Sparkle or Metal Flake Telecaster

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  1. Allan Allan

    Allan Allan Tele-Meister

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    From what I can find, my current options for a sparkle Telecaster are a $150 Squire, $1200 Brad Paisley Relic, or a $4000 custom shop.

    Is there anything between the Squire and the BP? What I'd love is to pay $1200 and have a matching headstock. Any other brands I should check out?
     
  2. internalprime8

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    G&L makes a lot of sparkle/metal flake finishes in that range, particularly used. Check out the ASAT line and swap out the pickups if you don't like them.
     
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  3. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Look for a used Baja 50s in Vegas Gold metalflake. It has a plain headstock. It was an FSR for GC and MF. People price them like gold, but they seem to sell slowly, so there may be some deals out there.
     
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    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity

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    The Music Zoo carries a variety like this one :

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    Yes. Search dhgate.com. The workmanship is outstanding, but you may decide to replace the pickups.
     
  6. Crobbins

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    I bought a body from StewMac, and a neck from Warmoth.


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  7. Allan Allan

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    I really need to buy a completed guitar.

    Knowing myself if I bought a bunch of parts I'd just have a bunch of parts. When it comes down to the ~45 minutes of free time I get, I'd rather play guitar than build something.
     
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  8. Allan Allan

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    Thanks for the tips guys! I'll check these places out.
     
  9. Boil

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    How do you like the Multibender?
     
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    Everyone of those I saw weighted like gold, too. All heavy. If you look used, there have been various iterations of sparkle finishes. Customs are available new in orange and purple.
     
  11. Crobbins

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    I like it. It's one of those things that you just have to work at to get the bends smooth, and in time. When playing that guitar I sometimes find myself bending the the strings with my fingers rather than with the multibender, so I have have to force myself to use the bender. I still want to get a B-bender as well. That will be another learning curve. :D
     
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    You could do it yourself

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    I always thought the G&L Will Ray Signature in turquoise metal flake and mirror pickguard was the coolest!
     
  14. AlbertaGriff

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    There were those 72 Deluxe reissues Fender put out a few years ago in all sorts of metal flake colours. See them used every now and then.
     
  15. ZenGuitarist

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    I bought a purple sparkle '72-style Custom reissue a year ago that sold for less than the price you're looking to spend. I remember they were also available in orange sparkle. They were a limited edition so likely unavailable now but you could try looking for a used one.

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    How do you like that Custom? I've been looking at an orange one... Haven't played it yet, though...
     
  17. ZenGuitarist

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    I like it a lot. I prefer a humbucker in the neck position and the pickups complement each other quite well. I often play this guitar with both pickups selected. I also like having separate volume and tone controls for each pickup so that I can balance the sound to my liking.
     
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    I have one on my Squire strat, I am not very good at using it really, how do you have yours set up? Raise or lower? And how much?

    I used to have a ZB Custom double neck pedal steel that I was not good at using at all, I ended up trading it for a 2004 US tele, best trade I ever made, a lot of my feelings of rate went away when I got rid of the pedal steel, the multibender only induces small feelings of rage.
     
  19. Crobbins

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    I have mine setup to raise the G, and B string a whole step.
     
  20. Ted Keane

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    That's a beautiful t style body.How did you do that?
     
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