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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by MAXXFIELD, Nov 16, 2020.
It's quite a deal but beware of the $800 shipping and handling fee.
A good used US tele is about $1000 CDN here in Vancouver - seems about right. Then add on your bits and pieces and get a good setup lol
Interesting perspective. Not sure how all of this translates to other currencies. Now my head is spinning with all kinds of math. I am pretty sure that shipping an American made guitar out of the U.S. is an additional 25%. Shipping into our country is free
there’s that, but there’s the exchange rate. There’s also an extra premium put on stuff. They had an enquiry and the manufacturers and suppliers said essentially 'we charge it because we can and you idiots pay it'
I tried a CV Tele. Didn’t like the small neck or the heavy weight. It was a boat anchor.
A good Tele is free. Congratulations to the four winners !
Seems there's a lot of interest in color, features and of course price. If you like it play it. Here's a clip of Beverly "Guitar" Watkins on a Squire Strat (). Beverly is in her 80's and it's a inexpensive guitar but the player is the soul of all of this. It's what you've got that will come out of your amp. I'd concentrate more on how well I can play as a goal instead of how the guitar looks.
Well, without knowing what "good" means, which it the crux of the otherwise truly pointless question, the answer is X dollars.
"Good" is always subjective. But you know it when you feel it.
I have two of them, neither are heavy
Yeah, it depends on what "good" means. It's a singularly un-specific term.
The Japanese Teles have skyrocketed in price from what I saw on Reverb today, I’ve had a few and, yes, they’re well built. The pickups were too thin and they used dime pots, but I corrected that. I still have a Richie Kotzen which needed no correction, but the MIJ Teles used to be appealing because of the price range coupled with craftsmanship. Price range is no longer appealing. I’m 68 and simply won’t be shopping for another Tele thank God! If I was I’d likely go for an older American Standard. I have 2 and they’re both great players.
But we don't live our lives with blindfolds on, we only act like we do !
We are an odd society, we will buy a Chinese Guitar because its JUST as good or better, but in a million years only buy American made tools !
Serious Auto and Truck repair shops do not buy their tools at Harbor Freight.
I dare say that this entire discussion about better vs better only came up because one day , in a galaxy far far away, someone bought the LESS expensive guitar and felt the need to defend his or her position. Today, the better vs better thing is now a daily conversation. Its now who we are.
A good Tele or anything else for that matter should cost as much as WE are willing to pay and be satisfied. It can't qualified . There is NO way to measure self satisfaction from person to person.
Years back the USA guitars were in the $700 and up range, the MIM guitars were in the under $300 range. Do we not find it interesting that the MIM guitars are now in the ABOVE $700 range and the under $300 guitars are now made in the Far East ?
"My Chinese guitar is far better then your Mexican made guitar, and cheaper too " !
Why do we even talk about USA guitars anymore ? They are obviously Dinosaurs !
How came our nation is not filled with Chinese Cars ? Asking for a friend.
RE: Years back ( maybe 2005) a very good friend, good player, good singer/performer came to a gig with a MIM Tele, he was excited as he paid something like $300. It looked good , sounded good, I didn't think anything of it. Next thing ya know he says out of the clear blue sky, and I swear this is the truth " It stays in tune better than your 52 RI" . I didn't respond , I just had that DUMB look on my face , a "HUHH ?? " moment.
and yet, here we are, 2020...
Those Squiers are “good”. It’s just wood, wire and a few screws.
There is no reason, in this day and age, for a $300 guitar to not be pretty much perfect. I think anything above that price, you're paying for embellishments.
I’d like to change my answer to $25! That’s all it took to win the Vintera Roadworn Tele! Happy day for me! Otherwise whatever the current top of the Squier Models. I won’t buy a Squier affinity or standard too low.
Embelishments like this?
Hand made in the usa
Meanwhile in Indonesia
Yes, guitars made anywhere BUT the US are better!
This proves it!
So true. I'm shocked at how much guitar you can get for the money nowadays.
And when you take into account inflation, the differences are even more stark.
This is the Golden Age for guitars. And with major online retailers, it's as easy as sitting in your family room and pushing a button on your phone or computer and - DING! - a few days later you have a nice new guitar in your hands for a very decent price.