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Urgent Need of Advice on Which One!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by iFreedom, Feb 15, 2018.

  1. iFreedom

    iFreedom TDPRI Member

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    I'm looking to buy a used telecaster to play through a clone Marshal 18 watter (crunch rock) and a fender cleans type amp (blues style with ts-808, clone clone etc).

    I'm preferring rosewood fret board over maple. Prices below are in CDN. My "maybe" prices are just a hunch based on location and how long the ads have been up for sale.

    What's for sale:
    1) 2013 Fender American Standard custom Shop pickups (its all stock) - $950, maybe get it for $800 (it has the belly-cut which I'm not too excited about)

    2) Year? Classic Series 60s Telecaster (stock) - $1000, maybe get it for $700 (been on sale for over a month, it's in a rural town, and it's MIM so I'm thinking he might let it go for cheaper)

    3) 1993 Fender American Standard - $1100, maybe get it for $1000 - this is sold by a guitar shop and is used of course. So they may move less then the two private sales above.

    They all look good in the pics, some dings, but meh. They all claim frets are in great condition - i'm doubtful on the '93 though.

    2) and 3) are in different cities then me and each other and I can try 3) no problem tomorrow. 2) is harder to get to. 1) is in my city, but I can't try it until after i've said no to 2) & 3) due to traveling first thing in the morning.

    My timing sucks right now. But, what would you do?

    I suspect 1) would be just as good as 3) but has that belly-cut.

    I'm thinking to try the '93 tomorrow and if it rocks i'd buy it. But I believe i'll spend more for it then the '13. So is is '93 "better" then '13? The listing prices seem to say that.

    Wouldn't you buy the '13 though since it has custom shop pups? The 60s tele seems over priced because I thought MIM was worth less then these two specific MIAs.

    Any thoughts from the experienced? I can't quite play each one due to the timing and travel.
     
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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I’d go with #1.
    Who knows, you may “grow” (pin intended) to appreciate it.
    Regardless, it will probably have the fewest issues.
     
  3. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I'd lean toward #1, too.

    The MIM is over-priced which may mean the seller is delusional about the price rather than ready to bargain. A minute into the deal and you'll know.

    There is nothing special about Teles from the 1990s, so #3 is not a deal.
     
  4. ZenGuitarist

    ZenGuitarist Tele-Afflicted

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    Welcome to TDPRI, fellow Albertan!

    I also vote for #1. Guitars #2 and #3 seem overpriced. I don't like belly cuts either but it's not the end of the world.
     
  5. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I would pick door number 1 as well.
     
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  6. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's

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    Number 1. I consider the belly cut a plus.
     
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  8. iFreedom

    iFreedom TDPRI Member

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    Yep ur all making sense! Sometimes it’s good just to talk it out ;0)

    Maybe I’ll like the belly cut after I try it.
     
  9. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    Is there some rush?
    I'm not impressed by any of those, and I get the idea you aren't either.
    Tele's come on the market every day, wait, you will know..
     
  10. Mike Eskimo

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    #1 has the horrible bridgeplate and Strat saddles but is priced ok - especially at $800.

    #3 is always my choice. I like that era of Am Std's. But - it should be between $650 (great deal) and $800 (ok deal).
     
  11. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    #1.... or just wait. These don't sound like such killer deals to warrant the urgency.

    I'd sit on my cash and keep looking.
     
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  12. iFreedom

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    Ok so I just found one more.

    4) 2011 60th anniversary American $1100- maybe get it for 900. (Out of town again, same city as 3)

    You are right no rush except for the out of town teles. As I won’t be back for those.

    4 doesn’t have belly cut.

    Honestly I would love 1 or 4 with vintage saddles. Which I believe it can happen without holes showing.
     
  13. iFreedom

    iFreedom TDPRI Member

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    Thanks and welcome back! I’ve been to this board a few times so it great to actually post :9)
     
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  14. jammers5

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    #3 if you can get the price down a bit
     
  15. KC

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    #1 AS is definitely a modern take on a tele -- which some people dislike, obviously. But I have one and I dig it. Pickups are great, stays in tune, sounds exactly like a tele, most usable neck pickup on any tele I've ever played. And the no-box bridge makes palm muting easy. It's a guitar I would take on any stage, straight out of the box. Try it plugged in, see what you think.
     
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  16. telemystix

    telemystix Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I'd get a Baja

    all the classic/vintage features at a lower price.
     
  17. ZenGuitarist

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    I searched on Calgary Kijiji and if you're willing to consider one with a maple fretboard, this 2003 American Series Tele would be worth taking a look at. My #1 guitar is a 2002 American Series Tele - it plays great and sounds fantastic.
     
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