Tele dilemma

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by kaputme, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. kaputme

    kaputme TDPRI Member

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    Hey Folks,

    long time lurker minimum poster here. As i have always only owned a Les Paul, now its time to get a tele.

    The problem is i have no clue where to start. there are so many different options

    Baja, Mexican, American standard, American professional, player, etc..etc..

    can anyone be so kind to point me in the right direction or explain what the difference really is..

    What i need is something that looks like this..


    Cheers

    Edit:1

    I like thicker neck, darker finger boards, , so may be rosewood or Ebony...

    Body may be white or blond ( ash, alder, is not that important)..

    But how do they differ

    Baja vs Non Baja?

    Edit:2

    Mostly blues, classic rock and rock.. not too heavy..

    Jimmy and Jimi, Clapton and so
     

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  2. guitartwonk

    guitartwonk Tele-Meister

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    Where do you even start? There've been Teles for nearly 70 years so there's loads of variety out there.

    I have a 52AVRI from about 2003 and it's a joy to play. If you want a traditional style Tele, something like that would be a great start.

    Other than that, all I could suggest is get to a guitar shop and try some out.

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  3. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Do you know what specs you like?

    Seems to me the place to start is the music store...
     
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  4. kaputme

    kaputme TDPRI Member

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    I like thicker neck, darker finger boards, , so may be rosewood or Ebony...

    Body may be white or blond ( ash, alder, is not that important)..

    But how do they differ

    Baja vs Non Baja?
     
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  5. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

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    If you want to go cheap but quality just to try out, consider the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster series. Choices are Vintage Blonde, Butterscotch Blonde, and the Custom.
     
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  6. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    What genre(s) of music do you play? Do you like fat necks, skinny necks or something in between?
     
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  7. RYAN1987M

    RYAN1987M Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    A Fender (MIM) Classic Series '60s may suit you well. You'd likely want a used one that'll have a rosewood fretboard (newer ones, of the past couple years, use pau ferro). This model will have vintage-sized frets and a 7.25" radius.

    A new Fender American Professional would also work well. Available in white, rosewood fretboard (all MIA Fenders still use rosewood). The neck has some depth and mode modern appointments in terms of frets and radius.
     
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  8. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Tele-Holic

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    My advice is to ignore most of what others post & go to a music store & play every Tele that catches your eye. The wand chooses the wizard, Harry....
     
  9. kaputme

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    Mostly blues, classic rock and rock.. not too heavy..

    Jimmy and Jimi, Clapton and so
     
  10. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    Exactly. You're not going to learn what you need to know on a forum. Just go play a bunch of them, take notes. There are more models and more variety even than with Les Pauls. For example the Squier Classic Vibe 50's is a model that everyone on here loves - and for the price it seems pretty great, but the neck is way too skinny for me. The '52 AVRI is what a lot of people on here think of as the ultimate tele, but it has some features that i would never choose like a 7.25 radius. You just have to play them and hold them in person.

    Also, consider the G&L ASAT series. Great tele-type guitars at a variety of pricing points.
     
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    If you already have a Les, just go with your basic standard or reissue and do the 4 way switch mod.

    I was in the market for a Les or some other singlecut then this came along and that's all she wrote haha


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  12. kaputme

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    WOW nice guitar..
     
  13. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    You might like the hotter (Texas Specials) pickups in the American Special. It's hard to go wrong with a 50s Baja either. Or, if cost is a factor or you can't find one of those used, you could get a Squier and upgrade the pickups.
     
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    Larmo63 Tele-Afflicted

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    If you have the dough, any of the AVRI series are great guitars and will always hold their value.

    My $.02
     
  15. RYAN1987M

    RYAN1987M Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    This is good as rosewood will narrow your choices a bit and make this easier. How tied to body color are you?

    Also, you may consider editing your original post and adding more of your parameters to it. I'm just afraid that others may miss some of the good intel that you've added since your original post. It's all good though, definitely we're narrowing it down!
     
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    All maple necks will be more stable. Plus the environment angle of cutting rain forests using rosewood, ebony, or the like-rosewood types.

    I'd suggest getting a MIM Standard used or a new MIM Players Series new (because not many on the used market yet), with regular single coils SS. Then install the 4-way switch. You'll have a solid performer with the classics, plus the mod will fill in some LP duty.

    Plenty of time to branch out to other Tele models later, in all price points.

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    mrmousey Tele-Meister

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    What he said, bigtime !!
    Or to quote another source,
    "Use the Force Luke"
     
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    Steve 78 Friend of Leo's

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    I'll echo the advice to go to a store and try them. Try at least 3 styles of necks because they feel very different. Modern thin C, older style thick neck and V shape.

    Seeing as you have an LP, don't go for more humbuckers, stick with traditional tele pickups. If you're comfortable swapping them then don't stress too much about which ones to get, just go with what sounds good to you.
     
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  19. kaputme

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    Good idea,

    Just did the edit
     
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  20. Buzzgrowl

    Buzzgrowl Tele-Meister

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    Let it chose you, as many suggest.

    However, the American Special will be an easy transition from your Les Paul because of the neck thinness and radius, and large frets. The Baja's have chubby necks - great sound but you have to appreciate the neck.
     
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