My 'secondhand' 60s Classic Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by BBill64, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. BBill64

    BBill64 Tele-Afflicted

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    Just came this afternoon.

    I got it off eBay for £340 (that's including p&p) and I was surprised to find that what I thought was going to be a secondhand MIM 60s Classic Player was in its original box with all the plastic, tags and stickers of a new guitar. It also came with a quality Fender gig bag which has got to be worth at least £20, so I really feel like I've grabbed a bargain.

    Buying this Tele was a bit of a gamble for me. I've been a Strat man for some time now, but I like the Tele because of its inherent plankiness, it's simplicity. I had planned to butcher it to fit a humbucker in the bridge position but, after playing it today, I might not bother with that.

    I do wish the neck pickup was a little punchier, more ballsy, but it's not something I want to fix right away. I haven't had chance to set it up how I like yet but it can only sound better with a decent set of strings and a tweak to the action.

    The one modification I will most likely do is getting a six-saddle bridge, purely for accuracy's sake in terms of tuning, and a different jack plate so I can use angled jacks.

    I am really pleased with what is a brilliant instrument for a price that I think is an absolute steal. I almost feel like they must have accidentally sent me a new one instead of the secondhand one they were trying to sell, but I'm not complaining!
     

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  2. ScottieHotrod

    ScottieHotrod Tele-Holic

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    Nice one! That's a very fine guitar!

    I got mine recently used - but basically new for £300 on ebay. Happy days!

    Enjoys!
     
  3. ludashoeless

    ludashoeless Tele-Afflicted

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    nice
     
  4. Chase TM

    Chase TM Tele-Meister

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    340 quid seems like a decent deal. What do they go for new in the UK?
     
  5. El Reclusa

    El Reclusa Tele-Afflicted

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    May I suggest Rutters compensated saddles instead of a sixer? Intonation is great and much nicer overall than a six saddle bridge...
     
  6. ScottieHotrod

    ScottieHotrod Tele-Holic

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    £501 !!!!!
     
  7. StratBluesRock

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    Sweet!
     
  8. BBill64

    BBill64 Tele-Afflicted

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    There was a tag from the shop I bought it from in the box which had £482 as the price. I mean, for the money, it definitely holds its own next to my '94 USA Standard Strat. This Tele's bridge pickup has ten times the balls of the Strat's.
     
  9. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Congrats, nice tele if the neck suits you,
     
  10. hal

    hal Tele-Afflicted

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    Plus one on getting compensated brass Tele style saddles.......
     
  11. elmicko

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    In the past few weeks I've put Wilkinson compensated bridges on two teles and both intonated perfectly. I like them much better than six saddle.
     
  12. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nice Tele! I dunno how squids is in a quid, but it really looks cool!
     
  13. Stubee

    Stubee Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    Great guitars. I get good intonation with 3 saddle bridges.

    Perhaps play a bit with neck pup height + different amps before swapping her out. Those are pretty nice pups there.

    In any case, nice find and have some fun.
     
  14. Oldschoolwax

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    Nice deal! It's a beauty, I'm jealous, ENJOY!
     
  15. dan79

    dan79 Tele-Holic

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    Great Telecasters - love mine!

    Play with the pickups until you get the sound you want - you'll hear plenty of folk on here say there's no need to change anything on a 60s Classic!

    Enjoy it:cool:
     
  16. spook69

    spook69 Tele-Holic

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    Great catch!

    I bought my 50's Esquire off ebait a year & a half ago for £295. It's a keeper.
     
  17. ScottieHotrod

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    yeah that neck pickup is dark no matter what height in my experience. But get some filthy, dirty fuzz on it and it's pretty sexy!
     
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