James Burton Tele?

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  1. Uncle Butch

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    There's a like new used Burton Tele at my local shop and it keeps calling my name. Anybody have one and what are your impressions?
     
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    I had one and I really liked the sound and playability, but the look was just to much for me.
     
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    Depends on how much it is, I suppose. The neck is fantastic, if it's the original neck. My partscaster has a James Burton MIM neck on it. I'd probably by the guitar just for the neck, and if I didn't like other things about it, I'd just change them. Pickups, saddles can all be changed quite easily. Is it Candy Apple Red?
     
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    Never had one but there are 2 versions. The US one with Lace Sensors and the MIM one that is more traditional. Which one did you find?
     
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    Which Burton? The MIM Standard is a cool guitar—I have one. Most are CAR. Rattle hammer bridge. Custom shop Texas Special pickups.

    The fancy flamed MIA Burtons are 3 pick up beasts. Others know more about them.
     
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    It's the MIA red flamed model. Does anybody know the neck radius, shape and fret size? 9.5 U shape, small frets sound about right?
     
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    Buy it, they are one of the best Teles ever made.
     
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    The neck is dramatically smaller than the MIM model. Once I figured that out, I looked at them but stopped picking them up to play them. Once they arrive they tend to hang around in stores - the MIM ones, unless they're torn up, get snapped up pretty fast.
     
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    That's right - 9-1/2" radius fretboard, relatively vintage size fretwire.
    Basswood body.
    I have the blue version - it was a gift from a long-time friend in fact.
    The resonance of that body is quite something (I have a thing for basswood bodies as it is; 'my other guitar is an Ibanez'...)
    I prefer larger fretwire - so I addressed that.

    If you like the neck and like how it responds when played... seems like a possible purchase.
     
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