker, no matter where. >Check
    No vintage (top-loaded) tuning keys! I hate these! >Check
    One volume pot and one tone pot, no more. >Check
    I want a Fender, maybe a Squier, but no other brands!> Check
     
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  8. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    FYI, G&L's Bluesboy is exactly what you're looking for, and G&L is more Leo Fender than Squier ever was.....
     
  9. RottenTheCat

    RottenTheCat Tele-Meister

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    FWIW, I quit buying Fender Telecasters. I had a 72/73 regular Tele, white blonde, with a maple neck. Then an early 70's Tele Deluxe with a maple neck. Then a 52 RI (paid $860 out the door! But that was the late 90's). After that, just been buying Warmoth parts and Fender hardware and building my own. I know what I like, and have built what I like. More like "assembled the parts" than build. Its not hard. Lots of advice here. Have... jeeze... assembled more than I can remember for me, friends, customers.

    Latest - Thinline, ash, fat neck in goncalo, with nocaster pickups, one vol, one tone, switch. Stainless 6150 frets. That's all. And its all I need.
     
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    John 5 signature squire - (but it does not have a maple neck)
     
  11. Telecaster88

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    I just picked up a used Classic 72 Thinline in natural ash, which checks all your boxes except new. You can still find new ones in Sunburst, but not natural. (?)

    Edited to add: Oops, Classic 72 has the vintage tuners. And it looks like some 72s in natural are still available new.
     
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  12. toomuchfun

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    You're thinking way too much, just get a Thinline or a Custom and change the tuners.
     
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  13. NewKid

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    Sorry, no Tele for you.
     
  14. TeleTown

    TeleTown Friend of Leo's

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    BYO man!
     
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    This! G&L makes fantastic guitars. They are solid, reliable, and great tone. I think the Bluesboy model is exactly what you are looking for, op.
    My G&L Asat Classic S is my favorite guitar. Holds up against any fender telecaster I put it up against. The Bluesboy models I am seeing also have thinline options.
    I think you can ask them for custom colors.

    Just as Fender as the rest of them!
     
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  16. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Holic

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    I support the call for building your own. I thought my desire for a new telecaster ended when I bought my Baja, because it was as close as it gets to a '51 Nocaster Custom Shop.

    In the end, the itch got the better of me, and I bought an allparts neck, MJT blonde ash body and Lindy Fralin overwound tele pickups. Now the Baja is for sale.
     
  17. Skydog1010

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    The ones I want would look like...well let's seeo_O

    How in the heck can we plot your path when I have no clue where I'm going???
     
  18. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    I build, I buy, I'm broke!
     
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  19. littlebadboy

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    The Kotzen Telecaster!



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  20. CV Jee Beez

    CV Jee Beez Tele-Holic

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    Seems like the constraint of "Fender only" is the troublemaker. Ditch that and you have an easy task. Unless you want to custom order with Fender.

    FYI - I love Fender and own custom shop and USA stuff from them.
     
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