Possibly looking at another Tele

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  1. TelePlank

    TelePlank TDPRI Member

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    Thinking of buying a new or used guitar. If I decided to go through with it I'm tinkering with the idea of 3 guitars . An American Original (Avri?) '60s Tele in Burgundy Mist Metallic, a White Blonde Classic Series '50s Esquire or something along the lines of an American Vintage '52 Tele ( I know there's variations of the '52 reissues). These are models I'm not too familiar with and I'm a bit behind on the model changes game. I currently have a Classic Series '60s Tele which I adore.

    What do I have to look out for and which ones seem to be the good/well viewed models/years. I know there might be older threads about this, but I'd also like to hear from people who may be newer that have these or someone who didn't get a chance to post before. Thanks!

    Edited to add I'll probably have to order and not have a chance to play one or any of them depending on what I go with. Though I did own a Classic Series '50s Esquire before.
     
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    What's your budget around?
     
  3. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    Have you PLAYED any of them? I rarely consider a guitar based on the "model".....I prefer to test drive it.
     
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    50s Classic Esquire would be a fun guitar with a chunky neck.
    Any of the 60s models, Fender and Gibson both, are often too skinny of necks so I avoid all that unless you can play in person.

    There are some MIM Standards in Midnight Wine that is a variation of the burgundy mist, sorta. More red and less purple. Would be much less expensive with those on the used market.

    Install 4-way switches and reverse the control plates, at least that's what I'd do ;)

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  5. ReverendRevolver

    ReverendRevolver Tele-Afflicted

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    Play them.

    Burgundy mist looks nice, but most us teles look nice too. Play them.

    You know I'll just say to buy them all.....

    ;)

    I will say I dislike the idea of an expensive esquire. A Japanese or Mexican one makes more sense to me, in this age of reissue Broadkasters.....
     
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    Just picked up an MIJ flower power Tele. A 2016 model. I also have a 2012 MIJ Strat. The Tele neck is not anorexic, and the Strat has a Louisville Slugger ‘vee’ neck. Both have basswood bodies. I love the feel. I do have a 1991 Custom Shop ‘69RI Strat in the quiver, but gotta say I like my MIJ’s just as much, if not more so.
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  7. jamesepowell

    jamesepowell Tele-Meister

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    Me? I'm constantly looking at another Tele.
     
  8. TelePlank

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    My budget is around $2000 USD.
     
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    Slim Chance Tele-Afflicted

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    The 2012-2017 AVs are great and now are all used so less $ than a new AO. You should seriously consider the 64 model. Same PUs as AO, but with 7.25 radius neck and no binding. See my avatar for a peek.
     
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    Last time I went to a few music stores they had a limited selection Tele wise. I'm gonna look around more this or next weekend. All 11 or so guitars I've ever owned were bought online so far my win/lose ratio is pretty good. If I can find one that I like in a store I may just walk out with it.
     
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    if your budget is 2K, buy an American Ultra in Texas Tea and wait for the collectors to catch on...
     
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    Holy cow that looks good. At first it just looked like a black with a brownish tint.....then I saw a video and it's a gorgeous finish.
     
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    ReverendRevolver Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm a huge fan of Mexican fenders; my MIJ mustang and the CIJ mustang bass I used to have were very superb, but several of the MiMs really captured my attention.

    US made instruments get better paint jobs and pickups. No way around it. I'd take a MIJ Jag with a CAR headstock to match the body over MIA ones any day.

    All good. I'd definitely recommend anyone buying a fender that cracks $1k to play all they can first. Theres just alot of differences.
     
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    Teleguy61 Friend of Leo's

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    Possibly?
    Possibly?
    Of course you're looking at a new Tele!
    The only question is whether or not you pull the trigger.
     
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    Corvus Tele-Meister

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    Three guitars!!!!! Way too few!
     
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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Something to think about. Which seems obscure but I personally don't think it is.

    The Classic 50s Tele and Esquire use the same fretwire as your well loved 60s. But then, Ensenada dumps that poly finish on the neck, almost takes the fretwire size down one notch.

    So, play these maple board models before you buy. You would be better off that some guys, because with multiple guitars you won't quickly wear that 6230 down to the point it has to be replaced (or I guess you could extend the fretwire's life by removing the poly from the fretboard surface). This in my experience is not an issue on the AV52 because the neck finish is quite thin and non-intrusive.
     
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    teletail Tele-Meister

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    For that you could get a Ron Kirn.
     
  18. TelePlank

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    I never had an issues of my Classic Series 50s Esquires frets, but I never had it long enough to worry about getting the frets redone. The American Original 60s Telecaster has listed that it uses 21 vintage tall frets. Are those the same as the Classic Series 60s Tele? I know it has a 9.5 radius vs 7.25. Haven't had a 9.5 radius neck in awhile. I know some people don't feel it much because it's not a huge difference, but I do. Thanks for the info!
     
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    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    You have a lot of options in that price range...

    I’d go to a few well-stocked shops and try every in sight.
     
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    So I went to my local Guitar Center today and tried a few guitars. They had only 1 American Original 60s Tele in stock. I tried it and it was nice, but the neck was a bit too chunky at the lower frets. So sadly I thinks that's a pass for me. I also tried an American Ultra as Pontiaddict suggested....and I loved it! Thinking I'll go with one in Texas Tea as suggested too that looks beautiful. May wait for sweetwater to get them in so I can choose a weight. Or is this a limited thing?
     
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