Need help to decide between 2 teles

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  1. JamesJoyce314

    JamesJoyce314 TDPRI Member

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    Hi! Im torn between 2 teles

    1. A Fugijen Made in Japan tele from 1991.
    2. A Made in Mexico James Burton signature.

    Which one would you choose? thaaaanks!
     
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    I would like the fatter neck on the Burton
     
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    In a vacuum, the mij
     
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    +1 ! Me too.
     
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    Thanks!, but the overall sound do you think it would be similar between the 2? besides the neck?
     
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    arlum Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    I'd go by the pickups and overall sound / tonal quality if sound bytes / videos are available.
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I can change hardware, pickups, tuners, etc......but if the neck doesn't feel good (and for me, FATTER is BETTER) I'm not interested.
    Also, what is overall weight? Hopefully the fat necked one is also the lightest.
     
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    IIRC, the James Burton is basswood body. Weight shouldn't be bad at all ( dunno the exact amount I'll admit -- and am too lazy to look it up)..
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Welcome!

    We have almost nothing to go on for making a recommendation. What music do you play? What neck profile do you like? What tone are you seeking?

    The MIJ enthusists will stop by and give you a reading on that '91. These were offered in at least 2 different Telecaster models and may have been sold in different levels of hardware and pickup quality. Unless you can get a good description of it, or pull it apart to see what it really is, it's hard to tell you much. In any case, you'd need to put your hands on it to see if you get along with the neck profile.

    Before 2000 the JBS was poplar and after that was alder. Both are multi-piece with a veneer, no matter what the color is. It has a 6-saddle bridge that some folks like, and other folks swap out for a 3-saddle bridge. It has a Texas Special pickup set. The neck pickup is one of the best all-around useful, great-sounding Tele neck pickups, IMO. The bridge pickup isn't really a twanger and has an in-your-face midrange for rock and hard blues, again IMO.

    My JBS is apart while I'm Esquiring it and I had my hands on the neck an hour ago. It's a U-profile, but not a deep U like a '52 RI. To me it's like a 60s medium C with a slight bit of shoulder. It fills the hand more than a modern C, but in the world of fat necks it's not really in the fat range. Many folks buy the guitar just for the neck, which is really what you're buying: a neck you like with some other, replacable stuff stick to it. It's 9 1/5" radius and has thin, vintage frets which is an uncommon configuration. Satin finish and spagetti logo.
     
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    I play mostly with clean or ligthly OD tone. Alternative Latin music.
     
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    speaking strictly on the out of box experience and not factoring in any upgrades, the MIJ / CIJ Fender guitars i have owned always seemed better made than the MIM ones. Fujigen's reputation is essentially peerless outside of Custom Shop level stuff. i'd go with the MIJ
     
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    I'd do the MIJ one.
     
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    I've stated before that I've NEVER owned a MIJ Fender or Fender Squier guitar or bass that wasn't outstanding. So, given the limited information offered, I'd go with the MIJ. However, as I've gotten older, a large, "fat" neck has become essential for me.....especially on a longer gig. (as well as a lighter overall weight) ......so those details are important.
     
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    fotos???
     
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    I posted them above!, thanks!
     
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    Welcome aboard-
    Either way, they look great!
     
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    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    That MIJ looks nice. Welcome.
     
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    Welcome?

    This sub-forum is where we say hello. Try your question at the sub-forum Telecaster Discussion Forum.
     
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