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Player Telecaster vs Vintera 60s Modified

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by ronmail65, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. ronmail65

    ronmail65 TDPRI Member

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    I'd like to get another Tele, but I'm on the fence with these 2 models.

    Equal - Both have the modern C neck profile that I like
    Equal - Neither comes with a case (the Fender gig bag with the Vintera is worthless IMO)
    Equal - Finish - I've always liked the Butterscotch Blonde which the Player has - but the Lake Placid Blue looks great too
    Equal: - Country / quality - both are MIM


    Fretboard: + Vintera: I like the PF as a darker - and maybe warmer sounding material (my other Tele is maple). This is also available on the Player, but not with color combinations that I'm looking for
    Neck Finish: + Player, it's Satin vs Gloss
    Frets: + Player - 22 vs 21
    Tuning Keys: + Player. I like the more modern die cast tuning machines over the vintage
    Bridge: not sure... I feel like the brass barrel on the Vintera are superior, but I don't know.
    Electroncs: not sure... I believe the Vintera pickups are higher output and would appeal to me more. Plus Vintera has the advancing switching positions / S1 stuff (not sure I care about this - maybe I should).

    Without being able to play / compare these anywhere nearby, that is my assessment. And, also important, the Vintera is $300 more expensive.

    So, what other considerations should I have? And do the advantages of the Vintera support the higher price?
     
  2. Twang Deluxe

    Twang Deluxe Tele-Holic

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    I would get the Vintera or a used Baja. I prefer guitars with vintage style tuner and bridges
     
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  3. Blues Twanger

    Blues Twanger Tele-Afflicted

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    It's simple, ignore all the pros and cons and ask yourself:

    Which one sparks more joy?

    In seriousness, I've passed on guitars I wanted because other guitars were a better deal or had what I perceived as better features. In the end I usually ended up taking a loss and going back to the one I wanted and not the one I talked myself in to buying instead. Pros and cons are secondary to what makes you happy.
     
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  4. ronmail65

    ronmail65 TDPRI Member

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    Good advice - thanks!
     
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    adjason Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    not much help here but I far prefer the vintera/classic 50's-70's strats to MIM standard strats-better feel, better pickups, higher resale value- but I like the vintage feel.
     
  6. Fenderdad1950

    Fenderdad1950 Tele-Afflicted

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    What people say, and what you feel holding and playing a guitar, are two different things.
     
  7. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    ^^^^ this!
     
  8. ronmail65

    ronmail65 TDPRI Member

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    There's a third horse in the race... which seems to be more satisfying on paper relative to what I'm looking for. That would be the American Performer - specifically the one with the humbucker in the bridge, satin neck, 22 frets, and rosewood fretboard.
     
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  9. ronmail65

    ronmail65 TDPRI Member

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    I agree. I'm just working from 'data' and other people's opinions before I order something to test. There's nothing locally to play.
     
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