No Tele in 20+ years. Any love for the Player Series?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by tygr55, Jul 23, 2021.

  1. tygr55

    tygr55 TDPRI Member

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    I've really been jonesing for a Telecaster in my old age. Not ready to make the full commitment yet though.

    So...I just bought a "mint" 2018 model to give a damn good try.

    Will I be hearing anything at all like USA Tele? An older AmStd I'm thinking should sound like a real Telecaster.

    What say you folks?
     
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  2. scelestus

    scelestus Tele-Holic

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    What you bought is the real deal and I think it will serve you well. No need for serial number envy! HNGD!
     
  3. SomeGuyNamedRob

    SomeGuyNamedRob Tele-Meister

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    My #1 is a Player Series in Tidepool Blue with a Fender roasted maple neck, and Noiseless Gen 3 pickups (hey, I like em) that the previous owner installed, and I like the sound of enough to leave in.
     
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  4. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Tele-Holic

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    No discernible difference in sound between USA and Mexico Teles. And the sound on either can be modified, easily.
     
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    Skyhook Tele-Meister

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    We say: if you NGD without pictures the bad guys win. :)
     
  6. jwag

    jwag Tele-Meister

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    HNGD, Congrats.

    I’ve been on the hunt for a great Tele and Strat for a while now. I’ve played quite a few of them both and haven’t pulled the trigger on a $1700 + new or used one yet.

    However, I did just buy a Classic Series 60’s Strat yesterday and will tell you I couldn’t be happier. I bought it cheap, knowing if I didn’t like it, I could make a few bucks and move it fairly fast. I’m just gonna go ahead and say for at least the time being, I’m no longer looking at Strat’s and fully focused on Tele’s moving forward.

    I put a set of nicer 57/62 pickups in my cart with full intentions of ordering them this weekend. That said, I’m pretty content with the stock pickups in mine, and going to hold off for now. The bridge is a little weaker than I’m used to using, but it sounds like a good Strat to me.

    The reason I mentioned the Strat is…I’m now looking for a Classic Series Tele. If they’re anything like the Strat’s….I’m looking forward to saving some cash, and getting a fantastic guitar.
     
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  7. Mind Flayer

    Mind Flayer Tele-Meister

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    You have chosen wisely. A tele is a very simple design. You don’t need to pay out the nose to get a great one.
     
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  8. Ironheadslim

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    I am loving my Tidepool Tele with the stock pickups. The sound, the color, fit & finish. One of my favorite guitars ever!
     
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  9. gridlock

    gridlock Poster Extraordinaire

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    I owned one and really liked it. A very nice guitar and I believe that I only paid $350 for the used but mint condition guitar and case.

    Only sold the Player Telecaster when I got a deal on an American Professional in a color that I wanted.

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  10. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Tele-Afflicted

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    The stock pickups in that Classic 60s strat are *very* well thought of--the CS 69s. I'd play the heck out of them before I did anything else!
     
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  11. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Be careful buying a 2018, as those are the ones with the string holes drilled too far out, and are a pig to restring. I ended up having to replace the bridge, as Fender UK refused any help at all.
     
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  12. GreatDaneRock

    GreatDaneRock Tele-Afflicted

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    There are plenty of "real Telecaster" sounds that differ from one another. I say don't be so fixated on American, all I have are MIMs and they're great. I would put them against any American ones any day of the week. Buy what feels good in the hands and good to the ears, and play your heart out. That's all there is to it.
     
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  13. tygr55

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    Bought it sight unseen from a seller with a generous return policy.

    Here she is:


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  14. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Congratulations. :):cool:
     
  15. gridlock

    gridlock Poster Extraordinaire

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    Same with mine. New bridge not shown.
     
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  16. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    In my crazy, twisted way of thinking, if the headstock has the words "Fender" & "Telecaster", it's a "real" Tele regardless of which series it represents.
     
  17. Rockinvet

    Rockinvet Tele-Afflicted

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    Good choice. I had a Player strat and liked it a lot. They are well made instruments with just some different appointments from their American counterparts.
     
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  18. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    The Player Series are a great platform. You'll sound like you playing a Tele because they are a Tele.

    The only mods I'd do on that guitar are adding a 4-way switch for a stealth Les Paul series humbucker tone and rotate the control plate for Vol-Tone-Switch to the rear sometimes called the Bill Kirchen mod. Otherwise just do a setup to your preferences and play the guitar.

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  19. GreatDaneRock

    GreatDaneRock Tele-Afflicted

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    Gorgeous, just like mine. Mine is lake placid blue, check my avatar. But I'm a humbucker type of person, so I put a dimarzio chopper t in the bridge. So do I get that Telecaster sound? I do but it's a different sound for most telecasters. In my ears a better sound, because I like humbuckers in the bridge position.

    Congrats!!
     
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  20. John_B

    John_B Tele-Meister

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    Hello Homey,

    Player Tele's do you very well at an affordable price. I buy them and upgrade most parts which allows me to stay in my retirement budget. Most of us choose to upgrade to better pickups. Bootstrap and Cavalier are the #1 & #2 choice for affordable quality. You can not go wrong with these two pickup makers.

    Your Tele is newer than my two and I am not aware of the bridge problem mentioned. I did replace my bridge with a Fender standard 3 saddle bridge with compensating tuners.

    Enjoy your new guitar.
     
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