Left handed telecaster copies ?

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  1. timsan55

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    Hi

    I'm new here. Based in the UK. Very impressed by the forum, and would like to ask if anyone knows where to go for left handed telecasters, in the UK, or failing that, the price range in the US.

    I guess that means the genuine article as over here copies are not available as far as I can see as have been looking at that too, if allowed to use the word "copies" !

    I'm sure US pricing is lower, but that also means pay and ship before getting hands on the instrument.

    Suggestions / help welcomed and gratefully rec'd !

    To make a contribution - have recently been experimenting in Open G and it's a lot of fun for those who haven't tried it. 5 strings only DGDGB low to high.

    Thanks all

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  2. Jim Dep

    Jim Dep Friend of Leo's

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    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jim, from what i've read the shipping there wouldn't be worth it. I do recall there being a seller of SX's on ebay in EU. Maybe cheaper to go that route, although I wouldn't hesitate going the Rondo route. Kurt's been great to deal with.
     
  4. Dellis

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    I'd keep searching the Bay, try to score something Japanese, they often sell for reasonable prices, and the Fender Japan products are excellent. MIM's also sell quite cheaply, I've noticed, and they too are well worth your time and money.

    Good luck! I was in the same position not that long ago...! All I can say is, I'm glad I waited and spent a bit more, rather than getting a cheaper copy that may not have lasted me as long.

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  5. timsan55

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    Thanks very much coincidentally took the current Mrs S to Rye, ancient port on our south coast and there was this guitar shop in which trhey had a LHTC for £99. Needless to say I had more sense than to buy.

    I will check out Rondo, the co I work for is Houston based, and we travel back and forth so either someone is coming here or I go there from time to time.

    BTW recently bought LH Gibson LP copy by Westfield, £238 and it is fantastic if that helps anyone.

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the help ! MIM's ? Can someone enlighten the limey ?

    Best

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  6. Dellis

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    Made in Mexico, and topping stuff.

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  7. timsan55

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    Thanks very much ! Need to brush up my nomenclature !

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  8. Dellis

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    PM'd you, just to give you a heads up. :)

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    Did you try it?
     
  10. leftyfrank

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    Dear TimSan55: if your company is Houston based and you do come over, there is a "brick and mortar" music store called South Paw Guitars that is located there. Please check out their website. Good Luck! Some day I want to get there and spend 2-3 days trying all the lefties they have.
     
  11. timsan55

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    No unfortunately the guitar store wasn't on the itenerary and the wife was unimpressed, plus it was in his store which was 20 minutes away, but having looked at the site suggested above and the low prices I probably should have done.

    Unusually the shop keeper was not too enthused about the quality of the guitar himself........that was an influence too, he was an older guy and obviously keen on selling higher end product. Tks

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  12. timsan55

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    Thanks and I will try that ! Sounds like specialists - let me know if you head this way and I'll try and find out where best to go so as less time is wasted, we are in kent about 40 miles out of London.

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  13. timsan55

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    Still getting the hang of this forum, your reply is the one that starts "unfortunately no"

    Tks again T
     
  14. timsan55

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    Tks again, this is a very nice group on this forum !

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    Have you checked out guitarguitar ?

    http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/left_guitars.asp
     
  16. Jim Dep

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    The "Richfield" and/or Shine guitars sold in England are the same as the Douglas tele copies featured with Rondo music, I read somewhere. I believe they are all made at the Saein factories in Korea and China.
     
  17. teleman55

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    Hi. I'm a lefty Tele player. Are the Mexican Fenders high priced or hard to get in UK? They're cheap here used, and great guitars (hey, they've probably been making guitars in Mexico since the 1500's when it was New Spain)...pre 2006 if you want alnico pickups/vintage sized frets. How about Squire CV? Love the Rondo Gibson style guitars. Fender style ones can be hit or miss, but there ar some nice ones.
     
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    Prices here for left handed second hand Fender (& Gibson) guitars are very boyant.

    On Average you only save about 25% from web prices for second hand, so its a toss up between new (with warranty) or second hand.
     
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    That store I visited in Deal is not far from you and he has £90 copy teles in left hand, but as the guitars were in his other place 20 mins away i didn't get to try one out. He's just down the hill from the Church - steep hill it is too...............

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