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

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

  1. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    Okay, a thread resurrected after a year and a half...but that ship has now sailed, so I'll "play"....:twisted:

    The answer is my current #1...
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    Here's why it's "the best of the best"...

    It is eye-catchingly beautiful. Don't take my word for it, others here agree. For that matter, people at my gigs, who don't even play guitar, will comment on its looks. That happened again just yesterday at an afternoon gig at a market days event.

    It is unique. I do not use that word lightly. The wood for the top and back is from old growth, construction grade Long Leaf Pine that's 83+ years old. It was harvested by me from planks from our house after a house fire in 2010, and made for me by Bob Logan of Logan Custom Guitars. So you could not reproduce those specific bookmatched wood grains. But more than that, you'd be hard pressed to come up with LLP as a wood for making guitars. And more than that, it is unique because it came from my house. So the wood, it's scarcity, and it's specific provenance, all made into a tele, is indeed unique.

    It has my favorite pickups in it (DiMarzio Twang King set). My favorite bridge plate (Bob Logan's stainless steel, 3 brass saddles, and straight pickup alignment), and my favorite switch, a 4-way (bridge, both in parallel, neck, both in series). I love it's versatility, and it plays like a dream.

    Okay, all that said, this whole "best" thing, as already pointed out, is a subjective assessment. But this is my best of the best. Oh, and here are the other four "bests" it beat out...
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  2. Kontaktmoi

    Kontaktmoi Tele-Meister

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    I will let you know.... I am still deciding


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  3. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's

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    Blackguard.
     
  4. neilybob100

    neilybob100 Tele-Meister

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    I thought I heard the best Tele wasn't a Tele but a Nocaster!

    Well according to John 5 anyways.

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  5. FenderLover

    FenderLover Friend of Leo's

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    Unless you like buying off the rack, the best Tele you can buy is the one you build (or have built) with the neck, body, fingerboard, tuners, pickups, color, finish, hardware and electronics that you pick out. Then go build another one.
     
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  6. jazzalta

    jazzalta Tele-Meister

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    I'd say whatever is best for you. I have owned and played many teles, but my 2011 American Standard is my favourite now.
     
  7. Teleman60

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    The American Originals '50s Telecaster seems to be "the bar" these days...
     
  8. Stiles

    Stiles Tele-Meister

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    I need this.
     
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  9. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    If you want to put a name to it it's a 2011 50's blond classic vibe tele but they aren't all created equal. Some fool returned it so I got it for $220 delivered to Australia from the US.
     
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  10. tele_savales

    tele_savales Tele-Meister

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    The obvious answer is the Jimmy Page Telecaster. The one with the mirrors.
     
  11. Telecentric

    Telecentric Tele-Meister

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    If Fender made it, I wouldn't have had to build my own. But they don't, so I did.
     
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  12. bo

    bo Poster Extraordinaire

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    To quote the late, great Justin Wilson: The one you like.
     
  13. Tim S

    Tim S Tele-Holic

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    The best Tele is the one you already own and play (envy causes all kinds of problems) ;)
     
  14. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Tele-Holic

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    This. I have american tele's, mexican tele's and a squire tele, my mutt partscaster is my favorite.
     
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