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Used or New Teles?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Andy Summers, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. Blues Twanger

    Blues Twanger Tele-Holic

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    I typically split the difference and try to get NOS or demo guitars from reputable dealers.
     
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  2. stratcatt

    stratcatt TDPRI Member

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    Never bought a used guitar in my life. Came close a few times in pawn shops, but there was always a deal breaker flaw that turned me off. Its also hard to insure used instruments for their true value. I do like to buy MIM models of Fenders and create my own parts-casters. I find instruments made to my own personal tastes very appealing.
     
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  3. Andy Summers

    Andy Summers Friend of Leo's

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    Wow!! Great write up! Thanks for taking the time to do that!! And I’m with you. I do a lot of those same things. I have yet to find a deal like the ones you mentioned, but I know they’re out there!
     
  4. Slippery Jack

    Slippery Jack Tele-Meister

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    I have two teles that I bought new, and another one that I bought used. Alas, they are all used now.
     
  5. MAXXFIELD

    MAXXFIELD Tele-Meister

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    Theres no category of Telecaster that goes unexplored in my unnecessary endless love story. I lean towards Used but they keep on putting out new colors like that Ultra Tele black oil one that doesn't exist on the used stuff.
     
  6. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Holic

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    I gotta admit that I have picked up a few cool "previously owned" instruments, but it was lucky, for the most part, and not usually something that I was actually looking for. I think that I have "bottom feeder" tendencies because a good, cheap guitar will hook me every time.
    My biggest hurdle is: I. Hate. To. Shop.
    If I get the itch, I have to scratch.
     
  7. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    whatever I can afford at the time.
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  8. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've always been a lot happier with used instruments.

    Except for blues harps. And I'm thinking of getting a melodeon. I don't think used melodeons exist. They probably self-destruct too fast.
     
  9. gmann

    gmann Friend of Leo's

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    Used, always.
     
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