If I were looking for a "cheap" Telecaster-style guitar, (I'm not) I think I would look for one that I was reasonably sure would accept standard-ish parts......including necks. I was fortunate when I bought my first Tele, a 1993 Made in Korea Fender Squier, over twenty years ago. That poor guitar suffered through so many changes (multiples of bridges, pickups, pickguards, even necks) that it probably has identity issues now. (although it's a GREAT player)
With those kinds of guitars, it's what kind of wood are they made or how much slave labor and/or working conditions were they constructed from?
If you just need a disposable guitar, then maybe, however most people get the urge to upgrade parts and pieces and then that is when you start to throw good money after bad. You usually get what you pay for when it comes to guitars.
One of our neighbors , 11 year old boy wants to be a rock star and wants one of my guitars ! Well , I can’t go there , but would one of these Tele’s be a good starter for the future “American Idol” ? For that price I would purchase one for him
My son is big for being 10. I think that he would probably struggle with a full sized tele. He has a Squier mini strat which fits well. Could probably get away with a Mustang as the next step up in size.I can do all the set up work and mods if needed . As fas as the size of the Tele , Richie is smaller than average and I was thinking about a mini Tele or Strat ????
What could you do? You had no other choice!
Thanks for the info . The search begins for a MiniMy son is big for being 10. I think that he would probably struggle with a full sized tele. He has a Squier mini strat which fits well. Could probably get away with a Mustang as the next step up in size.
Mini strats are usually pretty inexpensive (under $100) on the used market because they are no longer of any use to the seller and there is a limited number of buyers. I've come across a couple of used Bullet Mustangs for $100.