What is the “no holds barred” best of the best Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by rhcole, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Afflicted

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    I have two favorites, and they fill both ends of the Tele spectrum, at least cost-wise.
    One is a 55 bsb and the other is a 2006 Baja.
     
  2. chiefline

    chiefline Tele-Holic

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    Any tele without those horrible sounding noiseless pickups. Sorry just my opinion..
     
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    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Mine.
     
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  4. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Afflicted

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    NO, mine

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    mijstrat72 Tele-Afflicted

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    Ive owned and played lots and lots of Tele. Some pretty darn expensive...some cheaper than dirt. My personal balance of tone, playability and value fall right on my Baja. I know...another Baja Tele devotee...but they are Damn good guitars and can be bought used for a minor investment of $500. That's a lifetime Tele of you ask me.
    And judging by reviews and forum posts...many other players agree.
    But like my Doctor told me today "there is no silver bullet" for your question. There's just too many stipulations for there to be a singular best Tele.
     
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  6. Pickcity

    Pickcity Tele-Meister

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    I actually like some of the relic jobs, and I have to admit some of the Wildwood specials with their pickup wiring schemes are truly exceptional sounding instruments that compress like nothing I've ever heard... I'll never pay $5k, but I haven't heard anything in modern years that sounds better, or even as good. That's just me, though.

    My American professional is good enough for me. Heck, my MIM standard is good enough. I played a Squier standard for years, on stage, and it was good enough.

    "The best" is completely subjective.
     
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  7. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    The partscaster you built/ assembled/ modded yourself, obviously!
    Course, it might take a few years and an awful lot of parts to figure out what exactly you really like.
    I mean if you're asking strangers on the internet what is best, you must still be uncertain of you own taste and needs.
    I suspect that some Tele owners have more fun modding than playing, maybe because playing guitar is just a hobby they do to relax. In that case, this thread is a great way to get started on a lifetime of buying and modding fun.

    No matter how much you pay and how great the builder, eventually you will notice that something isn't quite exactly right, but if you change it you'll devalue the guitar you paid big bux for so you'd have "the best of the best perfect Tele".
    So build your own!

    Another novel approach is to try off the rack higher priced guitars until you find one that's good enough.

    Then you just have to stop questioning the guitar and focus on the player.

    But somehow I doubt the second solution is the goal of this thread.
     
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  8. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

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    My favorite tele is possibly the Paisley one that is currently in my profile picture. That was custom made so I couldn't just walk into a shop and pick that up.

    That ties with the 2012-2017 '52 and '64 RIs.
     
  9. Clifton C

    Clifton C Tele-Holic

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    Didn't you have two of them made? Do you still have both?
     
  10. FredDairy

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    Someone offered me a deal I couldn't refuse. I need a Les Paul R8. Sort of regret that now.
     
  11. horax

    horax Tele-Afflicted

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    I love them all. Right now I have a USA standard with bigsby and broadcaster/twisted tele confit that is amazing. Also have a MIM Brad Paisley that gets most of the playing time. Others I would rank up there were a J5 gold squier. Honestly played as well as any USA I’ve had. Only sold it cause the pickups weren’t my bag o tea.

    Should have just changed the pickups. ;)
     
  12. JL_LI

    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    Mine's the best. Check out my avatar. Candy apple red, 12" radius rosewood neck, N4 noiseless pickups, three ply vintage white guard. What's your best? What makes Telecaster the best is that it's the '57 Bel Air of guitars. Pretty good as it starts out but easily modified into exactly what you want it to be. I can go into a store and pull a Telecaster down off the wall and it'll be completely different from mine. One more reason why Telecaster is the best. The best Telecaster? Just being a Telecaster makes it the best for someone.
     
  13. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    How come threads like this don't get closed by the mods?

    But any thread that HINTS at politics does?

    This is far more controversial than that.
     
  14. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I gave up and decided not to bring up this "minor" point.
     
  15. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yeah.

    It’s a shame how some guitarists just can’t make these incredibly popular pups sound good.

    Just my opinion.
     
  16. Rich724

    Rich724 Tele-Meister

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    My parts caster cause I modded it to suit me perfectly.
     
  17. Sinner1980

    Sinner1980 Tele-Meister

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    For me personally it’s my AV52. The neck is amazing as is the tone and overall feel. Plenty of nice teles out there and each to his own but this tele just feels like it was made for me. My AV64 is an excellent runner-up though.
     
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    DuckDodgers Tele-Meister

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    I almost bought a Hahn Model C, but instead bought the ASAT Special seen at left for $400 less. I like it so much I gave the other guitar pictured to a nephew.
     
  19. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mine best tele a 6.7 pound resonant pine bodied tele with medium c neck, medium jumbos, 9.5 inch radius and vintage style hardware.
    The price and model/ brand is irrelevant but thankfully it owes me less that $300 bucks including a few mods.
     
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  20. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Ad Free Member

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    It’s a cutting board screwed to a baseball bat, not a Stradivarius.

    Not a lot of space to differentiate the great ones from each other...
     
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