paisley silver vs black esquier vs j mascis

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  1. horax

    horax Tele-Afflicted

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    Ok guys....I'm a sucker for sparkle teles.

    I freed up about 2,000.00 and need a new tele. Seriously...I do...just....don't ask.

    Anyway, I've been looking at Ultras and Elites and everything else...but I still have questions.

    I used to have the silver paisley signature tele. Bought it on day 1 of their release. It had a sticky neck and the bridge was crooked. I ended up selling it despite loving the neck and pickups.

    I saw the release of the black esquire and thought it looked better than the silver, but I think it's the same guitar with the exception of the neck pickup, etc.

    the J Masic looks very simliar to the paisley...but iwthout the relic...and it's a toploader. I prefer string throughs...but I love the blue sparkle.

    My quesions is as follows: have hte Paisley's gotten better through the years? Is the neck still sticky, etc? Is the Masics basically the same thing but a different color?

    Last questoin...if you wanted to spend about 1800 what would you get?

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  2. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I know it's not one of your options, but if I had $1800 to spend, I'd probably get a Ron Kirn Barnbuster. They seem to hold their value pretty well too.

    Out of those three, I'd probably get the tele. Having a pickup hidden under the guard defeats the purpose of an Esquire to me...and I'm not a huge fan of top-loaders.
     
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    As far as the mascis the neck is supposed to be a fairly thin c and I believe the nut to be a little wider, haven’t seen one in person yet though

    I have seen the black paisley in person and thought it looked a lot better than in most photos, as far as I know it’s the exact same as the silver one

    I didn’t play the paisley but I played 3 other brand new roadworn’s at the shop and non of them seemed to have sticky necks, although I only played each for 15 minutes or so

    Edit: to answer the last “questoin”;) I would get the mascis but that’s just what “I” want
     
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  4. Fluddman

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    Silver sparkle looks great on stage when the lights hit it!
     
  5. fidopunk

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    I own the original Brad Paisley and love it. As mentioned, this'll be a battle of specs and aesthetics.
     
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    That Esquire is a thing of beauty and a joy to behold!
     
  7. MrDavey2Shoes

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    I'd go Mascis based on color but I wouldnt be able to live with the thin neck. Road worn necks are not sticky at all. I just bought a road worn vintera.
     
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    Fender-Vintera-Road-Worn-50s-Telecaster-Electric-Guitar-Vintage-Blonde-16447-2_1600x1600 - Copy.jpg I was looking at all three. Leaning towards the black Esquire but reconsidered the 50s Road Worn Vintera with the 7.25 neck (initially 7.25 is what turned me off). Pulled the trigger last week and loving the guitar and very happy as the 50s Blonde color is reminiscent of my first 60s Tele. My other Tele is a CS Artisan Pale Moon Thinline but I almost think I prefer the 50s Road Worn. You could buy one or better yet, buy a RW Tele and Strat both. I found a dealer that gave me a decent discount and didn't charge taxes so I feel like I got a decent deal. The one thing that bothers me about the Brad guitars is the arm wear seems a little overdone (fake). Didn't like the idea of toploader on the Masics, thought it might affect tone a little. FWIW. Also, really wanted a nitro guitar with vintage bridge and tuners which nixed the American models you mentioned. Weighs just 7.2 lbs

    Sorry, overlooked the statement " I'm a sucker for sparkle Teles"
     
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    The Mascis appeals to me because of the jumbo frets. I don't think there's another roadworn model with those, and certainly not with 9.5 too.
    Plus it's a roadworn neck and hardware but not body, if that matters. Also, people who have bought one say it is actually quite a chunky neck, bigger than a normal C, but not as thick as a 50s Gibson was the comment I recall.
    I even think the Fender blurb, or Sweetwater, says it's a bit thicker than the normal C.
     
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    I own a Brad Paisley Road Worn....silver sparkle (call mine Hi O Silver)....love that it is so lightweight....and the pups are fantastic....mine has a Forrest Lee Junior B Bender installed....

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