Mexican Tele, Best Year?

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  1. Natele

    Natele TDPRI Member

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    So I've heard for years now that there was a certain year of Production of the Mexican Telecaster that you wanna get. It may have been a few years...

    So now I'm looking at buying one possibly with the idea that I will do some upgrades, mods, etc..

    Anyone know what year I'm looking for?

    Thanks
     
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  2. RocknDom

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    I've heard late 90's (based off this video review)

    Hope that helps!

    *Strat review, but may be applied to Teles of the era... I'd assume...
     
  3. TelecasterBlooz

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    All I know is my '98 MIM Tele gets me where I need to be..(tonally wise)....Bone stock too!
     
  4. boris bubbanov

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    You go in 12 shops, play every MIM tele you can find until you find the best one, at least the best one a fair deal can be cut on.

    Report back to me. I'll tell you if you got the right year.

    I bet you know what the answer already is.
     
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    1999 and on...
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  7. GuitarJonz

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    If you are talking about the MIM Classic 50's model, some guys feel that the first year, 1998, was the best year, with really nice, fatter necks than the later ones. TDPer Mark Davis had a couple of those, and I remember him posting about how great the necks were. Maybe he'll chime in here. Those would have a serial number MN8xxxxx They come up occasionally on eBay. Happy hunting
     
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    franchelB Friend of Leo's

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    I'm partial...

    I personally think that my 1991 MIM Tele is as good as any other Tele that's ever been made!
     
  9. Gary in NJ

    Gary in NJ Tele-Meister

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    The one you own. Don't beat yourself up over "best year".
     
  10. musicmatty

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    I also have a 1991 and it's my favorite of the 4 that I own. My first experience with a Top loader and now I prefer Top loads after having both and hearing the difference. The neck is perfect..virtualy no relief with 3.5/64 accross the fret board at the 17th fret. No rattle or buzz and plays with such smoothness.

    The bridge pup is staggered pole pieces with a Copper bottom plate, only found on the more expensive Tele's these days...the sound was incredible I thought when I bought it. No..I don't believe they ever got any better than these first few years. When they changed to a string thru body with modern saddles...many assumed that this was now a better Tele. The pickups they later changed to were never as good as the ones that came in the early models..no way..no how. To each his own, but those early models are something special for sure. ;)
     
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    I've heard '94 was the year. Why? I think it had something to do with a fire in a Fender factory in Mexico... all the production of MIM teles was moved to California for that year while the factory was rebuilt, so the MIM teles from that year were really MIA... anyway that's the rumour... there was someone on this board a while back that had some info about that event, but I don't recall ever seeing any really convincing evidence so, to repeat myself all over again, THAT'S THE RUMOUR and it's worth every penny you paid for it.
     
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    I think the newest run of MIMs is probably my favorite yet.
     
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    Hey Thanks for all your advice folks. Appreciate it. I will let everyone know what I get..

    Thanks everyone
     
  16. carlos

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    No doubt it was 2009 :)

    well, I have a 1992 and it's the one I play the most lately. It's been modded with new bridge, pickups (the stock bridge pup was shrill and weak), but the basic frame is great, perfect low action smooth neck, no buzzings and perfect body weight (not too heavy nor too light)
     
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    My 1992 sounds and plays better than the newer Tele's. The only problem I've had was the three way switch went out. It was an easy fix on this old top loader.
     
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    Everyone KNOWS it was 2001. Just check my signature.
     
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    Mine's a 94

    I've only owned one, a 94 MIM. Its been upgraded (before i bought it) with Seymor duncan 1/4" pound pickups. I have had it ~ 1yr, and only paid $225.00 for it. I think its a great guitar for my money.
     
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    By the way, does anybody know what mexican tele models were available during the first years of production? Mine was a standard and I believe it was the cheapest model then.
     
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