New MIM or used 2012 Telecaster

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  1. Bluesidae

    Bluesidae TDPRI Member

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    Can get a good deal on a 2012 Tele. Also looking looking at a new MIM (fsr or player). I am new to the Tele world (have a Strat and 335)

    Amy advice or suggestions? Thx
     
  2. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Welcome!

    Make your decision based on the Features of the specific guitar you're looking at. A 2012 American Special/Performer has really big fretwire and that's either good or bad, depending on what will work best for you. These FSRs are packed with added value, compared to FMIC's usual models but that doesn't help you if the bridge or pickups or body wood or whatever that's "upgraded" isn't even to your liking.

    I have MIMs and USA production Teles and also a Fender Custom Shop Tele. They all make great music. The one thing they all have in common is, they had pickups I liked and tuning machines of the style I use and fretwire in a range of acceptable sizes and little or no "fussy" features that were intended for some other buyer.

    Check out a lightly used 50s (ash body) MIM "Classic Player" Baja. It is "pure tele" while still having some things about it that will feel like home, based on your existing guitars.
     
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  3. teletail

    teletail Tele-Holic

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    I almost never buy new. Why take the depreciation??

    BUT you have to try the guitars; there isn’t a single MIM; some are greAt, some suck.
     
  4. Bluesidae

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    Thx. Much appreciated!
     
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    Play them both and pick the one that feels and sounds best to you.
     
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    Go for a used MIM.

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  7. Bluesidae

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    Ok. Used sounds good. Unfortunately there is not a wide selection in western Canada. Patience is a virtue!
     
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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Travel is a virtue, too.

    I've bought guitars in person, California to South Florida and all but New Mexico in between. Make sure you make every trip so somewhere, really count.
     
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    I'm with Boris's first post - go try a Baja, or as it's now called, a Vintera 50s Modified (butterscotch blonde, black pickguard). It's a classic that'll satisfy your every Telecaster needs. Happy hunting.
     
  10. Bluesidae

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    Like the Vintera but it is $350 (cdn) than the 2012 American STD. Is the Vintera 50's that much better?
     
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    Buzzgrowl Tele-Meister

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    Its all about the neck. I like necks with rolled edges, at least some roll. Some mim have these others dont. I also dont get along with 7.25" radius.

    Its all very personal.

    They all sound similar with singles. Not the same, but similar enough.
     
  12. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'd have to play both of them before making a decision to buy either.
     
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    As said, a nice used baja should be easy to find. I bought mine with no dents or fretwear. Nice light weight too. If I was looking for another Tele I'd be tempted by the Player series because I like the pickups and prefer the 22 fret neck.

    Have a think about what you really want in a guitar then try to play some. It's all very subjective and only you know how it should feel, sound, look, etc.
     
  14. boris bubbanov

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    Wait, what?

    The Vintera $ 350 more than the used 2012 American Standard? No, that's all wrong. The sales price should be roughly the same, with the better sounding, better playing guitar maybe getting an edge. MIMs can be nice, and people who overlook them and never even try them need to be more open minded, but that's a long distance from new MIMs being $ 350 more than used USA models.
     
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    Get a used baja
     
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    I have not bought a new guitar since 1998 (MIM Tele, sold 10 years ago). I don't think I'm missing anything.

    You mention you're in Western Canada. Get on the Canadian Guitarist site; it's a good but fairly small group. Cool stuff sometimes shows up.
     
  17. Bluesidae

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    Just to clarify, new Vintera price is $200 more. Cdn taxes add almost another $150. Based on your comments, a standard for $350 less is a good deal?
     
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    Yes, affirmative. USA is better deal.
     
  19. Bluesidae

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    Thanks Boris!
     
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    I never buy new gear anymore. The inflated cost is something I just don't want to throw money at these days. Plus, I'm always able to find more interesting used gear.
     
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