Tele Advice?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by roryhduffy, May 30, 2016.

  1. roryhduffy

    roryhduffy NEW MEMBER!

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    Howdy diddly everyone,
    I’m new here and i’ve been playing guitar for 4 years (self taught) and I’ve started to feel like something is missing while jamming and gigging, i have an ibanez artcore hollow body which is brilliant but not too well suited to what i play (melodic tapping and blues/rock). Ive been researching for a solid 6 months and I’m 99% sure i want a tele, however I’m on a really tight budget (800$ max) so I’ve been looking either making a partscaster from guitarfetish.com parts which is looking like around 360$ or buying a classic vibe butterscotch from a shop interstate which is 720$. do you guys have any past experiences with guitarfetish or any suggestions? much appreciated thanks :) (side note: I should mention i live in Australia Hence different prices (AUD) and a different budget)
     
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    Since you're just getting your first one, I'd go with the Classic Vibe or a used Mexican Standard. Both are great quality and you'll want to hang onto them when you get your next one. Do the partscaster after you know the exact parts that you'll want to make up your dream Tele.
     
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  3. Downshift

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    Everything I've heard from the time they came out is that you can't go wrong with the Classic Vibe. Building partscasters is a lot of fun, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to build a decent one for half the price of a Classic Vibe. You'd probably be using the cheapest possible components, and you'd get a guitar that looks like a tele, but probably not one you'd be happy with. I could be wrong, but I'd steer you toward the Classic Vibe.
     
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  4. trev333

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    Exchange rate/postage is a killer atm buying from the US...

    trawl ebay/gumtree/pawn shops regularly and you might find something good local... even bodies necks parts,etc...
     
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    I would say classic vibe, how can you go wrong with it?
    Good luck
     
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    tce63 Tele-Holic

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    Classic Vibe, great guitar
     
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    10thoufirst Tele-Holic

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    ...and a nice bottle of Chianti.
     
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  8. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    I just picked up my first Classic Vibe at my local GC a few weeks ago. It was a Strat. Man, it really did feel like a nice guitar.
     
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  9. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    If this is a first guitar build, stay away from Guitar Fetish. They may (may!) be getting better, but you run the risk of spending 300+ dollars on a pile of parts that don't fit together. Add to that the cataclysmic cost of shipping things back and forth to Australia and you're going to be one pissed off son of a gun.

    You can't go wrong with a Classic Vibe. They're pretty danged good guitars as is, and all the parts that would fit any MIM Telecaster would also fit a Classic Vibe, so if you want to change something down the road you've got a huge number of options.

    Something else to consider is a Standard MIM Telecaster. They're my favorite guitar from a cost versus quality standpoint. They can be had used for $300.00, often less. They're also good starts to a modding career.

    'Course I don't know about pricing on your end of the world. Around here good, serviceable USA made Telecasters can be had for $600.00 or so. Sorry about that. :cool:

    Welcome, and good luck.
     
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  10. Coop47

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    +1. I hate to run down any company, but I would think the shipping costs and GF's history would make that route a risky proposition for you. Also agree with the Standard MIM choice. They are great guitars and a good value.
     
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    caliban335 Tele-Afflicted

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  12. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    The OP is in the land of Oz.

    As in Australia.
     
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    caliban335 Tele-Afflicted

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    Sorry.
     
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  14. jvin248

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    Go the parts route for your second Tele.
    Get a used MIM or the CV Squier. Have the fret level checked and a setup done. Play it hard.
    Tweak that one with a 4-way switch, pots and cap swaps.
    Then think about the parts assembly build.
     
  15. ricardo1912

    ricardo1912 Tele-Afflicted

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    The Mexican Standard is a great guitar out of the box. With a decent setup and maybe a four way switch you've got it all.
     
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    Don't overlook a Squier Standard Tele, especially if you can find one used. Get it set up right and you're sorted. Good luck!
     
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