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What is the best Telecaster to buy right now?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by DrRoy, Jan 11, 2021.

  1. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    For my $.02 (CAD, so $.015 USD), I'd go for a Classic Player 50s Baja Tele -- great neck, blackguard cosmetics, decent stock pickups, already has series switching (and more). Its now discontinued, so you'll have to look for a used one -- you'll get your $$ back if you ever decide to sell.
    You don't have to spend big bucks to get a decent Tele!!
     
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  2. doctymie

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    I have the regular production 70th Anniversary Broadcaster and it's a great guitar. Chunky neck feels great and the pickups are fantastic. But the one I play most is my '64 AVRI. It has all that the Broadcaster, but the rosewood fretboard is the differentiator for me.
     
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    I think it's a great idea to get a '50s-style blackguard, because it's the tele-est tele of all teles.

    It's probably just me, but if I had serious Custom Shop money, I'd get something like Bob Bain's telecaster, except maybe a good filtertron pickup in the neck position in place of the PAF:

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  5. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    Oh, that's a dangerous request.

    I have something along the lines of what you are interested in. It's discontinued now, but they currently make another version that's essentially the same, except with a U neck rather than chunky soft-V. However, it's Fender Japan and only sold here. Second hand similar versions could be an option, but I hear that in the US, etc. as well as being fairly uncommon, they are generally considered a bit overpriced used now. I suspect you'd be better focussing on US or MIM. Probably buying something new with a return policy too.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
  6. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    That's a good way of putting it. That would be one of the main reasons why I got my second Tele. It's undeniably Tele.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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  7. bgmacaw

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  8. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    "The uploader has not made this video available in your country."

    Oh well.

    Pax/
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  10. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    I would think about the Page Mirror, and a lacquered black Bakelite guard for it.

    NOS paint job (it will break in to the way you play it over the years), great pickups that can't be obtained outside of a Page signature guitar, unique neck (slab board, late '50s/'early '60s profile), high quality build, top and/or rear loading, high quality lacquered tweed case with poodle interior. Even comes with a cable and a strap. They are $500 more than your typical American Original, but they are closer to being a "true" reissue than anything in the AO lineup...and you can usually negotiate them down to around $2,000 (I got mine for that price, no tax, no shipping).

    Classiest and most low key signature model Fender has ever made. All it is is a mid '59 to mid '60 reissue, with a signature neck plate, and signature decal on the BACK of the head.

    30 years from now, I believe it will be seen as far cooler than your typical Custom Shop Relic from the same period (and it is today also, IMO).
     
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  11. Jerry_Mountains

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    I'd get a used 50's Baja (if you can find them) or an AO series if you want laquer and you now... American.
     
  12. Stanford Guitar

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    If your budget is up to CS, I'd buy a Hahn, Kirn, Anderson, Suhr......one of the boutique builders. Tell 'em exactly what you want.....
     
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  13. Turtleneck

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    I'd look for an AV or AVRI.

    I own a 2012 '52 AV and it is a fantastic guitar.

    A real keeper.

    The '58 and '64 AVs are even better, but harder to find.
     
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  14. mimmo

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    This ^^^
    The entire AV series is the one to look at: some say that Fender dropped them because they were CS quality and I second that. YMMV of course.
     
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  15. Billy3

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    Hey brother. If you can go custom shop, more props to you. Get what your heart desires man. I'm not in that league yet. I have dreams of a perfect guitar to my specs! I'll have to wait a long time forever. So if I could afford it I say "Go for it" ! Life is too short,play all your heart desires. Get what You want. If you're 121 you should know by now, pick it up, play it, you like you buy. If you've never picked up a Tele by now,you're in for a treat! I don't like telling people what to do but........You! Keep on pickin!!!
     
  16. Seattlesurfer

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  17. vox Phantom

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    At the end of last year I bought the Ultra Telecaster I like the D
    Neck Profile and the guitar is very easy to play. Have you looked
    at the Ultra ones? 127029963_3793071497392459_6235086890780127755_n.jpg
     
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  18. PJ55

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    The high-end Mexico guitars have fit & finish better than just about anything out there. Worst case you might change some pickups to fine-tune your tone, but otherwise, I would see a Custom Shop as more of a collector guitar than an everyday player. When I look at my ‘70 Tele (which admittedly has some great vibe) next to the Classic Series guitars, the newer guitars are so much better built. You can get so much more out of Fender’s line-up today than in the old days. The Player Series, Vintera, Deluxes, Road Worn....all great Teles!
     
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    A friend just bought a K-Line, and it sounds stunning.
     
  20. Grateful Ape

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    Google Hahn Model C Jim Campilongo Sig.
     
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