Other Quality, Budget- Friendly T-Style Guitars?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by FenderGuy53, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm interested in acquiring a NEW, quality, budget-friendly (<$500 new), t-style guitar. I want something that I can leave on a stand in my home music room, and grab when the inspiration hits me!

    I like the look/features of Michael Kelly '53 models and G&L Tribute ASAT Specials, but there are no local opportunities to see/play one; that said, there are online vendors with reasonable return policies.

    Any suggestions? Thanks, guys.
     
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    Old Made in USA Peavey style T guitars are a great deal. I personally prefer the Generation S1. Looks like a Tele, sounds like it's own thing (which I happen to prefer, but that's me).
     
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    naveed211 Tele-Meister

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    Used is the way to go, but I can’t imagine anything being better than a good Classic Vibe brand new in that price range. Different maybe, not better.

    I’d always want to try before I buy especially in that price range, but I’d be just as confident in Classic Vibe as I would with a G&L Tribute, Of which many I’ve found so-so or worse.

    Harley Benton does interest me a little if I had to buy sight unseen.
     
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    Thanks so much, but I'd prefer to buy new (original post editted).
     
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    G&L = $600 new

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    I second the Squier Classic Vibe series.
     
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    Squier CV ...by Fender ... In your budget range ...
     
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    The best value I have found is in putting a partscaster together and finishing it yourself.

    For $500 or under you can have pretty much any tele you want finished in nitro, klusons, pickups of choice etc.
     
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    I haven't totaled up what I spent on my latest (and only) build, but even with custom ordering a neck from Warmoth, I don't believe I went over $400.....and that's with Wilkinson vintage tuners, Wilkinson vintage-style bridge w/ three compensated saddles, Bootstrap Pickups' Pretzel pickups, (the REAL secret to great tone) a GFS unfinished Paulownia body, pre-wired control plate, and nice (generic) tortoise pick guard. Add a hard case from Musician's Friend, and I'm still under your $500 limit.
    That said, if you don't want to build.....go with the Fender Squier Classic Vibe.
     
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    My last two came in at around $600 AU each with dimarzio and Seymour Duncan pickups, CV tuners, nitro and rustoleum finishes, unfinished allparts necks. $500 US is $730 AU at the moment. A new Classic Vibe would cost me about $150 more but would be my next choice if I didn't want to assemble something. This strat cost me around $650 AU. custom shop 69's and JB jnr bridge. Big brass block. Allparts unfinished neck, $40 dollar au body with a can of rustomeum heirloom white and a $8 buck can of clear. Weight 5.8 pounds and is my best playing strat yet.

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    Nice guitar.....for a Stratocaster. ;)
    Have you tried Bootstrap Pickups, Chunk? I have no idea what they would cost Down Under, but I think they would be less than Dimarzio or Seymour. Here in USA, the Pretzel Tele set is $49.95+ shipping. And.... they do sound awesome. (IMHO) Check their website. I'm not affiliated, other than being a VERY pleased customer and user.
     
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    Thanks, I have had a look at their website and i'm very interested in trying some, I plan to use the custom option. I need a bridge pickup for an esquire i'm working on but can't afford to order at the moment. I already had all the parts for that strat minus the body, same goes for the tele I just finished. I just need a neck and bridge pickup for the new esquire and I should be able to get them some time in the new year.
     
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    Depends on how Budget friendly you need to be but I've two Squier Affinity teles that I play regularly. Upgraded to Wilkinson pickups, which are very affordable too. The guitars play extremely well and can be set up perfectly. I think I needed to touch up the fret ends with a sanding sponge and that was it. Been great players for two years and yes grab and go and no worry about the odd combat scars. affinity 02.jpg
     
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    If I couldn't find a new, reasonably priced, T-style, then I probably would go go the used Fender Standard MIM route.

    There were some unique FSR's issued, with alnico pickups, that I would consider worthy, if I could grab a pristine example, for the right price.
     
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    Pretty. But I'd prefer an s/s and minus the ashtray bridge.
     
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    Good points, Chunkocaster. ;)
     
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