I currently have 6 Teles and a Squier. A couple of them are MiMs and they're pretty good after I did some pickup and hardware upgrades. I Really like the American Performer and American Pro 1s as those are made of alder and ash. Haven't tried the Pro 2s yet, and am a little leary of the pine bodied models, as the soft pine wood dents so easily and screw holes tend to strip out. Tried a few noiseless pickups and couldn't find any I liked. I guess If I only had one Tele with no upgrades or mods, I'd go with a Performer or a Pro 1. Great feeling and sounding guitars. Very well finished frets, rounded fingerboard edges, superb pickups and hardware.Hi Folks
First post here though I've been reading for a good while now. I'm no spring chicken, though not quite over the hill (if it exists)...been playing the better part of 4 decades and have lots of guitars in the collection - varied from old Strats (90's Fender MIJ, 00's Fender MN), lots of kits and partscasters and even a Gibson LP :-O (still love my LP...always) with a handful of teles I either built or modded, using kits and parts...none are perfect though and I conclude I need a nice Fender Tele to finish the collection for now.
I no longer gravitate towards heavy rock and such like and I am loving my teles ever more. I find myself now looking to knock out some decent country/modern country/southern rock influenced tunes having thrown off the genre shackles of youth and now just make music I like. It works well and I have every tone largely covered guitar wise. Except, a genuine and reliable Tele. Hence my current hunt for a Tele...and this post!
Money is a thing though Im old(er) than I once was and can spring up to a US Pro - cant spring any higher than that tho. Looking for vintage tone, lots of the classic twang (I know lots comes from me and Im good with that) but I guess the purpose of this to be clear - I dont want or need any heavy tones or lifeless pickups and I dont swap em out either. Just wnat a great out the box machine that will give me all the above and keen to hear your experience as owners and players of the same. NB I think Ive ruled out noiseless and I think (on account of more grunt) ruled out Twisted Tele models? Happy to be persuaded otherwise though as a 75th Anniv in 2 tone bourbon looks lovely to my eyes!!
Any input most welcome...based on current models available today.